Ram Sita Kalyanam Vivah in Parramatta 3rd November 2018

Hindu Council of Australia is celebrating Deepavali festival on 3rd and 4th of November 2018 in Parramatta Park this year also.

A special attraction of this year is likely to be an elaborate performance of Rama Sita Kalyanam or Ram Sita Vivah (marriage of Ram and Sita) being planned for 3rd November in Parramatta park location.

Ram Sita Kalyanam volunteers team meets to plan the event

Ram Sita Kalyanam volunteers team meets to plan the event

This is going to be a huge event and the planning has already started. Our Sai Ji is leading the initiative. A team of volunteers has already started preparations for this grand occasion. Some of the suggestions circulating among the team is to 

  • perform Rama Pattabishekam
  • procession/kolatam to carry idols to the mandapam in a palaki
  • Kalyanam or Vivhah before sunset.

We welcome your suggestions about this event and encourage you to come and join the volunteers team and shape this event.

To participate in making the event happen, please leave a comment at the bottom of this post. You can also visit Hindu Council web site and sign up as a volunteer specifying your interest in Ram Sita Kalyanam event.

Art telling Ramayana, Hindu story, at Carlos Museum

An exhibit of art at the Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University is highlighting events told in the Ramayana, a sacred text of Hinduism.

The exhibit opened in January, and Coweta residents have been among the visitors viewing the paintings filled with bright colors and elaborate detail. The paintings date from the 17th-19th centuries.

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Quarterly update from Victoria Chapter

A quick update from Victoria chapter on activities during the first quarter of 2018
 
1 Quarterly participation at Multifaith Advisory Group within the Premier’s Cabinet Office
2. Feb 18 : Participation in the multifaith consultation called by the PM on freedom of religion, chaired by Philip Ruddock
3. Presentation of Certificate of Honour to HH Mahant Swami of BAPS by HCA on behalf of participating organisations – 10 Feb
4. Ongoing Chaplaincy funds distribution from Spiritual Health Victoria to volunteer health care chaplains through ISKCON Melbourne. 
5. Review of last year’s contact made for prison chaplaincy to identify ongoing needs. Currently ISKCON handles this on their own.
 
Upcoming events
 
1. 18 March 18 – Spiritual Discourse by Sri M , visiting accomplished Yogi from India.
2. International Yoga Day 21 June
3. Diwali in Vic Parliament with BAPS – date TBD
 

HCA joins hands with Strathfield Council for a Diwali Art Exhibition

Hindu Council (HCA) has been approached by Strathfield council via our website. The Council said that it would like to run an Indian Art exhibition, hopefully in the theme of Diwali between Thursday, 8 November – Tuesday, 20 November 2018. The council has  a professional art hanging system at High St Library and wants to showcase local artists displaying their paintings on the theme of Diwali. Our media team member Akhil Verma met Kati Angelides, Community Services Officer, Strathfield Council to finalize the same.

Hindu council will be sourcing artists from within our community to show case their work on the theme of Diwali. We may also approach main stream art schools introducing them to Diwali and asking them to produce art work. The artists works will be displayed on a professional art hanging system at High St Library and they can sell or auction their work as well.

Hindu council is on the look out for artists who can produce high quality work related to Diwali theme in the art exhibition. If you are an artist or if you know such an artist, please send their details to Ajoy Ghosh our National Cultural Secretary, Ashwani Jain NSW secretary or to Akhil Verma both of whom will be coordinating this event on Hindu Council’s behalf. They can be contacted either directly or through our contact us page by [clicking here].

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DEEPAVALI 2009

Deepavali Fair-The Indian Festival of Ligths,2009

The Indian Festival of Lights, is the most widely celebrated  festival of the people from the Indian sub-continent and across the  whole world. Deepavali means rows of lights, it is the festival  symbolising victory of good over evil, light over darkness, and  knowledge over ignorance. Though there are many mythological  explanations to this wonderful festival, however, in the current world  what the festival of lights really stands for is a reaffirmation of  hope, a renewed commitment to friendship, religious tolerance,  spreading the word of peace and harmony and above all, celebration of  ”simple joys of life”.

The Hindu Council of Australia, a national body representing all Australian Hindus (over 150,000), has been celebrating this festival of lights for the past nine years on a large scale. Last year more than 20,000 people attended the whole day of festivities at the Sydney Olympic Park, Athletic Arena, on Sunday, the 19th October 2008.

This year the Deepavali fair will be held at Parramatta Stadium, Parramatta on Sunday, the 11th October 2009. To enjoy the variety of cultural activities and the delicious Indian food from various regions of India, you are invited to come and join us in the festivities
This is the biggest gathering of people of Indian origin. Lots of people of multi-ethnic background also come to share the richness of the Indian culture and the variety of sumptuous food items. One of the attractions of the Deepavali fair is the burning of the effigy of the how to buy viagra online without prescription Demon King Ravana followed by Fireworks display. The program will finish around 8:30 pm with a fantastic display of fireworks.

You can participate by becoming a sponsor of the fair, or by setting up a stall to sell food items or other general items of interest. You can also advertise in the coloured Souvenir, which is a collector’s item, containing lots of informative articles.

Given below are the icons for accessing the application forms for participating in the fair:

Sponsorships – Click here to download a form to sponsor an event.

Stalls – Click here to download a form to book a stall for selling food and other items.

Souvenir– Click here to download a form to advertise in the coloured souvenir.