Past Events

  • Latest program of Republic day on Thursday 26 January 2017

    Date -

      26 Jan 2017

    Time -

      06 PM


    Place -

      India centre,Cardiff


    Dear Friends, The 68th Republic day of India will be celebrated on Thursday 26th January 2017 At the India Centre, Sanquhar Street, Cardiff CF24 2AA Please note a slight change in the timings for the Republic day program as under 6.00 PM: Doors Open 7.00 PM: Welcome by Chairman 7.05 PM: Flag Hoisting 7.15 PM: Cultural programme 8.05 PM: Awards ceremony recognising Community service 8.30 PM: Dinner Tickets £5 only available at the door. Please let us know of your attendance to plan for catering. Dr Poonam Singhal Ph.D Secretary India centre
  • Lohri ,Makar Sankranti and Pongal on Sunday 15th January 2017 at India Centre

    Date -

      15 Jan 2017

    Time -

      12 AM


    Place -

      India centre,Cardiff


    Dear All, This year there will be a combined celebration of Lohri, Makar Sakranti and Pongal at India centre on Sunday 15th January 2017. Door Opens at 11.00 AM Celebrations 11.30 On wards Followed by Lunch at 1.00 PM We hope that for the first big function of the year, we shall see you all in big numbers at the India Centre. Regards Dr. Poonam Singhal Ph.D Secretary India Centre Dr. Bapuji Rao Velagapudi Chair India centre Details of Lohri, Makar Sakrani and Pongal Below 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. An 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. 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. Pongal 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.
  • Sunderkand On Tuesday 3rd of January 2017 from 6.00 pm onwards

    Date -

      03 Jan 2017

    Time -

      06 PM


    Place -

      India centre,Cardiff


    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 3rd of January 2017 @ 6pm followed by Bhajan & Aarti by Pandit Ji and Bhandara. The puja has been kindly sponsored by Dr Khanna 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
  • New Year Eve at India Centre

    Date -

      31 Dec 2016

    Time -

      06 PM


    Place -

      India centre,Cardiff


    Dear All, Youth of India centre are organising an exciting new year eve party on Sat day 31st Of December.The programme is as follows. Doors open 6pm Music,Songs& dance 6.30 pm to 11pm Dinner 8pm Ticket £5.00 per person, payable at the door on the day Please contact Suresh Arava at 07803876537 PS: Reminder that we are celebrating New year Balaji Maha Abhishekam on Sun day 1st 0f Jan starting from 10am.Please attend and receive auspicious New Year day blessings. Dr Poonam Singhal Ph.D Secretary India Centre Dr Bapuji Rao Chair India Centre
  • Balaji Maha Abhishekham Saturday 17th of December 2016

    Date -

      17 Dec 2016

    Time -

      12 AM


    Place -

      India centre,Cardiff


    Dear All, This month's Balaji Maha Abhishekham will be peformed at the India Centre on Saturday 17th of December 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
  • Balaji Maha Abhishekham Saturday 12th of November 2016

    Date -

      12 Nov 2016

    Time -

      12 AM


    Place -

      India centre,Cardiff


    Dear All, This month's Balaji Maha Abhishekham will be peformed at the India Centre on Saturday 12th of November 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 _
  • Diwali at National Museum of Wales on Saturday 5th November 2016

    Date -

      05 Nov 2016

    Time -

      12 AM


    Place -

      NATIONAL MUSEUM OF WALES CATHAYS PARK, CARDIFF


    DIWALI FESTIVAL AT NATIONAL MUSEUM OF WALES CATHAYS PARK, CARDIFF SATURDAY 5th of November 2016 FROM 11AM—4PM FREE ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMME
  • SHREE SHREE KALI PUJA

    Date -

      30 Oct 2016

    Time -

      04 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 Oct 2016

    Time -

      06 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 Oct 2016

    Time -

      06 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
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