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Panditji Visiting India

Panditji Shashibhushana and family will be visiting India from Monday, July 11, 2016 through Tuesday, August 9, 2016. Our goal is to minimize inconvenience for devotees for temple functions and pooja services. Temple will plan to have a substutute poojari (priest) available during Panditji’s absence.


PEACE RUN – A RUN FOR A CAUSE, VISITS IACCT

On Saturday, July 23rd, a team of runners from across the globe stopped by at our IACCT temple on their journey between Chicago and Ann Arbor. We, as a community had the honor to invite them to our temple. Bal Vikas children and Youth Group members along with several community members were amazed to listen and interact with the members of Peace Run team. The twelve member team introduced themselves, talked about their mission and vision of World Peace, sang beautiful bhajans, and engaged us in a guessing game. They gifted the temple a painting by Sri Chinmoy, the founder of the Peace Run Organization, and a certificate of appreciation to the temple. Youth group members distributed bottles of water, sports drink, and orange juice to help the runners beat the heat. Bal Vikas group had an opportunity to chant sloka on global peace and sing a bhajan for the visiting team. It was a very touching moment while The Peace torch was passed around among the community members. Several people helped with planning the event to host the Peace Run team members. Special thanks to Padmanabh Bhatt for reciting slokas and blessing the group for a safe run to their destination. You can view a few photographs, the mission, and progress of the Peace Run by following the global link of PeaceRun.Org. https://www.peacerun.org/us/news/2016/0723/1986/


SPECIAL KUMKUMA ARCHANA AND HOMA CELEBRATION
Friday, August 19 and Sunday, August 21, 2016.
We are pleased that Panditji Shashibhushana will continue a great tradition started by Panditji Prasada. This year, there will be Dinner prasadam on August 19th and Lunch prasadam on 21st. 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 (269-276-6203 or 269-324-8224).


SHRI KRISHNA JANMASHTAMI CELEBRATION
Thursday, August 25, 2016 10:00 PM – 12:00 AM, Bhajans & Light Prasadam

NAND MAHOTSAV CELEBRATION
Saturday, August 27, 2016 6:30 PM Bhajans, Arati, & Dinner Prasadam

BAL VIKAS GRADUATION 2016
June 12, 2016
Graduation Day for Bal Vikas group was held on June 12th at the IACCT temple. Children ranging from ages 3 to 10 actively took part in the graduation celebration. The program started with a short service by Padmanabh Bhatt for all the graduating children. The highlight of the evening was a quiz bowl in which children were asked to chant Sanskrit Slokas, sing bhajans, and recite poems. Each and every child enthusiastically prepared and participated in the quiz bowl. Following the quiz bowl was the award ceremony graced by Bhadraben Shah, a long term patron and supporter of Bal Vikas. She awarded the children with books and gifts. Indiraben Bhatt gave out the certificates to all the graduating children. The evening ended with a sumptuous pot luck dinner. It was undoubtedly a grand event put together by tireless effort by Bal Vikas coordinator and teacher Sujatha Krishnamurthy and very supportive and enthusiastic parents. A special thanks to Bhadraben Shah and Padmanabh and Indiraben Bhatt for making this a memorable evening.


IN MEMORIAM: CHHOTABHAI SHARMA
1924-2016
We are saddened to report that Chhotabhai Sharma, age 91, passed away July 8, 2016 in Kalamazoo. He was born on November 26, 1924 in Pij, India. He and his wife moved their entire family to the United States in 1984 and made many friends in the Kalamazoo area over the years. Chhotabhai loved devotional music, serving his family and selflessly helped many individuals and families. He was one of the pioneers to start Baroda Medical College in Baroda, India. Chhotabhai was very quiet, religious & gentle speaking gentleman, serving his family and living life to the fullest. He was frequent visitor to the temple and will always greet friends “Jai Shri Krishna” with a smile. Many of us at the temple had the privilege to see him often and enjoy his pleasant friendly demeanor. He was lovingly called “Papaji” by his family and friends. He is survived by four children, Rajendra Sharma, Usha N. (Natvar) Lal, Umesh (Punita) Sharma and Jayesh (Neha) Sharma and seven grandchildren. We offer our heartfelt condolence to Sharma family and other extended family members. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of them.


IN MEMORIAM – JAYABEN KALANI
1931-2016
We are saddened to report that Mrs Jayaben Harijiwan Kalani peacefully passed away in her sleep at Rose Arbor Hospice Center, Kalamazoo, on 4th of July, 2016. She was born in Mahasamund, (MP) India. She migrated to the United States in 1975. She was preceded in death by her husband Harjiwan Kalani. She is survived by Sheela (Chetan) Vyas, Nita (Rajesh) Dagli, Sanjay (Preeti) Kalani, Bharti (Saleem) Qureshi, Varsha (Sanjay) Kamodia, Bina (Ishwar Patel) and nine grand children. She has been a long-time resident, and respected member of the Indian community in Kalamazoo. Throughout her life she has been a godmother to lots of children and an inspiration to the people around her. We offer our heartfelt condolence to Kalani family and other extended family members. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of them.


MEMBERSHIP-DONATION UPDATE 2016

So far, we have received annual membership-donations from over 100 families and individuals. IACCT annual Membership-donations cover January through December every year. We are running behind our goal of 150 plus annual members for 2016. Your membership helps tremendously in providing many services the IACCT offers. Please send your tax deductible membership-donation to IACCT. Please make your check payable to Indo-American Cultural Center & Temple or IACCT and mail to: IACCT, 2002 Ramona Avenue, Portage, MI 49002. You may even charge it on your credit card.



For information on Temple Fund Raising Initiative please contact:
Brij Bhargava: (269) 375-6474 Email:Brij_Bhargava@yahoo.com

*** All donations made to temple are Tax Deductible ***