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SEPT. 6: 2009 FOGANA COMPETITION; presented by India Cultural Center during the Labor Day weekend; starts at 1 p.m.; Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater; tickets are $10, $25, $50, $100; limited booths available; for booths, call Nikunj Patel at (813) 264-4638; for other information, call Swapna Shah at (813) 789-4142.

SEPT. 9: ONE-HALF DESI CLUB 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, carrom and more; light snack and refreshments are provided; to RSVP, call Ramesh Parekh at (727) 785-4112 or e-mail or Pradip Patel at (813) 785-2736 or e-mail

SEPT. 12: SANGEETHA SANDHYA; presented by St. Joseph's Syro-Malabar Catholic Church (SJSMCC); Carnatic classical music concert by Rev. Paul Poovathingal CMI accompanied by world-renowned artists; 6:30 to 9 p.m.; Brandon High School, Auditorium, 1101 Victoria St., Brandon; $25 per person or $100 for family; for more information, call the Rev. George Maliekal at (813) 420-3436 or George Philip at (813) 962-0941 or (813) 760-7972 or visit

SEPT. 12: INDIA CULTURAL CENTER (ICC) GOLF OUTING; Tournament Players Club, 5300 W. Lutz Lake Fern Road, Lutz; for registration form, go to or for details, call Pradip Patel at (813) 785-2736.

SEPT 13: VEDANTA CLASSES; new Balavihar, youth and adult classes on Vedanta begin with a novel national curriculum and exciting learning tools; early registration recommended; 9:55 a.m.; Chinmaya Prasad, 18708 Hanna Road, Lutz; for more information, visit or

SEPT. 13-17: FREE DISCOURSE, YOGA; presented by Swami Mukundananda; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road; discourses will be at from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; yoga and meditation will be from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; for details, call Dr. Ashit Vijapura (813) 966-5646. SEPT. 16: 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.

SEPT. 19: 2009 WORKSHOP SERIES ON ANGER MANAGEMENT - "ADAM & EVE: UNDERSTANDING AND APPRECIATING GENDER DIFFERENCES;" presented by Pehchaan; licensed psychotherapist Barbara Rhode is speaker; 2 to 4 p.m.; free; Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa; for more information, Gopa Rautray at (813) 598-9848, Vandana Shelkar at (813) 943-5288, Manjusha Naik at (813) 842-8563, email or visit

SEPT. 20: VOCAL CONCERT BY HYDERABAD BROTHERS; presented by Swaralaya of Tampa Bay; 5:30 p.m.; USF College of Public Health Auditorium; $20 members, $25 non-members, students with ID pay $5; for more information, visit

SEPT. 22: POET SASENARINE PERSAUD TO TALK; TECO Room, USF College of Education, Tampa; from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Persaud will speak on his new book "In a Boston Night" and his work in general; talk will be for 45 minutes, with a 15-minute question period; reception to be held from 5 to 5:30 p.m. just before the talk; talk and reception open to the public; for more information, call (813) 974-3657.

SEPT. 23-29: ISHA YOGA - INNER ENGINEERING PROGRAM; Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center, 4951 78th Ave. N., Pinellas Park; 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday; (Note: There is a Free Introductory Talk about the program at 7 p.m. Sept. 23-29); for more information, call (813) 413-1661, e-mail or visit

SEPT. 26: MUSICAL CONCERT BY VOCALIST RAHUL DESHPANDE; grandson of the late Pandit Vasantrao Deshpande; Carrollwood Cultural Center, 13345 Casey Road, Tampa; 6 p.m.; tickets are $25 at the door or $20 in advance; free for children ages 18 years of age and younger; sponsorship is $100; donations are welcome; for more information, call Avinash Deshpande at (727) 742-6680 or e-mail

OCT. 10: WORKSHOP ON PARENTING; Brni Aparna Chaitanya born and raised in the United States, with a degree in journalism, returns due to popular demand; register early; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Chinmaya Prasad, 18708 Hanna Road, Lutz; for more information, visit or

OCT. 19-23: "THE COSMIC FORM DIVINE OF THE LORD;" 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Swami Shantananda with his deep insight and knowledge will take us through the Bhagavad Geeta Chapter 11 and unfold "The Cosmic Form Divine of the Lord;" India Cultural Center, Lotus Hall, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; for more information, visit or

OCT. 30: "BERNADETTE'S BRAVO!," a contemporary musical of true stories of bravery and success; presented by PEHCHAAN; Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa; $10 tickets; for more information, call Gopa Rautray at (813) 598.9848.

NOV. 7: 22ND ANNUAL INDIA FESTIVAL; organized by the Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay; 1 to 10 p.m.; $8 for adults, $5 for children 12 years and younger; University of South Florida Sun Dome, 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa; for information, visit


OCT. 15-19: DIWALI MAHOTSAV; Shree Swaminarayan Mandir, 2793 New Tampa Highway, Lakeland; for more information, call (863) 687-4776 or (863) 529-1146.


SEPT. 4-6: "THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION OF GITA AND RAMAYAN IN MODERN LIVING;" presented by Brahma Kumari Usha Puja in Hindi; organized by the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization Orlando; Hindu Society of Central Florida, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; free; for more information, call Jyothi Kalakota at (407) 493-1931, Dr. Krishna at (407) 810-0189 or Govind Morar at (407) 792-8110.

SEPT. 12: INDIA FEST; Hindu Society of Central Florida, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; free health fair from 9 a.m. to noon; cultural program, food booths on the agenda; for more information, call (407) 699-5277 or visit

SEPT. 13: GRANDPARENTS DAY CELEBRATIONS; 1 p.m.; Hindu Society of Central Florida, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; all three generations are invited - grandchildren, parents and grandparents; grandchildren and their friends are encouraged to participate in an essay competition; cultural program also on the agenda; for more details, email or call Madan Arora at (407) 971-9259, Dev Sharma at (407) 862-9920, Surinder Kapur at (407) 645-1858 or Jayant Vaidya at (407) 977-1826.

SEPT. 15: DISCOURSE ON "SCIENCE AND SPIRITUALITY;" given by Swami Mukundananda; free; 11 a.m. to noon; Hindu University of America, 113 N. Econlockhatchee Trail, Orlando; for more information, call (407) 275-0013 or email

THROUGH OCT. 4: "LOOKING EAST"; photographic exhibit by Steve McCurry of Holi festival celebrations in Jodhpur and a dust storm in Rajasthan among 42 on display; Orange County Regional History Center in downtown Orlando at 65 E. Central Blvd.; for information, call (407) 836-8500 or visit


SEPT. 4: POORNIMA; 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.; sponsors are the Kshetrapal family; Hindu Temple of Southwest Florida, 12552 Plantation Road, Fort Myers; for more details, call Temple President Renga Sundaresan at (239) 561-5866, or temple representatives (239) 574-2501 or (239) 404-6638 or visit

OCT. 2: FRIDAY BHAJAN; sponsors are Mukunda and Vijaya Rao; Hindu Temple of Southwest Florida, 12552 Plantation Road, Fort Myers; for more details, call Temple President Renga Sundaresan at (239) 561-5866, or temple representatives (239) 574-2501 or (239) 404-6638 or visit


THROUGH SEPT. 14: "INDIA'S LIGHT;" a photographic exhibit by Rebecca Pujals-Jones; Citrus County Chronicle gallery in downtown Inverness at 106 W. Main St.; presented by the Art Center of Citrus County and the Citrus County Chronicle; gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; free; for more information, call (352) 726-3983 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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