Past Events

  • SHREE SHREE KALI PUJA

    Date -

      30 10 2016

    Time -

      04:00:58 PM


    Place -

      India centre,Cardiff


    Dear all, SHREE SHREE KALI PUJA Sunday 30th Of October 2016 PUJA, ANJALI, AARTI 6.00pm— 7.00pm PRASAD & PREETI BHOJ 7.00 pm—-8.00 pm
  • My Big Fat Cowpat Wedding on Friday 28th October 2016 at 6.45 PM at India Centre Cardiff

    Date -

      28 10 2016

    Time -

      06:45:32 PM


    Place -

      India centre,Cardiff


    India Centre Cardiff invites you to My Big Fat Cowpat Wedding By Sayan kent 6.45 PM, Friday 28th october,India Centre Cardiff It is probably one of the most fun wedding you will ever attend- the comedy is just so brilliant. knowing that these stories are based on real events makes everything all the more hilarious. Even the unbelievable parts find a way to be extremely funny this fantastic comedy dream is brought to you by the India Centre in association with the arts Council of wales night out scheme Tickets are £10 per head including meal Further details and tickets contact Dr Bapuji Rao 07957152437 Mrs Sharda Sharma 02920843287 Dr Nidhika Berry 07808986177 Dr Ravi Tiwari 02920892705 Mrs Deepa Salvaji 07967332711 Dr Poonam Singhal 07814504892
  • Karva Chauth at India Centre on Wednesday 19th of October 2016

    Date -

      19 10 2016

    Time -

      06:00:03 PM


    Place -

      India centre,Cardiff


    Dear All, Panditji will recite the Karva Chauth Katha at the India Centre on Wednesday 19th October 2016 at 6 pm. All are welcome. Karva Chauth has become more of a community festival Karva Chauth is one such occasion when most married Hindu women in North India seek the blessings of God for their husband's long life. Karva Chauth is observed on the fourth day of the dark fortnight of Ashwin, which is also called Kartik according to some calendars. Though it is a day marked with neither food nor water, this festival is quite popular among the newlyweds. A few days before the festival, markets are full of items needed for the festival. The preparations for this festival start a week in advance. Appointments are made with beauty parlours, hands are decorated with intricate mehendi designs and jewelery and cloth merchants do a brisk business. The Start Of The Day On this day the women get up before sunrise. They worship Shiva, Parvati, Ganesh, Kartikeya and the moon. The blessings of the Gods are invoked for longevity and prosperity of their husbands and children. Mothers-in-law give their daughters-in-law sumptuous food called 'Sargi' to eat before sunrise, as the fast starts before sunrise and ends only after worshiping the moon at night. It is a tough fast, as the women do not take any food or water. Dressing Up In the evening, the women to cherish the joy of adorning bridal finery. Many times, the newly wed wear their wedding dress on this auspicious occasion, usually the ghagra-choli or Banarsi saris, embellished with the old-new shimmer of gold, diamonds and rubies. After dressing up, she receives gifts from the mother-in-law. Evening Puja Before evening, the married woman receives the baya or a basket full of goodies from her mother, which is meant for the mother-in-law. The basket contains sweets, mathadi, fruits and a sari. Before the sun sets, most of the women in a locality gather in one house and prepare a corner for the puja. This puja chowk is beautifully decorated and a small platform is prepared against a wall. On this, the image of Gauri Mata or Goddess Parvati is placed. In the olden days, this image was made of cow-dung. The Process Of Puja The women sit around this image with their bayas. Each woman also places a karva or a pitcher full of water and seven pieces of pua in front of her. It is adorned with kharia, aipun and a little roli. A red thread is tied around the karva. At the beginning of the puja, women apply the roli teeka to Goddess Gauri and also to themselves. With the thumb and the third finger of the right hand, water is sprinkled on the image of the goddess. The same procedure is repeated with aipun and roli . Lastly, rice is showered on the image. Narration of Vrata Katha An elderly woman of the family narrates the legend of Karva Chauth. Even a widow can narrate this story. The women then pray for the long life and welfare of their husbands. While chanting the prayers, they pass their bayas from one to another. The wait for the moon rise begins after sunset, and as soon as the moon is sighted, prayers are offered to the moon. The fasting women first observe the moon through a sieve and then break their fast. The first sip of water and the first morsel of food is offered by the husband. A sumptuous dinner follows. -- Mr. Keshav Singhal MBE, MS(orth) FRCS M.Ch(orth) Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon Chair BAPIO(Wales) Trustee National Museums of Wales Director Hafod Corporate Services Ltd. Board Member Care and Repair, Bridgend Governor, India Centre, Cardiff President GOPIO Wales
  • SHARAD PURNIMA PUJA

    Date -

      15 10 2016

    Time -

      04:00:57 PM


    Place -

      India centre,Cardiff


    Dear All, Saturday 15th October 2016 PUJA, ANJALI, AARTI 7.00 pm—8.30 pm
  • Balaji Maha Abhishekham Saturday 15th October 2016

    Date -

      15 10 2016

    Time -

      12:30:57 AM


    Place -

      India centre,Cardiff


    Dear All, This month's Balaji Maha Abhishekham will be peformed at the India Centre on Saturday 15th October 2016 Programme as follows Suprabhatam 9.30 am Chanting of Gotras 10.00 am Abhishekam 10.10 am Mangala Aarti 11.30 am Prasad 11.50 am 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 Dr Bapuji Rao Velagapudi Chair India Centre, Cardiff
  • Dussehra

    Date -

      11 10 2016

    Time -

      12:00:58 AM


    Place -

      India centre,Cardiff


    Dear All, Puja, Anjali , Arti (10.00 AM --11.30AM) Sindurkhela (12.00 PM--12.30PM) Visarjan and Prasad (1.00 PM-Onwards) Dusshera Milan (6.00 PM -- 6.30PM) Cultural program (6.30 PM -- 8.00PM) Arti and Maha Prasad (8.00 PM-Onwards)
  • Kalyana Mahotsawam Sunday 25th September 2016 at India Centre, Cardiff

    Date -

      25 09 2016

    Time -

      12:30:58 AM


    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 -

      25 08 2016

    Time -

      12:30:03 AM


    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 -

      06:30:09 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 -

      09:00:45 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
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