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OCT. 8: MONTHLY MASS, organized by Kerala Association of Central Florida; Corpus Christi Catholic Church; 5 p.m.; Malayalam mass is every second Saturday at 5 p.m.; 9715 N. 56th St., Tampa.

OCT. 14: MUSIC AND DANCES BY LOCAL TALENT, organized by Sri Ayyappa Society of Tampa; 4:30 p.m.; Benito Middle school Auditorium, 10101 Cross Creek Blvd., Tampa; $100 VIP donation admits four, $20 per person and children are $10; for information, call Ravi Nair at (813) 920-8471 or Dr. Ayyappan Pillai at (813) 991-0180.

OCT. 14-15: MEWATI GHARANA SAMMELAN, organized by Indian Classical Music Society; two-day concert of Indian classical music/bhajans, USF Cooper Hall; vocalist Radharaman Kirtane and Rajendra Vaishampayan on harmonium at 6 p.m. Oct. 14; vocalist Sougata Banerjee and Shripad Jail on tabla at 5 p.m. Oct. 15; free; for information, call Kirtane at (813) 810-0257 or Shripad Jail at (813) 960-0176.

OCT. 28: 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF TAMAUSA (Tampa Tamil Association of USA); music by Thillana Group of San Francisco; dance by Sanhiti Group of San Jose; local talent, children’s program and booths; $20, $50, $100, includes dinner; noon to 11 p.m.; Sickles High School, 7950 Gunn Highway; for information, call S. Shanmugam at (813) 973-8754 or Dr. Parimala Nathan at (813) 991-4183.

OCT. 29: THEME BHAJANS, organized by the Pandit Jasraj School of Music Foundation; vocal and percussion competition; 11 a.m. for age groups 7-12, 12-20, 20 plus; for information, call Radharaman Kirtane at (813) 810-0257 or Jiwat Lalwani at (813) 817-0874.

NOV. 5: VOCAL CONCERT, by Sudha Raghunathan; organized by Swaralaya; USF College of Public Administration; 4:30 p.m.; $20 for members, $25 for non-members; for information, call Ravi Narayanan at (813) 961-6120 or e-mail

NOV. 8-13: “INNER ENGINEERING,” a program for self-discovery under guidance of world-renowned yogi and mystic Sadhguru Jagg Vasudev; India Cultural Center, 6611 Lynn Road, Tampa; for information, call (941) 751-1509 or visit


OCT. 14: ANNUAL PICNIC, organized by Kerala Catholic Association of Central Florida; 10 a.m.; Edward Medard Park, 5726 Panther Loop, Plant City; for information, call (813) 719-0303.


OCT. 15: MAHA GAYATRI HAVAN, organized by Hindu Society of Central Florida; 8 a.m.; for information, call Mahendra Kapadia at (407) 595-9224 or Srinivas Jargula at (321) 262-6197 or click on


OCT. 1: VIJAYDASHMI, organized by Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, 2793 New Tampa Highway, Lakeland; free; for information, call (863) 687-4776.


OCT. 1: GANDHI JAYANTI CELEBRATIONS, organized by the Indian Cultural and Education Center (ICEC); santoor concert by Pandit Nandkishor Muley from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. followed by a banquet at 7 p.m.; tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the gate for students; for non-students, charge is $10 in advance and $12 at the gate; tickets for concert and banquet are $30 in advance; for information, call Dinesh Shah at (352) 871-4993 or Prabhakar Keskar at (352) 338-1591.

OCT: 14: NRITYA SANGAM: A CONFLUENCE OF SACRED DANCE FROM SOUTH AND EAST INDIA, performers are Vishnu Tattva and Anapayini Dasi Jakupko, Oak Hill School; 7 p.m.; $10 adults, $8 students, children, seniors; for information, call (386) 462-7728.


NOV. 18: GLIMPSES OF INDIA, organized by India Association of Tallahassee; 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.; local talent to perform songs and dances, Lawton Chiles High, 7200 Lawton Chiles Lane; for information, call Srini Kishore at (850) 321-4705 or Padmini Lakshmin at (850) 668-8786.


OCT. 1: GANDHI JAYANTI CELEBRATIONS, Gandhi Memorial Society for Project Nobleman will spearhead the installation of Gandhi statue on the University of North Florida campus; begins at 2 p.m. with a peace walk, followed by a celebration at the monument site, a one-minute silence, violin recital, speeches by dignitaries, unveiling and an intercultural program; for information, call Ashok K. Bazaz at (904) 642 6139 or Ramesh Vashi at (904) 519-7907.

OCT. 21: CARNATIC MUSIC CONCERT, by Sangeetha Sivakumar; organized by JAXRAAGA; 6 p.m.; University of North Florida Building 14, Hall #1700; for information, call (904) 880-5770 or (904) 280-7790 or e-mail


OCT. 28: “AN EVENING WITH THE ‘BRAVEST WOMAN IN THE WORLD,’ ” organized by Sahara and Women’s Fund of Miami; Mukhtar Mai, the Pakistani woman raped by village order who won the case in court, will further raise awareness about violence against women; 7 p.m.; Florida International University South Campus, University Park, Miami; for information, call Sophie Brion at (305) 441-0506 or click on

NOV. 4: VAARASHIKOTHSAVAM CELEBRATIONS, organized by Shiva Vishnu Temple of South Florida; cultural and education program by local talent; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in temple community hall, 5661 Dykes Road, Southwest Ranches, Broward County; for information, call S. Ramakrishnan at (305) 232-7207 or Mahadeva Bhat (305) 385-1486 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:; 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 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

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.


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.

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

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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