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Hindu temple of Central Florida, Casselberry, FL

1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry, Florida 32707- 4130
Telephone: 407.699.5277



This "Maha Kshetra" was opened on June 19, 2005 in the presence of thousands of devotees, fulfilling the dream of the entire Hindu community of Central Florida. All of us worked very hard over the last 4 years, planning and raising funds to achieve this goal.
We are thankful to the community for their generous contributions, the architects and shilpis for their magnificent creation, and countless volunteers for their selfless service.
Hindus believe in universal acceptance and tolerance. The Scriptures reveal that God is everywhere, the pure, formless, almighty and all merciful. The vedas teach that the Soul is divine but held in bondage of worldly affairs. This bondage can only be removed by his mercy. He has to be worshiped as one beloved, dearer than anything else!
The Hindu Society of Central Florida dedicates this temple to all sects of Hindus with the principal objective of not only, making it a place of worship but, also to be a learning center and a platform for exposition of Indian arts and culture.
About HSCF
Twenty five years ago, Hindus in Orlando met at the Lutheran church of Orlando. As the community grew, the need for a temple became imperative and in the year 1982, the Hindu temple society of Greater Orlando was formed which later became the Hindu Society of central Florida in 1987.
Subsequently, 10 acres of land was acquired in Casselberry where, the present temple was built.
In 1990, the Hindu Society of Central Florida was incorporated. By-Laws and constitution were adopted when the 1st General Body met.
Gradually the property was developed and a community hall was constructed in 1992. Sri. Ganesh idol was installed the same year. In the following years, Idols of Ram Parivar and Durga Mata were installed.
As the number of devotees and demand for Poojas and other services increased, 2 priests were hired from India. Adjacent land was purchased to house the Priests..
The Idol of Sri Balaji was installed with a huge celebration in 1999 and in the year 2000, the General Body adopted a resolution to build a Vedic temple with deities of Sri. Ganesh, Sri. Durga mata, Sri. Balaji, Sri Radha krishna and Sri Rama parivar.
In March, 2001, a conceptual drawing for the new temple was prepared and presented by the eminent temple architect, Padmasree Muthiah Sthapathi in consultation with American architects Mr. Kishore Pathare and Mr.Subhash Nadkarni. In the month of August, in the same year, Sri Vighneswara pooja was performed at the site marking the commencement of the construction of the new temple.
In June 2002, the Pattisappu family donated 2.5 acres of land to the Society and in the following month, Sri Sugunendra Theertha Swamiji performed bhoomi pooja and ground breaking ceremony. 18 Artisans from India, under the supervision of Muthiah Sthapathi completed the ornamentation work. The General Body approved the installation of Navagraha and Sri. Siva Linga in the new temple.
The "Maha Kshetra" was consecrated on June 19, 2005 in the presence of thousands of devotees thus fulfilling the dream of Hindus in Central Florida
About Temple
The Hindu temple of Central Florida is built as per the vedic traditions and Vastu Shastra. It's construction was completed and opened to the Hindu community in Central Florida on June 19, 2005. Today, the temple has become an integral part of the Hindu community in terms of religion, congregation, philosophies and spiritual traditions. Apart from being the principal place of worship, it has, over a period of time, become the center reflecting the diverse facets of India's vibrant pluralistic culture and art.
Volunteers & Sub Committees
The Hindu temple is open year round and utilizes numerous volunteers to accomplish its mission.
If you are :
  • Energetic and Enthusiastic
  • Responsible
  • Compassionate
  • have a good sense of humor
  • Committed
  • A Team Player
  • Ready to coordinate with us
and if you fulfill  the following:
  • 19 years old and have your own transportation to and from the Hindu Temple
  • Complete and submit the Volunteer Application (Background check may be required)
  • Submit 3 references with e-mail addresses
  • Participate in a telephone interview (Approx. 15 minutes for event volunteering and 30 minutes for day and ongoing volunteering)
  • Complete, sign and submit the required medical form
  • Sign and return Service Agreement
  • Attend a mandatory orientation program
  • Commit to the entire length of the scheduled volunteersession
Note: Day and Ongoing Volunteers need only to submit the application, background check and participate in the interview
To learn more about volunteering at the Hindu temple, please contact the temple office in person between 8:30 AM to 12 Noon and 5 PM to 8:30 PM on all working days and from 8 AM to 8PM during weekends.
Deities
Hindu temples are the earthly homes of the vast pantheon of Gods and Goddesses, there are said to be three hundred and thirty three million forms of the One Supreme Being. The plurality of Gods is perceived as a divine manifestation of that One Being. Just as a Ray of Light emerges from a prism in a range of colors, Hindus worship many Gods as varicolored forms of the Truth.
Temples in India are generally built to honor One presiding deity and devotees go to worship at the temple of their chosen deity. Such temples may have one or a few other deities, usually the temples have a shrine for just one deity. In America, according to some accounts, there is one temple for every 15,000 Hindus in the U.S. That means accommodation of the different styles and focus of worship needs to be made. Most temples here have multiples deities to satisfy the spiritual needs of the wide range of devotees. Traditionallly all Hindus as soon as they enter a temple do a "sasthanga namaskar" - a complete bow to the deity- to shed one's ego and thereby become equal "jeevatmas" in front of God.
The Hindu temple of Central Florida unifies its full range of members by including many of the main manifestations of the One Supreme Being. Here you will find deities that are worshiped by most Hindus. The purpose of these deities is to aid in one's spiritual development and is symbolic of the different aspects of the one God. They are, rather, different representations of particular aspects of the one god, the Source, known as Brahman. The "human" or physical representation of Brahman's aspects or attributes in the form of deities is a behicle for the devotee to focus his or her attention, devotion or meditation.
The image only becomes " murti", an embodiment of Brahman, through a special act of consecration when it is installed in the temple or home. It then becomes a focal point for worship. There is a range of views within Hinduism about images of the deities. Most accept that within th econtext of worship they meditate the presence of Brahman/ the particular deity and help the worshiper to visualize the One Supreme Being.
 Sri Venkateswara Swamy (Blaji), Sri Ganesh, Sri Durgadevi, Sri Subrahmanya, Sri Ayyappa, Sri Kalidevi,
Sri Lakshmi, Sri Saraswathi, Sri Adnal, Sri Radha Krishna, Sri Rama Darbar, Sri Navagraha, Sri Shivadev
and Sri Garuda.

Priests
Shri. S.L. Narayana Bhatter  , Acharya Ashok Shukla Phone:  Bhavinkumar Trivedi Phone:  and
 Subraya Bhagvat Phone:  


Executive Committee


President
Dr. Muthusamy Swami
407.902.8910
Vice President
Mr. Pramod Dubey
407.221.5616
Secretary
Mr. Ramkumar Kozhikote
407.579.3365
Treasurer
Mr. Hasmukh Mistry
407.257.3816
Co- Treasurer
 Mr. Satya Regula
 732.666.5254
Sec. Religious Committee
Mr. Mahesh Kapadia
407.902.8634
Sec. Maintenance
Mr. Sanjay Patange
321.277.1157
Sec. Food
Dr. Aravind Pillai 
e-mail: dpillai605@aol.com
407.718.8733
Sec. Cultural Activities
Mrs. Dipti Smart
321.695.4422
Sec. Public Relations
Mrs.Shobana Daniel
407.782.2123
Sec. Website & Communication
Mr. Jay Kozhikotte
407.461.1464
Hinduism
Hinduism is one of the oldest religions of the world. It is undoubtedly the oldest of the living religions. Hidden in its layers are traces of many ancient practices that have been erased completely over time from the memories of the earth. Many scholars north of the equator may not agree with these statements because most of them read or believe that the history of the world began in Greece, meandered through medieval Europe and then moved on through the imperialism of Europe and the industrialization of the new world. For them the world beyond the Mediterranean in ancient times was mostly Ireland and Scotland, the Aryans probably came to the subcontinent not on the strength of their sword but as settlers with their families, rich traditions and wealth of horses and cattle. To the new inhabitants of the land of the five rivers, the Vedic hymns were products of a very ancient wisdom, received by them through oral tradition and through generations of scholars and seers starting from the time of Manu, the first man on earth.
If we accept this as a religious truth, for there seems to be no reason why we should not, then the Vedic religion, which is a precursor of the present day Hinduism, should have its antecedents rooted in the prehistoric times, when the aboriginal men were slowly stretching their minds to understand the mysteries of their own existence and the mysteries of the world around them!
Hinduism differs from other organized religions in the following aspects:
  • It is not based upon a particular founder.
  • It is not based upon a particular book.
  • It is not controlled by a central institution or authority such as a church or a sangha or association.
  • It is not averse to examine and assimilate fundamentally diverse thoughts and beliefs into its system.
  • It accepts other religions as various paths to salvation and does not favor organized attempts to proselytize people.
  • It has been evolving continuously, through internal reforms and as a reaction to the threats and challenges without.
Universal acceptance and tolerance are two basic pillars of Hinduism!
Hinduism is not a religion in the strictest sense of the word, but an ancient tradition in continuity and in perpetual evolution is an unquestionable fact. To try to define Hinduism is like trying to put the waters of an unfathomable ocean into a small vessel, or to capture the essence of human life in a single word or phrase.
With a structured definition we may be able to capture the essential elements of Hinduism and satisfy our intellectual curiosity. But it is highly doubtful if that would justify the significance of a tradition that began in prehistoric times and eventually grew into a complex system of religious thought and beliefs, which we recognize today under the generic name of ”Hinduism". And which has been still growing!
Hinduism can be truly called an Asvaththa tree whose roots are above and whose branches are spread throughout below. The roots are the traditions that we inherited from the Rigvedic Aryans or their ancestors. The branches are the various new schools of thought and practices that were incorporated into it during the subsequent periods in history. The trunk is belief in the eternal nature of soul and of supreme God who are central to Hinduism.
Hinduism, we are told, is not a religion at all, but a way of life. In a way this is quite true. According to the tenets of Hinduism, life and religion are inseparable. Religion is there every where, like the omnipresent Brahman, dominating and regulating every aspect of human life, infusing it with divine presence and making life more meaningful and purposeful to its followers.
It virtually controls every action of a devout Hindu. Though he has immense freedom to follow a path of his own choice, the invisible hands of religion moulds his thinking at every step, making him almost slavish in his mentality towards his or her gods. Beneath his mind, religion remains, like a substratum or the bed of a flowing river, influencing all his decisions and actions.
To understand the true nature and significance of Hinduism it is essential to examine the roots of the so called modern Hinduism and at the historical process from which it has emerged in its present shape
Throughout its entire history, Hinduism was never static. It evolved continuously from stage to stage and went on transforming itself continuously. This was due to the self less and extraordinary contribution by many scholars, seers, sages, institutions, kings and emperors, over a vast period of time.
By correcting, moulding, modifying, and integrating various aspects of the religion to suit the social, political, material, intellectual and spiritual requirements of the times, these great souls kept the religious lamp shining and vibrating. They provided knowledge and guidance to the multitude of beings, while barbarism and savagery still ruled many parts of the world.
It was they who gave the religion the depth and complexity for which it is known today, making it, as far as possible, acceptable to a great majority of the Indian people. Because of them Hinduism became more or less like an ocean that would absorb every thing that flowed into it from all directions.
Like an ocean it remained stable and firmly entrenched in its place and went on absorbing new knowledge and religious insights from all directions, without losing in the process, its moorings and its original character. It did not compromise on its basic ideals, nor suffered unduly from the process of assimilation and adaptation. Instead, it grew in strength and capacity, to illuminate and enlighten the ignorant minds, absorbing new thoughts and concepts, without discarding the old, without rejecting what it has already gathered. It integrated both the old and the new in a very peaceful and harmonious way.
This flexible approach helped it to survive against the onslaught of new religious movements and invasion of foreign ideas. But in the process it also amassed a great body of inner contradictions, which today stand out prominently, making it incomprehensible to many outsiders.
The Buddha was not the first social or religious reformer of ancient India. Prior to him there were many and Lord Krishna himself was one of the most prominent. To a careful reader of the Bhagavad-Gita it becomes self-evident that the scripture was a reaction against religious conditions of those times.
It was definitely a new line of thought that tried to discard meaningless and superficial ideas and integrate divergent and relevant ideas into one meaningful whole. It tried to resolve the contradictions inherent in following the path of devotion, the path of knowledge, the path of renunciation by a Vedic householder leading an active and normal life.
The six darsanas or the six schools of Hindu thought, the emergence of Charvakas or Lokayatas, Parivrajakas, Ajivakas and Nirgaranthas, apart from the raise of Buddhism and Jainism, were also products of similar reaction only. They were, some times vehemently, almost fanatically, against the attempts of the Vedic priests to monopolize religious authority through the clever manipulation of their scriptural knowledge and social advantage.
The Upanishads, the end part of the Vedas, were also products of scholarly reaction against the tyranny of the vedic ritualism sanctioned by the Samhitas and Brahmanas.
Similar was the case with the Bhakti movement, which originally started in the south in the first or the second century A.D., and culminated in the subsequent rise and popularity of Saivism and Vaishnavism.
The rise of the Tantrism and other movements, at a time when Buddhism and Jainism were on the ascendance and gaining ground, added complexity and depth to the ancient Indian religious thought and provided it the much needed diversity for which it is famous today.
The schools of Monism (Advaita), Dualism (Dualism) and Qualified Dualism (Vishishtadvaita) were the internal reactions, which attracted the attention of many seekers of truth and encouraged them to explore the true nature of the reality of the world in which they lived.
It is said that competition amongst these divergent sampradayas (traditions) was very intense, some times resulting in religious intolerance, infrequent wars and quarrels, religious debate and mutual abuse.
But some how, out of this tumultuous situation, the Vedic religion emerged, a little bit battered and bruised, but surviving in spirit and dignity, gaining depth and complexity. It was still able to wield influence over large sections of society, and attracted new adherents into its fold, despite of the debacle of the varna system and the attitude of the upper castes.
Contact Us

E-mail:
Telephone:
(407) 699-5277
Fax:
(407) 699-0633

Temple Hours: Monday to Friday : 8:30 AM to 12 Noon; 5:00PM to 8:30 PM. Saturday & Sunday : 8:00 Am to 8:00 PM
For more information, Please contact the Temple office Telephone: 407 699 5277. Fax: 407 699 0633

E-mail : hscf@hindutempleorlando.org

Temple services
Temple Hours
Monday - Friday
8.30 AM to 12.00 PM
5.00 PM to 8.30 PM
Saturday & Sunday
8.00 AM to 8.00 PM

Daily Services at the Temple
Aarti
Monday to Friday, 7:30 PM
Saturday & Sunday, 12:15PM

Weekly Services
Days
Timing
Periodic Service
Mondays
07:00 PM
Shiva Abhishekam
Tuesdays
07:00 PM
Hanuman Chalesa
Thursdays
07:00 PM
Sai Baba Bhajans
Sundays
07:30 AM
Balaji Abhishekam
Monthly Services
2nd Tuesday
10:00 AM
Naga Abhishekam
1st Friday
07:00 PM
Lalitha Sahasranamam
2nd Friday
07:00 PM
Lakshmi Abhishekam
3rd Friday
07:00 PM
Andal Abhishekam
4th (Last) Friday
07:00 AM
Durga Maa Pooja
1st Saturday
04:00 PM
Sri Venkateswara Kalyanam, Vishnu Sahasranama parayanam
2nd Saturday
09:00 AM
Navagraha Abhishekam
2nd Saturday
06:00 PM
Ayyappa Abhikshekam & Bhajans
3rd Saturday
06:00 PM
Radha Krishna Bhajans
4th (Last) Saturday
06:00 PM
Subramaniya Abhishekam
1st Sunday
09:30 AM
Ganapathi Atharvashirsha
2nd Sunday
05:00 PM
Sri Rama Bhajans (Amrit Vani)
3rd Sunday
08:00 AM
Gayatri Yagna
Verify schedule for Pujas below
Monthly (Full Moon Day)
7:00-8:30 PM
Sathyanarayana Swami Pooja
 Sankathara Chaturthi
 06:00 PM
 Ganesha Abhishekam
 Pradosham
 07:00 PM
 Pradosham Shiva Abhishekam
Please contact the temple office to verify if any last minute changes have been made to the above schedules
Archana / Sahasranama Archana
 Items needed
  • Fruits
  • Flowers - I bunch
Sri Satyanarayana Swami Pooja (at devotee's home or the Temple)
Items needed
  • Turmeric - 1 cup
  • Kumkum - 1 cup
  • Betel leaves - 10
  • Betel nuts - 20
  • 5 kinds of Fruits
  • Panchamrutham (milk, honey, yogurt, ghee and sugar) - Mix and bring half gallon
  • Coconuts - 2
  • Flowers - 4 bunches
  • Agarbathi - 1 packet
  • Sooji Rava Prasadam
  • Blouse pieces (except black color) - 2
  • Rice, raw - 1lb
  • Navadhanyam (wheat, rice, toor dal, moong dal, chenna dal, avare kalu, black sesame, urad dal, horse gram dal). - 1 packet
    Note: Please check with the Priest before you buy.
  • Chandan - 1/4 cup
  • Kalasham - 1
    Note: If you don’t have a Kalasham, please check with the Priest.
  • Silver/brass plate or tray - 1
  • Sri Satyanarayana Swamy picture
  •  $20 in quarters
Sri Satyanarayana Swami Pooja (Group pooja at the Temple)
Items needed
  • Flowers - 1 bunch
  • Fruits - 4 or 5 kinds
  • Betel leaves - 10
  • Betel nuts - 20
  • Coconut - 1
  • Blouse piece (except black color) - 1
  • $10 in quarters
Punhyavachanam (Purification ceremony)
Items needed:
  • Agarbathi - 1 packet
  • Fruits - 1 dozen
  • Flowers - 1 bunch
Vahana Pooja
Items needed
  • Lemons - 5
  • Coconut - 1
  • Fruits - 1 dozen
  • Flowers - 1 bunch
Gruhapravesham (Housewarming function)
Items needed
  • Turmeric / Haldi - 1/4 cup
  • Kumkum - 1/4 cup
  • Milk - 1 gallon
  • Coconuts - 4
  • Fruits - 2 dozen
  • Bananas - 1 dozen
  • Flowers - 4 bunches
  • Rice (raw) - 5 lbs
  • Betel leaves - 20
  • Betel nuts - 20
  • Pumpkin or Squash - 1
  • Ghee (Home made with unsalted butter is preferred) - 2 lbs
  • Aluminum Trays - 2
  • Kalasa Vastram (White cloth 1 yard) - 1
  • Towels (new) - 2
  • Agarbathi - 1 packet
  • Camphor (Karpooram) - 3 packets
  • Navadhanyam (wheat, rice, toor dal, moong dal, chenna dal, avare kalu, black sesame, urad dal, horse gram dal). - 1 packet (200 gms each)
    Note: Please check with the Priest before you buy.
  • Poha - 2 lbs
  • Puffed Rice - 2 lbs
  • Wooden Planks (if available to protect carpet - 2
  • Deepa stambhas or any kind of lamp stands - 2
  • Trays - 4
  • Cotton Wicks - 1 packet
  • Change for $20 (quarters)
  • New pan for boiling milk (Should be unused)
Balaji , Siva, and other Gods abhishekams (at the Temple) - Individual
Items needed
  • Milk - 2 gallons
  • Coconuts - 1
  • Fruits - 1 dozen
  • Flowers - 1 bunch
  • Yogurt - 1/2 gallon
  • Honey - 1 bottle
  • Juice (orange or apple) - 2 gallons
Balaji , Siva and other gods Abhishekams (at the Temple) - Group
Items needed
  • Milk - 1 gallon
  • Coconuts - 1
  • Fruits
  • Flowers - 1 bunch
  • Yogurt - 1/2 gallon
  • Juice (orange or apple) - 1/2 gallon
Butter Alankaram ( Decorating with butter)
Items needed
  • Unsalted butter - 10 lbs
  • Fruits - 1 dozen
  • Flowers - 1 bunch
Vadamala Seva (Decorating with garland of vadas)
Items needed
  • Vadas made into a garland - 108
  • Fruits
  • Flowers - 1 bunch

Akumala (Betel leaves garland) Alankaram
Items needed
  • Betal Leaves / Viledhele - 108
  • Fruits
  • Flowers - 1 bunch
Homam (at the Temple)
Items needed
  • Turmeric - 1/2 cup
  • Kumkum - 1/2 cup
  • Chandanam - 1/4 cup
  • Betel leaves - 10
  • Betel nuts - 20
  • Flowers - 2 bunches
  • 5 kinds of fruits (5 in each variety)
  • Rice (raw) - 2 lbs
  • Navadhanyam (wheat, rice, toor dal, moong dal, chenna dal, avare kalu, black sesame, urad dal, horse gram dal). - 1 packet (200 gms each)
    Note: Please check with the Priest before you buy.
  • Coconuts - 2
  • Blouse piece (except black). You can buy 1 yard pieces from Wal-Mart - 1
  • Ghee (Home made with unsalted butter is preferred) - 2 lbs
Homam (at the devotee's home)
Items needed
  • Turmeric - 1/2 cup
  • Kumkum - 1/2 cup
  • Chandanam - 1/4 cup
  • Betel leaves - 10
  • Betel nuts - 20
  • Flowers - 2 bunches
  • 5 kinds of fruits (5 in each variety)
  • Rice (raw) - 2 lbs
  • Navadhanyam (wheat, rice, toor dal, moong dal, chenna dal, avare kalu, black sesame, urad dal, horse gram dal). - 1 packet (200 gms each)
    Note: Please check with the Priest before you buy.
  • Coconuts - 2
  • Blouse piece (except black). You can buy 1 yard pieces from Wal-Mart - 1
  • Ghee (Home made with unsalted butter is preferred) - 2 lbs
  • Sesame Oil
  • Camphor (Karpooram) - 1 packet
  • Fire Logs or wood chunks - 1 pack
  • $20 in 25-cent coins
Kalyana-Utsavam (Celestial Wedding for Lord) - Individual
Items needed
  • Betel leaves - 10
  • Betel nuts - 20
  • 5 Kinds of Fruits
  • Coconuts - 2
  • Flowers - 2 bunches
  • Prasadam (Any kind of sweet or halwa)
  • Agarbathi - 1 packet
  • Garlands (flowers 2ft each) - 3
  • Saris for Goddesses - 2
  • Blouse Pieces (except black color) for Goddesses - 2
  • Dhothi and Uttareeyam for Lord - 1
  • Milk - 1/2 gallon
  • Laddu or any sweet prasadam
  • $10 change in 25-cent coins
Kalyana-Utsavam (Celestial Wedding for Lord) - Group Pooja
Items needed
  • Betel leaves - 10
  • Betel nuts - 20
  • 5 Kinds of Fruits
  • Coconuts - 2
  • Flowers - 2 bunches
  • Agarbathi - 1 packet
  • $10 change in 25-cent coins
Namakaranam (Naming ceremony)
Items needed
  • Betel leaves - 10
  • Betel nuts - 20
  • Fruits - 1 dozen
  • Coconut - 1
  • Flowers - 1 bunch
  • Chandanam
  • Rice, raw - 3 lbs
  • Agarbathi - 1 packet
  • Any Sweet Parasadam
  • New Clothes for Baby
  • $10 change in 25-cent coins
Wedding at Temple or other venues
Items needed
  • Turmeric - 1 cup
  • Kumkum - 1 cup
  • Flowers (loose) - 4 bunches
  • Flower Garlands (2-3 feet long)
  • Betel leaves - 50
  • Betel nuts - 25
  • Chandanam - 1/4 cup
  • Coconuts - 4
  • Agarbathi - 1 packet
  • Curtain (White cloth with border) - 1
  • Cumin Seeds (Jeera) - 1 packet
  • Gud (Bellam) - Jaggery - 1 packet
  • Mangla Sutra and Mettelu/ Toe Rings
  • Wedding Rings and Bashayakams
  • Yellow Rice for Talambraalu
  • Khalasam for Punyaahavachanam
  • Blouse Pieces - 2
  • Milk - 1/2 gallon
  • Yoghurt & Honey for Madhuparkam
  • Mango Leaves
  • Oil Lamps, cotton wicks, match box, camphor, trays, napkins, towels, glasses and spoons
  • Plate and vessel to clean feet of the Groom
  • $25 Change as 25-cent coins
  • Fire Logs & Ghee for Homam (Havan)
Gowri Pooja – Part of wedding function
Items needed
  • Turmeric - 1 cup
  • Kumkum - 1 cup
  • Saree and blouse pieces - 1 and 2
  • Glass Bangles
  • Flowers  - 1 bunch
  • Thread for Kankanams
  • Cloth or Towel
Navagraha Puja / Shanthi / Homa
Items needed
  • Turmeric - 1/2 cup
  • Kumkum - 1/2 cup
  • Chandanam - 1/4 cup
  • Flowers - 2 bunches
  • Betel leaves - 10
  • Betel nuts - 20
  • Fruits - 2 dozen
  • Agarbathi - 1 packet
  • Camphor/ Karpooram 1 packet
  • Cotton Wicks - 1 pack
  • Sesame Oil
  • Rice, raw - 2 lbs
  • Navadhanyam (wheat, rice, toor dal, moong dal, chenna dal, avare kalu, black sesame, urad dal, horse gram dal). - 1 packet (200 gms each)
    Note: Please check with the Priest before you buy.
  • Kalasam
  • Coconuts - 2
  • Any sweet prasadam
Navagraha Shanthi
Items needed
  • All Above Pooja materials
  • Blouse pieces (red, 2 white, maroon, green, yellow, black, ash color, multi-color)
  • Ghee - 2 lbs
  • Fruits - 1 lb
  • $10 in 25-cents coins
Sankalp Shraddam (Deceased ancestor's annual ceremony)
Items needed
  • Rice, raw - 1lb
  • Bananas - 1 dozen
  • Til (Black Sesame) - 1 packet
  • Rice + Joggery + Toor Dal + Moon Dal + Vegetables (for Dhanam (donation))
  • $5 in quarters
Tarpan (Deceased ancestor's annual ceremony)
Items needed
  • Rice, raw - 1lb
  • Bananas - 1/2 dozen
  • Til (Black Sesame) - 1 packet
  • Rice + Jaggery + Toor Dal + Moon Dal + Vegetables (for Dhanam (donation))
  • $5 in quarters



Temple Auditorium
s a learning center and a platform for exposition of Indian arts and culture, the Hindu Society of Central Florida has spent considerable time and resources to developing its own community Hall. The hall has excellent acoustic properties combined with convenient back-stage facilities and 'Green Rooms'. It can seat 800 people and is equipped with a full-fledged kitchen and a dining hall. The temple volunteers and a teams of cooks undertake catering services as well as offer traditional Indian cuisine. The hall is well suited for Weddings, Parties, Special events, concerts, Stage programs, meetings, classes etc. Today the Hall is an integral part of the Hindu community symbolizing the ideas, efforts and self-sacrifice that went into its creation.  
 In addition, the Hindu Society also offers a spacious Havan Room adjacent to the temple where, community members can conduct private poojas and other ceremonies.
Both halls are available for rent to the public.
Youth Section
The Hindu Society Central Florida Youth Group meets every Sunday at the temple.
Its mission statement is:
To provide a forum for the youth to learn and apply the principles of their Hindu heritage through various activities and opportunities for self development & community service. It will strive to develop leadership,  spiritual, emotional and cultural identity of the HSCF youth.

For more information or to join the group, please contact Dr. Mohan Saoji at 407-948-0300 or Shobana Daniell at 407-782-2123, email:  shobanaorl@yahoo.com

Location and Direction
The Hindu Temple of Central Florida is located at:
1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry, Florida 32707- 4130
Telephone: 407.699.5277
Driving Directions:
To view or print the Driving Direction from North via I-95 (Jacksonville / Daytona Beach etc.), 
To view or print driving direction from South via I-95 (Miami / Ft. Lauderdale / West Palm Beach / Cocoa Beach etc.), please  
To view or print driving direction from West via I-4 (Tampa / St.Petersberg / Clear Water / Lake land etc.).




Om Tat Sat
                                                        
(Continued...)                                                                                                                              



(My humble  salutations to the great devotees ,  wikisources  and Pilgrimage tourist guide for the collection )


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