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NOV. 1: DIWALI-ANNAKUT; organized by the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir; Annakut/aarti darshan will be every hour from noon to 7 p.m.; Diwali will be celebrated at 8 p.m. and children's Diwali will be 2 to 7 p.m. with fun and games for kids of all ages; BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, 9556 E. Fowler Ave. in Tampa; for information, call (813) 431-0038.

NOV. 1: DIWALI; organized by the Hindu Temple of Florida at its community hall, 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa; the grand cultural program will begin with a cultural program from 4 to 7 p.m.; it will be followed by a special recital of Hindustani classical bhajans by Lavanya Dinesh; fireworks will be at 7 p.m., followed by dinner; admission is free; for more information, visit

NOV. 1: DIWALI; organized by the Federation of American Physicians of Indian origin (FAPI); India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road; social is from 2:30 to 3 p.m., with CME Program Activity from 3 to 7 p.m., followed by dinner and entertainment; the event is free for members who attend CME; for more detailed information, call FAPI President Dr. Krishan Batra at (813) 963-9857.

NOV. 2: DIWALI; organized by the Maayboli Melawa Tampa Bay (MMTB); India Cultural Center, Tampa; for more information, write to or join MMTB mailing list at

NOV. 8: 21ST ANNUAL INDIA FESTIVAL; organized by the Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay; 1 to 10 p.m.; $7 for adults, $4 for children 12 years and younger; University of South Florida Sun Dome, 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa; for information, visit

NOV. 19: 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.

NOV. 15: "SHADES OF LOVE," contemporary play and Triveni Sangam - classical and fusion dances; fundraiser presented by Pehchaan; 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa; $15 for adults, $10 for students with ID, $10 for child; donations are accepted; for more information, call Sushama Kirtikar at (813) 810-2470 or Gopa Rautray at (813) 598-9848 or e-mail

NOV. 19: THANKSGIVING DINNER SPONSORSHIP BY INDO-US CHAMBER OF COMMERCE; dinner certificates will be presented at 6 p.m. at Dover Elementary School to at least 125 needy families in Dover; INDO-US encourages Khaas Baat readers to sponsor at least one family for $25; make check to INDOUS and mail to Indo-US Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 20232, Tampa, FL 33622-0232 by Nov. 8; for details, visit or call Francis Vayalumkal at (813) 719-0303 or Kavita Marballi at (813) 767-3538.

NOV. 22: FOURTH ANNUAL AACSA CONVENTION; the Asian American Convenience Stores Association represents more than 50,000 Indian stores and small business owners; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; noon to 11 p.m.; for more information, call AACSA President Satya Shaw at (813) 842-0345, e-mail or visit

NOV. 27-30: PRATISHTHA MAHOTSAV; at the Jain Temple of Tampa Bay, 5513-A Lynn Road, Tampa; if you plan to attend, register online at; for more information, call Sanjiv Jain at (813) 714-3555 or Rupesh Shah at (813) 843-6851.


NOV. 1: DIWALI-ANNAKUT; organized by the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir; Annakut/aarti darshan will be every two hours from noon to 7:30 p.m.; Diwali will be celebrated at 7:45 p.m.; BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, 1325 W. Oakridge Road, Orlando; for information, call (407) 857-0091.

NOV. 1: ANNAKUT UTSAV; organized by the Hindu Society of Central Florida, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; followed with pujas, mahaprasad and fireworks; call the temple at (407) 699-5277 or click on

NOV. 15: DIWALI; organized by the Orlando Marathi Mandal; 7 p.m.; the Hindu Society of Central Florida, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; for more information, call Chitra Deshpande at (407) 345-5161 or Palavi Jahagirdar at (407) 339-8875.

NOV. 15: TALENT SHOW & GROUP DANCE COMPETITION; presented by the Gujarati Society of Central Florida; minor, juniors and seniors categories; prizes will be awarded for Best Costume, Best Choreography and Best Overall Performance; free; 5 p.m.; Linda W. Chapin Auditorium, Orange County Convention Center Hall C, International Drive, Orlando; for more information, call Alka Shukla at (407) 221-3517, (407) 302-3645 or e-mail


NOV. 9 AND 11: DIWALI; organized by the Hindu Society of North East Florida; Lakshmi Pooja and Chopda Vasan Pooja from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9; on Sunday, Nov. 11, the temple will hold a Govardhan Pooja and Annakut Maha Prasad from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; temple is 4968 Greenland Road, Jacksonville or call (904)-269-1155 or click on


NOV. 1: DIWALI; organized by the Indian Association of the Space Coast (IASC); 6:30 p.m.; Holiday Inn, Melbourne-Viera; for information, visit

DEC. 7: ANNUAL FUNCTION; organized by the Indian Association of Space Coast (IASC); 6 p.m.; Holiday Inn Express, SCCC, Cocoa; for information, visit


NOV. 1: DIWALI; organized by the Shri Swaminarayan Temple; 6 to 8 p.m. with Annakut; ror information, call (863) 687-4776 or visit the temple at 2793 New Tampa Highway.


NOV. 1: DIWALI; organized by the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir with Annakut Darshan; BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, 541 S.E. 18th Ave., Boynton Beach; for information, call (561) 740-2898 or click on

NOV. 8: ANNUAL BANQUET FOR THE ASSOCIATION OF INDIANS IN AMERICA (AIA) SOUTH FLORIDA CHAPTER; Hilton Inn, Deerfield Beach; for information, call Maya Kirpalani at (561) 241-1746 or Dilip Nersian at (954) 494-9982 or visit

NOV. 22: BOOGIE WOOGIE CHALO AMERICA AUDITION; organized by the Nrityanjali International Performing Arts; Boca Prep International School, 10333 Diego Drive S., Boca Raton; ages for participation are junior from 6 to 13 and senior from 14 to 21; for information, call (954) 340-3870 or visit


NOV. 15: 11TH CULTURAL GLIMPSES OF INDIA; organized by the India Association of Tallahassee ( ); Chiles High School Auditorium, Tallahassee; 4 to 7 p.m.; group dances, group songs, dramas and skits; this year, a "Photography Competition" and a "Rangoli Exhibition;" to coordinate or participate in an item for Glimpses, send an e-mail to or, giving full name, event name, a brief description, contact phone number and email id; volunteers also sought; to volunteer, e-mail , with your name and contact number; for more information,


NOV. 7: BHAJAN; organized by the Hindu Temple of Southwest Florida; 7 p.m.; at Cypress Middle School, Fort Myers; for information, call (239) 574-2501 or (239) 404-6638 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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