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MAY 6: ANNUAL PICNIC, organized by Mayaboli Melawa of Tampa Bay (MMTB); 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; free for MMTB members, non-members pay $10 per adult, $5 per child over 10 years of age; A.L. Anderson Park, Shelter No. 8, 39699 U.S. Highway 19, Tarpon Springs; call (813) 264-3824.

MAY 10: INDOUS CHAMBER BUSINESS MEETING, speaker Dustin Keith, president of Mentor Contract Support Inc., will give an introduction to government contracting; 6:30 p.m.; free admission and complimentary dinner; The Bayanihan Arts Center, 14301 Nine Eagles Drive, Tampa, FL 33626; call (813) 925-1232 or click on

MAY 13: �DEMYSTIFYING INDIA FUNDRAISER,� organized by the INDOUS Chamber of Commerce; 6:30 p.m.; $250 donation per person; initiative looks to provide Tampa Bay with a thorough education and detailed insight on India, its culture, its contributions to society; Museum of Science & Industry, 4801 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa, FL 33617; for tickets, call Prash Pavagadhi at (727) 786-6070 or click on

MAY 14: MOTHER�S DAY, Gayatri Yagya, organized by Sanatan Mandir; 4 to 6 p.m.; 311 E. Palm Ave., Tampa, FL 33602; for information, call (813) 221-4482.

MAY 19: EKAL SUR SANDHYA, an enchanting evening of Geet and Ghazal with Kumar Sunil Mungee, to benefit Ekal Vidyalaya (story, page 1), a project addressing the needs of primary education in remote villages of India; 6:30 p.m.; India Cultural & Conference Center (ICC), 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa, 33624; $25 general admission; call Jawahar Taunk at (727) 789-9087 or click on

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MAY 20: VIOLIN CONCERT, organized by Swaralaya, O.S. Thyagarajan on the violin; 5 p.m., University of South Florida, College of Public Health Auditorium; for information, call Lata Kumar at (813) 679-7298 or click on

MAY 21: SITAR CONCERT, by Shri KV Mahabala accompanied by Shri Sripad on tabla to benefit Ekal Vidyalaya, a project addressing the needs of primary education in remote villages of India; Co-Sponsored by USF Students of India Association; 5:30 p.m.; $25 (suggested donation); The location for Sitar event is Cooper Hall Auditorium at the University of South Florida, Tampa. For more information, contact Kaushal Chari at (813) 972-0931.


MAY 6: VOCAL CONCERT, organized by Asian Cultural Association; Dr. M. Balamurali Krishna is vocalist, Vittal Ramamurthy on the violin, N. Ramakrishnan on mridangam; followed by dance ballet with Dr. Saraswathi Sunderesan group; $25 for both programs, $15 for one program; for information, call Jasbir Mehta at (407) 333-3667 or click on

MAY 13: �SEMINAR ON WOMEN�S CANCER RESEARCH AND LATEST TREATMENTS,� organized by the Hindu Society of Central Florida; focus on risk factors, detection methods, healthy living and treatments for women with cancer; specialists, including Dr. Vivek Shenoy, one of the organizers, is regional manager for AstraZenca; free; for information, call Mala Karkhanis at (407) 365-0985 or Srinivas Jaragula at (407) 699-5277 or check out

MAY 13: �COLORS OF ABILITY,� organized by the Asian Cultural Association; traditional Indian theater conceived, directed and choreographed by Guruji Sallauddin Pasha and performed by students with disabilities; 7:30 p.m.; tickets are $20, $35; Lyman High School, 865 S. Ronald Reagan Blvd., Longwood, FL 32750; for information, call Jasbir Mehta at (407) 333-3667 or click on


MAY 4-7: FOURTEENTH ANNUAL WORLD OF NATIONS CELEBRATION, organized by the city of Jacksonville, showcases wonderful sights, sounds, and tastes of different countries, including India with help from the Indian Cultural Society in Jacksonville setting up India stall; May 4-5 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (registered field trips only); May 5: 5 p.m.-8 p.m. International Party; May 6: 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; May 7: noon-6 p.m.; one-day ticket is $5, two-day ticket is $7, International Party on May 5 is free; children 3 and under are free; Metropolitan Park, downtown Jacksonville; for information, call (904) 630-3690.

MAY 14: MOTHER�S DAY SPECIAL DEVI POOJA, organized by the Hindu Society of Northeast Florida; 10 a.m. to noon; for information, call the temple at (904) 269-1155 or click on

MAY 20: ANNAMACHARYA DAY, organized by the Hindu Society of Northeast Florida; for information, call the temple at (904) 269-1155 or click on


MAY 6: CLASSICAL VIOLIN CONCERT, organized by Association of Performing Arts of India; Padma Shree Dr. N. Rajam and Dr. Sangeeta Shankar; 7 p.m.; $20, $30; Broward County Main Library, 100 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale; for information, call (954) 885-1466 or e-mail [email protected]

MAY 20: ANNUAL BANQUET, organized by Associations of Indians in America, South Florida chapter, dinner catered by India Grill restaurant with DJ and music and dance; 7:30 p.m.; tickets are $30 for members, $45 non-members; Delray Old School Square, Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; for information, call Saja Khan at (954) 577-9330 or Nira Chauhan at (561) 482-8677 or 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: [email protected]; 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 [email protected]

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 [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 (; 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.


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]



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 [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 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


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

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