Quarterly update from Victoria Chapter

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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
 

Paad Yatra – A Pilgrimage Temple Walk in Sydney

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Paada Yatra is on this Friday , 30th March and as always have 3 walks (short and full)
 
1. Sydney Murugan Temple, Mays Hill to Shrdi Sai Mandir, Strathfield 
2. Shirdi Sai Mandir Sydney to Sri Venkateswara Temple, Helensburgh
3. Full walk from Sydney Murugan Temple, Mays Hill to Sri Venkateshwara Temple, Helensburgh
 
Please pass the information among your family and friends.
 
Best wishes 
Team @Walk to Temple
 
Note – LETS GIVE HOPE has been organising this walk to the temple event called PAADA YATRA, with approvals from relevant authorities and local councils. This is strictly a devotional, non-profit, endeavor to promote tradition and pass on the legacy to our future generations. It is a FREE event open to all the members of community in general to participate and enjoy walk with friends and family.
 
To register for the walk, please click on the link below.
 

Painting workshop at Parramasala by Hindu Council

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A painting workshop was conducted at Parramasala festival where visitors were encouraged to try their hand at painting and to watch painters making their paintings live.

This wonderful workshop was conducted by two teenage girls Mili and Kushi. They both mesmerized their audience with their speed painting skills. Kushi did a reverse painting whilst the audience were wondering what it was…once completed she placed the picture upside down and it was a beautiful scenic and iconic Jog falls. Kushi painted a scene from the desert.  There were lot of curious   kids asking questions which Murthy and the girls were happy to explain.

Yoga workshop at Parramasala by Hindu Council

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Bharani Ji, a renowned Yoga teacher, conducted a Yoga workshop at Parramsala festival. The aim of the workshop was for people to come and try Yoga under supervision and free of charge. 10 children showcased various poses whilst their guru was instructing them. The children were so adaptable and showcased their talent and also involved the audience very well. Hindu Council of Australia appreciates their contribution to the event. Here are some pictures of the Yoga work shop.

Gargi Woman Poornima Sharma

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Winner of Gargi Woman Award 2018 – (Performer)

By Bharathi R

Poornima Sharma has been awarded Hindu Council of Australia’s Gargi Woman Award 2018 for her outstanding contribution as a performer. The award consisting of a plaque was presented to her by Federal Member of Parliament  Hon. Michelle Rowland  and Councillor Hill Shire Reena Jethi, representing Hon Ray Williams – Minister for Multicultural .

Poornima is an innovative dancer and choreographer for last 22 years. She has fulfilled her dreams of successfully mixing classical and semi classical dance forms with Bollywood  style of dancing. She learnt dancing in Indian Dance centre that was established in 1987 by Raghavan Nair, her father.

In 2003 Raghavan Nair Ji passed  his responsibilities to his daughter for running  India Dance Centre (IDC) as an Artistic Director. Since then she has successfully taken the IDC company to new heights by performing many shows nationally in Australia as well as Internationally. She has received many awards for her latest project “RAMAYANA”. She is a role model to give new dimension to dance in national and international level.

Poornima Sharma has been awarded the Gargi Woman Award for her outstanding service to the community as a Performer.

Gargi Woman Jayanthi Ramanan

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Winner of Gargi Woman Award 2018 – (Carer)

By Bharathi R

Jayanthi Ramanan has been awarded Hindu Council of Australia’s Gargi Woman Award 2018 for her outstanding contribution as a carer. The award consisting of a plaque was presented to her by Member of Parliament – Parramatta Hon. Geoff Lee and by Anita Sharma NSW Vice President of Hindu Council of Australia.

She used to work as an IT consultant, took early retirement. She saw a Christian chaplain helping a friend in a hospital. In anguish, she thought why no Hindu chaplains in Sydney. She did her own  research and took many months to find out about how to become a Chaplain. Finally she took the training and became a Hindu Chaplain. Now, she inspires others to become chaplains and more than 12 people have taken to Chaplaincy on her encouragement. She conducts regular workshops and information sessions and guides would be chaplains.  She is a good role model for youngsters on how to break barriers and integrate with the main stream. Hindu Council of Australia appreciates her for being the first women to come up with the idea of starting a Hindu Chaplain service in Sydney.

Jayanthi left the stage immediately after receiving the award, reason – she got a call for help from a terminal patient from a hospital.

Jayanthi ramanan has been awarded the Gargi Woman Award for her outstanding service to the community as a carer.

Gargi Woman Anju Kalra

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Winner of Gargi Woman Award 2018 – (Dementia Consultant)

By Bharathi R

Anju Kalra has been awarded Hindu Council of Australia’s Gargi Woman Award 2018 for her outstanding contribution to Community as a Dementia Consultant. The award consisting of a plaque was presented to her by Member of Parliament – Granville Hon. Julia Finn and Mr Sameer Pandey  Councillor, Parramatta Council .

She is a Dementia Consultant, expert in Aged Care and Disability, She has been awarded as Citizen of the year in 2017 in hills Shire for her outstanding contribution to the community in working with seniors from multi-cultural backgrounds in Dementia, Aged Care and Disability. Her name appears in worlds Who’s who in 2016 for her outstanding contributions to the seniors living in the community. Founder and President of Dementia Support Group for Indian Australians.

Hindu Council appreciates her Outstanding  contribution to  Community services as carer for dementia, aged care and disability.

Anju Kalra has been awarded the Gargi Woman Award for her outstanding service to the community as a Dementia Consultant.

Gargi Woman Jacinta Tobin

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Winner of Gargi Woman Award 2018 – (Community)

By Bharathi R

Jacinta Tobin has been awarded Hindu Council of Australia’s Gargi Woman Award 2018 for her outstanding contribution to Community. The award consisting of a plaque was presented to her by Dy. Lord Mayor Parramatta Council Hon. Michelle Garrad  Mr Prakash Mehta – National President Hindu Council of Australia.

Jacinta has coordinated City of Parramatta’s National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) for over 3 years. She has transformed the event from a stallholder event into a cultural celebration. NAIDOC now has a focus on healing, educating, raising cultural awareness, and the event brings Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people together.

At NAIDOC 2017, she implemented a Domestic Violence tent with the assistance of Domestic Violence services and organisations. The tent was created to assist and support women, who may be living in violent relationships. Women were able to access Domestic Violence information and support in a confidential and safe environment.

During NAIDOC events, she has worked with a number of artists in particular female artists. She encourages artists to build their confidence by performing at events, and she trains and supports young event coordinators during the planning of NAIDOC.

In 2017, she supported the Female Factory Precinct, Long Time Coming Home, National Sorry Day event. The Female Factory Precinct is Australia’s first purpose built Female Factory and Orphanage. She also works closely with schools, teaching language songs to children and young people. 

Jacinta is a highly respected woman who is passionate about helping others, and educating the community about Aboriginal Culture. Holding traditional values, She supports Elders at every opportunity with their decision making and planning of community activities.

Jacinta Tobin has been awarded for her outstanding service to her community.

 

Gargi Woman June Bullivant

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Winner of Gargi Woman Award 2018 – (Academic Researcher)

By Bharathi R

JUNE BULLIVANT  has been awarded Hindu Council of Australia’s Gargi Woman Award 2018 for her outstanding contribution as Academic Researcher. The award consisting of a plaque was presented to her by Federal MP Julie Owens and by Mr Surinder Jain – Vice President – Hindu council of Australia.

June has earlier been nominated for the 2012 Women of the West Award for her commitment to providing educational opportunities and preserving the history of Western Sydney.

The Granville Historical Society is a resource centre which collects the history of the Granville and Parramatta local areas; provides historical information and photographs for the use of the community, for use for educational and family history; offers educational presentations to organisations and schools; and provides photographic displays for use within the Parramatta Heritage Centre.

She has played a lead role in the Society since 1988, when she and her husband founded the organisation as part of a Bicentenary Committee project

Over the years, She has served the Granville Historical Society in a number of roles, including as President, for three times. She currently serves as Secretary and Treasurer, and regularly writes grant proposals for upcoming projects.

Her role involves the preparation of PowerPoint presentations and to provide schools with interactive presentations that make the subject of local history more interesting. She is currently working on a virtual walk through Parramatta Park, which will be given to organisations and schools to share the local history of Granville and the Parramatta LGA.

She is also a delegate on the Parramatta City Council Heritage Advisory Committee, which works to protect Parramatta heritage sites – at present she is working to oppose the recent proposal to drill holes through the 1836 Lennox Bridge.

While proud of the fights she has been involved in over the years — saving Granville pool, upgrade of Granville station and saving heritage on the UWS Rydalmere site — she insists she is “no hero”. She worked tirelessly to keep  Parramatta Female factory alive.

JUNE BULLIVANT  has been awarded 2018 Gargi woman award for her outstanding contribution as Academic Researcher.

Hindu Council mourns passing away of Jagadguru Sri Jayendra Saraswathi Shankaracharya

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The sad passing away of Jagadguru Sri Jayendra Saraswathi Shankaracharya 1935 – 2018

The Hindu Council of Australia notes the movement of Shankaracharya Jagadguru Jayendra Saraswathi of the KanchiKamakotiPeetam (Mutt) to attain Moksha on 28 February 2018.  His calling as the 69th pontiff in 1954 was at the age of 19 years. The Mutt was established by AdiShankaracharya in the 5th Century AD.

We applaud Jagadguru Jayendra Saraswathi for leaving behind a great legacy within which he:

 

  1. Delivered religious discourses and involved himself in various spiritual and social activities. Under his guidance, the Mutt started several schools, eye clinics, hospitals and several charity initiatives such as the JanaKalyan, Jana Jagaran, a movement to “serve the people and awaken the masses.”
  2. Focussed on the uplift of Dalits and was also interested in developing healthcare and educational facilities for the people apart from spreading spiritualism. He initiated countless programmes for the downtrodden across the country. Perhaps he was the only Hindu sanyasi who had visited the most number of slums and Dalit colonies in the country. He visited the inner most parts of the Dharavi slums in Mumbai and several other slums and Dalit colonies.
  3. Was involved in both spiritual and public life and was known for the efforts for a solution in the Ajodhya and the Ram Janmabhoomi -Babri Masjid issue by engaging with stakeholders from both communities and the Government.
  4. Visited Manasarovar and Kailash in 1998 where he installed the deity of AdiShankaracharya.
  5. Established the Sri ChandrasekharendraSaraswathiViswaMahavidyalaya, a deemed university in the name of his Guru.

He will live on in the hearts and minds of millions of devotees due to his exemplary service and noblest thoughts.

The Hindu Council of Australia sends our condolences on the passing away of ShankaracharyaJagadguruPujyashri Jayendra SaraswathiShankaracharya who was at the forefront of innumerable community service initiatives. He nurtured institutions which transformed the lives of the poor and downtrodden.

Our sincerest sympathies on this sad occasion.