Indo American Cultural Center & Temple
Temple Calendar 2015 available for download
February Newsletter available for download
Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!! I hope the New Year brings health,
happiness, prosperity and peace for all of you, your family and friends.
Mahashivaratri will be celebrated in the Temple on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 with
Rudrabhisheka Special Pooja beginning at 6:00 PM. You are invited to sponsor Special
Rudrabhisheka Pooja by offering a fresh flower garland to Lord Shiva with a donation
of $101 or Rudrabhisheka without a garland for $51, or participate in an Archana for
$21.00. Everyone present before 7:00 PM will have an opportunity to offer free
abhisheka to Lord Shiva. The Rudrabhisheka Pooja will be followed by Bhajans and
Arati. The program will conclude with a dinner prasadam around 8:30 PM. Please contact
Panditji if you would like to sponsor the Special Pooja or Archana.
SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY TO OFFER ARCHANA FOR WHOLE YEAR
is an opportunity for you to participate in annual archana. After a few inquiries, the
IACCT Board has decided to offer archana for the whole year at the temple. You can sign
up for a whole year archana and donate $201 in advance so that if you are present or not
Panditji will still recite archana for the family and seek blessings for the whole family.
We already have a few families lined up for annual archana. Please provide the names of
family members along with your gotra, if you know, along with $201 to Panditji or any
Board member, and we will provide the information to Panditji ahead of the festival
poojas where we have the archanas. The main events where we have archana at the
temple are - New years day special pooja, Makar Sankranti, MahaShivaratri,
Ugadi/Gudhi Padwa, Rama Navami, Ganesh Chaturthi, Ananta Chaturdashi, Vijaya
Dashmi (Dushera), Mahlakshmi Pooja at Diwali and possibly at other events. Please call
Panditji or any Board member to participate in annual archana.
NEW POOJARI (PRIEST) IS EXPECTED TO ARRIVE IN FEBRUARY 2015
As previously announced, the search
committee has selected a finalist from India. We have initiated the process for an R-1 visa for Mr. Shashibhushana Hebbar to come
to the United States. Right now we are planning a farewell gathering for Panditji Prasada and also welcome new Panditji to
introduce him to the community at the same time, sometimes within the next two months. Please stay tuned for special
announcements, and join us for farewell party for Panditji Prasada and welcoming new Panditji Shashibhushana.
IACCT MEMBERSHIP AND FUNDRAISING DRIVE FOR 2015
was included with mailing for 2015 Calendar (copies
attached). We are seeking your continued support for membership and donations to fund recent projects and build reserves
for the temple. Please note that no amount is too small for donation. Also, please send your tax deductible membership to
IACCT. All checks dated and post-marked by December 31. 2014 should be eligible for 2014 tax filing. Please make your
checks payable to Indo-American Cultural Center & Temple or IACCT and mail to: IACCT, 2002 Ramona Avenue,
Portage, MI 49002.
DONATION OR MEMBERSHIP RECEIPTS FOR 2014
All of you should have received receipts for donations of
$250 or over received through November end, by now. IACCT issues receipts for single monetary or non-monetary
donations of $250 or over. We do not issue receipts for any single check for memberships or other donations of less than
$250. Your canceled check or other information should be sufficient for you to claim deduction to the extent allowed by law
in accordance with IRS guidelines. We plan to issue all receipts by January 31, 2015 for donations received during
December 2014. Please contact Chetan Vyas at ChetanMVyas@hotmail.com if you need a receipt issued for your
who are interested in participating in Gita Study led by Mr. Sunder
Hattangadi and Mr. Pradip Sagdeo can send an email to Sunderh@yahoo.com
and you will be informed about the schedule. Usually Gita Class is on a
Sunday from 10.30 am to 11.20 am in the Temple.
For information on Temple Fund Raising Initiative please contact:
Brij Bhargava: (269) 375-6474
*** All donations made to temple are Tax Deductible ***