Indo American Cultural Center & Temple

Temple Calendar 2014 available for download

April Newsletter available for download

Temple Events

HINDU NEW YEAR CELEBRATION Monday, March 31, 2014, 6:30 p.m.

IACCT will celebrate the Hindu New Year day on Monday, March 31, 2014. The program will begin with a pooja in the Temple at 6:30 p.m. followed by bhajans, archana, arati and dinner prasadam. The program is sponsored by several families as listed in the Events List.

RAMA NAVAMI CELEBRATION Tuesday, April 1 – Tuesday, April 8, 2014

IACCT will celebrate Rama Navami during April 1 – April 8, 2014. Please join the celebration of the birth of Lord Rama during the nine-day period. There will be bhajans every day from 12:00 Noon – 1:00 PM on Wedensday, Thursday, Friday, and Monday during the week; and Lord Rama pooja every evening at 6:30 PM. Akhand Ramayana Paath will be held from Saturday, April 5 noon till Sunday, April 6 noon. All those interested in reading Ramayana, please contact Dipti Bhargava at 269-375- 6474. On Tuesday, April 8 at 6:30 pm there will be pooja, bhajans, arati and dinner prasadam. Please see the program in the Events List.


IACCT has almost finished Phase I of kitchen renovation, which includes repositioning, and installation of larger island with new cabinets and countertops, installation of new double wall oven, microwave, several new cabinets and countertops, and new flooring in the kitchen area. The expanded area is expected to improve comfort and reduce congestion in the kitchen during cooking and during serving of prasadam. Temple will undertake installation of an additional stock-pot range with a large burner, and appx 8’ wide stainless steel hood and accessories, which are planned to be finished shortly. BOARD OF DIRECTORS & COMMITTEE CHAIRS Kailash Bafna 372-6620 Chairman Email: Vijay Sood 327-2846 President Email: Chetan Vyas 375-6631 General Secretary Email: Anil Patel 381-7529 Treasurer Email: Brij Bhargava 375-6474 Fundraising Committee Email: Hari Bhargava 327-0472 Religious Committee Email: Sangita Mediratta 329-2847 Membership Committee VijayMehta 327-5456 Facilities Management Jayesh Sharma 324-2030 Community Outreach Email: SUPPORT COMMITTEES Bal Vikas Sridevi Ghantasala 335-1763 Sujatha Krishnamurthy 312-8925 Web Site Development &Maintenance Manish Khandekar Ajay Gupta 324-7992 Email: Family Prayer & Gita Study Sunder Hattangadi 962-8466 Email: Newsletter Shri Valvani 372-6760 Email: IACCT Temple Panditji Panditji Prasada Thirumaleshwara Email: Temple Phone: 269-324-8224, Cell Phone: 269-271-0192 Indo American Cultural Center and Temple Newsletter Vol. 2014-04 April 2014 Tax ID: 38-3205077 Phone: (269) 324-8224 Editor: Shri Valvani BOARD OF DIRECTORS & COMMITTEE CHAIRS Hari Bhargava 327-0472 Chairman Email: Vijay Sood 327-2846 President Email: Amarrsena Sappidi 978-0568 General Secretary Email: Chetan Vyas 375-6631 Treasurer Email: Brij Bhargava 375-6474 Fundraising Committee Email: Sujatha Krishnamurthy 312-8925 Bal Vikas Committee VijayMehta 327-5456 Facilities Management Keyur Patel 467-4083 Community Outreach Committee Email: Jayesh Sharma 324-2030 Membership Commiittee Email: SUPPORT COMMITTEES Bal Vikas Lina Hattangadi 962-8466 Sunder Hattangadi 962-8466 Web Site Development &Maintenance Manish Khandekar Ajay Gupta 324-7992 Email: Scriptural Study Sunder Hattangadi 962-8466 Email: Pradip Sagdeo 324-7641 Email: Kitchen Support Committee Trupti Patel 372-2507 Email: Newsletter Shri Valvani 372-6760 Email: IACCT Temple Panditji Panditji Prasada Thirumaleshwara Email: Temple Phone: 269-324-8224 Cell Phone: 269-271-0192 We are very happy to announce that Mrs. Chander Kanta Varma, Asim Varma, Brij & Atul Dewan, Karuna Dewan and Sujay Dewan have made generous contributions which have been/will be used for almost all of the renovation cost. In addition, support was received fromMr. Varma’s friends in his memory, which will also help pay for a part of the renovation. These contributions are intended to honor and celebrate memory ofMr. Lok Nath Varma, who recently passed away. IACCT gratefully acknowledges generous support to the temple by Mr. Varma’s family and friends. Official inauguration and dedication of the newly renovated kitchen area will be performed by Mrs. Chander Kanta Varma, and other family members. It is planned to be held on Sunday, April 27, 2014 in conjunction with Temple Anniversary


SATSANG TO HONOR IACCT LIFE MEMBERS AND INAUGURATION OF NEWKITCHEN BY MRS. CHANDER KANTA VARMA AND FAMILY - You are cordially invited to a special satsang on Sunday, April 27, 2014 to commemorate Temple Anniversary and to recognize IACCT Life Members and for inauguration of the new kitchen. IACCT Life Members have made significant contributions to the temple with their generous support. Board is very pleased to dedicate the anniversary satsang to recognize and honor them, as well as dedicate to Mr. Lok Nath Varma, who was the first Chairman of the IACCT Board of Directors. Following is a list of IACCT Life Members as of March 21, 2014. Amin, Mahendra & Saroj; Bafna, Kailash & Vimla; Bandyopadhyay, Srekumar & Durga; Bhargava, Brij & Dipti; Bhargava, Hari & Urmil; Dandamudi, Seshagiri & Durga; Dewan, Brij & Atul; Doctor, Umakant & Shreedevi; Gajare, Nilanjan & Ujwala; Golhar, Damodar & Jyotsna; Gupta, Ajay & Geeta; Jain, Krishna & Poonam; Kondapaneni, Sarat & Sita; Kumar, Nandan, & Maya; Lal, Niranjan & Marifel; Mediratta, Ravi & Sangita; Mehta, Muktiraj & Norma; Patel, Anil & Nayana; Patel, Ramesh & Mati; Patel, Keyur & Vashu; Rama, Ramakrishna & Usha; Ravi, Subhas & Prabha; Sharma, Jayesh & Neha; Sharma, Satish & Indu; Sharma, Tarun & Renu; Shekar, Sam (Sandip) & Madhu; Singh, Gopal & Kamala; Tyle, Praveen & Tanu; Valvani, Shri & Swerun; Varma, Loknath & Chanderkanta; Vemuri, Radhakrishna & Karen; Virupannavar, Chandrashekhar & Sushila.


competition for K- 12th grade has been co-sponsored by IACCT AND Sambodh Society for the last nine years. This year, it will be held on Sunday, April 27, 2014 at the Engineering Campus – Western Michigan University. Registration for all contests ends on April 13, 2014. Please register your children as soon as possible to minimize the number of conflicts for those who participate in more than one contest. For the first time here, Geography Bee is going to be conducted as well. A complete schedule for the day of the contest is available at with contestants check-in starting at 9:30 AM. For complete information, please go to to register your children or contact Tarun Gupta ( or 269-352-3021). Per NSF rules, on-site registration is not allowed.


IACCT Youth Group will start collecting Winter and Spring clothing only for donations to needy people in the greater Kalamazoo area. The Youth group will donate collected clothing to a local charity or administrative vendor who will make sure it is donated to the needy people. Please do not donate Indian ethnic clothing. The collection drive is for GENTLY USED Winter Clothing and Spring Clothing only. Prior to your donation, please clean the clothing. This is an opportunity for you to clean up your closets after winter and donate to needy people in the Kalamazoo area. Please look for boxes to drop off fromMarch 23rd at the temple, or at IAK Holi program on March 29th and up until final clothing drive on April 13th at the temple. Youth Group will be hosting a Pizza, soft-drinks, and bottled water table at the IAK Holi Program on March 29th at Kalamazoo County Fair Grounds. This is a fund-raiser to support a charity of Youth Group choice. Please support the Youth Group that day by purchasing these items because all donations will go to a charity.


at IACCT to honor High School graduating students will be held on Sunday, May 18th at IACCT. It was originally listed for June 8 in the IACCT 2014 Calendar. Please send names of all High School graduating students to Jay Sharma (269-324-2030) and/or Pradip Sagdeo (269-324-7641) as soon as possible. All Kalamazoo, Battle Creek and surrounding area graduating students of IACCT community are invited to attend this. There will not be a regular satsang on Sunday, May 25th due to Memorial Day Holiday weekend.


Pradip Sagdeo was invited to offer and delivered the opening prayer at the Portage City Council Meeting on March 11, 2014. The City Council invites different religious groups for this purpose. It was the turn of the Hindu community for this meeting.

Gita Study
Those who are interested in participating in Gita Study led by Mr. Sunder Hattangadi and Mr. Pradip Sagdeo can send an email to 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 ***

Bal-Vikas Participants
chanting Gita


Bal-Vikas Participants
Bal-Vikas Conducted: Every Sunday at 11.30am

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