Australia Rises against Temple Attack

Australians from all walks of life have risen in anger and indignation at the desecration and vandalism of a Hindu temple in Sydney last week. Hindu community has been overwhelmed by the support shown to it by the Governments, Political leaders, Religious leaders, Mayor, Councillors and ordinary Australians. Many ordinary Australians have shown their disgust for the attack and have come forward and donated money for temple restoration. The Police have installed two high-tech cameras, solar powered and installed on top of electrical poles to keep an eye on both the streets around the corner block the temple land is on. The local council has provided a number of free rubbish bins and clean up kits fee of charge.

Idols

The temple management expresses its gratitude to Australians for their support and is ready to move on. The first step is to do visarjana (final resting of the broken and desecrated idols) in deep ocean so that they remain there and do not get trampled upon ever. Once this has been done, the committee will start getting quotations for various work and material needed for restoration. They need :

  • Cabinet makers for Stand of the Idols and statues.
  • Carpet suppliers and layers.
  • Donors for Musical Instruments in any – i.e. Harmoniums, Dholaks, Tabla etc.
  • Donors for Religious books i.e.: Ram Charitra Manas, Bhagwat Puran, Devi Bhagwat etc.

They have set up a GoFundMe campaign at https://www.gofundme.com/bhartiyemandirsydney

Those who would like to help can go the web site above and make their donations.

The Temple Management has issued following statement about the incident :

We the executive members of the Bhartiye Mandir Sydney, are obliged with the assistance of Hindu Council of Australia with several members of the community who have visited the temple and offered their support in various ways.

We made several representation to Australian media but all went on deaf ears up until the article of our brother Shree Surinder Jain being published. This came as a storm in the media world and we have been stormed by several media group to cover the story.

This has been exposed in Indian television AAj Tak and Fiji One in Fiji also on SBS which showed here in Sydney on Thursday 18th October.

We have received visits from several members of the Parliaments representatives,From Cumberland Council the Mayor, Councillor Suman Saha ji who have been visiting us on several days with his command on Friday the installation of two security cameras on the street facing our temple building from both sides. The supply of bins for cleanup of the temple building. 

The team from Multicultural NSW consist of The Chairperson Dr. Hari Harinath, Ms. Megan Lancaster(Director), Mr. Malcolm Haddon (Senior Manager Community Resilience) Ms. Thida Young (Community Engagement Officer) together with Mr. Sreeni Pillamarri (President of UIA) all visited and inspected the ruins inside of the  Bhartiye Mandir Temple and jointly condemned the act of vandalism caused therein.

We request Hindu Council to assist us in this appeal as we need all support and guidance we can to rebuilt this holy temple.

We have cleaned the place as the council has provided the bins and assured that will take all the rubbish away by Monday.  Although the carpet is still to be stripped out as small particles of glasses are still stuck in the carpet and are dangerous for bear feet.

Australian Leaders Condemn this shameful act :

  • Victoria Bismire

It’s terrible that someone did this to you – Australia is better than this. Hope this helps with the restorations.

 

I stand with the Hindu community

I was horrified to see the awful damage to your holy place.

I am so sorry that this has happened.

Even though I am an agnostic, I firmly believe in the freedom to practise one’s faith. This vandalism was completely unacceptable. Shame on the perpetrators.

As an atheist who strongly believes in a multicultural and pluralist community free of religious bigotry and violence, I am proud to stand with our Hindu community.

I stand in solidarity with the Hindu Community.

I saw the sbs news article and was sad to see such a thing happen. Whilst I’m not religious I wish your temple well

COVERAGE BY AUSTRALIAN MEDIA

 
 
 
 
 

 

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Goddess Kali gets Special Commendation by Woolahra Council in Vaucluse Australia

By : Surinder Jain.

Vaucluse is a harbour suburb in the Woollahra council within Sydney, Australia. It is one of the most fashion and art conscious highly sought after suburb with a very high average income. The Council runs an annual Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize (WSSP) and attracts some of the best artists in Australia and overseas. It brings together a collection of finalists from preeminent to the lesser known.

Pointy Gold Head Kali

WSSP Exhibition

This year it had 46 finalists whose sculptures were on display in the Council building with an entry by Neeraj Gupta from India. The mayor of Woollahra opened the exhibition and announced the prizes. A special commendation prize was awarded to a Kali sculpture made by a Fiji Indian now Australian artist Ramesh. The award was presented to artist Ramesh by the mayor of Woollahra Council Peter M Cavanagh.

 

 

The Kali sculpture called “Pointy Gold Head” was chosen by the judges to be awarded a Special Commendation. The sculpture is a 24-carrat gold plated bronze statue of the face of Goddess Kali with her tongue protruding out. According to its artist Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran, the material used included clay, shells, rubber hoses and cardboard and one can find these objects embedded in the surface. The artwork was made permanent through bronze casting and Gold Plating Process, a direct reference to representations of the Hindu Goddess, Kali.

 

We caught up with the artist and asked him

Q. what inspired you to make a sculpture of Goddess Kali.

A. I was making a face out of various waste material and a sudden inspiration caused me to pull the tongue out. Before I knew it, face of Goddess Kali had already been made.

 

Ramesh with Commendation from Mayor

Q. Why did you Gold Plate the face with 24 carat Gold.

A. To reflect the immense power and glory of the Goddess, I had to imbue it with some thing of extreme value. Pure 24 carat Gold lets that happen.

Q. Where were you born.

A. I was born here in the suburb of Auburn in Sydney though my parents had come to Australia from Fiji.

 

Sri Lankan-born, Sydney-based artist Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran creates rough-edged, vibrant, new-age idols. He experiments with form and scale in the context of figurative sculpture to explore politics of sex, the monument, gender and religion. Formally trained in painting and drawing his practice has a sculptural emphasis which champions the physicality of art making. These works are often stacked to form totems or perched atop customised plinths.
 
 
While proceeding from a confident atheist perspective, Nithiyendran draws upon his Hindu and Christian heritage as reference points as well as a large range of sources including the internet, pornography, fashion and art history. Self-portraits make frequent appearances and the dual presence of male and female organs suggest gender fluid realms of new possibilities. 
 
He has exhibited at various spaces and contexts including the 2018 Dhaka Art Summit, the encounters section for Art Basel Hong Kong, the Art Gallery of South Australia’s flagship exhibition, the 2016 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art and The National: New Australian Art 2017. He has presented solo exhibitions at the National Gallery of Australia, The Ian Potter Museum of Art and the Shepparton Art Museum. In 2014, Nithiyendran was awarded the 2014 NSW Visual Arts Fellowship (emerging) administered through Artspace. In 2015, he was the winner of the 2015 Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Award, Australia’s richest and premier award for artists working in the medium of ceramics.
 
His work is held in various collections, including the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of South Australia, The Art Gallery of Western Australia, Artbank, The Ian Potter Museum of Art and the Shepparton Art Museum. The sculpture is available for sale at a price of Australia $19,800.

 

Organizer Lyn with the Author and Neeraj’s Mind’s Eye

Neeraj Gupta from India had also been selected as a finalist for his sculpture Mind’s Eye which was priced at $12,000.

A 3D printed figurine of real people

 

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Fiji awards Hindu Council of Australia for its help during floods

Fiji was recently devastated by floods and a series of cyclones. Many people were marooned.  Hindu Council of Australia had organized a drive to send materials and money to help.

Fiji Counsul General in Australia, Mr Zarak Khan has awarded a Certificate of Appreciation to Hindu Council of Australia. 

 

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OAM Honor awarded to Kanti Jinna Vice President

Congratulations to Mr Kanti Jinna, Vice President of Hindu Council of Australia for being awarded OAM MEDAL, (OAM) OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA IN THE GENERAL DIVISION on Queens birthday in 2018. Such an honor has earlier been bestowed by the Australian government to other Hindu Council members including Dr Balasubramanian (Current Director and Ex-President) , Prof Nihal Agar (Current Director and Ex-President), Mr Jay Raman (Current President NSW Chapter) and Mr Vijai Singhal (Current Director).

Hindu Council is proud of their acheivements.

The medal has been awarded to Mr Kanti Jinna for his service to the multicultural community of the Australian Capital Territory.

His service to the community includes :

Hindu Council of Australia:
Vice-Chairman, since 2009.
Member, current.

Hindu Temple and Cultural Centre, Australian Capital Territory:
Co-founder, current.
Former President.

Royal Commonwealth Society, Australian Capital Territory
President, 2014-2016.
Council Member, since 2017.
Member, current.

Canberra Multicultural Community Forum
Advisor Ageing, since 2010.
Member, since 2005.

Indian Senior Citizen’s Association, Australian Capital Territory
Vice President, since 2010.
Member, current.

Board Member, Australian Capital Territories Public Cemeteries Authority Board, since 2015.
Member, Partnering with Consumers and Carers Advisory Group, Calvary Hospital, since
2015.

Patron, Fiji Australia Association of Canberra, since 2008.

Member, ACT Chief Minister’s Council of the Ageing, 2005-2011

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Hindu Council supports Girmit day celebrations

Commemoration of Girmit Dewas at Hindu Temple and Cultural Centre of ACT Inc. (HTCC) – Canberra

19 May 2018.

Members of Fiji Community who are members/devotees of HTCC have been marking Girmit Dewas (arrival of the first ship load of Indians to Fiji on 14 May 1879) by hosting a prayer meeting at HTCC premises for some years now and this year it was held on Saturday 19 May. On this occasion, The Hindu Council of Australia (HCA) lended its full support for the event.

The function was officiated by Temple Priest, Acharya Prakash Chandra Pandey, and presided over by vice president of HTCC, Shri Kamal Singh. The program included puja, recital of Ramayana by three mandalies and addresses by Pandits, Anil and Rama Sharma, Shri Prakash Mehta, President, Hindu Council of Australia and Shri Basu Banka, President, HTCC.

In his message Shri Prakash Mehta reminded the congregation that the Indians had Lord Rama with them in the form of Ramayana which they had brought with them and this gave them the strength and courage to face the adversities which they encountered. Regular recital of Ramayana has not only helped to preserve Hindu culture, but also supported to pass language to next generation. It is really inspiring lessons for new migrants. He thanked the organizers’ for hosting the ceremony in memory of their ancestors and the Hindu Council of Australia was happy to support the event.

Approx. 150 people, mainly Indo-Fijians but a growing number from India attended the function. It was also attended by Shri Kanti Jinna, Vice President HCA and Santosh Gupta, coordinator of ACT chapter of HCA

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HBF donates to Fiji Cyclone Relief

By Jay Raman and Sai Paravastu

Hindu Benevolent Fund, a project of Hindu Council of Australia has donated $2,100 for the relief work being done in  Fiji for the victims of the recent cyclones in Fiji.

Hindu Council had a few months ago helped raise substantial donation in cash and kind (3 containers of clothing, utensils, baby food etc) as sequence to Flood Relief Appeal from Fiji government. This was an initiative of Karma Kitchen, HBF and HCA volunteers. Kanti Jinna sought the help of Fiji High Commission and the goods were sent to the right people in need in Fiji.

Mr Sai Paravastu, Director Hindu Council of Australia

HBF had earlier sent relief goods for helping immediate needs of the cyclone victims. This money is to be used for rehabilitation of the Fiji cyclone victims.

The High Commissioner of Fiji had invited Hindu Council of Australia volunteers to thanks them and to facilitate for the help. Hindu Council’s NSW President Mr Jay Raman and by Hindu Council’s Director Community Services Mr Sai Paravastu went to the high commission to meet them. The Hon Fiji High Commissioner Mr Yogesh Punja and Hon Consul General and Trade Commissioner Mr Zarak Khan met them and hosted a high tea for them. During the Tea, they were acquainted with various activities of Hindu Council.
 
Mr Zarak Khan offered to send a Fijian cultural team to perform in next Deepavali festival.  He also confirmed high commission’s participation in Parramatta Deepavali festival and take up a community stall.

Sai Paravastu, Jay Raman, Yogesh Punja and Zarak Khan

 
During the cyclone and floods, 280 homes were destroyed in Kadavu Island. Rebuilding efforts are in place and it will take some time before life comes back to normal. The money donated by Hindu Council will be used for rebuilding effort.
 
The Hindu Council team promised to keep in touch and made an open offer of help to Fiji and Fijian in their times of crisis.

 

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HBF sends help to Fiji Cyclone victims

Fiji has been hit by a series of cyclones causing floods and havoc. Hindu Benevolent fund of Hindu Council of Australia issued an appeal for new clothes, bed sheets and shoes. There was an overwhelming response by the Hindu community in Sydney and many pallets of helpful goods were collected at Gateway Cafe. Sai Ji took charge of the goods and many volunteers came to help sort the goods and pack them ready for shipping.

The goods were dispatched to be sent to Fiji on the night of 18th April 2018.

Cash donations were also collected into Hindu Benevolent Fund (HBF) account and will be sent to Fiji to help pay for emergency food.

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APPEAL to help Flood/Cyclone victims in FIJI

You may be aware of natural disaster that hit Fiji two consecutive weekends and many people are without homes, food and water. Situation is still worse and again Category 3 cyclone likely to hit. The floods have washed away all domestic belongings. Worst affected area is the Western Division of Fiji which has almost half of FIJI’s population and the main cane growing area.

The immediate need is to replenish the homes with their food, clothing and shelter. Food requirements are by way of rice, flour, cooking oils, dhall etc. however there will be a need for what to cook on and cook under including clothes and footwear.Many organizations have mobilized locally in Fiji and overseas to provide necessary relief.   

Hindu Council of Australia along with Hindu Benevolent fund and Karma Kitchen are making an appeal for your extending your helping hand to Cyclone Victims of FIJI.

We are collecting donations both in cash and kind for breakfast cereals, rice, flour, cooking oils, dhall etc. There is need for cooking utensils, clothes and foot ware.  

HCA is working with Fiji High commission in Canberra and Fiji Consulate in Sydney.

Collection Point in Sydney

Karma Kitchen

C/O Café Gateway

8 Wethril Street South, Lidcome

NSW 2141

Contact – Sai Pravastu – 0402 449 524.

Cash can be deposited at Hindu Benevolent fund

Name of Account- HCA Benevolent fund

BSE 062 004

A/C -1044 7020

For inquires please contact either of the followings:

Sanjeev Bhakri – 0414 971 122   Sai Pravastu – 0402 449 52  Ajay Khanna- 0412 399 164

Kind Regards

HCA Team

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