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SEPT. 2: GANESHOTSAV, organized by Maayboli Melawa Tampa Bay (Marathi Mandal), Hindu Temple of Florida; Ganesh Pooja at 5 p.m. followed by Marathi Sangeet Rajani, a light musical concert by a group from New York area featuring vocalists Mahesh Kale, Pallavi Barve and Kiran Jogalekar, accompanied by Kedar Naphade on the harmonium and Prasad Joshi on the tabla; dinner follows; free for annual members; tickets are $25 per person, $15 for children 10 years and over; for information, call Pradeep Muley at (813) 948-9045; RSVP by email to

Dr. A.N.V. Rao
SEPT. 2: ONAM CELEBRATIONS, organized by the Malayalee Association of Central Florida (MACF); Burnett Middle School 1010 N. Kingsway Road, Seffner, FL 33584; $5 for members, $10 for non-members; for information, call Sony Kulangara at (813) 684-1483, George Vattamattam at (941) 371-4128 or visit

SEPT. 10: CELEBRATING DR. A.N.V. RAO, organized by Gurukulam of Tampa Bay; University of South Florida Cooper Hall, Tampa; 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; for information, click on

A still from “Mystic India.”
SEPT. 16: “DEMYSTIFYING INDIA GRAND OPENING”; organized by INDOUS Chamber of Commerce and Museum of Science & Industry; from 10:30 a.m.; MOSI, 4801 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa; free; for information, click on

SEPT. 16: SPORTS DAY, organized by Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay Youth, University of South Florida; sports include basketball, flag football; sixth-graders and older; for information, call Pooja Pandya at (813) 431-9730 or click on

SEPT. 16: HINDU SANGAM, Ganesh Puja and cultural event; organized by Hindu Society of America; daylong event will include speakers, bhajan sandhya by singer Anuradha Paudwal and Baba Mourya and an exhibition of Hindu culture; free; for information, call Yashwant Belsare at (813) 977-9690, Braham Aggarwal at (407) 352-2889 or visit for Ganesh Puja pre-registration and more information.

SEPT. 20: SENIOR DAY, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at India Cultural Center Lotus Hall, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; games include chess, carom, bingo, cards; lunch served; free; for seniors and everyone else also is invited; for information, call John Adhia at (813) 784-1132 or Anil Amlani at (813) 969-0274.

SEPT. 23: “TALAS & RASAS,” organized by Navrasa Academy; Bharat Natyam and contemporary jazz fusion performance; Freedom High School, 17410 Commerce Park Blvd., Tampa; 6:30 p.m.; $7 per person, $4 per child, $20 for family of four; call (813) 491-5058 or email

SEPT. 30: ASIAN FUSION, 21st annual Helen Ellis Health Benefit Gala event will bring a flavor of Far East, especially India, with Indian décor, food, clothing, entertainment and a silent auction; Westin Innisbrook Resort, 36750 U.S. 19 N., Palm Harbor, FL 34684; for information, call Anu Durai at (727) 743-1648.

OCT. 14: MUSIC AND DANCES BY LOCAL TALENT, organized by Sri Ayyappa Society of Tampa; 4:30 p.m.; Benito Middle school Auditorium, 10101 Cross Creek Blvd., Tampa; $100 VIP donation admits four, $20 per person and children are $10; for information, call Ravi Nair at (813) 920-8471 or Dr. Ayyappan Pillai at (813) 991-0180.

NOV. 8-13: “INNER ENGINEERING,” a program for self-discovery under guidance of world-renowned yogi and mystic Sadhguru Jagg Vasudev; India Cultural Center, 6611 Lynn Road, Tampa; for information, call (941) 751-1509 or visit


SEPT. 9: LIGHT MUSIC CONCERT, by Padmashree Dr. S.P. Balasubrahmanyam, organized by the Hindu Society of Central Florida in Temple Hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; tickets are $25, $50, VIP sponsors are $500 (two tickets), $1,000 (five tickets); for information, call Mahendra Kapadia at (407) 595-9224, Dr. Aravind Pillai at (407) 718-8733, the temple at (407) 699-5277 or click on

SEPT. 9: AN EVENING OF INDIAN MUSIC, organized by Asian Cultural Association; North and South Indian jugalbandi will be a collaboration by Purbayan Chatterjee and Shashank, accompanied by Samir Chatterjee on tabla and Poovalur Srinivasan on mridangam; tickets are $25 for non-members, $20 for members; for information, call ACA at (407) 333-3667 or visit

SEPT. 9: FESTIVAL OF CHARIOTS (Sri Jagannath Ratha Yatra), organized by Ratha Yatra Association of Central Florida; 4 p.m.; Lake Eola Park, downtown Orlando; for information, call Aditya Gupta at (407) 574-1430 or Pramod G. at (321) 946-9460.


OCT. 1: VIJAYDASHMI, organized by Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, 2793 New Tampa Highway, Lakeland; free; for information, call (863) 687-4776.


SEPT. 9: AN EVENING OF KATHAK DANCE, organized by the Center for the Study of Hindu Traditions (CHiTra) at the University of Florida; kathak exponent Uma Dogra will be accompanied by vocalist Shailendra Bharti and Aqueel Bhatti on tabla; 3 to 5 p.m.; P.K. Younge Auditorium at UF; tickets are $20 per person and $50 for family; free for students with UF ID; for information, call Ganga Srinivas at (352) 331-9951, Jaya Goswami at (352) 871-3803 or e-mail


SEPT. 9: “OM THE PRIMORDIAL CHANT,” group dance by Preeti Vinayak Shah and others; organized by the India Association of Tallahassee and Florida State University School of Music; 8 p.m.; Opperman Music Hall at FSU; free; for information, call Srini Kishore at (850) 219-0238.

SEPT. 16: “STRINGING ECHOES,” Indian classical music concert by Nalini Vinayak on sitar and Haiqiong Deng on zheng; organized by the FSU School of Music; 8 p.m.; Opperman Music Hall, FSU; free; for information, call Nalini Vinayak at (850) 219-6352 or visit


SEPT. 9-10: GANESH STHAPANA SEVENTH ANNIVERSARY; organized by the Hindu Society of Northeast Florida; Ashta Lakshmi havan and special abhishek will be performed; for sponsorship, call the temple at (904) 269-1155.

SEPT. 16: ANNUAL DAY, organized by the Jacksonville Thamizh Manram; cultural program from 6 to 7 p.m. and magic show from 7 p.m.; Jacksonville Country Day School, Baymeadows Road; for information, call (904) 886-7772.


SEPT. 9: CLASSICAL FLUTE CONCERT, organized by Association of Performing Arts of India; Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia will perform; 6 to 9 p.m.; Broward Center for the Performing Arts; Amaturo Theater, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312; tickets are $20, $25, $35, $45, $75 (which is VIP and includes concert and reception); for information, call (954) 885-1466 or click on

SEPT. 30: VISA CAMP, organized by the Indian Consulate, Houston; LaQuinta Inn, Coral Springs; for information, click on

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VIDYALAYA AT HINDU TEMPLE OF FLORIDA: Every Sunday except on public holiday for first-graders to 12th grade; 12:15 to 2:45 p.m.; subjects include Mathematics and English; $25 registration fee per academic year, $125 per fall or winter term; Hindu Temple is at 5509 Lynn Road in Tampa; for more information on Vidyalaya, call Manish Kharod at (813) 963-0616 or Ravi Narayanan at (813) 961-6120.

PANDIT JASRAJ SCHOOL OF MUSIC FOUNDATION: Vocal and harmonium classes by Pandit Rattan Mohan Sharma and Radha Raman Kirtane; table classes (group and special) by Aditya Narayan Banerjee (; classes held at different locations depending on the day; for more information, call (813) 960-0176 or e-mail:; Web site:

CHHANDAYAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC: Sitar, vocal and table classes by Hidayat Khan (son of sitar maestro Vilayat Khan), Mithali Bhaumik Banerjee (vocal) and Pandit Sameer Chatterjee (tabla); classes are held in Clearwater; for more information, call Satya Challa at (727) 712-1233 or Viji Reddy at (727) 934-7721 or e-mail

BALVIHAR BY CHINMAYA MISSION OF TAMPA BAY: Sundays from 3 to 4:30 pm. at Hindu Temple of Florida; Saturday from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in St. Petersburg; ages 5 through teen; children learn about Hindu religion, culture and festivals through stories from the Ramayana and Bhagwad Gita; fees are $75 per year; additional $50 per year for each sibling; for more information on BalVihar, call Laxmi Sastry at (813) 948-3590 or e-mail

SANKARA CULTURAL ALLIANCE OF FLORIDA: classes in Carnatic percussion instruments mridangam, ghatam, kanjira and morsingh by Ghatam Vidwan Sri T.H. Subash Chandran (brother of T.H. "Vikku" Vinayakram) and N. Ganesh Kumar (; classes held in Tampa and at the Hindu Temple of Florida; for more information, call Kala Gangadharan at (813) 979-4598 or Jyothi Venkatachalam at (813) 977-9039 or (813) 404-7899 or e-mail or

TAMPA SHAKHA/BALAGOKULAM: free activities for all ages, including yoga, games, field trips, and shlokas for children and adults; 10:30 a.m. Saturdays, Hindu Temple of Florida, Lynn Road; for more information, call Vijay Singh at (813) 920-7494.


JAIN VISHWA BHARATI U.S.A.: Every Saturday classes are held on Pranayam, Yogic Exercise and Relaxation, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.; donations accepted; JVB Center, 7819 Lillwill Ave., Orlando; for information, call (407) 852-8694 or e-mail


CHINMAYA MISSION: Classes and activities for adults and children from kindergarten to grade 12 on Hindu culture, based on the universal philosophy of Advaita Vedanta (Oneness); times and days vary; for information, e-mail



HINDU TEMPLE OF FLORIDA: 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday; 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa, FL 33624; (813) 962-6890.

SHIV MANDIR: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday; officiating priests are Pandit Balraj Maharaj and Ram Maharaj; 2001 N. Howard Ave., Tampa, FL 33607; (813) 907-6311.

DADA BHAGWAN’S GROUP OF TAMPA BAY: Satsang every Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m.; everyone is invited; call Ramesh Patel at (813) 926-1143 or Mukesh Patel at (813) 969-1740.

JAIN SOCIETY OF TAMPA BAY: Monthly bhavna from 3 to 5 p.m. every fourth Sunday; also, non-Jains can take Dev Darshan of statues made of marbles by sculpture-artist from Rajasthan; 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 5 to 7 p.m.; both events at Days Inn hotel at Fletcher Avenue and Interstate 75; call Kini Shah at (813) 503-0715 or Pradeep Bavishi at (727) 525-5400.

VISHNU MANDIR: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday only, discourse by Pandit Vishnu Sharma; 5303 Lynn Road, Tampa, FL 33624; (813) 654-2551.

SANATAN MANDIR: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday; 311 East Palm Ave., Tampa, FL 33602; (813) 221-4482.

SHRI SARASWATI DEVI MANDIR: 9:30 a.m. to noon Sunday only; officiating priest is Pandit Purnanan Sharma; 16220 Livingston Avenue, Lutz, FL 33559; (813) 264-1539.

SHRI RADHA-KRISHNA MANDIR: daily morning arotik at 7 followed by Srimad-Bhavatavam class; 6 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Wednesday Bhagavad-Gita class followed by prasadam; 14610 N. 17th St., Tampa; (813) 971-6474 or click on

BAPS SHRI SWAMINARAYAN MANDIR: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily; darshan is closed between noon and 4 p.m. but reopens at 4 p.m.; 9226 E. Fowler Ave. (between Interstate 75 and U.S. 301); (813) 986-5473.

MANAV DHARMA ASHRAM: sumiran is from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. first Thursday of every month; satsang is 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, followed by dinner; yoga classes begin at 7:30 a.m. Saturday; bhajans are 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. every third Sunday; 7520 Caron Road, Tampa, FL 33615; call the ashram at (813) 889-7155, Himatlal Parekh at (813) 969-1661 or Ashok Modh at (813) 935-3439.

SHREE YAMUNA PREETI SEVA SAMAJ: Pushtimargiya Satsang Mandal invites Vaishnavs of Tampa Bay area to weekend Satsang sabhas and kirtans; 1340 Robin Road S., St. Petersburg, FL 33707; call Smitabein Patel at (813) 961-3816 or Himatlal Parekh at (813) 969-1661.

ISLAMIC SOCIETY OF TAMPA BAY AREA MOSQUE: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily; 7326 E. Sligh Ave., Tampa, FL 33601; Tel: (813) 628-0007.

GURDWARA: 8 a.m. till 8 p.m. daily; 15302 Morris Bridge Road, Thonotosassa, FL 33592; (813) 986-6205.


HINDU SOCIETY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA: 8:30 a.m. to noon and 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry, FL 32707; (407) 699-5277.

GURDWARA, SIKH SOCIETY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA: 11:30 A.M. to 1 p.m. Sunday; 2527 W. Aloma Ave. (west State Road 426), Oviedo; (407) 805-0404.

MASJID AL-RAHIM, ISLAMIC SOCIETY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA, WEST ORLANDO: five times daily prayers and pray on Friday; 4962 Old Winter Garden Road, Orlando, FL 32811; (407) 523-7882.

SARASWATI DEVI MANDIR/INDO CARIBBEAN CENTER: Sunday service is from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; all special days observed with worship; 1453 N. Pine Hills Road, Orlando, FL 32808; for information, call (407) 522-1988 or click on

SHRI SHIVDHAM HINDU TEMPLE AND BRAHMRISHI YOGASHRAM: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily; 460 O’Berry Hoover Road, Orlando, FL 32825; (407) 380-2661 or e-mail

SANTOSHI MA TEMPLE: bhajan and aarti first Friday of every month; 10900 Park Ridge Gotha Road, Windermere, FL 34786; (407) 996-2830.

SHRI DEVI BHAVAN: 9 A.M. TO 11:30 a.m. every Sunday; Pandit is Eshwar Persaud; 6206 W. Amelia St., Orlando, FL 32835; (407) 822-8057.

SHRI LAXMINARAYAN MANDIR: 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday; 269 N. Klondike Ave., Pine Hills, FL 32811; (407) 877-7916.

SHRI SWAMINARAYAN MANDIR (BAPS): 1325 W. Oak Ridge Road, Orlando, FL 32809; (407) 857-0091.

POINCIANA HINDU MANDIR INC.: 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. each Sunday and on special festivals; 3999 Monterey Road, Kissimmee, FL 34758; (407) 873-2679.


SHRI SWAMINARAYAN TEMPLE: 2793 New Tampa Highway, Lakeland, FL 33815; (863) 682-8260.


ISKCON OF ALACHUA (International Society for Krishna Consciousness): founder is A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, P.O. Box 819, Alachua, FL 32616; (386) 462-2017.


SHIRDI SAI CENTER: 4707 Pleasant Grove Road, Inverness, FL 34452; for timings of the center and any other information, call (352) 860-2181 or e-mail


HINDU SOCIETY OF NORTHEAST FLORIDA (HSNEF): 714 Park Ave., Orange Park; for information, call (904) 269-1155 or click on


SOUTH FLORIDA HINDU TEMPLE: 13010 W. Griffin Road, Southwest Ranches, FL 33330; for timings and classes at the temple, call (954) 438-3675 or e-mail

SHIVA VISHNU TEMPLE OF SOUTH FLORIDA: 5661 Dykes Road, Southwest Ranches, FL 33331; 9 a.m. to noon and 6 to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and holidays; call (954) 689-0471 or click on

SHIVA MANDIR: 3000 N.W. 29TH Ave., Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309; for information, call (954) 735-3560 or click on

ISLAMIC CENTER OF BOCA RATON: 3100 N.W. FIFTH AVE., Boca Raton, FL 33431; for information, call (561) 395-7221 or click on

SIKH GURUDWARA: 1600 S.W. 60th St., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33331; for information, call (954) 680-0221.

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