Archives for March 2018

Call for Artists to produce Diwali art work

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Do you know of a good artist who can produce an art painting or other art work based on Diwali theme. Hindu Council wants such artists to produce a special art for a Diwali exhibition.

(Click here for an introduction to Diwali festival of lights)

Strathfield’s High Street Library has offered Hindu Council of Australia to source local artists and create a Diwali theme based art exhibition in their art space.

The Diwali art space exhibition will be inaugurated by the Mayor of Strathfiled on 8th November 2018 with catering and flyers provided by the Library. The exhibition will continue until 20th November 2018. The library will be advertising the art exhibition with flyers, on its website and on other art exhibition platforms.

The idea is to promote Diwali theme art work so that art buyers can see the art work and purchase it directly from the artists. Entire proceeds of the art work will go directly to the artist as neither Hindu Council nor the Library will charge any commission. The space will also be provided free of cost. All that the artists have to do is, bring their art work paintings, display them and wait for it to be appreciated and sometimes sold.

It is expected that artists will produce original art work based on Diwali theme and a catalogue of all paintings and other art work will be produced much before the event to be publicised and will be distributed far and wide.

There is space for about 50 pieces of art work which can be in the form of framed paintings or other sculptures. Thin sculptures and paintings can be hung on the state of art hanging system with D hooks on the art space walls. There is a limit of 7 Kg for art work with a single hook and up to 14 Kg for an art work with one hook on each side left and right. Heavier sculptures can be placed on table space. There will be space for artists to do live painting and Rangoli also.

D hook, wire and hanging provided by Library

Library has offered an award of $100 for the best viewers pick award. Hindu Council will also offer awards for second and third place holders which will cover the cost of framing the two painting.

If you know an artist or are an artist then please contact Hindu Council of Australia using the form below so that you can produce an original art work and participate in this art exhibition.

Your Name* :
Your Email* :
Your phone* :
Your Address* :

State* :

Please tick the kind of art work you would produce for this exhibition :
Framed PaintingUnframed PaintingSculpture less than 3 inches thickSculpture more than 3 inches thickOther

Number of paintings you will display* :

Please describe your art work* (Size, type, genre etc.) :

Please describe your self as an artist* :

Please upload up to 3 photos of your previous art work* (Only jpeg files less than 300k each):

I understand that I have to produce original art work which has to be completed by 30th September 2018. Upon completion, I will send a picture of my art work to Hindu Council so that it can be included in a catalogue and/or used to publicize the art space exhibition.

I give you permission to use the information on this form for promotion and management of the event.

Hindu Council participates in Annual Function of Ahmadiyya Muslims

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Ahamadiyya mulsim association is holding a three day annual function (salana jalasa) during the Easter long weekend with delegates from inter state and overseas. There were anout 3,000 ateendees including a Christian reverend and some of the MPs. Hindu Council was represented by Surinder Jain, National Vice President and Bimal Joshi, National Joint Secretary. There were many speeches about the message of the Ahmadiyya prophet and some by MPs extolling how well Ahmadiyya community is integrating and is enriching Australia. During the speeches slogans and shouts of praising their Spiritual Leader, Australia Jindabaad and Jai ho were heard.

Ahamadiyyas are a Muslim sect that originated in Kaadiyaan village near Amritsar in India. They are prosecuted, their mosques are attacked in Pakistan as some Muslims consider them to be non-muslims for believing that the Ahmadiyya spiritual founder is a prophet for all mankind. They are a highly prosecuted community in Pakistan where they had relocated after the formation of Pakistan for all muslims in 1947. Today their spiritual; headquarter is in UK. There are about 4,000 Ahmadiyyas in Sydney and perhaps about 7,000 all over Australia.

HBF team consoles a deceased Indian’s family

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By: Ashwani Sharma

A Hindu hailing from India and living in the suburb of Wentworthville, Sydney, NSW had a sudden heart attack and passed away leaving his wife and a three month old baby. Hindu Benovolent Fund (HBF) team was alerted through our network of well wishers. Ashwani Sharma, one of the field workers of HBF went and met community leaders and concerned neighbors. They assured him that the family is being looked after and Indian Consulate Office is making arrangements for transferring the deceased body to India to conduct his last rites over there.

HBF team will remain in touch with the family for any help they may need.

Hindus living in Country towns, click here to connect with us

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If you are living in a small or a rural town Hindu Council would like to hear from you. We encourage you to meet as a group to celebrate upcoming festivals. Doing it at someone’s home is a good start. Please do send us a para or so and a few pictures for posting on our web site and news letter if you are already doing so or want to start doing so now. A Hindu Council representative from a city near you can visit your town and help start a formal Rural Outreach Group of Hindu Council of Australia.
 
In the meantime, if you can send some information about your town, that would be great for us to know about the community there.
 
You can sign up for our regular news letter by entering your name and email in Subscribe to Newsletter form.

Please contact us using the form below. If you would like to start a Rural Outreach Group of Hindu Council in your town, we would love to hear from you too.

Rural Outreach Contact Form



Your State (required)

Your Message

You can if you wish, provide following optional information about your town :

Town Population Approx.
Hindu Population Approx.

Any Temples or Associations in the twon : Not KnownYesNo
Any Hindu celebrations happening in the town on a regular basis : Not KnownYesNo

About the town and key Hindu contacts :

 

HBF Fund Raising Bollywood Musical Journey

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Hindu Council of Australia along with Bandeesh group is arranging a Bollywood Musical Journey. Par tof the profits from the event will go to Hindu Benevolent Fund (HBF). HBF has been established bu Hindu Council of Australia to provide financial support to individuals and families in dire need of financial help to meet their day to day needs.  

Date: Saturday the 19th May 2018
Time: 5:00 pm to 8:15 pm followed by light dinner.
Venue: Pacific hills Performing Arts Centre – Dural, NSW
Name of the Event: LOVE YOU ZINDAGI
Type of Event: Bollywood musical show with Live Orchestra
Ticket Price: $ 30 including light Dinner OR $ 25 without Dinner
Venue Capacity: 472 seats

Nyepi – Balanese Hindus celebrate Saka Calendar Hindu New Year

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 Nyepi is a Hindu celebration mainly celebrated in BaliIndonesia. It is a day of silence, fasting and meditation for the Balinese. The day following Nyepi is celebrated as Hindu New Year’s Day. The same day celebrated in India as Ugadi. Nyepi is  commemorated every Isakawarsa (Saka new year) according to the Balinese calendar (in 2018, it fell on March 17).

The Hindus of Maharashtra term the same festival, observed on the same day, Gudi Padwa (Marathi: गुढी पाडवा). The Sindhis, people from Sindh, celebrate the same day as Cheti Chand, which is the beginning of their calendar year. Manipuris also celebrate their New Year as Sajibu Nongma Panba on the same day. The Hindus of Andhra Pradesh also celebrate their new year on the same day as Ugadi.

The Melasti Ritual is performed 3–4 days beforehand Nyepi. It is dedicated to Sanghyang Widhi Wasa. The ritual is performed in Pura (Balinese temple) near the sea (Pura Segara) and meant to purify Arca, Pratima, and Pralingga (sacred objects) belonging to several temples, also to acquire sacred water from the sea.The Bhuta Yajna Ritual is performed next to vanquish the negative elements and create a balance with God, Mankind, and Nature. The ritual is also meant to appease Batara Kala by Pecaruanoffering of live animal sacrifice. Around sunset the “Pengrupukan” ceremony begins in the house compounds with the noisy banging of pots and pans and bamboo tubes along with burning of dried coconut leaf torches to drive out the demons.

Most Hindu Balinese villages make ogoh-ogoh, demonic statues made of richly painted bamboo, cloth, tinsel, and styrofoam symbolizing negative elements or malevolent spirits or even characters from Hindu mythology. After the ogoh-ogoh have been paraded around the village, they are burned in the cemeteries although many are displayed in front of community halls for another month or more and sometimes even purchased by museums and collectors.

Nyepi is a day reserved for self-reflection, and as such, anything that might interfere with that purpose is restricted. The main restrictions are no lighting fires (and lights must be kept low); no working; no entertainment or pleasure; no traveling; and, for some, no talking or eating at all. The effect of these prohibitions is that Bali’s usually bustling streets and roads are empty, there is little or no noise from TVs and radios, and few signs of activity are seen even inside homes. The only people to be seen outdoors are the Pecalang, traditional security men who patrol the streets to ensure the prohibitions are being followed.

In 2018, a parade of 7,000 exhibits including a joint Narsimha sanhaar was paraded on the streets.

The Nyepi Rituals are performed as Amati Geni: No fire or light, including no electricity, Amati Karya: No working, Amati Lelunganan: No travelling and Amati Lelanguan: Fasting and no revelry/self-entertainment. The Yoga/Brata Ritual starts at 6:00 a.m. and continues to 6:00 a.m. the next day. The Ngembak Agni/Labuh Brata Ritual is performed for all Hindus to forgive each other and to welcome the new days to come. Finally, The Dharma Shanti Rituals is performed after all the Nyepi rituals are finished.

The day following Nyepi is also celebrated as New Year’s Day. On this day, the youth of Bali in the village of Sesetan in South Bali practice the ceremony of Omed-omedan or ‘The Kissing Ritual’ to celebrate the new year.

On the day after Nyepi, known as Ngembak Geni (Relighting the Fire), social activity picks up again quickly, as families and friends gather to ask forgiveness from one another, and to perform certain religious rituals together. Fires and electricity are allowed again, and cooking of food resumes.

(Source Wikipedia)

Hindu Council chapter in Victoria hosts Sri M’s discourse

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By : Makarand Bhagwat
Hindu Council of Australia’s  Victoria chapter organised a spiritual discourse by Sri M on 18th March, which also happened to be the Hindu new year. The event was jointly organised by Victoria Chapter and Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh Melbourne (HSS). Seva International, Melbourne, Overseas Friends of BJP (OFBJP) Australia, Melbourne and Kerala Hindu Society Melbourne also participated in the event.
 
 
The title of the discourse was “Vedanta for the Modern World – Deeper Aspects of Hinduism”. The program was well received and was attended by approx 135 persons at Ashwood Hall, Ashowood in Victoria. Shri Abhijit Bhide of HSS Melbourne welcomed Sri M by offering flowers and a shawl. The discourse was for one hour followed by interesting Q&A.
 
The event was presided over by Makarand Bhagwat, the Victorian resident director of Hindu Council. The event was concluded by offering Tea/Coffee/Biscuits.
 
A complete video of this event can be found on this YouTube Link  and is about one hour long.
 
In all four different events were organized for Sri M’s discourse in Melbourne and all of them were well received.

New Lions club president talks up Hindu Benevolent Fund

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By: Ashwani Jain

The Lions Club Sydney Indian activities recently held a meeting in which the incumbent new President Mr Padmanabhan announced the activities and objectives of the Hindu Benevolent Fund (HBF). HBF is Hindu Council’s community initiative of establishing a benevolent fund to provide financial support to individuals and families in dire need of financial help to meet their day to day needs. 

Did Indians bring technology of Fire, Farming and tools to Australia Four Thousand Years Ago

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Genetic evidence suggests that just over 4 millennia ago a group of Indian travellers landed in Australia and stayed. The evidence emerged a few years ago after a group of Aboriginal men’s Y chromosomes matched with Y chromosomes typically found in Indian men.[…Read More…]

A profile of Hindus in NSW

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In 2016 there were 181,409 people in New South Wales who had a religion of Hinduism.

There was a 51.4% increase in the number of people who had a religion of Hinduism since 2011 (from 119,802 to 181,409).

29.1% of the Hinduism population were born overseas and arrived between 2011 and August 2016.

There were more men who had a religion of Hinduism (95,314) than women (86,090).

25.0% of the population who had a religion of Hinduism were children (under 19 years of age), 56.5% were young adults (aged 20 to 44 years), and 18.5% were older adults (aged 45 years and over).

Most number of Hindus 28,783 live in the city of Blacktown and make 8.5% of the population of the suburb. While the largest concentration of Hindus is in Strathfiled where there are only 6,597 Hindus but they make 16.4% of this small suburb’s population. Other areas where Hindus live in large numbers are Parramatta (25,608), Cumberland council (22,024), Liverpool (1o,000) followed by Hornsby and Campbelltown with 7,000 each.