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JUNE 1: FREE SCREENINGS AND HEALTH AWARENESS ADVICE; organized by BAPS Charities; free checking of blood pressure, blood glucose level; 3 to 5 p.m., BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, 9554 E. Fowler Ave., Thonotosassa; for information, call Dr. Jaydeep at (813) 732-8171 or Dr. Yagneswari at (813) 792-8305 or visit

JUNE 1-7: BHAGWAT KATHA; by the grace of saint Shri Ramesh Baba, four Brajwasis are on a tour of USA from Barsana: Pandit Ramji Lal has performed Bhagwat Katha for 19 years, Madan Mohan and Narsingh Das sing devotional bhajans, Girdhar is a dholak player; Sanatan Mandir, 311 E. Palm Ave.; 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on June 1; 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. June 2-6; 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 7; for information, call Dr. Vijapura at (813)966-5646.

JUNE 7: FAPI 21ST ANNUAL EVENT; Satya Shaw, CPA, presents Fame '08 with Rex D'Souza (of K for Kishore fame), Nimiksha Jani, Shobana; FAPI (Florida Association of Physicians of Indian Origin) will hold CME at 12:30, followed by its general body meeting at 5:30, social hour at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. entertainment begins; free for CME attendees, FAPI members $15; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; for information, call FAPI President at Narayana Rattehalli at (727) 861-2822 or e-mail

JUNE 13-14: ISNA (ISLAMIC SOCIETY OF NORTH AMERICA) DAY; program to include leadership trainings, youth/MYNA activities, estate and financial planning workshops; for information, call Dr. Husain Nagamia at (813) 661-6161. JUNE 14: INDO-AMERICAN PHARMACISTS ASSOCIATION ANNUAL CCE PROGRAM; registration begins at 7 a.m. with program from 8 onward till 3:30 p.m.; registered IAPA members pay $25 and 2008 IAPA CE registration is $125; Dr. Blaise F. Alfano Conference and Banquet Center, 11606 N. McKinley Drive, Tampa; for information, call Linda Shah at (727) 214-5116 or e-mail

JUNE 18: 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. JUNE 28: EKAL VIDYALAYA ANNUAL FUND RAISING PROGRAM; Ekal charity musical event by Pandya Group called "Yadoon Ki Barrat;" India Cultural Center; 6.30 p.m.; $25; for information, call Jawahar Taunk at (727) 786-0017, Chandresh Saraiya at (813) 309-0647 or visit

JULY 5: ANNUAL RATH YATRA (THE FESTIVAL OF CHARIOTS); organized by Rath Yatra Association, city of Tampa, Sanatan Mandir and Federation of Indian Associations of Tampa Bay; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Al Lopez Park, 4900 N. Himes Ave., Tampa; for puja, sponsorship and more information, call Subhra Mohapatra at (813) 909-1636, Chandrakant Patel at (813) 340-5505 or e-mail


JUNE 1: HINDU SOCIETY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA NEW AGE (SENIORS GROUP); 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Hindu Society of Central Florida Community Hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; $5 per person; study circle, games, tea party for 50 years and older; for information, call Madan Arora at (407) 971- 9259, Dev Sharma at (407) 862-9920 or e-mail

JUNE 10: "ANXIETY AND ITS EFFECT ON YOUR HEALTH," a discussion by Vipin Mehta, author of "Global Healing," a book on achieving balance in life; 7:07 p.m. to 8 p.m.; tune to AM1440 radio station (Orlando area) "Manoranjan" radio program or listen online at; call (407) 841-8255 during the show if you have a question or comment.

JUNE 27-29: SEVENTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF WORLD ASSOCIATION FOR VEDIC STUDIES (WAVES) INC.; theme is "Vedic Heritage for Global Welfare of Next Generation"; venue is UCF, Student Union Building, Orlando; for information, call Abhinav Dwivedi at (813) 992-0807 or (407) 275-0013, e-mail or visit

JULY 3: PRAVACHAN BY SWAMI RAMDEV; Baba Ramdev is world-famous for his efforts to teach yoga; 6 to 8:30 p.m.; Olympia High School, 4301 S. Apopka Vineland Road, Orlando; for information, call the Hindu Society of Central Florida temple office at (407) 699-5277.


MAY 17: INDIA FEST 2008; organized by the Hindu Society of North East Florida on its premises at 2960 Greenland Road; 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; food, games and fun, including video games, chess, carom; vendor stalls, cultural programs with dance, music, tabla and mridangam performances; children's activities and health information services, including free health checkups, Ayurveda counseling; free; for details, contact temple at (904) 268-7630.


MAY 11: MOTHER'S DAY PICNIC; organized by the Indian Cultural Society of Daytona; for more information, e-mail or visit


JUNE 15: FATHER'S DAY PICNIC; organized by the Indian Association of the Space Coast (IASC); 1 p.m., Kiwanis Park, Merritt Island; for information, call Kumkum Pandit at (321) 761-0284 or check out


JUNE 8: FINANCIAL PLANNING SEMINAR; co-sponsored by the India Association of Tallahassee with Dexter Baker of AXA Advisors (; 1 p.m.; Hilton Garden Inn, 1330 S. Blairstone Road, Tallahassee; for information, call (850) 322-7684.


JUNE 7: CLASSICAL HINDUSTANI CONCERT; Shubhendra Rao on the sitar, Saskia Rao on the cello and Biplab Bhattacharya on the tabla; Broward County Main Library Auditorium, 100. S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale; free; 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; organized by the Association of Performing Arts of India ( for information, call 866-468-7630.


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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