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(Week Beginning August 20, 2023)
द्वितीय श्रावण शुक्ल पक्ष चतुर्थी विक्रम संवत 2080


मिलता तो बहुत कुछ है इस जिंदगी में।

बस हम गिनती उसी की करते हैं,

जो हासिल न हो सका।


पावन श्रावण की शुभकामनाएं

हर हर महादेव

आप स्वस्थ रहे, सदा मस्त रहे

  1. Sarva Shaktimate Parmatmne Sri Ramay Namah:

    Please join the Hindu Temple of Ottawa-Carleton every first Sunday and the Vishava Shakti Durga Mandir every second Sunday for Amrit Vani.


  3. Please join VISHWA SHAKTI DURGA TEMPLE at 55 Clarey Ave in Ottawa for:




    Durga Mandir Ottawa is now open everyday.

    Monday to Saturday- 6 pm to 8 pm, and Sunday- 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.

    Vishva Shakti Durga Mandir

    55 Clarey Av. (off Bank Street) Ottawa, Ontario

    Mandir Line – 613-321-0675  

    Web site:  www.durgatemple.ca

    E-mail address: pro.vsdm@gmail.com

    Please note that parking is free on Bank Street every day after 5.30 PM and all day on Sunday. Over 1000 public parking spots are available only a block away at Lansdowne Park.


    Your Safety is Our Top Priority!



    If you would like to host /sponsor Sunday Puja,

    Mata Ki Choki, Jagrata, Satya Narayan Bhagwan Katha,

    Durga Saptasati path, Hawan, Wedding, Engagement,

      or any other events at the Mandir or at your home or need 

    Smt. Leena Shukla (613-825-9448), Pt. R. N. Pandey (613-228-1305)

    Mrs. Sheela Pawar-Chhabra (613) 700-1295, Rohit Chadha (613) 841-9893


    Regular Mandir Hours (Open Every day)

    Monday to Saturday 6:00 PM to 8 PM,

    Regular Sunday Service 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM

    For more information, please contact:



    Mandir Line 613-321-0675





    Please join us at Durga Mandir Ottawa for Parvachan by Vaidya Sohan Ji on Tuesday, August 22nd, 2023, from 7 PM to 8 PM.


    Please join us at Durga Mandir Ottawa for Shiv Mahima Katha by Swami Sarvanand Saraswati ji Maharaj from Friday, August 25th, to Sunday, August 27th, 2023.

    Friday, August 25th, 2023 - 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM

    Saturday, August 26th, 2023 - 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM

    Sunday, August 27th, 2023 – 11.30 AM to 1:30 PM

    Prashadam will be served after the Katha.




  5. Please join HINDU TEMPLE at 4835 Bank Street in Ottawa for:

    Dear Devotees,

    This is a follow up of our earlier mail (dated April 8, 2023) indicating that the temple is now open for most of its activities. Wearing mask is optional.

    Sunday activity was formally resumed from April 16, 2023. It is good to see more devotees.

    Sunday activity includes:

    8:00-9:00 am                                     Rudra chanting.

    10:00-11:00 am                                 Vishnu Sahasranama

    11:00 am- 12:15 pm                           Amrit Vani on the first Sunday of the month and Bhajans

    12:15 pm -12:45 pm                           Scripture reading.

    12:45 pm                                            Aarti

    Those who would like to participate in singing Bhajans, please join at 11 am. We suggest that interested devotees make a group of singers.

    We will resume serving lunch at 1 pm in the near future. For that, we will need volunteers who can be Sunday hosts and provide prasad/lunch to the devotees who visit the temple. We will need 52 sponsors (families, group of families or groups) who can provide Sunday Lunch over the course of one year, with each sponsor hosting lunch once a year. Several families have already signed up for this. We need more volunteers.


    Thank you!

    Board of Directors




    As most of the participants of the Youth Bhajan Program are busy with their academic and extracurricular activities and participation in the program is decreasing, the Youth Bhajan program is paused starting the month of April. The program will resume later in the year and a revised program will be announced at that time.

    Hindu Temple’s program “Lecture Series on the Brahma-Sutras” scheduled every alternate Wednesday by Dr. Kunnath Subramanian is on August 30th, 2023. Please join virtually.  

    Shravan Purnima, also known as Rakhi Purnima, is a very holy day as several auspicious events are celebrated on that day. Among them, the most important and popular traditions are Raksha Bandhan and Rik / Yajur Upakarma, changing of Holy Thread-(Avani Avittam / Jandhyala Purnima).



    On Shravan Purnima day (Wednesday, August 30) starting at 7:00 am, Temple will be conducting Upakarma (changing of the Holy Thread) ceremony in the Gita Bhavan. The ritual will include Nutana Yagnopaveetha dharanam, Gayatri Japam, Tarpanam to Rishis, Devas and Pithru.


    This auspicious ceremony will be conducted both in person and Broadcast Live.


    Please bring puja items (Temple will not provide any). A suggested list is given below:


    (i)             Black sesame seeds 50 g  

    (ii)            Rice - 50 g            

    (iii)          Vibhooti (Bhasma)          

    (iv)          Chandan

    (v)           Kusha pavitra (Darbha)       

    (vi)          Yagyopaveetam      

    (vii)        fruits                                         

    (viii)      Achaman patra's-(panchapatra-udharani)


    Please arrive before 7:00 am as the Upakarma ceremony will start on time. The Temple doors will be open from 6:45 am to 7:00 am only. The doors will be closed at 7:05 am.



    Please participate at LIVE BROADCAST by clicking: Join Temple Live Broadcast.


    To have this link you need to download the software, “GoToMeeting”. If you need more information on how to download, visit Temple’s website: www.hindutemple.ca.


    If you need more information for HINDU TEMPLE, please contact the Manager at 613-822-1531 or visit www.hindutemple.ca.





  6. ਬਲਿਹਾਰੀ ਕੁਦਰਤਿ ਵਸਿਆ॥ ਤੇਰਾ ਅੰਤੁ ਨ ਜਾਈ ਲਖਿਆ॥
    ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂ ਜੀ ਕਾ ਖ਼ਾਲਸਾ, ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂ ਜੀ ਕੀ ਫ਼ਤਿਹ॥ 
    Vaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Vaheguru Ji Ki Fateh.

    Sadh Sangat Ji,

    Due to Sangat’s requests, Asa Di Vaar Kirtan is added to the daily morning Divan at Gurdwara Sahib. It is recited immediately after Nitnem. Kirtan is also added to daily evening Divan. The complete schedule is given below:

    Gurdwara Sahib Opening Hours:
    Monday to Saturday - 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM
    Sunday - 5:30 AM to 8:00 PM

    Monday to Saturday - Morning Divan

    6:00 AM to 7:15 AM - Parkash & Nitnem
    7:15 AM to 9:15 AM - Asa Di Vaar & Smapati

    Monday to Saturday - Evening Divan

    6:00 PM to 6:30 PM – Rahras Sahib
    6:30 PM to 7:30 PM – Kirtan
    7:30 PM to 8:00 PM - Ardaas & Smapati


    Sunday - Morning Divan

    5:30 AM to 6:30 AM – Parkash & Nitnem
    6:30 AM to 9:15 AM – Asa Di Vaar
    9:15 AM to 10:45 AM - Sukhmani Sahib
    10:45 AM to 11:15 AM – Kirtan by Sangat
    11:15 AM to 12:45 PM - Kirtan by Ragi Jathas
    12:45 PM to 1:00 PM – Ardaas & Smapati
    1:00 PM – Paath or Kirtan by Sangat

    Sunday - Evening Divan

    6:00 PM to 6:30 PM – Rahras Sahib
    6:30 PM to 7:30 PM – Kirtan
    7:30 PM to 8:00 PM - Ardaas & Smapati


    Please keep in mind that the COVID 19 restrictions as ordered by City of Ottawa are strictly applied at the Gurdwara Sahib. Wearing of mask is mandatory and you must put it on before entering Gurdwara Sahib. Please bring your own head covering Rumaal if you need one.


     Instead of grocery items, please donate money to Gurdwara sahib that can be used in various projects. So, please, help in this matter and be blessed.


    For more information, please email at oss@ottawasikhsociety.com or visit www.ottawasikhsociety.com or call 613-225-8280.



  7. Chinmaya Mission Ottawa will be offering the following programs to foster spiritual achievement:
    Young Adults: Every Monday at 7:30 PM. For university students and young adults (17 to 30). In-person classes at Chinmaya Bharati. Please contact Shailesh Sutarwala at hariomss@gmail.com or 613-591-5961 for more information.
    Yoga: Every Tuesday at 6:00 PM. Based on the teachings of Patanjali, class covers yogic jogging, stretches, and pranayama (breath control). In your home on your yoga mat and give it a try… Starting on Sept 20. Please contact Anil Agarwal at agarwal.central@gmail.com for more information and meeting link.
    Bhagavad Geeta: Every Wednesday at 7:00 PM. Starting Chapter 9 (raja-vidya-raj-guhya-yogo The Yoga of Royal Knowledge and Royal Secret) on Sept 21. Video lectures
    of Swami Chinmayananda along with discussions. Please contact Anil Parekh at parekh.anil@gmail.com or 613-738-7466 for more information and zoom meeting link.
    Sunday Balavihar: Every Sunday at 10:30 AM. In-person classes begin on September 18 at our Chinmaya Bharati located at 1088 Ogilvie Drive. Study classes for children JK to Grade 12. Adult classes on Upanishads. To register, go to ChinmayaOttawa.com.
    Sri Sarasvati Puja: Every Sunday at 9:45 AM before classes begin. To offer puja, please contact Gita Parekh at 613-738-7466 with your desired date.
    Monthly Poonam Puja: Sri Sarasvati Puja on every Poonam (full moon day). To offer puja, please contact Bina Sutarwala at 613-591-5961 with your desired date.
    Chinmaya Bharati is available for other events, whether it be a special puja or occasional darshan of MataRani Sri Sarsvati Maa. Please contact: Bina Sutarwala 613-591-5961; Shalini Sahni 613-265-6021; Pushpa Patnaik 613-830-5282; Anil Parekh 613-738-7466 to make arrangement for you and your family.
    Please refer to thier new and updated website www.chinmayaottawa.com for further information on special events, children, youth and family camps, as well as upcoming lecture series.

    Chinmaya Mission Ottawa presents a spiritual weekend with Swami Ishwarananda, Guided Meditation & Maneesha Panchakam will be held on May 27 and May 28 at Chinmaya Bharati, 1080 Ogilvie Road, Ottawa. All sessions are free, All are welcome. For more information, please call 613-591-5961. Please register by emailing at Chinmaya.bharati.ottawa@gmail.com.


  8. Dr. Prabir Neogi and Mr. Nand Tandan, the authors of a book 'A History of Indo-Canadians in Ottawa' are working on a sequel, entitled ‘Evolution of Indo-Canadians in Ottawa.’ This second book will cover the Indian Students and their experiences in Canada. The authors want to hold two to three focus groups of students and new PR holders. Each focus group will have eight-to-ten Indian students. The participants will share their experiences on a confidential basis.


    If you or someone you know is willing to take part in the Focus Groups, please send your name and phone number to ksampat@rogers.com or aim931@rogers.com. Or call 613-864-7036.


  9. The India Canada Association's largest Indo Canadian Community Picnic (in collaboration with several Indian Community Associations) is going to be held at the prestigious Saunders Farm, 7893 Bleeks Road in Ottawa on Sunday August 27th, 2023 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.


    Join for a day of laughter, connections and community spirit at this annual Community Picnic. Mark your calendars, gather your loved ones and come together to celebrate the vibrant community we all call home.


    TICKETS: $25 (ICA and participating organizing members), $30 Early Bird until July 31st . $20 KIDS 2-12 & $35 Regular price. Ticket will include entry and all activities withing the park, full lunch meal, entertainment and games for all.

     Don't forget to grab the Early Bird tickets and take advantage of the attractive price!


    If you would like to sponsor this event or setup a stall, please contact us at ica.ottawa.canada@gmail.com or contact Parmod Chhabra at 613-850-4068 or Mandeep Basra at 613-890-8868.


    If you or your group would like to perform, please contact Mrs. Vandana Sharma at 613-867-8570.


    Visit www.indiacanada.ca to purchase the tickets. Printed tickets can be purchased by contacting any board members.


  10. The Great India Festival (TGIF) Ottawa presents “MAHA BHARATOTSAV 2023” from August 10 to August 13 at Ottawa City Hall. August 10-Yamini Saripalli (Kuchipudi); August 11 Pankaj Mishra (Sarangi Player); August 12 Prasanna (Traditional Indian Classical Carnatic music); August 13-Khoj (Kathak Dance). Book your tickets now at www.tgifottawa.ca/tickets/. For more information, please call 613-983-2812 or email at info@tgifottawa.ca.

  11. INDIA CANADA ASSOCIATION (ICA) in collaboration with High Commission of India invites you all to celebrate “INDIA’S INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE & FLAG HOISTING” at Ottawa City Hall on August 13th a t 9:00 AM. Get ready for a colourful parade starts at Lisgar Field (behind City Hall) at 9:00 AM, flag hoisting at 10:30 AM at City Hall, cultural program at 11:00 AM. Refreshments will be served. For more details, please contact Parmod Chhabra 613-850-4068; Jay Chadha 613-818-6420; Mandeep Basra 613-890-8868.

  12. ICCC Communique
    Purpose: To provide an update on the activities, accomplishments & upcoming events of ICCC.
    (Note: Please click on Link(s) for additional information)


    Please note that all donations received by ICCC are always sent in full amount (100%) to the specified charities. Further, in compliance with its policy, ICCC does not collect/channel donations for religious and political purposes.

    To join the Meals-On-Wheels (MOW) program, you must register with Meals-on-Wheels (Ottawa) by calling 613- 233-2424 or on the www.mealsonwheels-ottawa.org  website.


    Should you have any questions you may either contact Mr. Jagjit Khosla, coordinator of MOW program at khosla_jagjit@yahoo.com  or 613-837-7727, Shri Anil Sukhija, Chair-Seniors Program at 613-791-7593.


    ICCC has resumed the basic computer classes for seniors once again.  Classes are conducted weekly from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM since Sunday, the 20th of November at Tangle Wood Community Centre. The Weekly class will continue till 11th of December


    To register for these classes please send your Full Name, phone number and email address to our Captain of workshops and Seminars Mr Narinder Garg. (Phone 613-282-2254 and email: narindergarg47@gmail.com)


    For more information on ICCC’s various diverse programs, philanthropy and other activities, please visit Website: https://icccottawa.org.

    You will be pleased to know that the ICCC Youth Program is growing stronger with your cooperation and support. The highlights of some initiatives are provided below for your kind review, valuable feedback, and wide dissemination among your contacts.
    ICCC Leaders of Tomorrow - Youth Scholarships Program

    The Indo-Canadian Community Centre (ICCC) plans to award a minimum of four (4) scholarships in the amount of $1000 each to post-secondary (undergraduate) students for the year 2023. These scholarships will create awareness of ICCC’s social responsibility, attract youth to ICCC and publicly recognize the excellence of students who have made a significant impact in the Ottawa community.

    Please click on “ICCC Leaders of Tomorrow Youth Scholarships 2023” for additional details such as: application deadline, eligibility, selection criteria, ICCC Scholarship Fund Donations Program, etc.

    ICCC Youth - Summer Jobs Program
    ICCC will once again provide opportunities for summer jobs to students during 2023. Additional details to benefit from this opportunity, supported by the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) Program, will soon be available on the ICCC Portal & Website: www.icccottawa.org.
    Please click on “ICCC Youth Summer Jobs Program” to learn more about the summer jobs opportunities provided to high school/college/university students.
    ICCC Youth Mentorship & Networking Program

    The Indo-Canadian Community Centre (ICCC) has arranged a convenient meeting facility for the youth for:
    1. social gathering and networking to promote India’s rich heritage, cultural values, and traditions; and
    2. scheduled monthly mentorship seminars/workshops from experienced and established community professionals with an objective to assist youth to achieve social, educational and career goals.
    ICCC Youth Program is widely promoted in popular social media (e.g., Instagram, Facebook). Please click on “ICCC Youth Networking and Mentoring Seminars” for additional information, and how to join an upcoming 2023 Youth Mentorship seminar/workshop.
    Note: ICCC will greatly appreciate cooperation and assistance from experienced and established community professionals who are willing to volunteer and provide ongoing guidance/mentorship to college/university students for educational and career development.
    Please click on “ICCC Mentorship Program Professionals Signup Form” or contact president@icccottawa.org to indicate your availability and area of expertise for enhanced implementation of this program.
    ICCC Youth Program - Significant Accomplishments
    • Lifestyle for Environment Presentations (Mission LiFE 2023): As part of the ICCC Youth Program, eight students made presentations on various topics pertaining to Lifestyle For Environment (LiFE) at the High Commission of India’s “Mission LiFE” Event on March 16, 2023. Please click on “ICCC Mission LiFE” for additional information and participation in future presentations for environment protection - our much-cherished Indian values.
    • ICCC Resource Guides, PPT Presentations & Essays: ICCC Youth Program has developed numerous Resource Guides, Essays and PPT presentations to enhance awareness about India’s festivals, rich heritage, cultural values & traditions, and importantly to enable integration of a growing number of students from India in the Canadian society.
    Please click on ICCC Youth Program” and/or “ICCC Communiques #29 & 30” to learn more about various youth initiatives.
    ICCC Youth - “Inter-Generation Connect (Gen-Con) Program”:
    Inter-Generation Connect (Gen-Con) is a planned new ICCC initiative that focusses on social services and education. ICCC's Gen-Con initiative is to connect and integrate international students with the community in the Greater Ottawa region. It will allow students and the community (specifically retired/senior professionals), with exchange of energies and for mutually beneficial purposes such as, but not limited to, proper settlement, career guidance, gainful employment, Canadian work culture and ethics, helping seniors utilize their own energy, experience, and feel fulfilled.

    Additional information about this upcoming program will become available soon on the ICCC website.
    Since 1973, ICCC’s endeavours have been to serve Ottawa’s Indo-Canadian community and to preserve and enhance India’s rich heritage, cultural values, and traditions. Changing times obligated ICCC‘s mandatory adjustments to the emergence of realities such as many India-Centric organizations, new demography, technology, internet, social media, etc. Consequently, from 2017 onwards, ICCC articulated its new directions and a modus-operandi which promotes its vision, mission and strategy involving providing platforms, opportunities, and a variety of community inspired/supported programs and services - all undertaken with an objective to synergize and bringing the community together in various celebrations promoting both India’s rich heritage, cultural values, and traditions and strengthen Canada’s multicultural values and mosaic.
    Please click on https://icccottawa.org/ to visit our ICCC Portal & website - a Virtual Community Centre - for additional information regarding ICCC’s new directions, initiatives, and accomplishments since 2017.
    The Indo-Canadian community is blessed and richly endowed individually in all walks of life. However, the collective impact in the mainstream must be enhanced. Please come forward with your suggestions, encourage your network of contacts to join/support/partner with ICCC in various initiatives to celebrate Indo-Canadian contributions, raise the community profile, and jointly accomplish ICCC's Vision: “A United Indo-Canadian Community Thriving in The Canadian Mainstream.
    Please Stay Safe & Healthy: Inspired, Active and Socially engaged.
    Thank you for your cooperation.

    Kind Regards,
    For and on behalf of the Board of Directors, Program Chairs & Volunteers,

    Kanwal (Ken) Talwar
    President, ICCC
    E-mail: president@icccottawa.org
    Website: https://icccottawa.org

    Dear Friends,

    This is to share with you that the National School of Ballet dancing has a program  called "Sharing Dance Program" for older adults. This is a light exercise program which seniors can do either sitting in their chairs or standing. ICCC Seniors has registered for this program. We plan to start this program from Tuesday 7th February,2023.

    The program is of 8 classes and each class will be of 40-45 minute duration and will be done virtually on Zoom every Tuesday at 2.00 pm. Each module will be shared on your device screen and you will follow the instructor.

    Those who are interested in joining this FREE program should send me their Full name, Email Address and Phone number latest by 31st of January,2023 so that I may register your name for this program. Once you are registered I will send you the zoom link.

    Should you have any questions please free to contact me.




    For more information on ICCC’s various diverse programs and activities, please visit Website: https://icccottawa.org.


  13.  SRI SATHYA SAI CENTER of OTTAWA on 1694 Hunt Club Road in Ottawa invites you all for: 
                                   Vedanta Classes: Every Sunday morning from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM 
                                   Balvikas Classes: Every Sunday morning from 10 AM to 11:30 AM 
                                   Bhajans: Every Sunday from 11:45 AM to 12:30 PM
    For any further information, please call 613 733 7180 or 613 406 2883.   



    Here are the events this week followed by up coming events. For any information regarding a specific activity, please get in touch with the respective coordinator.

    Regular Meeting at Orleans every Thursday

    Time: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    340 - 255 Centrum Boulevard 
    Orleans ON K1E 3X7
    Mr. Adolf James  [Phone:613-233-2255]
    Dr. Ram Sahi [Phone: 613 824 1710]

    Activities planned:

    • Bridge Class 
    • Filmie Music
    • Pranayama/yoga
    • Headline News
    • Poetry

    Regular Meeting at Merivale every Friday
    Time: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    30 Woodfield Drive
    Nepean ON K2G 3Y5
    Ms. Sudesh Kanda [ Phone: 613 869 0349 ]
    Mr. Satish Bansal [ Phone: 613 226 5461 ]

    • Pranayama:  from 11 AM to 12:00 noon
    • Tea and Snacks: 12:30 PM - Please feel to bring your own lunch!
      Music, Scrabble, Bingo, Tea, Socializing: from 12:15 to 2 PM
    • Bridge Class and Play: from 12 noon to 3 PM


     Up Coming Events
    Please look at the following ICCC Seniors website for up-to-date information of the upcoming events:


  15. MUKUL HINDI SCHOOL offers Hindi language instructions and rich cultural experience for children 4 years and above. Elementary (Grades JK,SK,1to8) at PINECREST PUBLIC SCHOOL @ 1281 Pinecrest Road and High School Credit Course & Adult Education at GLEBE COLLEGIATE on 212 Glebe Avenue. Registration is open all year round. In fall 2016, first day of school is September 10th. For more information, please visit www.mukulhindischool.org or email register@mukulhindischool.org. <...poster...>


  16. SARAL SCHOOL, a non-profit charitable organization run under the Ministry of Education, offers classes to learn Hindi, Bengali or Telugu for free. Registration is on-going every Saturday from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM, starting September 6th at the school, Edouard Bond Elementary, located at 920 Parkhaven in Ottawa. For more information, please contact Ms. Meena Sones at 613-723-5644 or Ms. Savita Joshi at 613-843-8384.


    PLEASE E-mail at aim931@rogers.com.

    Visit our website at: www.indianmorning.com


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