Events

  • Kalyana Mahotsawam Sunday 25th September 2016 at India Centre, Cardiff

    Date -

      24 09 2016

    Time -

      11:30:58 PM


    Place -

      India centre,Cardiff


    OM NAMO NARAYANAYA Dear All, We cordially invite you all to attend and participate on Auspicious occasion of: Sri Prasanna Venkateswara Swamy Kalyana Mahotsawam in Cardiff,in the Temple in India Centre, Sanquhar Street,Cardiff on Sunday, September 25th, 2016 Program is Scheduled as follows: 8.30 am Temple opens with Suprabhata seva 9:00 am Moola Moorthy Abhishekam 9.30 Alankaram 10:00 am Kalyanam 12.30 pm Pallaki seva 1.00 pm Maha Mangala Aarati followed by Prasadam (Lunch) For more details please see attached flyer. Entry is free for all devotees for the day. Everyone (married or unmarried) has an opportunity to participate in Swamy Kalyanam by paying 51 (which includes Abhishekam on their gotra names, kalyana karta, lakshmi devi puja and pallaki seva) Devotees are welcomed to be Annual Sponsors by paying 301. (which includes Maha Abhishekam on their Gotra Names on every Monthly Abhishekam, Maha prasadam on monthly abhishkams, daily prasadam, alankaram throughout the year.) Annual Sponsors can participate in the Kalyana Mahotsawam within the 301 payment. Devotees are welcome to donate generously for Balaji Activities in cash or kind. if you want to sponsor flowers, fruits or prasadam please contact the persons listed in the flyer.We are also commissioning a new pallaki for Balaji ,which too could be sponsored by devotees" Please spread the word to all your friends and family to make the occasion a grand success. "Sri Prasanna Venkateswara Swamy Kataksha Siddhirastu." For further information, please contact: Pandit Ji 07999 267 068 SURESH ARAVA 07803876537 Bapuji Rao 07957 152 437
  • Krishna Janmashthami Celebrations At India Centre on Thursday 25th August 2016

    Date -

      24 08 2016

    Time -

      11:30:03 PM


    Place -

      India centre,Cardiff


    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 Thursday 25th August 2016 9.30am to 12 noon Temple open for morning Darshan 6.00pm Temple reopens in the evening 7.00pm Bhajan, Kirtan & Devotional songs 8.00pm Krishna Avtar Puja, Jhoola Darshan 9.00pm Aarti Followed by Mahaprasad & Bhandara Sponsorship for this puja/Bhandara is 301. Sponsors Yajman will do the puja with Pandit ji. Anyone can sponsor and be a Yajman. Devotees will have an opportunity to sponsor Aarti Thali for 11 only and they can take the Thali home. You can also contribute towards the expense of the fruits or flowers and your name can be announced 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: Mrs Niru Kumar 02920 753 556 Panditji 07999 267 068 or any one from Executive Committee 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 "
  • Additional important information for15th August Celebrations at India Centre

    Date -

      15 08 2016

    Time -

      05:30:09 PM


    Place -

      India centre,Cardiff


    Dear Friends This is a gentle reminder for the celebrations of Indian Independence day on 15th August Monday at the India Centre, Cardiff starting 6.30 PM This is one of the most soul stirring days for an Indian. Please join us to celebrate the tremendous strides made by India in the recent years. We would be also be celebrating the achievements of three of our members as under 1. Prof. Meena Upadhyaya OBE 2. Dr Sarita Pawar 3. Dr Neena Devichand JP Please let us know about your attendance to plan for the catering arrangements. We look forwards to welcoming you on 15th August. Kind regards Dr. Poonam Singhal Ph.D Secretary India Centre, Cardiff
  • Balaji Prathistaapana day

    Date -

      06 08 2016

    Time -

      08:00:45 PM


    Place -

      India centre,Cardiff


    Dear All, Please make a note in your diary that we will be celebrating Annual Balaji Prathistaapana day (the day Balaji was installed )with monthly Mahaabhishekam on Sat day 6 th August. Detailed programme will be circulated soon. Regards Dr Poonam Singhal Ph.D Secretary of India Centre
  • Balaji Prathistapana Day and Maha Abhishekam on Saturday 6th of August

    Date -

      05 08 2016

    Time -

      11:30:27 PM


    Place -

      India centre,Cardiff


    Dear Devotees, OM NAMO VENKATESAYA On Saturday the 6th August HCA(India centre) would be celebrating Balaji Prathistaapana Day( deification day). It is done according to auspicious Tithi & Nakshatram, please attend with your family and friends and receive Lord's blessings. We are combining this celebration along with the monthly Mahabhishekam. The program will be : 9.30am Suprabhata Seva 10.00a Mahabhishekam 12.00pm Arachana Seva 12.30pm Mahaprasadam There are arrangements to facilitate your own Archana with your names& gothra at a modest payment of 11/- along with the recital of Ashtottarshat-Namavali, please inform the front desk on the day.You also have the opportunity to sponsor flowers, fruits & prasadam. Please contact Niru kumar 07392435966,or Kumari at 07753431857 or Panditji at 07999267068 & discuss your contribution for this very special & auspicious occasion. Executive Committee India Centre
  • Shiv Abhishek during Shravan

    Date -

      19 07 2016

    Time -

      11:30:07 PM


    Place -

      India centre,Cardiff


    Dear All, Shravan, the most auspicious month in the Hindu calender is coming soon. It will start on Wednesday 20th July until Raksha bandhan on Thursday 18th August 2016.. Bhagwan Shiva abhishekham will be performed at the temple every day from 9.30 am to 10.15 am during Shravan month and also every Monday from 25th July 2016 until 15th August 2016, same time in the morning and from 6.45 pm to 7.30 pm in the evening Please come and join your fellow devotees and earn a lot of Punya. The Auspicious period starts from July 20th & will continue till August 18 The month of Shravan is the fifth month of the Hindu calender beginning from Chaitra, and is the most auspicious month of the Chaturmas. On Purnima or fullmoon day, or during the course of the month the star 'Shravan' rules the sky, hence the month is called Shravan. This month is spread out with innumerably religious festivals and ceremonies and almost all the days of this month are auspicious. Shravan is considered the holiest month of the year. Each monday of this month, known as Shravana Somvar, is a special day in Shiva temples where the dharanatra hangs over the linga or the idol to bathe it with holy water, day and night. Devotees pile the linga high with Bel leaves and flowers and fast till sunset. The nandadeep (24 hour lamp) burns steadily in the temples. Lord Shiva and Shravan Mas The legend says that when the churning of oceans - Samudra Manthan - took place in the month of Shravan, fourteen different types of rubies came out. Thirteen of these were distributed amongst the demons, except Halahal (poison). Lord Shiva drank the Halahal and stored it in his throat. Hence the name Neelkantha (meaning blue throat) is attributed to Shiva. To reduce the strong effect of poison, Lord Shiva wore the crescent moon on his head. All the Gods, thereafter started offering the Ganges water to Lord Shiva to make lessen the effect of poison. Since, this happened in the month of Shravana, since then the Shiva devotees offer the Ganges water in this month. It is considered highly auspicious to wear a rudraksha in Shravan month. As, Mondays or Somvars of Shravan month are specially observed with austerity. All Mondays are devoted to the worship of Shiva as this day is sacred to Lord Shiva. No other Mondays of other months are so greatly honoured. The belief is that in Shravan month, offering milk to Lord Shiva earns a lot of punya. Things to do during Shravan month Wear Rudraksh, and also use a Rudraksh mala for Japa. Offer Lord Shiva Bhibhuti and place some on your forehead. Make offerings of Bel leaves, Panchamrut (milk, yoghurt, clarified butter, honey and jaggery) on Shiva Ling. Recite Shiv Chalisa and Aarti. Chant Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra. Fasting on Mondays. Girls who fast on all Mondays of Shravan get a good husband Poonam Singhal Ph.D Secretary of India Centre
  • Balaji Maha Abhishekham Saturday 9th July16

    Date -

      08 07 2016

    Time -

      11:30:55 PM


    Place -

      India centre,Cardiff


    Dear All, This month's Balaji Maha Abhishekham will be peformed at the India Centre on Saturday 9th July 2016 Programme as follows Suprabhatam 9.30am Abhishekam 10.00am Mangala Aarti 11.30am Prasad 11.50am Please attend with your family and friends and accept the blessings of Narayana Devotees can sponsor Moola Moorthy Monthly Abishekam 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. Dr Poonam Singhal PhD Secretary India centre,Cardiff
  • Sunderkand At India Centre on Tuesday 5th July

    Date -

      05 07 2016

    Time -

      05:00:35 PM


    Place -

      India centre,Cardiff


    Dear All, All Sunderkands are India Centre Event Suderkand recital and Puja is going to be held in the temple @ India centre Cardiff on Tuesday 5th of July 2016 @ 6pm followed by Bhajan & Aarti by Pandit Ji and Bhandara. The Puja has been kindly sponsored by Dr Keshav Singhal and family If you want to sponsor Sunderkand or any puja/event, please contact me or Pandit ji or Mrs Niru Kumar (Treasurer) Mob no. 07392435966 Dr Poonam Singhal Secretary India Centre
  • Kuchipudi Dance performance 4th July India Centre.

    Date -

      04 07 2016

    Time -

      06:00:58 PM


    Place -

      India centre,Cardiff


    India Centre Cardiff proudly presents A glittering and magical evening of Kuchipudi Dances by Jayathe Kuchipudi a 40 member dance troupe from India (supported by Indian Council of Cultural relations and Night Out) on Monday 4th July 7-9 PM ( gates open 6.30) followed by dinner at 9 PM Adults 15 only Children 5 (under 5 free) Tickets available from Bapuji Rao 07957152437 Kumari Podilla 07753431857 Niru Kumar 07392435966 Mythri 07590929027 Poonam Singhal 07814504892 Panditji 07999267068 Dr Poonam Singhal P.hD Secretary HCA(Wales)
  • INTERNATIONAL YOGA DAY 20TH JUNE 2016 7.30 PM

    Date -

      20 06 2016

    Time -

      04:30:00 PM


    Place -

      India centre,Cardiff


    FREE EVENT India centre Wales and Samarpan Meditation present on the occasion of International Yoga Day An experiential workshop TOTAL LIFE MANAGEMENT with H H Shivkrupanand Swami Participate in this rare opportunity for a meditation experience with a living saint, spiritual teacher & founder of SAMARPAN MEDITATION MONDAY20 June 2016 7:30pm start INDIA CENTRE, CARDIFF Chairs will be available but if you prefer to sit on the floor, please would bring meditation cushions or mats, as there will be floor space set aside. The workshop will end at 9:30pm (times are approximate) and will be followed by food kindly provided by the India Centre, Wales. ABOUT SWAMIJI His Holiness Shree Shivkrupanandji, affectionately known as Swamiji, is a living Saint of the 21st century. Having yearned to understand and experience connection with the divine from his early childhood, he spend many years in the Himalayan mountains meditating with Gurus, Siddhas, Rishis, Munis, Kaiwalya Kumbhak Yogis, Buddhist and Jain Monks and Saints - and with the High Gurus who exist there and communicate, not with language, but by vibrations through meditation. In that place he received self realisation and discovered within what he had been seeking. From his Gurus he received the technique of Samarpan Meditation and was sent by them back to society to impart that experience to whomever wishes to receive it. Samarpan Meditation is able to reconnect us with nature -and our innate humanity - creating healthy, content, successful and spiritually aware human beings. "Yoga is the confluence of the body and the soul... a living and active knowledge. Yoga is not limited only to physical 'health'. In reality, yoga is total 'life management'." HH SHIVKRUPANAND SWAMI FOR FUTHER DETAILS PLEASE VISIT http://samarpanmeditation.wix.com/eventsuk Dr Poonam Singhal P.hD Secretary India Centre, Cardiff
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