Past Events

  • Sri Balaji Maha Abhishekham Saturday 13th October @ India Centre

    Date -

      13 Oct 2018

    Time -

      12 AM


    Place -

      India Centre


    Dear All, This month's Balaji Maha Abhishekham will be performed at the India Centre on 13th October 2018 Programme as follows Suprabhatam 9.30 am Chanting of Gotras 9.50 am Abhishekam 10.00 am Mangala Aarti 11.00 am Maha Prasad 12.00 Noon Please attend with your family and friends and accept the blessings of Narayana Devotees can sponsor Moola Moorthy Monthly Abhishekam This seva is performed once in every month for the main Deity. The Abhishekam is performed on the gothra names of the yearly sponsors. Sponsors are welcome to donate towards utsava moorthy abhishekam on any Saturday by prior booking with Pandit Ji.
  • Goddess Laxmi Silver Coins-Raffle Prizes

    Date -

      12 Oct 2018

    Time -

      11 PM


    Place -

      India Centre


    Dear All We are pleased to share with you that the India Centre will have 'Raffle Tickets' Draw every evening starting 12th Oct until 19th Oct. The raffle ticket is just £2 and you could be the one who is going to go home with 20g of silver coin of 'Goddess of Laxmi; The raffle prizes are being sponsored by 'Cardiff Safe Deposit' and 'Bullion For Less'. . One coin will be drawn each day after Arti. Please see the flyer attached. Executive Committee HCA
  • Sunderkand Recital on Tuesday, 2nd of October @India Centre -6 p.m onwards

    Date -

      02 Oct 2018

    Time -

      06 PM


    Place -

      India Centre


    Jai Shree Ram This is an India Centre Event Dear all Sunderkand recital and puja is going to be held in the temple @ India centre ,Cardiff on Tuesday 2nd of Octtober 2018 from 6pm followed by Bhajan & Aarti by Pandit Ji and Bhandara. The Puja has been kindly sponsored by Garv, Pankaj and Mrs Ranjeeta sharma and parents Mrs Devi and Rajinder sharma If you want to sponsor Sunderkand or any puja/event, please contact me via mail or Pandit ji 07999267068 or Mrs Niru Kumar (Treasurer) Mob no. 07392435966 Regards Sujatha Thaladi Dr.Poonam Singhal , PhD Secretary, Hindu Cultural Association Chair, Hindu Cultural Association secretaryindiacentre@gmail.com
  • 25th International Virat Kavi Sammelan on Wednesday 19th September 2018 at India Centre Cardiff

    Date -

      19 Sep 2018

    Time -

      07 PM


    Place -

      India Centre


    India Centre presents Cardiff International Kavi Sammellan under the aegis of High Commission of India London and ICCR You are cordially invited with your family and friends to enjoy an evening of poetry, and sher-o-shairi in the company of… 1. Dr. Kunwar Bechain (Ghaziabad) Geet, Ghazal, and all rounder 2. Dr. Madan Mohan ‘Samar’( Bhopal) Veerras 3. Dr. Manveer Madhur (Delhi) Veerras &Satire 4. Dr Anil Choube (Varanasi) Hasya Kavi 5. Dr. Kavita Kiran (Falna Rajasthan) Geet, Ghazal and all rounder 6. Dr. Kirti Kale (Delhi) Geet Ghazal and all rounder. Gates open at 7.00 pm followed by Dinner at 7.15pm Kavi Sammelan starts at 8.00 pm Tickets (including dinner) Advance booking before 12th September Adults - £10, children under 16- £5, under 5 - free Tickets on door: Adults - £15, children under 16 - £10 For tickets and information contact: Mrs Niru Kumar 07392435966 Sharada Sharma 02920843287 Poonam Singhal 07814504892 Pandit Shanti Swaroop 07999267068
  • Ganesh Chaturthi on Thursday 13th of September 2018 at India Centre Cardiff

    Date -

      13 Sep 2018

    Time -

      06 PM


    Place -

      India Centre


    Dear all, All are invited to celebrate Shri Ganesh Chaturthi Puja Starting from Thursday 13th of September till Saturday 15th of September 2018. WE PRAY TO LORD GANESH,THE REMOVER OF ALL OBSTACLES The programme is as follows: Thursday 13th of September 6.00 pm Temple opens 6.30 pm Puja, 8.00 pm Arti followed by Maha Prasad Friday 14th of September 7.15 pm - 8.00pm Bhajan, Kirtan, Puja and Arti Saturday 15th of September 12.00 Noon Arti, Prasad and afterwards we will leave temple for Visarjan to Barry Island. Please help yourself for transport. Ganesh Chaturthi is sponsored by Nitin Sood, Sunita Sood and family Devotees are free to bring food / Prasad on any of the above days. For Further Enquiries please contact Pandit ji 07999267068 Niru Kumar :02920 753 556 What is Ganesh Chaturthi: This spectacular festival honours the birth of the beloved Hindu elephant-headed god,Lord Ganesha
  • 8th Sept Saturday Sri Balaji Mahabhishekham

    Date -

      08 Sep 2018

    Time -

      12 AM


    Place -

      India Centre


    Dear All, This month's Balaji Maha Abhishekham will be performed at the India Centre on Saturday 8th September2018. Programme as follows Suprabhatam 9.30 am Chanting of Gotras 10.00 am Abhishekam 10.10 am Mangala Aarti 11.30 am Maha Prasad 12.30 PM Please attend with your family and friends and accept the blessings of Narayana . Devotees can sponsor Moola Moorthy Monthly Abhishekam This seva is performed once in every month for the main Deity. The Abhishekam is performed on the gothra names of the annual sponsors. Sponsors are welcome to donate towards utsava moorthy abhishekam on any Saturday by prior booking with Pandit Ji. Look forward to seeing you all at India Centre!
  • Sunderkand Recital on Tuesday, 4th of September @India Centre -6 p.m onwards

    Date -

      04 Sep 2018

    Time -

      06 PM


    Place -

      India Centre


    Jai Shree Ram This is an India Centre Event Dear all Sunderkand recital and puja is going to be held in the temple @ India centre ,Cardiff on Tuesday 4th of September 2018 from 6pm followed by Bhajan & Aarti by Pandit Ji and Bhandara. The Puja has been kindly sponsored by Ranjeet Das and Khushboo Das If you want to sponsor Sunderkand or any puja/event, please contact me via mail or Pandit ji 07999267068 or Mrs Niru Kumar (Treasurer) Mob no. 07392435966
  • Krishna Janamashtami Celebrations on Sunday 2nd of September 2018 at India Centre Cardiff

    Date -

      02 Sep 2018

    Time -

      12 AM


    Place -

      India Centre


    Please get children ready in either Radha or Krisha dress if possible Krishna Janmashtami will be celebrated with great fervour at the India Centre नन्द घर आनन्द भयो जय कन्हैया लाल की हाथी घोड़ा पालकी जय कन्हैया लाल की On Sunday 2nd of September 2018 11.00 am to 1.00 pm Temple opens for morning Darshan 6.00 pm Temple reopens in the evening 6.00 pm to 6.30 pm Bhajan, Kirtan & Devotional songs 6.30 pm Krishna Avtar Puja and Bhavya Gokul Mahal Darshan 8.00 pm Aarti Followed by Mahaprasad & Bhandara Janmashtami is sponsored by Dr Chandrahas, Neelam Roy and Family Dr Ashok, Swarnlata Bansal and Family Manju, Veenu and whole Kanda Family Sponsorship for this Puja/Bhandara is £ 301. Sponsors Yajman will do the puja with Pandit ji... Anyone can sponsor and be a Yajman. You can also contribute towards the expense of the fruits or flowers or as donors of PUSHPA-DAN (flower), FAL-DAN (fruits), ANNA-DAN (Rice,flour,ghee,oil etc). Donation of any denomination will be appreciated. For further information please contact: Panditji 07999 267 068 or Any one from Executive Committee Regards Sujatha Thaladi Dr.Poonam Singhal , PhD Secretary, HCA Chair, HCA secretaryindiacentre@gmail.com Please attend with your family and friends and join your fellow devotees in the celebration of the birth of our Lord Krishna Janmashtami Shravan vad 8 celebrates the birth of Lord Shri Krishna, one of the most venerated incarnations in the Hindu Dharma. Five thousand years ago, he incarnated, at the end of the third cosmic phase, 'Dwapar Yuga' and the beginning of the present, 'Kali Yuga'. Purpose of Incarnation In the Gita (4/78) the Lord has ordained: "Yadaa yadaa hi dharmasya glanir bhavati Bharat; Dharma sansthaapanaarthaaya sambhaavami yuge yuge." i.e. I incarnate whenever Dharma declines and evil predominates, to establish Dharma and vanquish evil. In the Bhavishyottara Puran Shri Krishna himself extols the celebration of Janmashtami to Yudhishtir, the eldest of the five Pandavas. He incarnated in Mathura (Uttar Pradesh) to vanquish the evil King Kansa and other evil elements who were harassing pious people. His second reason was to fulfil the pledge he had given to Vasudev and Devki. When they married Kansa heard a divine proclamation that the couple's eighth son would be his nemesis. To obviate this, Kansa imprisoned the couple and killed the first seven sons born to Devki. When Shri Krishna was born Vasudev placed him in a cradle and took the baby child through the river Yamuna... Thus the Lord survived and eventually vanquished Kansa and other evil elements. Festival Sentiments The first importance of Janmashtami is to observe dharma. Since we humans are all imprisoned in samsara, the Lord incarnates in this prison with us, establishes dharma and redeems us from maya. We can only win over maya if we seek the Lord's aid, as did Arjuna during the battle of Mahabharat. As sage Ved Vyas ordains: "Yato Krishnastato dharmaha, Yato dharmastato Jayaha." i.e. Where there is krishna, there is dharma, where there is dharma, there is victory. Since Duryodhana, leader of the Kauravs did not observe dharma, he did not have Krishna. No Krishna, no victory. Surrenderance - 'Sharnaagati' During the battle Shri Krishna uttered 700 shloks in the form of the 'Bhagvad Gita' to convince the reluctant Arjun to fight. The Lord finally uttered the essence of his sermons in the following verse (18/66): "Sarva dharmaan parityajya maamekam sharanam vraja, aham twaa sarvapaapebhyo mokshayishyaami maa shuchaha." i.e. O Arjun! Forsake all your personal beliefs and surrender to me. Do not lament for I shall deliver you from all sins. Therefore a true spirit of Janmashtami is for devotees to implicitly surrender at the Lord's lotus-feet, while staunchly observing dharma. Ideal Devotee In the Gita (18/54), the Lord stipulates: "Brahma bhootaha prasannaatmaa na shochati na kaankshati, Samaha sarveshu bhuteshu madbhaktim labhate param." i.e. One who becomes 'Brahmarup' and offers devotion to Parabrahma (God), he forever remains blissful and attains the highest glory of God. 'Brahmarup' simply means to become the ideal devotee like Arjun who represents 'Nar' to then worship Krishna - Narayan. Hence the murtis of Nar-Narayan. Similarly, Shri Krishna played the 'Maha Raas' traditional (stick folk dance) with the Gopis of Vrundavan because of their unalloyed love for him. Radha was the foremost among them. Therefore devotees should develop 'Gopi-bhav', to become Radha-rup (like Radha) to worship Shri Krishna. Hence devotees everywhere also consecrate murtis of 'Radha-Krishna' in mandirs, worshipping the Lord with his consort or choicest devotee. In addition to such surrenderance, how should the devotee strive to attain 'Gopi-bhav' to please the Lord? Satsang In the Srimad Bhagwat (11/12/1,2), Shri Krishna himself propounds 'Satsang', which is another important principle in celebrating Janmashtami "I am not as pleased by endeavors such as: Yoga, Sankhya, scriptural study, austerities, renunciation, altruistic social deeds, donation, fasting, yagna, study of Vedic scriptures, observance of the laws of Dharma and Yama (part of yoga), as I am by Satsang." 'Satsang' means associating with a God realised Sadhu. This was exemplified by King Parikshit when he was cursed to die in seven days, by surrendering to Shukdevji, who was a God-realised sadhu. Finally, after Shri Krishna's departure from earth, how did the Lord continue his manifestation? This question was posed by Shaunak and other rishis to Suta Purani (in the Bhagwat). He replied, "Dharma resided in the Lord's true sadhu who is the true beholder of Dharma." In the Bhagwat, Shri Krishna supports this when he revealed to Uddhavji: "O Uddhav! You are not any the lesser than me." Thus the Lord revealed Bhagwat Dharma to Uddhavji and since then propagated it through him. The true spirit then, in celebrating Janmashtami is for devotees to do Satsang through the Satpurush who is the beholder of Bhagwat Dharma - in order to realize God within. Festival & Rituals • People fast on this day, usually a waterless fast. • They spend the day immersed in Shri Krishna's glory by reading, reciting and singing his divine leela especially in the evening in mandirs. • At midnight, the Lord's birth hour, arti is performed. He is also installed in the form of 'Lalji' (child form) in a swing and devotionally offered many sumptuous food dishes. 'Makhan' (butter) is especially included since Shri Krishna loved this in childhood. The traditional prasad is 'Panchajiri' - made of five ingredients: powdered ginger, 'suva', coriander, sugar and ghee. Other ingredients include poppy seeds (khaskhas) and dessicated coconut shavings. After arti, devotees jubilantly sing and hail kirtans extolling the Lord's incarnation: • "Nand gher anand bhayo, Jai Kanaiyalal ki .. Hathi, ghoda, palkhi, jai Kanaiyalal ki …"
  • Vaughan Gething AM Lecture on Friday 31st August at India Centre

    Date -

      31 Aug 2018

    Time -

      06 PM


    Place -

      India Centre, Sanquhar Street, Splott CF24 2AA


    Dear All In our ongoing series of Lectures on issues affecting the community and Wales at large, particularly with the looming spectre of Brexit, India Centre will host Vaughan Gething AM Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Services on Friday 31st August. " Challenges for our future-Brexit & reforming health and social care in Wales" Followed by a Question& Answer session and dinner Venue: India Centre, Sanquhar Street, Splott CF24 2AA Date: Friday, 31st August Time: 6.30 for 7.00 PM Health and social services is an issue affecting all of us and I am sure you would find it interesting and would have many questions to ask our Guest Speaker. The evening will finish with a community dinner with an opportunity for networking. Confirmation of your attendance would be highly appreciated for catering purposes. Regards Sujatha Thaladi Dr.Poonam Singhal , PhD Secretary, HCA Chair, HCA secretaryindiacentre@gmail.com
  • Raksha Bandhan celebrations with Armed Forces on Thursday 23rd of August from 10.30 am to 1.30 pm at India Centre Cardiff

    Date -

      23 Aug 2018

    Time -

      12 AM


    Place -

      India Centre


    Dear All, This year we are celebrating Raksha Bandhan with Armed Forces Hindu Network for the first time, on Thursday 23rd of August from 10.30 am to 1.30 pm at India Centre Cardiff. British Hindus have a long history and proud tradition of contribution to UK Defence, going back as far as the First World War and even further, and continuing to this day, with 1,000 Hindus currently serving as regular British Armed Forces personnel, as well as 1,500 Gurkhas and more as reservists and MOD Civil Servants. This is an opportunity to celebrate those links, reaffirming British Hindu commitment to supporting our Armed Forces, and developing meaningful relations between the Armed Forces and the British Hindu community. Program 10.30 am Networking 11.00 am Welcome of Armed Forces Personnel and officers by India Centre children 11.10 am Welcome ceremony led by Mandir Priest and Hindu Chaplain to the Armed Forces 11.20 am Address by Chair Dr Poonam Singhal 11.25 am Cultural Program by children 11.45 am Address by Chair of Armed Forces Hindu Network 11.50 am Address By Armed Forces Officer 12.00 Noon Explanation of importance of Raksh Bandhan by Dr M D Mishra, Vice Chair 12.05 pm Rakhi Ceremony 12.45 PM Thanks By Treasurer Mrs Niru Kumar 12.50 pm Lunch Regards Sujatha Thaladi Dr.Poonam Singhal , PhD Secretary, India Centre Chair, India Centre secretaryindiacentre@gmail.com
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