Indian Association of Columbus



Contact Info

Association President: Sai P. Rao

Vice President:  Gaurang Kachhadiya

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  • To bring together people from the Indian Subcontinent and other interested people for the purposes of sharing and developing cultural interests and friendship.
  • To promote the involvement of the Association members in the Columbus community and vicinity.
  • To promote the awareness of the Indian community in Columbus and vicinity.


  • To promote friendship and understanding by providing a platform for cultural and social exchanges within the organization and community relevant to the Indian subcontinent.
  • To carry out educational, cultural, and charitable activities which promote common bonding.
  • To invite and honor cultural and scientific dignitaries of interest and benefit to the members.

Membership Info

Membership is open to Indian citizens residing in Columbus, Indiana. There is no membership fee to join the association. Membership forms can be found at:

Activities & Programs

Gurukul (Indian School)
For children five years of age and above.
Gurukul is held at North Site Montessori School every Sunday from 10:30 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.

The program is designed to provide opportunities for children to learn about Hindu knowledge and Indian heritage. Children will gain values that will enhance their vision and inner strength which will help define their roles and responsibilities in this world. Current activities include: learning Hindi, Yoga, classical dance, singing Shlokas and Bhajans.

Other Programs

  • Fund raising events.
  • Book buddies programs
  • Tutoring programs for school kids
  • Social services activities

Festivals & Celebrations Organized by Association

The Indian Association celebrates the Diwali (Festival of Lights) every year. The evening offers an opportunity to the Columbus community to witness the most popular festival of India.

Several volunteers from the Indian community work very hard for weeks together to showcase Indian culture and traditions with a colorful evening of entertainment for the community. The local community voluntarily participates to present an evening full of cultural events for the guests.

The event is open to all Columbus residents and visitors. The attendees include several ethnic groups from the Columbus community. IAC also organizes a dinner with Indian delicacies for the attending guests.

The India Association of Columbus also organizes several other social and cultural events throughout the year. Some of them are Independence Day Celebration, Holi, Cricket tournaments, Tennis tournaments, Volleyball tournaments, Republic Day Celebration, Summer/Fall Picnics, Dandiya Night, DJ Nights.


India, is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by geographical area, the second-most populous country, and the most populous democracy in the world. Bounded by the Indian Ocean on the south, the Arabian Sea on the west, and the Bay of Bengal on the east, India has a coastline of 7,517 kilometers (4,671 mi).It is bordered by Pakistan to the west; People’s Republic of China (PRC), Nepal, and Bhutan to the north; and Bangladesh and Myanmar to the east. India is in the vicinity of Sri Lanka, the Maldives, and Indonesia in the Indian Ocean.

Home to the Indus Valley Civilization and a region of historic trade routes and vast empires, the Indian subcontinent was identified with its commercial and cultural wealth for much of its long history. Four major world religions, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism originated there, while Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam arrived in the first millennium and shaped the region’s diverse culture. Gradually annexed by the British East India Company from the early eighteenth century and colonized by the United Kingdom from the mid-nineteenth century, India became an independent nation in 1947 after a struggle for independence that was marked by widespread nonviolent resistance.

India is a republic consisting of 28 states and seven union territories with a parliamentary system of democracy. It has the world’s twelfth largest economy at market exchange rates and the fourth largest in purchasing power. Economic reforms since 1991 have transformed it into one of the fastest growing economies.


India stands second in terms of population (about 1.12 billion). India has as many as 18 languages. English and Hindi are the official languages. Approximately 80% of the population practice Hinduism, Islam is followed by about 13% of the population. Some of the other religions are Christianity, Buddhism, and Sikhism.

Customs, Traditions & Celebrations

“Diwali” or “Deepawali” in Sanskrit literally means a row (awali) of lamps (deepa). Diwali is celebrated to commemorate the victory of good over evil. According to the popular mythology of north India, King Rama (reincarnate of Lord Vishnu) killed the demon king Ravana who had kidnapped his wife Sita. The people of his kingdom in Ayodhya decorated the entire city with rows of lights to celebrate his homecoming after 14 long years. The South Indian mythology celebrates the victory of Lord Krishna (another reincarnate of Lord Vishnu) over the demon king Narakasura.

Diwali is celebrated during October and/or November on the Gregorian calendar. On the Hindu calendar it is centered on the new moon day that ends the month of Ashvini and begins the month of Kartika. People light lamps, wear new clothes, exchange sweets with friends and neighbors, light firecrackers, and offer prayers to God.


Some values that are part of India’s cultural heritage are:

  • Living peacefully and respecting each other’s rights.
  • Never ever compromising on integrity for the purpose of prosperity.
  • Maintain strong bonds with the family members as well as relatives.
  • Being hospitable to everyone who comes to your home, irrespective of his caste, creed, financial position or status.
  • Treating guest as God i.e. ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’.
  • Remembering and bowing to God first thing in the morning.
  • Indulging in yoga and meditation.
  • Always taking the advice of elders in case of any important decision.

North Indian cuisine is distinguished by the proportionally high use of dairy products; milk, paneer, ghee (clarified butter), and yogurt are all common ingredients. Gravies are typically dairy-based. Other common ingredients include chilies, saffron, and nuts.

North Indian cooking features the use of the “tawa” (griddle) for baking flat breads like roti and paratha, and “tandoor” (a large and cylindrical charcoal-fired oven) for baking breads such as naan, and kulcha; main courses like tandoori chicken also cook in the tandoor. Other breads like puri and bhatoora, which are deep fried in oil, are also common. Goat and lamb meats are favored ingredients of many northern Indian recipes.

South Indian cuisine is distinguished by a greater emphasis on rice as the staple grain, the ubiquity of sambar and rasam, a variety of pickles, and the liberal use of coconut and particularly coconut oil and curry leaves. Curries called Kozhambu are also popular and are typically vegetable stews cooked with spices, tamarind and other ingredients. The dosa, poori, idli, vada, bonda and bajji are typical South Indian favorites. These are generally consumed as part of breakfast. Other popular dishes include Kesaribath, Upma, Pulao, Puliyodharai and Thengai Sadham. Hyderabadi biryani, a popular type of biryani, reflects the diversity of south Indian cuisine. South Indian cuisine obtains its distinct flavours by the use of tamarind, coconuts, lentils, rice and a variety of vegetables.

Sports and Recreation
Field Hockey is India’s national sport. Cricket has become a religion. Tennis and football (Soccer) are some sports that are popular in India.

Additional information about India may be found at:

Indian Association of Columbus Website

Indian Restaurants in Indiana

Passage to India:
1629 National Road, Columbus, Indiana.
Phone: (812)-372-5711

Shanti Indian Restaurant:
221 E Kirkwood Ave Bloomington Indiana
Phone: (812) 333 0303.

Shahi Dawat Royal Indian Cuisine:
4614 Vogel Road Indianapolis IN
Phone: (812) 476 9291

Garam Masala Indian Grill:
8553 Ditch Rd Indianapolis IN
Phone: (317) 257 1213

India Palace Restaurant:
4213 Lafayette Road Indianapolis IN
Phone: (317) 298 0773

Shahi Dawat-Royal Indian:
8735 US Highway 31 S Indianapolis IN
Phone:(317) 884 0901

Udupi Cafe South Indian, all veg:
4225 Lafayette Rd Indianapolis IN
Phone: (317) 299 2127

Hindu Temples
Hindu Worship Society:
Meets second Sunday for every month from 11:30 AM to 1:00PM
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbus,
7850 West Goeller Blvd, Columbus, IN-47201
Phone # (812) 350-3581

The Hindu Temple of Kentucky:
4213 Accomack Dr Louisville, KY 40241
Phone (502) 429-8888

The Hindu Temple of Central Indiana:
3350 N German Church Rd Indianapolis, IN 46235
Phone (317) 891-9199

Indian Grocery Stores
Columbus Oriental Market:
1643 N National Rd, Columbus, IN 47201
(812) 372-7899

SRT International:
1609C Cottage Ave, Columbus, IN 47201
(812) 372-1744

Patel Brothers:
4150 Lafayette Rd Suite F Indianapolis, IN
Phone: (317) 293 8345 Fax: (317) 293 8295

International Food Market:
4863 West 38th Street Indianapolis, IN
Phone: (317) 291 5282

Indian Art and Culture:
Gurukul – Indian School
Meets at North Site Montessori School every Sunday from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM. For details about the program and agenda, please contact:

Shankar Raja ( 812)378-4684 or Vijay Gopal ( 812) 373-7626.