Past Events

  • Sunderkand On Tuesday 13th March 2018 from 6.00 pm

    Date -

      13 Mar 2018

    Time -

      18:00 PM


    Place -

      India Centre


    Please note that Sunderkand would be on Tuesday 13th march because Pandit ji is away on First Tuesday. Jai Shree Ram This is India Centre Event Dear all Suderkand recital and puja is going to be held in the temple @ India centre Cardiff on Tuesday 13th March from 6pm followed by Bhajan & Aarti by Pandit Ji and Bhandara. The Puja has been kindly sponsored by Mrs Sphoorthy and Santosh Kumar and family If you want to sponsor Sunderkand or any puja/event, please contact me or Pandit ji 07999267068 or Mrs Niru Kumar (Treasurer) Mob no. 07392435966 Regards Dr Poonam Singhal Ph.D Secretary India Centre Dr Bapuji Rao Velagapudi Chair India centre
  • For urgent attention Very Urgent Information Holi Celebration at India Centre Cardiff rescheduled on Sunday 11th of March 2018

    Date -

      11 Mar 2018

    Time -

      18:00 PM


    Place -

      India Centre


    Dear All, There is a red weather warning in Cardiff and all Schools and most hospitals have been closed. We Therefore have rescheduled Holi Celebration to Sunday 11th march 2018. I am sure who all are coming will plan accordingly. Looking forward to welcome you all. Please see below Car Parking Charges also. Holi Hai ! The festival of colours Holi will be celebrated at India Centre on Sunday 11th of March 2018. 6.00pm Gate Opens 6.30 pm to 7.45 pm Holi Milan, Dance, Dhoom Dhamaka 7.45pm Aarti 8.00pm Dinner Entry fee Only £ 5.00 adults Chldren under 12 £ 3.00 Children Under 5 Free Please confirm attendence for catering purposes. As the car parking space at India Centre is limited and the number of people wishing to park inside is much more, we have decided to keep a parking attendant at every major event including Holi. Clearly there are cost considerations and therefore we would need to charge a nominal fee of £1.00 from those who wish to park inside India Centre. This would mean that the cars are parked more orderly such that a bigger number of cars can be accommodated inside and the presence of a parking attendant would also mean safety of the cars. The executive team look forward to improving your experience at the India Centre. For tickets and further information please contact; Niru Kumar 02920 753556 or reply to this email The festival of colours As the brief spring warms the landscape, northern India cuts loose for a day of hijinx and general hilarity. The festival of Holi is celebrated on the day after the full moon in early March every year. Originally a festival to celebrate good harvests and fertility of the land, Holi is now a symbolic commemmoration of a legend from Hindu Mythology. The story centres around an arrogant king who resents his son Prahlada worshipping Lord Vishnu. He attempts to kill his son but fails each time. Finally, the king's sister Holika who is said to be immune to burning, sits with the boy in a huge fire. However, the prince Prahlada emerges unscathed, while his aunt burns to death. Holi commemorates this event from mythology, and huge bonfires are burnt on the eve of Holi as its symbolic representation. This exuberant festival is also associated with the immortal love of Krishna and Radha, and hence, Holi is spread over 16 days in Vrindavan as well as Mathura - the two cities with which Lord Krishna shared a deep affiliation. Apart from the usual fun with coloured powder and water, Holi is marked by vibrant processions which are accompanied by folk songs, dances and a general sense of abandoned vitality. Today Holi is an excuse for Indians to shed inhibitions and caste differences for a day of spring fever and Big Fun. Teenagers spend the day flirting and misbehaving in the streets, adults extend the hand of peace, and everyone chases everyone else around, throwing brightly colored powder (gulal) and water over each other. In fact, on the days of Holi, you can get away with almost anything by saying, "Don't mind, it's Holi!" (Bura na mano, Holi hai.) The festival's preamble begins on the night of the full moon. Bonfires are lit on street corners to cleanse the air of evil spirits and bad vibes, and to symbolize the destruction of the wicked Holika, for whom the festival was named. The following morning, the streets fill with people running, shouting, giggling and splashing. Marijuana-based bhang and thandai add to the uninhibited atmosphere. Holi - the festival of colors - is undoubtedly the most fun-filled and boisterous of Hindu festival. It's an occasion that brings in unadulterated joy and mirth, fun and play, music and dance, and, of course, lots of bright colors!
  • Maha Shivaratri at India Centre on Tuesday 13th Feb 2018

    Date -

      13 Feb 2018

    Time -

      18:00 PM


    Place -

      India Centre


    Maha Shivaratri will be celebrated at India Centre,Cardiff on Tuesday 13th Feb 2018 with the programme as follows; Morning 11.00 am to 12.00 Noon Milk Abhishek 6.00 pm TEMPLE OPENS for evening 6.30 pm to 7.30 pm SHIV PUJA 7.30 pm ABHISHEK 8.15 pm AARTI MAHA PRASAD thereafter It is sponsored by Dr Ravi Tiwari, Arti Tiwari and Family Regards, Dr Poonam Singhal Ph.D Secretary India Centre Dr Bapuji Rao Velagapudi Chair India centre Festivals coming up: Friday 2nd March - Holi 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 nigh 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.
  • Balaji Maha Abhishekham Saturday 10th February 2018

    Date -

      10 Feb 2018

    Time -

      00:30 AM


    Place -

      India Centre


    Dear All, This month's Balaji Maha Abhishekham will be performed at the India Centre on 10th February 2018 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 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. Dr Poonam Singhal PhD Secretary India Centre,Cardiff Dr Bapuji Rao Velagapudi Chair India Centre, Cardiff
  • Republic Day of India Celebration @ the India Centre on Saturday 27th January 2018

    Date -

      27 Jan 2018

    Time -

      18:00 PM


    Place -

      India Centre


    Dear friends, We are celebrating Republic Day of India at the India Centre, Sanquhar Street, Cardiff on Saturday 27th January 2018 The program is as follows: 6.00 pm: Doors Open 6.30 pm: Welcome by Chairman 6.35 pm: Cultural Program 7.50 pm: Presentations 7.55 pm Thanks 8.00 pm Aarti followed by Dinner. Tickets £5 for adults Children under 5 and participants Free Tickets Available at the door. Please let me know of your attendance for catering purposes. Dr Poonam Singhal Ph.D Secretary India centre Indian Republic day parade 1950: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXJh5JoAbew Samvidhaan: The making of the Constitution of India: https://www.youtube..com/watch?v=atSSN6ZLzXQ 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.
  • Saikat Mitra

    Date -

      12 Nov 2017

    Time -

      13:30 PM


    Place -

      India Centre


    We are proud to announce that Mr Saikat Mitra who is a Renowned Singer, Music Director, Composer, Playback Singer, Presenter, and Producer, will perform at the India Centre on 12th November 2017 and will be accompanied by the top orchestra band Sandy man of London Initially popular with Bengali audience has branched out into Hindi music. He is the son of Late Shyamal Mitra who gave music for Amanush - Dil isa kisine mera tooda, and trained under Salil Choudhary the Bollywood Maetro of the 50s and 60s. Mr Saikat Mitra performed last year on 5 June 2016 at Reardon Smith and he got a standing ovation. Most India Centre members were unable to attend his concert as the date clashed with the AGM. It promises to be a fantastic Concert. Door Opens at 1.30 pm. Program 2.00 pm to 6.00 pm Snacks available. Tickets first three Rows £ 25 Other all rows £ 15 Please see flyer for more details Regards Executive Committee
  • Sunderkand On Tuesday 7th November 2017 from 6.00 pm on wards

    Date -

      07 Nov 2017

    Time -

      18:00 PM


    Place -

      India Centre


    Jai Shree Ram This is India Centre Event Dear all Suderkand recital and puja is going to be held in the temple @ India centre Cardiff on Tuesday 7th of November 2017 @ 6pm followed by Bhajan & Aarti by Pandit Ji and Bhandara. The Puja has been kindly sponsored by Mrs Sharada Sharma, Dr S K Sharma and family If you want to sponsor Sunderkand or any puja/event, please contact me or Pandit ji 07999267068 or Mrs Niru Kumar (Treasurer) Mob no. 07392435966 Regards Dr Poonam Singhal Ph.D Secretary India Centre Dr Bapuji Rao Velagapudi Chair India centre
  • Diwali Mela at National Museum of Cardiff on 28/10/17

    Date -

      28 Oct 2017

    Time -

      00:30 AM


    Place -

      National Museum of Cardiff


    Dear All It gives us great pleasure to confirm that the Annual Diwali Cultural festival will take place at the national Museum Cardiff,, Cathays Park on 28th October between 10.30 AM till 3.30 PM. This is held in collaboration with the National Museum Cardiff and this is the 12th year of the festival. As over the last 12 years, the festival will comprise of the following 1. Performances by Indian Centre Children including Dances, Musical instrumental pieces Plays 2. Story telling by the renowned Megan 3. Dance workshops 4. Fashion Show 5. Dandiya 6. Good stalls 7. Ability to interact and network with senior Public figures Not to miss Dhol By Raj Entertainments at 10.30 am. Procession will start from Outside Museum. We look forwards to welcoming you on the 28th October
  • Karva Chauth Program on Sunday 8/10/17 at India Centre .

    Date -

      08 Oct 2017

    Time -

      17:30 PM


    Place -

      India Centre


    Dear All, As usual like past years, we are again doing Karva Chauth Program in India Centre on Sunday 8/10/17 . Please come by 5.30 pm as Puja will start at 6.00 pm and I am sure you would not like to miss it. Regards Dr Poonam Singhal Ph.D Secretary India Centre Origin and Significance The fast of Karwa Chauth is of particular importance to all Hindu married women in India. They believe that the festival ensures prosperity, longevity and well-being of their husbands. The origin of this festival was based on a very sweet and noble idea. Though this idea has lost its true sense as today the whole outlook of this festival has changed.In the ancient time, girls used to get married at a very early stage, and had to go and live with their in-laws in other villages. After marriage, if she faces any problem with her in-laws or her husband, she would have no one to talk to or seek support from. There used to be no telephones, buses and trains long ago. Her own parents and relatives would be quite far and unreachable. Thus the custom started that, at the time of marriage, when bride would reach her in-laws, she would befriend another woman there who would be her friend or sister for life. It would be like god-friends or god-sisters. Their friendship would be sanctified through a small Hindu ceremony right during the marriage. Once the bride and this woman had become god-friends or god-sisters, they would remain so all their lives and recognize the relation as such. They would also treat each other like real sisters. Later in life, if she faces any difficulty related to her husband or in-laws, she would be able to confidently talk or seek help from each other. Thus, Karwa Chauth was started to as a festival to celebrate this relationship between the once-brides and their god-friends (god-sisters). Fasting and praying for husband came later and is secondary. It was probably added, along with other mythical tales, to enhance the festival. The husband would always be associated with this festival, because the day of starting this holy friendship between two god-sisters was essentially the day of bride's marriage to him. Thus, praying and fasting for him by his wife during a celebration of her relationship with the god-friend would be quite logical. Hence, the festival of Karwa Chauth was to renew and celebrate the relationship between god-friends (god-sisters). It had a tremendous social and cultural significance when world was not having the way to communicate and move around easily.
  • Balaji Maha Abhishekham Saturday 9th of September 2017

    Date -

      09 Sep 2017

    Time -

      09:30 AM


    Place -

      India Centre


    Dear All, This month's Balaji Maha Abhishekham will be performed at the India Centre on Saturday 9th of September 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 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. Dr Poonam Singhal PhD Secretary India Centre,Cardiff Dr Bapuji Rao Velagapudi Chair India Centre, Cardiff
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