• Maha Shivaratri

    Date -

      17 Feb 2015

    Time -

      09:00 AM

    Place -

      India Centre, Cardiff

    Maha Shivaratri will be celebrated at India Centre,Cardiff

    On Tuesday 17th February 2015

    Morning Programmes as follows

    09.00 am TEMPLE OPENS

    09.00 am to 2pm SHIV PUJA

    10.00 am, 11am, 12noon Naivaidya to Lord Shiva (11 Pounds /family)


    6.00pm TEMPLE OPENS

    6.30pm to 8pm SHIV PUJA

    8.00pm Naivaidya to Lord Shva

    followed by ABHISHEK

    8.30pm AARTI followed by MAHA PRASAD

    The evening puja is sponsored by Dr. Ravi Tewariji and family.

    Significance of Shivaratri

    Festival of Mahashivaratri is the most important festival for the millions of devotees of Lord Shiva. The festival has been accorded lot of significance in Hindu mythology. It says that a devotee who performs sincere worship of Lord Shiva on the auspicious day of Shivratri is absolved of sins and attains moksha.

    Significance of Shivaratri in Hinduism

    Festival of Mahashivaratri has tremendous significance in Hinduism. According to sacred scriptures, ritual worship of Lord Shiva on Shivratri festival that falls on the 14th day of the dark fortnight in the month of Phalgun pleases Lord Shiva the most. This fact is said to have been declared by Lord Shiva himself, when his consort Parvati asked him as to which ritual performed by his devotees pleases him the most.

    Even till date, devotees of Lord Shiva perform the ritual worship of Shivratri with care and devotion. They observe day and night fast and give sacred bath to Shiva Linga with honey, milk, water etc. Hindus consider it extremely auspicious to worship Lord Shiva on a Shivaratri as it is believed that worship of Lord Shiva with devotion and sincerity absolves a devotee of past sins. The devotee reaches the abode of Lord Shanker and lives there happily. He is also liberated from the cycle of birth and death and attains moksha or salvation.

    Significance of Shivaratri for Women

    Mahashivratri Festival is also considered to be an extremely significant festival by women. Married and unmarried women observe fast and perform Shiva Puja with sincerity to appease Goddess Parvati who is also regarded as ‘Gaura’ - one who bestows marital bliss and long and prosperous married life. Unmarried women also pray for a husband like Lord Shiva who is regarded as the ideal husband

    Thank you


  • Republic Day Celebrations

    Date -

      26 Jan 2015

    Time -

      18:00 PM

    Place -

      India Centre, Cardiff

    Dear All

    We are celebrating Republic Day of India at the India Centre, Sanquhar Street, Cardiff on Monday 26 January 2015

    The program is as follows:

    6.00pm: Doors Open
    6.30pm: Welcome by Chairman
    6.35pm: Flag hoisting and national anthem followed by speech by the chief guest.
    6.50pm: Cultural programme
    7.30pm: Aarti
    7.45pm: Dinner

    Shri Raj Aggarwal OBE, Hon Consul General of India for Wales is the Chief Guest.

    Please attend with friends and family.

    Indian Republic day parade 1950:

    Samvidhaan: The making of the Constitution of India:

    Dinner: 5 pounds/person and 10 pounds/family

    Please remember the traffic diversion:

    In India, Republic Day honours the date on which the Constitution of India came into force on 26 January 1950 replacing the Government of India Act (1935) as the governing document of India.

    The Constitution was passed in the Constituent Assembly of India on 26 November 1949 and was adopted on 26 January 1950 with a democratic government system, completing the country's transition toward becoming an independent republic.

    26 January was the date selected for this purpose because it was this day in 1930 when the Declaration of Indian Independence (Purna Swaraj) was proclaimed by the Indian National Congress.

    It is one of three national holidays in India, other two being Independence Day and Gandhi Jayanti.

    Vivek Goel

    Secretary, HCA Wales

  • Shri Saraswati Puja and Vandana

    Date -

      24 Jan 2015

    Time -

      18:30 PM

    Place -

      India Centre, Cardiff

    Dear all

    You are invited to celebrate Shri Saraswati Puja and Vandana at India Centre, Sanquhar Street, Cardiff,CF24 2AA on Saturday, 24th January 2015 from 6:30 pm onwards

    It wil start with Puja-Prarthana, Bhajan-Kirtan and followed by Mahaprasad.

    If you would like to sponsor this Puja or any other puja, please contact:

    Pandit Ji - 07999 267 068

    Mrs Sunaina Purbey 07837 223 686

    Please remember the traffic diversion:


    She, who is as fair as the Kunda flower, white as the moon, and a garland of Tushar flowers;and who is covered in white clothes

    She, whose hands are adorned by the excellent veena, and whose seat is the pure white lotus;

    She, who is praised by Brahma, Vishnu, and Mahesh;

    O Mother Goddess, remove my mental inertia!


    Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge and arts, represents the free flow of wisdom and consciousness. She is the mother of theVedas, and chants to her, called the 'Saraswati Vandana' often begin and end Vedic lessons.

    Saraswati is the daughter of Lord Shiva and Goddess Durga. It is believed that goddess Saraswati endows human beings with the powers of speech, wisdom and learning. She has four hands representing four aspects of human personality in learning: mind, intellect, alertness and ego. She has sacred scriptures in one hand and a lotus – the symbol of true knowledge – in the second.

    With her other two hands she plays the music of love and life on a string instrument called the veena. She is dressed in white – the symbol of purity – and rides on a white swan – symbolizing Sattwa Guna or purity and discrimination. Saraswati is also a prominent figure in Buddhist iconography - the consort of Manjushri.

    The learned and the erudite attach greater importance to the worship of goddess Saraswati. As a practice, only educated people worship her for knowledge and wisdom. They believe that only Saraswati can grant them 'moksha' - the final liberation of the soul. Saraswati's birthday - Vasant Panchami - is a Hindu festival celebrated every year on the 5th day of the bright fortnight of the lunar month of Magha. Hindus celebrate this festival with great fervor in temples, homes and educational institutes alike

    Thank you



  • Makar Sankranti

    Date -

      14 Jan 2015

    Time -

      18:00 PM

    Place -

      India Centre, Cardiff

    Makar Sankranti

    This special occasion will be celebrated at the India Centre, Cardiff

    ........................Wednesday 14th January 2014.........................

    Puja & Aarti followed by Prasad
    (Sunainaji has made special efforts)
    Temple doors open: 6pm
    Special Aarti: 7.30 pm

    Please take an opportunity to share goodwill and join the sponsorship group for the meal(prashad) for this auspicious day which is only £25. Puja thali will be provided to all contributors.

    Punditji 07999 267 068 , Mrs Sunaina Purbey 07958 568 387.

    Makar Sankranti is one of the most important festivals of the Hindu calendar and celebrates the sun's journey into the northern hemisphere, a period which is considered to be highly auspicious. There is a wide variation in the celebration of Makar Sankranti thoughout India, in particular the name.

    Significance Of Makar Sankranti.

    The festival of Makar Sankranti is associated with much cultural significance:

    The Puranas say that on this day Sun visits the house of his son Shani, who is the swami of Makar Rashi. This day symbolizes the healthy relationship of father & son. It is the son who has the responsibility to carry forward his fathers dream and the continuity of the family. It was on this day when Lord Vishnu ended the ever increasing terror of the Asuras by finishing them off and burying their heads under the Mandara Parvata (Mountain). So this occasion also represents the end of negativities and beginning of an era of righteous living.

    In different Indian regions

    In Gujarat and Maharashtra, Makar Sankranti is a festival of the young and the old. Colourful kites are flown all around.

    In Punjab, Makar Sankranti is called Lohri. December and January are the coldest months of the year in Punjab and huge bonfires are lit on the eve of Sankranti. Sweets, sugarcane and rice are thrown on the bonfires and friends and relatives gather together.

    In Uttar Pradesh, this period is celebrated as Kicheri. It is considered important to have a bath on this day and masses of people can be seen bathing in the Sangam at Prayagraj where the rivers Ganga, Jamuna and Saraswathi flow together.

    In Southern India it's the harvest festival Pongal and lasts for 3 days. On the first day, rice boiled with milk is offered to the Rain God. On the second day, it is offered to the the Sun God and on the third day, the family cattle are given a bath and dressed with flowers, bells and colours, to honour them for their hard work in the fields.

    Hindu cultural Association


  • Lohri

    Date -

      13 Jan 2015

    Time -

      18:00 PM

    Place -

      India Centre, Cardiff

    Lohri on Tuesday, January 13th

    Temple opens at 6 pm.

    Lohri celebrations: 6.45pm

    Hanuman Chalissa and Aarti: 7.30pm

    We will celebrate with typical punjabi lorhi songs and bonfire and authentic lohri food(Kamlaji has made special efforts for Sarson ka sag)

    Please take an opportunity to share goodwill and join the sponsorship group for the meal(prasad) for this auspicious day. The sponsorship is only £25.

    Lohri marks the culmination of winter, and is celebrated on the 13th day of January in the month of Paush or Magh, a day before Makar Sankranti. For Punjabis, more than just a festival, Lohri is also an example of a way of life. Lohri celebrates fertility and the spark of life. People gather around the bonfires, throw sweets, puffed rice and popcorn into the flames, sing popular songs and exchange greetings.

    On this day children go from door to door to collect funds for community bonfires which are lit up in the evening. The gatherings and celebrations make Lohri a community festival.

    Lohri1.jpgAn extremely auspicious day, Lohri marks the sun's entry in to the 'Makar Rashi' (northern hemisphere). The period, beginning from 14 January lasting till 14 July, is known as Uttarayan. It is also the last day of the month of Maargazhi, the ninth month of the lunar calendar. The Bhagawad Gita deems it an extremely sacred and auspicious time, when Lord Krishna manifests himself most tangibly. And so, across India, people celebrate the month and the prodigious harvest it brings - Pongal in Tamil Nadu, Bihu inAssam, Bhogi in Andhra Pradesh and the Sankranti in Karnataka, Biharand Uttar Pradesh.

    The focus of Lohri is on the bonfire. The traditional dinner with makki ki roti and sarson ka saag is quintessential. The prasad comprises of six main things: til, gazak, gur, moongphali, phuliya and popcorn. There is puja, involving parikrama around the fire and distribution of prasad. This symbolises a prayer to Agni, the spark of life, for abundant crops and prosperity.

    The first Lohri of a newly wed bride and a new born child is considered very auspicious and important.

    Hindu Cultural Association Cardiff
  • Vaikunta Ekadashi and New Year Puja programme

    Date -

      01 Jan 2015

    Time -

      09:30 AM

    Place -

      India Centre, Sanquhar Street, Cardiff

    Dear Devotees,

    New Year's Day programme

    9.30 am Suprabhata Seva
    10.00 am Maha Abhishekam
    10.30 am Alankaran
    11.15 am Maha Mangala Aarati followed by Maha Prasadam
    6.00 pm Mandir doors open
    6.45 pm PUJA
    7.30 pm Vishesh New Year Aarti followed by Maha Prasadam

    The Puja sponsorship is £149. There will also be thalis (£11) for Aarti.

    This year Vaikunta Ekadashi is on the 1 st of January. We have decided to have Balaji monthly Mahabhishekam on 1st January so that devotees would have the benefit of getting blessings of the Lord on this special day with an auspicious beginning for the new year. Its an opportunity to wish happy new year combined with devotion, to all our friends in such a big gathering within our holy temple premises. Please make use of this unique ceremony & invite as many friends as possible. As we are expecting a large attendance, please be kind enough to inform the members given below of your attendance and help us to make adequate arrangements for you to receive individual blessings & organise Maha Prasadam. We pray for peace & good will during this festive season.

    All your family and friends are invited to get the blessings of Swamy.

    2015 Vaikuntha Ekadashi
    Time - Vaikuntha Ekadashi falls during Dhanur solar month in Hindu calendar. Dhanur month or Dhanurmasa is known as Margazhi month in Tamil Calendar. Vaikuntha Ekadashi is Shukla Paksha Ekadashi out of two Krishna Paksha and Shukla Paksha Ekadashis in a month. Vaikuntha Ekadashi is observed according to Solar Calendar and because of that it might fall either in Margashirsha or in Pausha month in Hindu Lunar calendar. In Gregorian calendar there might be none, one or two Vaikuntha Ekadashis in a year. Benefits - Vaikuntha Ekadashi is also known as Mukkoti Ekadashi. It is believed that Vaikuntha Dwaram or the gate of Lord's inner sanctum is opened on this day and devotees who observe fast on Vaikuntha Ekadashi attain salvation by going to Heaven. Vaikuntha Ekadashi is very important day for Tirumala Venkateswara Temple at Tirupati and Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple at Srirangam. Vaikuntha Ekadashi is known as Swarga Vathil Ekadashi in Malayalam Calendar followed by people of Kerala. Parana means breaking the fast. Ekadashi Parana is done after sunrise on next day of Ekadashi fast. It is necessary to do Parana within Dwadashi Tithi unless Dwadashi is over before sunrise. Not doing Parana within Dwadashi is similar to an offence. Parana should not be done during Hari Vasara. One should wait for Hari Vasara to get over before breaking the fast. Hari Vasara is first one fourth duration of Dwadashi Tithi. The most preferred time to break the fast is Pratahkal. One should avoid breaking the fast during Madhyana. If due to some reasons one is not able to break the fast during Pratahkal then one should do it after Madhyana. At times Ekadashi fasting is suggested on two consecutive days. It is advised that Smartha with family should observe fasting on first day only. The alternate Ekadashi fasting, which is the second one, is suggested for Sanyasis, widows and for those who want Moksha. When alternate Ekadashi fasting is suggested for Smartha it coincides with Vaishnava Ekadashi fasting day. Ekadashi fasting on both days is suggested for staunch devotees who seek for love and affection of Lord Vishnu.

    For further information, please contact:

    Pandit ji 07999 267 068
    Sunaina Purbey 07837 223 686
    Vivek Goel 07739584053
    Suresh Arava 07803876537
  • Diwali Mela 2014

    Date -

      01 Nov 2014

    Time -

      11:00 AM

    Place -

      National Museum, Cardiff CF10 3NP

    Diwali Mela

    Dear All,

    We hold Diwali Mela every year in National Museum, Cardiff CF10 3NP. The event this year is on Saturday 1/11/14 from 11AM till 3PM. It will be a cultural extravaganza with dances, songs and fashion show alongwith stalls. I enclose the poster for Mela with the details.

    Look forward to seeing you on the Saturday, 1st Nov. at 11AM

    Thank you


  • Diwali & Laxmi puja

    Date -

      23 Oct 2014

    Time -

      10:00 AM

    Place -

      India Centre, Sanquhar Street, Cardiff

    Diwali celebration & Laxmi puja
  • Karwa Chauth

    Date -

      11 Oct 2014

    Time -

      16:00 PM

    Place -

      India Centre, Sanquhar Street, Cardiff

    Karwa Chauth Celebration
  • Sharad Purnima

    Date -

      08 Oct 2014

    Time -

      19:00 PM

    Place -

      India Centre, Sanquhar Street, Cardiff

    Sharad Purnima Celebration
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