The Indian-Australian millennials

ABC’s religion and ethics unit have published a story on why Indian-Australian millennials are choosing to have arranged marriages. Read about it here.

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Hindus in Victoria advise Premier on Multicultural issues

By: Makrand Bhagwat.

Hindu Council of Australia Victoria is a member of the Multifaith Advisory Group under the Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC) , which advises the Premier and the minister for multicutural affairs on faith related matters in the community.
Some of the issues MAG discussed in the recent times were the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill, LGBTI inclusion in the broader community, Family Violence, Issues related to Islamic community and achieving social cohesion to name a few.
MAG Chair is Helen Kapalos, who is also the Chair for Victorian Multicultural Commission. Helen organised a meeting with the Premier and the Minister way back in Apr-May this year and scheduled it for 15th August, which was yesterday.
HCA was represented in this meeting. Although the meeting was short, some of the recent issues were discussed. The meeting started on the backdrop of the recent comments made in the Senate by Katter’s party Senator Fraser Annings about bringing back the white Australia policy and opposing to Islamic migration. The MAG unanimously condoned Senator’s comments.
The other issue which was discussed was about the South Sudanese youth violence in the recent past in Melbourne suburbs. Bishop Philip Huggins from the Anglican Church said that he is working with the Sudanese community on this issue. All the faith communities expressed their support and asked if they could help. The Premier also commented that steps are being taken to provide training and job opportunities to the South Sudanese youth to bring them into the mainstream.
The Premier announced financial assistance of $600,000 to MAG which was welcomed by all faith leaders.
HCA will work closely with the MAG in future to positively contribute on all emerging issues.
After the meeting I personally thanked the Premier on attending the Indian national flag hoisting ceremony over the week end at the Federation Square.
Thank you and regards
Makarand Bhagwat

 

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Diwali celebrations in Sydney

Hindu Council of Australia has organized a number of celebrations of Deepavali festival around Sydney. Hindu Council has been celebrating Diwali for last twenty years in Sydney and has been the first Hindu organization to bring the festival of lights to Indians and Australians. For more information click here.

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Hindu temples issue an appeal for Drought relief

Sri Venkateswara Temple, Helensburgh has issued an appeal to all devotees to donate and help Australian farmers suffering from unprecedented drought conditions on their farms.

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Drought relief appeal by Hindu Benevolent Fund

Hindu Benevolent Fund has issued an appeal for everyone to donate for helping Australian farmers fighting a severe drought. Please donate generously. 

You would be aware that Australian farmers are seriously  affected due to  drought and many families are in serious conditions. 
 
The Hindu Benevolent Fund (HCA initiative) is appealing to all its members , volunteers, friends to contribute generously to the 2018 Farmers’ Appeal fund to assist farmers in need.  
 
This is our opportunity to show appreciation to many thousands of farmers and their families who toil tirelessly to sustain us and our country.  Please appeal at family or community gatherings for this worthy cause.   The attached flyer is for display as well as circulation to social media.
 
 This appeal has commenced from 15 August and will end 15 September. 

 

Funds may be deposited in the bank account below.

 
BSB -062-004
A/c 10447020
Ref – drought
 
Enquires to be directed to any HCA committee member or email hbf@hinducouncil.com.au
 
Regards
 
Prakash Mehta
National President
M 0418 800 &53

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Happy Nag Panchami Day

By:Madya Lila.

Warm greetings on the festival of Nag Panchami! Hindu culture has always placed great importance on living in harmony with nature. Planet Earth is revered as our mother, Bhumidevi, and Hindus recognise a sacred connection between all living creatures. According to Vedic teachings, the soul in each body is an equal spark of life and should be respected.

Nag Panchami festival honours snakes and it is celebrated around India in a huge variety of interesting ways according to the local culture and family traditions. At the peak of the monsoon season, when snakes are at their most active, Hindus offer respect to snakes in the Nag Panchami festival.

Nag Panchami is also the auspicious day that Lord Krishna subdued the black serpent Kaliya.

Once, the serpent, Kaliya, who possessed many hoods and was extremely venomous, polluted the water of the Yamuna River. The trees and plants on the river banks dried up. Even the birds flying over the river were overcome by the poisonous vapours and fell into the water and died. The whole river that ran before Vrindavan village was deadly. Krishna decided the serpent needed to be tamed and the environment needed to be purified so that it was fit to drink and bathe in. He dove into the water creating great waves that enraged the serpent. Kaliya emerged and enveloped Krishna in his powerful coils but Krishna broke free and leapt onto Kaliya’s vast, spreading hoods. Then Krishna, who is celebrated as the original artist of all fine arts, began to dance on the hoods of the serpent. As each hood rose to strike Krishna, Krishna would press it down firmly with His lotus feet. Eventually the serpent became exhausted and humbly submitted himself to Krishna, realizing Krishna’s position as the Supreme Lord. Krishna then ordered Kaliya to leave the Yamuna river and move to the ocean so that the river water would once again become clear and clean. It is declared in the Bhagavat Purana that anyone who hears the narration of Krishna and Kaliya need not fear the activities of snakes. Happy Nag Panchami!

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HBF helps deceased Hindu family in Adelaide

Hindu Benevolent Fund of Hindu Council of Australia provided emotional and logistic support to a family in Adelaide. A young lady living with family in Adelaide, her husband died suddenly by heart attack. She has a little daughter. 

HBF team from Sydney and from Adelaide spoke to the young lady and helped her with emotional support and with the logistics of sending the body to India. HBF also spoke to nearest family members. It helped coordination with Dy Counsel of India, Department of Foreign affairs of Australia, the hospital and a travel company.

Great work HBF team. We are proud of you.

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Happy Independence Day India

15th August 2018, Happy Independence day India, home and birthplace of Hindus.

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Famous Hindu temples around the world

If you are planning to travel overseas, you must see these famous temples around the world.

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Hindus participate in City2Surf for charity

By:Vikas Chopra.

City2Surf is an annual run for fun event in Sydney. Eighty Thousand people took part in the annual fun run this year running/walking a stretch of 14 km from Sydney’s Hyde Park through the city’s eastern suburb to Bondi beach.

Hindu organizations in Sydney and their members participated in the fun run this Sunday 12th August 2018. Hindu Council Team members started the day started meeting other participants @ Hyde Park in Sydney. About  30 participants (from Hindu Council of Australia & Hindu Swayamsewak Sangh Team) did warm up exercises and Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutations) before moving to their respective run schedules.

Renga Rajan completed City2Surf in 98 minutes.

Mr Renga Rajan completed the entire run in just 98 minutes.

Congratulations to the entire team many of whom donated their sponsorship money to Hindu Benevolent Fund.

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