Indo American Cultural Center & Temple
Temple Calendar 2016 available for download
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
LORD JAGANNATH POOJA
RATH YATRA & SATSANG, SUNDAY, JULY 10, 2016
Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra will be celebrated at the Temple on July 10 (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 and castes 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 their aunt’s temple (Gundicha Mandir).
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.
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: SANJAY VALVANI
It is with a heavy heavy heart that your editor has to report a personal and devastating loss. We ,Shri
and Swerun Valvani, lost our precious and beloved son, Sanjay Valvani, at a tender age of 44 yrs.
Sanjay was a smart, kind-hearted, very helpful, and giving human being. His natural charisma and
passion for education and helping/mentoring others was incredible. Sanjay was an adoring and
devoted father, loving husband, son, brother, and friend. He was born in Kalamazoo, graduated
from Portage Central High School, where he served as President of Student Council. He studied at
the University of Michigan, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and also the Fuqua School
of Business at Duke University, where he earned his M.B.A. Sanjay’s career included early work in
health care field, followed by investment banking, and later to become a very successful manager at
a hedge fund in New York.
Sanjay’s philanthropy efforts included a $250,000 pledge in 2012 to endow two scholarships at Fuqua School of Business.
Sanjay and his wife led and funded many other charitable causes. No words are adequate to describe this loss to his family
and friends. His memories and abundant light shall remain forever. Sanjay is survived by his wife – Jot; two lovely
daughters - Noor and Naaz; his parents – Shri and Swerun Valvani; brother and sister in law – Raj and Sima Valvani and
their children – Shailen, Aanika, and Sayan; sister – Reena and her son – Narayan, and several cousins, uncles and aunts. On
behalf of the IACCT community, our heartfelt condolences go out to Sanjay’s surviving family members. May our thoughts
and prayers surround all of them.
IN MEMORIAM – JAYABEN KALANI
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
*** All donations made to temple are Tax Deductible ***