Indo American Cultural Center & Temple

Temple Calendar 2015 available for download

August Newsletter available for download

Temple Events


SUNDAY, JULY 26, 2015
Lord Jagannath Pooja, Rath Yatra and satsang being sponsored by Saroj and Lara Mohanty, Subhranshu and Jasbir Samanta, Raj and Neetu Tiwari, Kinju Dudhia,Vikas and Taruna Sharma, Bijoy and Janet Bhuyan. Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra will be celebrated at the Temple on July 26 (Sunday) followed by Satsang. Rath Yatra, also known as the Chariot Festival, is one of the major Hindu festivals associated with Lord Jagannath held at Puri in Orissa state, India. The deities -Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra are worshipped within the temple throughout the year, but on the day of the Chariot Festival they are taken through the streets, allowing people of all religions to have the fortune of worshipping them. Three richly decorated chariots, resembling temple structures, are pulled through the streets of Puri. This commemorates the annual journey of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and their sister Subhadra to Gundicha Temple. The Rath Yatra will be celebrated at the IACCT temple with the pulling of the traditional Rath, a special program on the significance of the festival and Satsang.

program will be held at IACCT on Friday, August 28 and Sunday, August 30, 2015. We are pleased that Panditji Shashibhushana will continue a great tradition started by Panditji Prasada. This year, there will be Dinner prasadam on August 28th and Lunch prasadam on 30th. Please contact Panditji to sponsor dinner or lunch prasadam. Please support the temple by participating in Kumkuma Archana alone for $51 and/or Homa alone for $101 or the entire Maha Yagna for $251. Please see the attached program. Please sign up for the events at the temple, or by mailing the form in this newsletter or by contacting Panditji (269-548-5332 or 269-324-8224).

Everyone is welcome to visit the temple any time during regular hours. In case, if you visit the temple when it is closed, please refrain from calling Panditji or others to open the temple for you. If you wish to do the “darshan” during those times when it is closed, you may do so by looking through a red colored door window on the north side of the prayer hall. The North side window allows a clear view of the deities in the prayer hall area.

Panditji Shashibhushana’s wife Swathi, and their three year old daughter Shreyasi have safely arrived in Kalamazoo. Panditji is very pleased to share that he is going to be a father second time around in December. Our congratulations to Swathi ji and Panditji for planning a companion for their daughter Shreyasi. You are all invited to meet and welcome them at the temple on a regular satsang day on Sunday, August 9, 2015. The satsang is being sponsored by Virendra and Vijay Sood. As you know, it takes a lot of effort to start a new home in a new country with a new cultural environment. We are making an appeal to those community members who would like to help; please provide any financial support you can, to help Panditji’s family get well settled in USA. You may write a check or provide cash, if you wish, in any amount directly to Panditji Shashibhushana Hebbar. If giving cash, please write your name on the envelope, so that Panditji can acknowledge. Your support will serve as a great gesture of goodwill to Panditji and his family.

IN MEMORIAM: AKILA R. QURAESHI (1916-2015) and RAJ MALHOTRA (1933-2015)
We are deeply saddened to inform you that Zahir and Nalini Quaraeshi, both, experienced the loss of their mothers, within a short period of about three weeks recently. Many of us from the Kalamazoo community, had the pleasure and privilege of meeting and seeing both of them often at Zahir and Nalini’s home, and were recipients of their warm welcome, prayers and blessings. We offer our deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolence to Zahir and Nalini and their families. Our thoughts and prayers are with all members of Quraeshi family and Malhotra family. Akila R. Quraeshi,(Zahir’s mother) made the peaceful transition on July 4, 2015 at home surrounded by her children and loved ones. She is survived by her son, a daughter, two sisters, four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was a graduate of Wadia College in English Literature. She was an avid reader, an enthusiastic traveler in her younger days and was well known for her exquisite needlepoint creations. She was a gracious and a warm person who welcomed everyone. She was a resident of Kalamazoo for over 37 years showering her love to her children and grandchildren, and friends.
Raj Malhotra, (Nalini’s mother) made the peaceful transition on July 21, 2015 at Rose Arbor Hospice surrounded by all her children and loved ones. She is survived by her four daughters, a son, a brother, and eight grandchildren. She was a graduate of Miranda College in English and taught Geography at the school level. She was a seasoned traveler, a health and nutrition enthusiast and loved walking even in subzero weather in Michigan and was well known for her elegance and sense of style. She was a gracious, warm, and a charming person who welcomed everyone. She was a resident of Kalamazoo for over fourteen years showering her love to her children and grandchildren and friends.

For information on Temple Fund Raising Initiative please contact:
Brij Bhargava: (269) 375-6474

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