• Sri Sitarama Kalyana Mahotsavam

    Date -

      28 Mar 2015

    Time -

      04:30 AM

    Place -

      The India Centre Sanquhar Street Splott, Cardiff CF24 2AA

    Dear All,

    We are cordially invite on Sri Sitarama Kalyana Mahotsavam/ celebrations at India Centre, Cardiff on 28th March 2015, Saturday.

    The programme is scheduled as below.

    8:30 am Abhishekam

    9:30 am Kalyanam

    11:30 am Nivedana and Mangala Aarathi

    12:00 noon Preethi bhojan

    Devotees are requested to pay 31 pounds per family (Family of 4) to perform the wedding ceremony as Karta

    Devotees are requested to contribute donations generously between 11 - 51 pounds for Annadanam (Prasadam)

    All are invited to attend the ceremony and get the blessings of Sri Sitarama Swamy.

    Thank you

    Mrs Syal 07788444491

    Mrs. Purbey 07837223686

    Dr. Rao 07957152437

    Suresh Arrava 07803876537

    The India Centre Sanquhar Street Splott, Cardiff CF24 2AA

  • Women's International Day

    Date -

      22 Mar 2015

    Time -

      07:30 AM

    Place -

      India centre, Sanquhar street, Splott, Cardiff, CF24 2AA

    Dear all,

    "India Centre is celebrating International Women's Day on Sunday 22nd March 11.30 am - 1 pm. Please come and join the celebration - boys are most definitely not excluded, they are specially invited to come and support, cheer and show their solidarity.

    The girls have arranged a fantastic line up of talks music and dance. There will be a discussion forum with thought-provoking presentations on issues affecting all of us specially women and children. There will be representations from doctors, social services, police, press and the Government. Cultural program will be presented by our local talents and food stalls will be provided by Kumar's Restaurant, Cardiff.

    This promises to be quite a memorable event, so don't miss it"

    Thank you
    Hindu cultural association

  • Crime against women and Empowering women

    Date -

      22 Mar 2015

    Time -

      07:30 AM

    Place -

      India centre, Sanquhar street, Splott, Cardiff, CF24 2AA

    Dear friends,

    On behalf of India centre we are arranging a forum for debate and discussion.

    "Our message to Prime minister of India - Mr. Narendra. Modi "

    We will also be discussing the unfortunate rape case in India which hit the headlines and sparked an awareness campaign of a unheard magnitude in India and around the world. We will be debating on the ban imposed by the Indian government on the BBC documentary India's daughter.

    The forum will consist of GP'S, child psychiatrists, forensic psychiatrists, psychologists, law enforcement officers, lawyers, students and general people who have lived in Delhi. We will also be discussing issues like domestic violence, how to keep our children safe, equality at work and gender equality in schools etc. We have also invited some Assembly members who have kindly agreed to attend.

    Please do come and be part of this important event. We would love to hear your views too during the panel discussion.

    At the end of it a message to the Prime minister of India and the British PM will be constituted on behalf of the forum and India centre.

    Date and time: 22/3/2015 11:30 -13:30

    The event is actually a celebration of International Women's day .

    The forum will be at 12:00. There is also some cultural events and food stalls. Please stay and enjoy the entire event.

    Thank you
    Hindu cultural association

  • Holi Celebrations

    Date -

      07 Mar 2015

    Time -

      13:30 PM

    Place -

      India Centre, Cardiff

    Dear all

    The festival of colours

    Holi will be celebrated at India Centre on Saturday 7 March with the programme as under:

    6.30pm to 7.30pm Holi Milan
    7.30pm to 8.30pm Holi Dhamaal
    8.30pm Aarti
    8.45pm Dinner

    Tickets are subsidised to only 7 Pounds per person. 15 Pounds for family of 4. Children under 5 free.

    Please confirm attendance for catering purposes.

    For tickets and further information please contact;

    Kamla Syal 07788 444491
    Sunaina Purbey 07837 223687
    Ravi Tewari 07863656308
    Ravi Nannapenini 07795102624
    Yogesh Nathdwarawala 07961482498
    Vivek Goel 07739 584053

    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!

    Thank you
    Hindu cultural association

  • Maha Shivaratri

    Date -

      17 Feb 2015

    Time -

      04:00 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 -

      13:00 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 -

      13:30 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 -

      13:00 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 -

      13:00 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 -

      04:30 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
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