Indo American Cultural Center & Temple

Temple Calendar 2015 available for download

February Newsletter available for download

Temple Events

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
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
Here 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 donation.





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 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 Email:Brij_Bhargava@yahoo.com

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