Research Survey on Mantra chanting by Macquarie University

By: Gemma Perry, Macquarie University’s PhD student and a yoga expert.   Name of Project: Online Survey about Chanting Chief Investigator: Professor Bill Thompson, Director of Music, Sound and Performance Lab, Department of Psychology  You are invited to participate in a study of chanting practices. We are conducting an online survey in order to find out […]

How we worship – Religion in Australia, By: Emily Clark, ABC

By Emily Clark with photography by Brendan Esposito  ABC From organised religion to casual spirituality, faith in Australia is different to anywhere else in the world. Diversity — of people and their practice — is something only Australia can call a tradition. Despite our religious diversity, 66 per cent of respondents to the Australia Talks […]

USA law makers call Hindu Gods “false”

North Dakota Parliament opened its 2nd April 2019 session with Hindu prayers. Several Republican members of the Parliament protested the opening of the session with Hindu prayers. The Senate and House convene daily with a prayer by the chamber’s guest chaplains followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. Lutheran pastor and freshman Rep. Jeff Hoverson of […]

VIEWPOINT: Discovering Hinduism in Āratī

Click here to view original web page at VIEWPOINT: Discovering Hinduism in Āratī Each Sunday evening as I enter Georgetown University’s Jewish prayer room, Makóm, for weekly Āratī , herbal incense and the soft hum of the harmonium greet me. After I grab a comfortable pillow and find a spot, I close my eyes and […]

Bali Hindus in Denmark celebrate Nyepi festival

By: Akrut.co. Original article is in Indonesian language and is published at http://akurat.co/news/id-550558-read-umat-hindu-bali-rayakan-hari-suci-nyepi-di-kopenhagen Nyepi is a Bali Hindu festival Saka New Year Celebration. Read English translation below : Pensosbud of the Indonesian Embassy in Copenhagen, Dieny Maya Sari, said on Sunday (10/3) that the Saka New Year Celebration was attended by around 100 people from […]

How Bali’s non-Hindus show religious tolerance and respect on Nyepi

Click here to view original web page at How Bali’s non-Hindus show religious tolerance and respect on Nyepi Western tourists are not the only people in Bali expected to accommodate the Hindu holiday of Nyepi, which took place yesterday, marking the first day of the Balinese New Year with a full 24 hours of quiet […]

Hindu Symbols vandalized during Nyepi religious celebrations in East Java

Translation from Indonesian to English of Jelang Nyepi, Tiga Ornamen Simbol Umat Hindu Dirusak Orang tak Dikenal by Google Translate. “LUMAJANG – The tranquility of the Tenggerese Hindus in Lumajang, East Java is disturbed ahead of the Nyepi celebration. There was destruction of three religious symbols in the form of patmasari or ornaments on the edge […]

Java Hindus celebrate Hindu Festival Melasti

By:Aman Rochman. Thousands of members of the Hindu Tengger community, who live on the slopes of Mount Bromo, carried offerings, heirlooms and other items to the Widodaren spring to perform the Melasti ceremony on Sunday, March 3, 2019 . Hindus will perform an ogoh-ogoh (giant effigy) parade on Wednesday afternoon and then perform Nyepi on […]

Why You Should Perform Rudra Abhishek This Maha Shivaratri

Why is Maha Shivratri celebrated? Maha Shivratri, which literally translates to “great night of Shiva” is a Hindu festival largely celebrated in India as well as in Nepal. The festival is celebrated on the new moon day in the month of Maagha according to the Hindu calendar. The day […] Click here to view original […]

Finding himself in festivals – Book review

Blogger-turned-author Chithiraveethikaran talks about his fascination for festivals and his first book Thiruvizhakkalin Thalainagaram Madurai It was the night before Lord Kallazhagar’s entry into the Vaigai and the blinding lights made Madurai look like the moon on earth. Men dressed in the attire of guardian deities, danced around the […] Click here to view original […]

Books to Help With Rituals (Puja)

By: Ambaa Choate.   I was browsing on Amazon and I realized that there are quite a number of books these days with detailed instructions for various puja rituals to do yourself at home. Ritual worship isn’t for everyone and you don’t have to do it to be a Hindu, but it’s a special part […]

Menstruation is Far From Taboo in Hinduism

By: Sunila Goray Raj (edited by : Surinder Jain) Menstruation is Far From Taboo in Hinduism.   There is so much to be said about it all – but here I only want to focus on the leftist’s latest favorite topic : Menstruation.   A survey conducted in USA in 1981 showed that a substantial […]

Kalyanam ceremonies being held in Sydney

By : Neelima Pravastu. The Priests and Deities arrived on 26th October 2018 at night 9 PM from Bhadrachalam along with the celebrity Kuchipudi dancer Dr Padmaja Reddy and her group. The Deities and priests were taken to host at Rohin Ji’s house on their first stay in Sydney. Pre-wedding ceremonies started next day with making of […]

Hindu rituals under attack in Australia

By: Smith Jones. Australia is a very tolerant society. Hindu practices are not only encouraged but participated by a large number of white Australians and elected Australian representatives from all shades of political spectrum. Hindus feel at ease and encouraged to become Australians. Surprisingly, attacks on Hindus are not coming from other religions or from […]

Significance of Sri Sitarama Bhadrachalam

रामो रामो राम इति प्रजनामभवन् कथााः | रामभूिं जिभूद्रमे राज्यं प्रशासति । तनत्यपश्ु पा तनत्यफलास्िरवस्र तनर्व्नर ााः | कामवशी च पजन्र याः सखु स्पशश्र च मारुिाः । Sri Vaalmeeki Ramayana – Yuddha Kanda – CXXVIII. 103, 104 Under Sri Rama’s rule, people rejoiced everywhere hailing Rama ! Rama! Rama! in jubilation and recounting his deeds; […]

Sri Sitarama Kalyanam

Interfaith prayers for Rain

Australia is going through a severe drought. Religious leaders of various faiths including Hindus participated in rituals to bring about rains. Hindu Priest is Pandit Prakash Pandey recited the prayers in Sanskrit. Mr Basu Banka explained the rituals and spoke at the Prayer Service.   A sum of $260 was collected for Buy a Bale […]

Take a quiz on Hindu Rituals

Please enter your email: 1. A Hindu pilgrimage can only be done by visiting a holy place? Yes/No  No  Yes Pilgrimages, are an important part of Hinduism.[299] A Pilgrimage involves visiting a holy site called Tirtha, Kshetra, Gopitha or Mahalaya.[300][301] The process or journey associated with Tirtha is called Tirtha-yatra.[302] According to the Hindu text Skanda Purana, Tirtha are of three kinds: Jangam Tirtha is to a […]

Why sprinkle water around food before eating

Have you ever wondered why did your grand parents sprinkle water around their food before eating. Well, here is an explanation. Watch the video.   [Click here to read more ….]