Exhibition on Vietnam Hindu Cham Brahman Community Opens

An exhibition featuring the 2018 Kate Festival, the most important annual celebration of the ethnic Cham Brahman community, opened in the central province of Ninh Thuan on October 8.

On the occasion, Mukha Linga and Po Long Girai statues, along with Nandin, Patil, and Banal sacred bulls, costumes, and musical instruments were introduced to the public, contributing to maintaining, preserving, and upholding values of national cultural heritage. 

Le Xuan Loi, Director of the Research Centre for Cham Culture in Ninh Thuan, said the display aims to popularise the unique culture of the Cham ethnic group in Ninh Thuan amongst domestic and foreign visitors. 

On the occasion of Kate festival 2018, antique collectors from across the nation and abroad donated 14 valuable objects of different materials and dates to the centre, which offer visitors an insight into the iron casting, pottery making, and fabric weaving of the Cham people. 

Since 2010, the centre has received over 900 valuable artifacts from antique collectors.

Source: vietnamtourism.com

Mr Sharat Kumar one of the first priests of Sri Mandir passes away

Shri Sharat Kumar Ji passed away last Wednesday.

He arrived in Australia in mid 1970s. He had studied at Gurukul in Hardwar, India. He was highly knowledgeable in Gita and other Hindu scriptures. Also he had a deep knowledge of Hindu Samskars and Puja formalities.

In late 1970 and 1980s when we did not have qualified Hindu priests, he used to perform Pujas at Sri Mandir and at people’s houses. He was living in Wollongong as he was working as a Librarian at the Wollongong University. He would travel to Sydney to perform Pujas. He would never charge for his services.

He was the most thorough gentleman. Never heard anything harsh from him about anybody. He would address everybody “Bhaiji”. He had tried to pass on the Gita recitation to his children and grand children.

May God Almighty bestow Peace to his noble soul.

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1. What is the usual number of beads in a Hindu Japa Mala?

 
 
 
 

2. Is it Ok for a married woman to wipe off her sindoor? Yes/No

 
 

3. All other Yantras are derived from Sri Chakra Yantra?

 
 

4. A Hindu can not apply a Tilak to a non-Hindu? Yes/No

 
 

5. Aum is a representation of Brahma God out of three God heads? Yes/No

 
 

6. Hindus apply a Tilak on their foreheads to express their devotion? Yes/No

 
 

7. What is the difference between clockwise and anti-clockwise versions of swastika?

 
 
 

8. Vibhuti  means super natural powers acquired through religious practices? Yes/No

 
 

9. Who is the vehicle or mount of Lord Ganesha?

 
 
 
 

10. A Vermilion red colour Bindi signifies that the woman is married? Yes/No

 
 

11. A Toran is a decoration hanging at the front door of a home and can be made out of any one of the following (you can tick more than one)

 
 
 
 

12. How many number of cotton wicks can be put into the oil and lighted for an aarti lamp?

 
 
 
 

13. Rudraksha beads represent tears of which God?

 
 
 
 

14. Upnayana is a rite of passage to mark adolescence? Yes/No

 
 

15. How many strands of thread does a Janaeu or Yajnopavit has?

 
 
 
 

16. Playing with colors on Holi festival is called Rangoli? Yes/No

 
 

17. Conch shells are used in Hindu worship as a trumpet?

 
 

18. While a Tilak can be applied at various parts of the body, Bindi must be applied only in between the eyes? Yes/No

 
 

19. What is the  purpose of performing aarti and the waving of lighted wicks before the deities?

 
 
 
 

20. A mangala sutra is worn by wife for the long life of the husband? Yes/No

 
 


Thailand evolves its own mix of Budhist and Brahmin rituals

The new Brahmins

The relevance of mixing Hinduism with Buddhism and folk beliefs in Thai history

12 Oct 2015 at 03:46 WRITER: MELALIN MAHAVONGTRAKUL 

A man dressed in white blew into a conch as if it were a horn. Joss sticks were burning. Heads bowed but people’s lips were praying. A screenplay on a golden tray was engulfed in a cloud of white smoke…. 

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Hindus chant to ‘purify’ former Nazi concentration camps

PARIS (RNS) — There are few places on earth more haunted by evil than the memorial sites at former Nazi concentration camps. Visitors who tour their headquarters, barracks and ovens are constantly confronted with the memorials’ main lesson — “Never Again!”

A new Hindu movement based in Germany has come up with a different approach to dealing with the camps’ sinister legacy.

The group, called Bhakti Marga, organizes sessions of followers calmly chanting “om,” the sacred mantra of Hinduism, to “purify” the sites by turning their negativity into positive energy.

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Meet the Indian housewives studying to become Hindu priests in their ‘second innings’

At 72, Sailja Joshi has found her calling rather late in life. After a lifetime spent caring for others at home, this grandmother wants to join the workforce.  She is studying to become a Hindu priest. Female priests are a relatively new phenomenon in India, and they’re still vastly outnumbered by men. Scholars say that unlike in the Catholic church or Islamic tradition, there’s nothing in Hindu holy books that bans women from becoming religious leaders.

Sydney in Australia has a female priest Dr Meenakshi Srinivasan who has recently been awarded “Gargi Woman Award 2018” for her life long services to the Hindu community and to Sanskrit language.

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