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The Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay will celebrate Navratri on
Sept. 26-27 and Oct. 3-4 at the Florida State Fairgrounds,
4800 N. U.S. 301, Tampa. Khelaiya Group from Surat will be
performing during the four days. Beginning at 8 p.m., the event is
free for Samaj members. Dandiya will be available for purchase and nominal parking fees apply. For more information, call Jyoti Gandhi at (727) 534-3767 or Sudhir Shah at (727) 686-7424.

Navratri begins from Sept. 24 at the Hindu Temple of Florida, 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa. For timings and other details, call (813) 962-6890.

The Sanatan Mandir at 311 E. Palm Ave., Tampa, will celebrate Navratri from Sept. 24 with Durga Puja daily at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. For details, call the temple at (813) 221-4482, email or visit

Ambaji Mandir at 10991 58th St., in Pinellas Park, will celebrate Navratri with daily garba at 7 p.m. from Sept. 25 to Oct. 3. Maha Astami Havan will be from 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 2. For more information, call the Mandir at (727) 388-6685 or visit

SOIKOT (Bengali Association of Greater Tampa Bay) will hold Durga Puja on Oct. 3-5 at India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa. Lakshmi Puja will be on Oct. 11 at Land O' Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O' Lakes Blvd. For details, e-mail or visit


The Gujarati Society of Central Florida will hold Navratri Garba on Sept. 26-27 (Swati Fadnis and group), Oct. 3-4 (Dwanit Joshi & Parul Vaidya Group), both at Lyman High School, 865 S. Ronald Reagan Blvd., Longwood; and Oct. 10 (Ravin Naik & Group) at Olympia High School, 4301 S. Apopka Vineland Road. For information, visit

The Hindu Society of Central Florida (HSCF) temple will present Navratri Utsav and live music Raas and garba from Sept. 24-Oct. 3 in the community hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry. Snacks will be available at the canteen stall. Dussehra celebration will be from 5 p.m. Oct. 4. For more information, call the temple at (407) 699-5277, e-mail or visit

And Maa Durga Sri Sai Baba Temple will present Navratri Garba & Raas from 8 p.m. Sept. 26-27 at JCC Hall, 11184 S. Apopka Vineland Road, Orlando (which is close to the temple). Entrance is free. For information, call (407) 574-8044, e-mail


CORAL SPRINGS: The Indian Regional & Cultural Center (IRCC) will celebrate Navratri from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Sept. 27 and Oct. 4 at Taravella High School, 10600 Riverside Drive, Coral Springs. For information, call (954) 543-1539 or visit

SUNRISE: The Bengali Association of South Florida is organizing Sharadotsav on Oct. 4-5 at Westpine Middle School, 9393 N.W. 50th St. (near the Sawgrass Expressway). For details, email or visit

PALM BEACH: The Palm Beach India Association will celebrate Navratri/Garba at 8 p.m. on Sept. 26-27 and Oct. 3-4. For venue and other information, e-mail or visit


The Bhartiya Samaj of Central Florida will celebrate Navratri at 9 p.m. on Sept. 19-20, Sept. 26-27 and Oct. 3-4 at Bartow Civic Center, 2250 S. Floral Ave., Bartow. For more information, call Subhash S. Patel at (863) 648-0294, Vinoobhai Patel at (863) 293-0942 or visit


The India Association Cultural & Educational Center will hold garba from 9 p.m. on Sept. 26-27 and Oct. 2-4. For details, call (352) 208-4511 or e-mail


The Gujarati Samaj of Gatorland in Gainesville will celebrate Navratri from 7 p.m. to midnight from Sept. 26-27, Oct. 3 and Oct. 5 at Kanapaha Middle School, 5005 S.W. 75th St., Gainesville. The event is free for Samaj members; $10 for non-members and $5 for non-member students. For details, email


The Gujarati Samaj of North East Florida will celebrate Navratri from 8 p.m. to midnight on Sept. 26-27 and Oct. 3-4 at Jacksonville Ice & Sportsplex, 3605 Phillips Highway, Jacksonville. For information, call Bakulesh Patel at (904) 813-9616, Bipin Patel at (904) 260-7675, e-mail or visit


The Indian Association of the Space Coast will hold Navratri celebrations from 7 to midnight Sept. 27, Oct. 4 and Oct. 11 at Viera High School, 6103 Stadium Parkway, Viera. For more information, call (321) 302-1870, e-mail or visit

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