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SEPT. 5: "DHOOM MACHA DE," Abhijit Sawant live in concert; presented by the India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; dinner from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. with show starting at 9 p.m.; free for ICC members, non-members are $50, $75, $100; for more information, call Kanti Bakarania at (813) 653-4981 or Hitesh Adhia at (813) 784-1132.

SEPT. 13: GANESH UTSAV; organized by Maayboli Melawa Tampa Bay (MMTB); 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; free for MMTB members; $25 for non members, $10 for children over 7 years of age and free for kids under 7; Northdale Recreation Center, 15550 Spring Pine Drive; for more information, e-mail or call Deepak Phadnis at (727) 772-7178 or Sanjiv Potdar at (813) 655-5900.

SEPT. 13: "TAMIL NADU: AN EXPOSITION," organized by the Tampa Tamil Association (Tamausa), showcasing the many sides of Tamil Nadu; free event; offers a glimpse of the Tamil culture, ranging from the ancient temples, mosques and churches of that state, to the saris and jewelry, cuisine, dance-music and cinema industry, and tourism; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Hindu Temple of Florida, 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa; for more information, call Sheila Narayanan at (813) 961-6120 or e-mail

SEPT. 13-DEC. 28: "WHEN GOLD BLOSSOMS: INDIAN JEWELRY FROM THE SUSAN L. BENINGTON COLLECTION;" exhibition organized by the Asia Society and Museum in New York; at the Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive N.E., St. Petersburg; museum admission is $12 for adults; $10 for seniors 65 years of age and older; $6 for college students with ID; youth 7 to 18 years of age are $6; children under 6 years are free; museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday; for information, call the museum at (727) 896-2667 or visit

SEPT. 14: WORKSHOP ON PARENT ADOLESCENT CONFLICT; organized by Pehchaan; parents and adolescents ages 12 and up are invited; 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.; New Tampa Library, 10001 Cross Creek Blvd., Tampa; speaker is guidance counselor Indirah Persaud-Roll; to RSVP, call Ushma Shah (813) 545-9782, Manju Naik at (813) 842-8563 or e-mail

SEPT. 17: BUSINESS MEETING/NETWORKING EVENT; organized by the Indo-US Chamber of Commerce; 6:30 p.m.; free; The Westshore Hotel, 1200 N. Westshore Blvd., Tampa; for more information, call Indo-US Chamber of Commerce President Francis Vayalumkal at (813) 719-0303 or Chairman Dr. Ram Ramcharran at (727) 460-2460 or visit

SEPT. 17: ICC INDIAN SENIOR GET-TOGETHER; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at ICC, Lotus Hall, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; lunch served; free for seniors and everyone else is invited; for information or a ride, call John Adhia at (813) 784-6930 or Ram Jakhotia at (813) 962-4172.

SEPT. 19: BHAJAN AND GHAZAL SAMRAT ANUP JALOTA IN CONCERT; fundraiser to benefit Sanatan Mandir; 8 p.m.; tickets are $25, $35, $50, $100, $250; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; for information, call Kiron Senapati at (813) 267-7660 or Chandrakant Patel at (813) 340-5505.

SEPT. 19-21: SECOND ANNUAL YOGA SEMINAR; Gurudev Yogi Amrit Desai (Sree Amritji) will present discussions and demonstrations on Amrit Yoga, Pranayama, Yoga Nidra, Meditation and Satsang; the Hindu Temple of Florida Community Hall, 5509 Lynn Road; 6 p.m. Sept. 16, 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 20 and at 9 a.m. on Sept. 21; for details and to register, contact Sherry Preston at or call (352) 428-0709; M. P. R. Nathan at or call (352) 799-3728; Nainan Desai at or call (813) 931-7442; Gaurangi Patel at or call (813) 968-6038 or the temple at (813) 962-6890.

SEPT. 28: CRICKET MATCH BETWEEN WEST INDIES OF TAMPA BAY AND INDIA OF TAMPA BAY; gates open at 10 a.m. and the game starts at 11 a.m.; Hamilton Avenue Park, 9251 Hamilton Ave. W., Tampa; all proceeds will benefit the Carib Project, which is the establishment of a Caribbean American Business and Cultural Center in Tampa; for information, visit or call (813) 333-9331.


SEPT. 13: GANESH CHATURTHI; organized by the Orlando Marathi Mandal and the Hindu Society of Central Florida; starts from 4 p.m. in the Hindu temple hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; also, HSCF will celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi from Sept. 3 to Sept. 13; for more information and details, call Suresh Gupta (Chairman) at (407) 619-5000, Sreenivas Jarugula at (321) 262-6197, Chitra Deshpande at (407) 345-5161, Nalini Adhav at (407) 333-2232 or visit

SEPT. 14: GRANDPARENTS DAY; organized by the Hindu Society of Central Florida New Age; 1 p.m.; for more information, call Madan Arora at (407) 971-9259, Dev Sharma at (407) 862-9920, Surinder Kapur at (407) 645-1858 or Jayant Vaidya at (407) 977-1826.


SEPT. 13: "PRAHARSHA'08: THE FESTIVAL OF HOPE AND HAPPINESS;" organized by Asha UFlorida; a cultural show aimed at bringing out various shades of India onto one stage, with variety of acts performed by talented performers, promising you all an enthralling evening of visual grandeur; 6:30 p.m.; India Cultural & Education Center (ICEC), 1115, S.W. 13th St., Gainesville; the event is an collective effort to raise awareness for supporting various projects undertaken by Asha Uflorida in India; for more information, e-mail Sharan Asundi at or call (352) 328-1044.

SEPT. 20: HEALTH FAIR & CARDIO PULMONARY RESUCITATION (CPR) COURSE; free screenings; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; organized by the Indian Cultural and Education Center, 1115 S.W. 13th St., Gainesville; for information, call (352) 378-7112 or visit

SEPT. 28: GANDHI JAYANTHI: organized by the Indian Cultural and Education Center, 1115 S.W. 13th St., Gainesville; jugalbandi between santoor, violin, mridangam and tabla; for more information, visit


SEPT. 27: FOURTH ANNUAL EXPERIENCE ASIA 2008 FESTIVAL; organized by the Asian Coalition of Tallahassee (ACT); 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Bloxham-Lewis Parks in downtown Tallahassee; India Association of Tallahassee, which is a charter member of ACT, will participate; if interested in being a performer, sponsor, vendor or an exhibitor for this event, call Thayumana Somasundaram at (850) 339-2699 or e-mail or call Aurora Hansen at (850) 321-1114 or e-mail; for information, visit or or e-mail ACT Chairman Dr. Clyde Diao at


SEPT. 6-OCT. 30: "EXPLORE INDIA FILM FESTIVAL;" presented by the Museum of Discovery and Science (MODS) at its AutoNation IMAX Theater in Fort Lauderdale; features two films - "Mystic India" and "India: Kingdom of the Tiger," plus several activities; a special "Buy one film, get one free," film package offer is available - both films plus exhibit admission is $15 adults; $14 seniors; $12 children ages 2 to 12; MODS, 401 S.W. Second St.; for more information, call (954) 467-6637 or visit

SEPT. 26: "THE RAMAYAN;" presented by the Association of Performing Arts of India (APAI); performing is the Shakti Dance Company (; 8 p.m.; Parker Playhouse, 707 N.E. Eighth St. in Fort Lauderdale; tickets are $20 to $75; for information, call APAI at (954) 885-1466, e-mail or visit


YOGA AND MEDITATION: The Hindu Temple of Florida Vidyalaya presents Yoga and Meditation Classes 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sundays, starting April 6. Conducted by Shri Sree Reddy, the classes will be held in the temple hall, 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa, FL 33624. Minimal fee of $20 per month for the Raja Yoga and Jyothi Meditation classes will be charged. For information, call Nainan Desai at (813) 931-7442, Indira Sastry at (813) 854-1444, Suman Lingappa at (813) 994-2915 or Gayathri Chandra 813-814-2966.

VEDAS: Veda class is being conducted by B. Ganesan (Ganesh) at the Hindu Temple of Florida, 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa; 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; an engineer by profession, Ganesan works in Abu Dhabi, teaching Veda mantras for the last 17 years; Sri Rudhram, Chamaham, Sookthams, Upanishads are being taught for Vedic chanting during this free class; for information, call Ganesan at (813) 732-5935.

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 10am to noon in Tampa; ages 5 through teen; children learn about Hindu religion, culture and festivals through stories from the Ramayana and Bhagwad Gita; for more information on location and fees visit or 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.

VEDANTA CENTER IN ST. PETERSBURG The Vedanta Center of St. Petersburg, 216 19th Ave. S.E. (first house to the right on crossing Bay Street on 19th Avenue Southeast) holds lectures on Vedanta every Sunday from 11 a.m. to noon by Swami Yuktamanandaji. There also is a Gita class on Wednesday from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., followed by meditation at the center, which is part of the Ramakrishna Mission and Math of India. For more information, call (727) 896-9840 or click on


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.

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.

CHURCH OF SOUTH INDIA (CSI) CONGREGATION OF FLORIDA: Worship services at 10 a.m. every Sunday at Springhill Missionary Baptist Church, 8119 E. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Tampa, FL 33619; for information, call John Philip at (813) 986-6844 or Daniel Cherian (Anand) at (813) 985-9890 or click on


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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