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JAN. 8: �YOGA UNVEILED;� documentary film about the oldest spiritual practice in the world; Q&A session after film with producer/director Gita Desai; 7:30 p.m.; The Lotus Pond, 6201 Lynn Road, Citrus Park, FL 33635; $8 advance registration is recommended; for information, call (813) 961-3160 or visit www.yogalotusroom.com
JAN. 9: �RAGA UNVEILED;� India�s Voice, The History and Essence of North Indian Classical Music; Q&A session after film with producer/director Gita Desai; 7:30 p.m.; The Lotus Pond, 6201 Lynn Road, Citrus Park, FL 33635; $8 advance registration is recommended; for information, call (813) 961-3160 or visit www.yogalotusroom.com

JAN. 10: SHRI SATYA NARAYAN POOJA, BHAVYA BHAJAN SANDHYA AND NEW YEAR GET-TOGETHER; organized by the Golden Age-60+ Seniors Club of Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay; 3 p.m.; Sanatan Mandir, 311 E. Palm Ave., Tampa; all seniors and their supporters are welcome; for more information, call Narendra Patel (Golden Age chairman) at (727) 327-8784.

JAN. 13: DESI CLUB OF TAMPA BAY MONTHLY GET-TOGETHER; 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.; India Cultural Center, Lotus Hall, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; attendees can enjoy indoor sports games such as table tennis, darts, bridge and other card games, carom and more; light snack and refreshments are provided; to RSVP, call Ramesh Parekh at (727) 785-4112 or e-mail [email protected] or Pradip Patel at (813) 785-2736 or e-mail [email protected]

JAN. 16: �FLOWERS OF THE BHAGAVAT;� a workshop conducted by Brahmacharini Arpita Acharya, Chinmaya Mission St. Augustine; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Chinmaya Mission Tampa Bay, 18708 Hanna Road, Lutz; $25 registration; lunch will be served; to register, call Ira Lalwani at (813) 679-6415, e-mail [email protected] or visit www.chinmayaprasad.org

JAN. 20: ICC INDIAN SENIOR GET-TOGETHER; fourth anniversary of the get-together; 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.; India Cultural Center, Magnolia Hall, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; dinner and entertainment will be provided; free; no minimum age limit; for information or a ride, call John Adhia at (813) 784-6930 or Ram Jakhotia at (813) 962-4172.

JAN. 22-24: INDIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (IIFF) OF TAMPA BAY; presented by the INDO-US Chamber of Commerce at Channelside Cinemas, Tampa; festival will open with a main feature presentation and opening night gala at 7 p.m. on Friday, followed by a variety of feature films, short films, and documentaries from different genres; for details, call Francis Vayalumkal at (813) 719-0303 or e-mail francis.Vayalumkal@gmail or Rachana Dinkar at [email protected]; more information is available at www.IIFFTampa.com

FEB. 6: �FAMILY DYNAMICS;� Pehchaan is conducting its first workshop in the series on �Family Dynamics;� presenter is Christina Bellamy, licensed mental health counselor.  2 to 4 p.m.; venue to be determined; registration starts at 1:30 pm.; for RSVP or questions, call Gopa Rautray at (813) 598-9848, Vandana Shelkar at (813) 943-5288 or email [email protected]


JAN. 1: SRI GANESHA ABHISHEKAM AND SRI SATYANARAYANA SAMOHIKA POOJA; 9 a.m. Abhishekam and pooja at 5 p.m.; sponsorships are available; Hindu Society of Central Florida, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; for information, call Dr. Adi Nallamshetty at (407) 687-5506, Mahendra Kapadia at (407) 595-9224, Srinivas Jarugula at (407) 267-7595 or the temple office at (407) 699-5277.

JAN. 3: GRAND NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS; organized by the Hindu Society of Central Florida New Age Group; HSCF Community Hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Tropical Fruit Club of CFL member Jim Ford will give a presentation on how to grow fruit trees, fruits and your health; free game of bingo, attractive prizes, tea party; $5 cover charge per person; RSVP to [email protected] or call Madan Arora at (407) 971-9259, Dev Sharma at (407) 862-9920.

JAN. 23: ANNUAL BANQUET DINNER AND FUNDRAISING; Hindu Society of Central Florida, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; 6:30 p.m.; for more information, call the temple at (407) 699-5277 or visit www.hindutempleorlando.net


JAN. 1: NEW YEAR CELEBRATION; Florida Shirdi Sai Baba Temple; 4707 Pleasant Grove Road, Inverness; for timings and other details, call (352) 860-2181, e-mail [email protected] or visit www.floridashirdisai.org


JAN. 1: GANESH HAVAN/POOJA; Hindu Temple of Southwest Florida, 12552 Plantation Road, Fort Myers; 10 a.m.; Mukesh Vyas will conduct the pooja,
sponsored by Vish and Vardhini Nagarajan; for more details, call Temple President Renga Sundaresan at (239) 561-5866, temple representatives at (239) 482-0677 or (239) 404-6638 or visit http://www.hindutempleswfl.com

JAN. 8: MONTHLY BHAJAN; 7:30 p.m.; Hindu Temple of Southwest Florida, 12552 Plantation Road, Fort Myers; sponsors needed; for more details, call Temple President Renga Sundaresan at (239) 561-5866, temple representatives at (239) 482-0677 or (239) 404-6638 or visit http://www.hindutempleswfl.com


JAN. 23: CME: India Cultural & Education Center, 1115 S.W. 13th St.; provides five hours of American Medical Association-approved CME credits to physicians; also open for physician�s assistants and advance nurse practitioners; for information, call (352) 379-2911 or visit www.icec-florida.org/

MARCH 20: INDIA FEST; presented by the India Cultural & Education Center (www.icec-florida.org); 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Santa Fe Community College Gymnasium, 3000 N.W. 83rd St., Gainesville, FL 32606; $3 admission, kids younger than 4 years of age are free; Indian food, dance, art, music, jewelry, clothing, henna; for vendor information, call Lalitha Ganesh at (352) 377-3844, cultural show, call Mathura Alladi at (352) 372-4545 or visit www.icec-florida.org


JAN. 3: NEW YEAR ARYA SAMAJ HAVAN; South Florida Hindu Temple, 13010 W. Griffin Road, Southwest Ranches; 10 a.m.; sponsored by Arya Samaj Parivar; for more information, call Narendra Upadhyaya at (954) 986-1232 or Pandit Shivacharya Devanathan at (954) 336-2467 or visit www.sfht.org

JAN. 9: �GITA IN ACTION� WORKSHOP SERIES; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; �Senate Chambers� (Student Union), Florida Atlantic University, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton; (parking lot 16); conducted by Brahmacharini Aparna Chaitanya; lunch and refreshments will be served; pre-registration is needed; for more information, visit www.cmmiami.org

JAN. 17: BOOGIE WOOGIE (BOLLYWOOD DANCE COMPETITION); from 11 a.m.; Tamarac Community Center, Tamarac; presented by Nrityanjali International Performing Arts (www.nrityanjaliarts.com); last date to submit an audition form is Jan. 9; to participate, fill the inquiry/application form at www.boogiewoogiefl.com or call (954) 2821-BOO (266).

JAN. 22: LOCK-IN FOR KIDS; 7 p.m. to 8 a.m.; Parvani residence, Oak Ridge Complex, 9471 S.W. 124 Terrace (south Miami); Pajama Party with Chinmaya�s Vishal Bhaiya and Sonya Didi, Kiran aunty and her famous cooking, and special guest, Brahmacharini Aparnaji; dinner and dessert feast is included; registration $25 per child; space is limited, so register early; e-mail your name and grade to [email protected]; mail your check to Chinmaya Mission, 12011 S.W. 97 Terrace, Miami, FL 33186; last date to register and pay (nonrefundable): Jan. 10.

JAN. 23: SARASWATI PUJO; organized by the Bengali Association of South Florida; Westpine Middle School, 9393 N.W. 50th St., Sunrise; for timing and other details, call (305) 595-6322, e-mail [email protected] or visit www.basfl.org

FEB. 28: �MUSIC FOR THE SOUL:� concert featuring vocalist Mitali Banerjee Bhaumik, Ramesh Misra on sarangi and Nitin Mitta on tabla; organized by the Association of Performing Arts of India (www.apaiart.com); 4 to 7 p.m.; ArtServe Auditorium, 1350 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; $20 ticket per person will be sold one hour before the concert; for more information, call (954) 885-1466 or visit http://www.apaiart.com


STARTING OCT. 1: TARANA MUSIC; offers vocal and harmonium lessons for all ages; group and private classes are given by Sharmistha Banerjee; Compton Park Clubhouse, Tampa; classes also offered in Oldsmar/Palm Harbor area; for information, call (727) 481-5856 or visit www.taranamusic.org

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 (www.adityabanerjee.com); classes held at different locations depending on the day; for more information, call (813) 960-0176 or e-mail: [email protected]; Web site: www.pjsmf.com

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 [email protected]

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 www.chinmayaprasad.org or call Laxmi Sastry at (813) 948-3590 or e-mail [email protected]

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 (www.ganeshkanjira.com); 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 [email protected] or [email protected]

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 www.vedantaflorida.com


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 [email protected]


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 [email protected]



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 www.iskcontampa.com

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 www.csichurchflorida.org


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 www.saraswatidevimandir.com

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 [email protected]

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 [email protected]


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


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 [email protected]

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 www.shivavishnu.org

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

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

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

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