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(Week Beginning August 27, 2023)
शुक्ल पक्ष एकादशी
रोटी भी खाने में तभी अच्छी लगाती है
जब उसे दोनों तरफ से सेका जाए
ठीक उसी तरह जीवन में रिश्ते भी तभी अच्छे रहते हैं
जब उन्हें दोनों तरफ से निभाया जाए।।
पावन श्रावण की शुभकामनाएं
हर हर महादेव
आप स्वस्थ रहे,
सदा मस्त रहे
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.
VISHWA SHAKTI DURGA TEMPLE at 55 Clarey Ave in Ottawa for:
Durga Mandir Ottawa is
Monday to Saturday- 6 pm
to 8 pm, and
Sunday- 11:30 am
to 1:30 pm.
55 Clarey Av.
Mandir Line – 613-321-0675
Web site: www.durgatemple.ca
E-mail address: email@example.com
Please note that
parking is free
on Bank Street
every day after
5.30 PM and all
day on Sunday.
Over 1000 public
only a block
Your Safety is
If you would
like to host
Mata Ki Choki,
or any other
events at the
Mandir or at
your home or
Pt. R. N. Pandey (613-228-1305)
Rohit Chadha (613)
Saturday 6:00 PM
to 8 PM,
Service 11:00 AM
to 1:30 PM
Mandir Line 613-321-0675
Please join us at Durga Mandir Ottawa for Parvachan
by Vaidya Sohan
Ji on Tuesday,
2023, from 7 PM
to 8 PM.
Please join us at Durga Mandir Ottawa for Shiv
Mahima Katha by
25th, to Sunday,
Friday, August 25th, 2023
- 5:30 PM to
Saturday, August 26th,
2023 - 5:30 PM
to 8:00 PM
Sunday, August 27th, 2023
– 11.30 AM to
Prashadam will be served after the Katha.
HINDU TEMPLE at 4835 Bank
Street in Ottawa for:
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:
11:00 am- 12:15 pm
Amrit Vani on the first Sunday of the month and Bhajans
12:15 pm -12:45 pm
Those who would like to participate in singing Bhajans, please
join at 11 am. We suggest that interested devotees make a group
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.
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:
Black sesame seeds 50 g
Rice - 50 g
Kusha pavitra (Darbha)
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.
Sri Saraswati Puja will be conducted on Monday, September
4 (Labor Day) from 9:30 to 11:30 am for students returning to or
starting a new class year. With the guidance of the priests,
puja will be performed by students (with their parents) and
prayers will be devoted to Goddess Saraswati for good health,
better education, happy living and prosperous future. You can
bring flowers and fruits for the puja.
Student participation has been increasing each year.
Depending on the number of students participating, the puja may
be conducted in two sessions.
Please confirm your participation soon to help us better
organize the event and also indicate whether you are able to
help making Prasad by sending an email to Roopa Sree Tungaturthi
who is coordinating the event and preparing puja plates in
Sri Krishna Janmashtami will be celebrated at the Temple
on Wednesday, September 6. The Temple will be open all day, from
8:30 am until midnight.
Special Program for the Evening:
Hari Gita (Hindi)
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
10:00 pm – 11:40 pm
Gita - Chapter 11
11:40 pm – 11:50 pm
Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya
11:50 pm – Midnight
Janm, Arati, Jhoola
For more information, you can also contact the Temple at
613-822-1531 or send an email to
Please participate at LIVE BROADCAST by clicking: Join Temple
To have this link you need to download the software, “GoToMeeting”.
If you need more information on how to download, visit Temple’s
If you need more information for HINDU TEMPLE, please contact
the Manager at 613-822-1531 or visit
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.
PLEASE DO NOT BRING AATAA, DAALS, SUGAR OR ANY KIND OF GROCERY
AS THEY ALREADY HAVE SO MUCH IN STOCK THAT THEY ARE HAVING
DIFFICULTY STORING THESE ITEMS.
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.
Mission Ottawa will be offering the following programs to foster spiritual achievement:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 613-591-5961 for
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 email@example.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
Chinmayananda along with discussions. Please contact Anil Parekh
at firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Every Sunday at 9:45 AM before classes begin. To offer puja,
please contact Gita Parekh at 613-738-7466 with your desired
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
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.
refer to thier new and updated website
for further information on special events, children, youth and
family camps, as well as upcoming lecture series.
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
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
If you or someone you know
is willing to take part in the Focus Groups, please send your
name and phone number to
Or call 613-864-7036.
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
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.
forget to grab the Early Bird tickets and take advantage of the
If you would like to sponsor this event or setup a
stall, please contact us at
or contact Parmod Chhabra at 613-850-4068 or Mandeep Basra at
If you or your group would like to perform, please contact Mrs. Vandana
Sharma at 613-867-8570.
www.indiacanada.ca to purchase
the tickets. Printed tickets can be purchased by contacting any
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
For more information, please call 613-983-2812 or email at
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
Purpose: To provide an update on the
activities, accomplishments & upcoming events of ICCC.
Please click on Link(s) for
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
Should you have any questions you may either contact Mr.
Jagjit Khosla, coordinator of MOW program at
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:
For more information on ICCC’s various diverse
programs, philanthropy and other activities, please visit
|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:
- social gathering and networking to promote India’s rich heritage, cultural values, and traditions; and
- 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.
ICCC Youth Program - Significant Accomplishments
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 email@example.com to indicate your availability and area of expertise for enhanced implementation of this program.
- 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.
GENERAL INFORMATION & ICCC APPEAL:
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.
For and on behalf of the Board of Directors, Program Chairs & Volunteers,
Kanwal (Ken) Talwar
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:
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.
COMMUNITY CENTRE (ICCC)
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
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]
Regular Meeting at Merivale
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
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:
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
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.
TO GIVE YOUR COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS ON THIS PROGRAMME
Visit our website at:
PLEASE E-mail at