Survey – Problems faced by Hindu Women

If you are a Hindu woman living in Australia, please take a minute to enter this survey. It will help Hindu Council of Australia to frame projects and policies to help you face these issues. Your Name (optional) : Your Email (optional): Your Phone (optional) : Your Age Group* : 18-25 years26-35 years35-60 yearsAbove 60 […]

Gargi awards 2019

By: Bharathi R. As part of International Women’s day celebration, Hindu Council of Australia organises Gargi Award function to appreciate and honour women’s achievement and contribution in various fields. Jodi McKay MP, Bharathi R and Durga Owen at Gargi Awards 2019 The concept of Gargi Award was started in 2018 with the intention to institute […]

Basic teachings of Hindu Scriptures (Part One)

By: Rasamandala Das (ISKCON). The aim of Hindu Scriptures is to gradually elevate man from a state of ignorance (tamas) to a state of pure goodness (çuddha-sattva). Ignorance is opposed to goodness. In ignorance, affected by material desires, anger, hate and greed, one becomes illusioned. An illusioned man cannot understand what is what. Instead of […]

Holi celebrated with colours and fun in Sydney

By: Hindu Council of Australia (NSW Chapter). The Holi Festival, organized by Hindu Council of Australia (HCA) was celebrated at Civic Park, Pendle Hill in the city of Sydney on Sunday 24th March with great zeal and fanfare by approximately 8000 people.  It was officially opened by Cumberland Hon. Councilor Suman Saha on behalf of […]

Transformative benefits of Meditation

By: Paramhansa Yogananda. Meditation is the science of God-realization. It is the most practical science in the world. Most people would want to meditate if they understood its value and experienced its beneficial effects.         The door to the kingdom of heaven is in the subtle center of transcendent consciousness at the […]

To The New Beginnings

By: Jatin Damudre. Many communities in India celebrate their New Year on Chaitra Shukla Pratipada (First day of the month of Chaitra of Hindu Lunar Calendar). Marathi community celebrate it as Gudi Padwa, the Kanada and Telgu community celebrate it as Ugadi, Sindhi community celebrate it as Cheti Chand. Every community has their unique way […]

How Dharma transformed Michael

By: Michael Pace. My religious learning was at a French Catholic college, the Brothers of St.Joseph. We were daily taught the Catholic Catechism,which to this day I forget what it was all about,I have no clear understanding of it. However the only thing that had any affect on me was the ten commandments,which I have […]

Offensive Yoga mats withdrawn, Manufacturer apologizes

By: Prakash Mehta. Some Yoga students and teachers had brought to the attention of Hindu Council of Australia that Yoga mats with the pictures of Gods are being manufactures and sold. Hindu Council embarked on an awareness campaign to educate the yoga community on the appropriate use of images of Hindu deities and sacred symbols. […]

Paada Yatra Walk to temples 19th April

By: Sai Paravastu. LETSGIVEHOPE along with Hindu Council of Australia has been organising Walk to 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 culture to pass on the legacy to our future generations. It is a FREE event open to […]

Hindu students suffer due to a lack of understanding of their faiths

Hindus have called upon faith based schools in Australia that their Hindu students should not be a target of conversion. They should not be asked to hide their faith as was the recent case in a Catholic school in Perth. Hindu Council of Australia has also called upon all faith based schools to admit students, […]

Divine evening with Swami Ji

Divine evening with Swami Ji, April 13, 2019 – 6:00 pm, CherrybrookDear Friends, Namaskar!   It is our pleasure to invite you with your family and friends to join us to a Divine Evening with Sri Shuddhaanandaa Brahmachari. Please refer to the attached invitation and do not hesitate to contact me at any time by email […]

HBF helps pay funeral of ailing Mum

By: Ashwani Sharma and Ajay Khanna (Hindu Benevolent Fund). HBF had raised an appeal to pay for the funeral expenses of a Mom ailing with cancer in Hospital.  Hindu Benevolent fund – help needed for Funeral expenses. We are sad to report that Mum has passed away and the money collected by HBF for this […]

Interfaith – Scriptures as a means of Peace

By: Surinder Jain. HWPL, Heavenly Culture World Peace Restoration of Light, WARP Office organized an Interfaith meeting on Dialogue of Scripture as a means to peace. Many different faiths were represented and did an excellent job of explaining the answers according to their scripture in our 45th WARP office in Sydney. There was a question and […]

Condolence meeting for killing of innocents in New Zealand

By: Vijai Singhal. Mr Vijai Singhal, director of Hindu Council of Australia attended the Condolence meeting on 17th March 2019 held at the Parramatta Town Hall and spoke on behalf of Hindu Council of Australia giving the message that we oppose Terrorism occurring anywhere. The meeting was arranged by ICSOA-Indian Crescent Society of Australia Inc, […]

ANZAC Jawan Memorial Service to be held on 13th April

By: Ashwani Jain. A team of Hindu Council of Australia consisting of State President Jay Raman, State Secretary Ashwani Jain and Director Ashwani Sharma along with Parveen Gupta  met Hornsby Council Mayor Hon Philip Ruddock today. Click to Register From left to Right : Ashwani Sharma Director, Hornsby Council Mayor Hon Philip Ruddock, Jay Raman […]

Sanya returns to school waking us to demand religious freedom in schools

Press Release – Hindu Council demands Freedom of and From Religion in faith based schools You may be aware that a Hindu girl studying in a Catholic school in Perth was asked to remove her nose stud as it violated school uniform policy. Parents of the girl and then Hindu Council of Australia told the […]

Teaching Hinduism in NSW public schools is in full swing

By: Madya Lila. We are now half way through Term 1 and all of our classes have started. We are currently working with seven schools to deliver SRE programs: Burwood Girls, Sydney Boys, Sydney Girls, North Sydney Boys, Macarthur Girls, Evans, Fort Street. Most of these schools only have SRE programs for Year 7, but […]

APRO condemns Christchurch incident

Before you cast your vote in NSW this weekend meet some of the Indian candidates

Before you cast your democratic right to choose next government of NSW, we would like to introduce to you, candidates of Indian background who have in the past supported Hindu cause. We had asked both major parties to send us list of candidates of Indian origin giving their name, seat and a message for the […]

Hindu Benevolent fund – help needed for Funeral expenses

Hindu benevolent Fund has been approached by a resident of Sydney whose ailing mother has been suffering with cancer. We appeal everyone to contribute whatever they can towards this noble cause. A Hindu Benevolent Fund team consisting of Mr Ashwani Sharma and Ajay Khanna has visited the mother and her family and have reported that […]

HCA CONDEMNS ATTACK ON MUSLIM WORSHIPPERS

The Hindu Council of Australia condemns the massacre of innocent victims at prayer in the two Mosques at Christchurch yesterday. Wilful and planned acts of violence against people of any faith, race and belief is hateful and inhuman. The world must act against whoever and wherever they are. We pray for the bereaved families and […]

Hindu Karma Kitchen honored as finalist for Australia Day

By: Sai Paravastu. Karma Kitchen is a project of Hindu Council of Australia to feed the homeless. Every Saturday, volunteers cook and serve food to homeless people in Alfred Park, Parramatta.

The oldest Jain temple in Pakistan

By: Wali Imran Khalil. 200 BC Greek City SirKap Pakistan is designed like Islamabad February 24, 2019 WIK Comments 0 Comment   SirKap is the only Greek city in the Indo Pakistan Subcontinent from the Greco-Bactrian times. Taxila city, which is synonymous with SirKap, has been mentioned by Greek philosopher Apollonius of Tyana of 1st […]

It is not so cool – Being Shiva

Grief-stricken Shiva sat next to a funeral pyre, sobbing… crying his heart out; perhaps this was the only reminder of the warmth, which Sati provided Him. The haunting memories of carrying Sati’s body, set ablaze in His arms, roaming across the World, made Him restless. He was angry when Vishnu cut Sati’s body into 51 […]

Indonesian President greets Indonesian Hindus on their new year Day

Hindu Council of Australia : Thank you Joko Widodo for greeting Indonesian Hindus on Hindu new year festival called Hari Raya Nyepi, a day of silence and reflection. Hari Raya Nyepi is new year day as per Balinese Saka calendar. Hindus in South East Asia are celebrating start of year 1941 of the Saka calendar. […]

Gargi Woman Manju Jain Verma, NSW

Winner of Gargi Woman Award 2019 – Community Service Manju Jain Verma, NSW A scientist, academic and clinician, Dr. Manju has earned her PhD in Ocular immunology from UNSW whilst being a specialist in ophthalmology. Abandoning a promising academic career at home, bringing up children, clearing the 14 exams to be allowed to practice, financial […]

Gargi Woman Mittu Gopalan, NSW

Winner of Gargi Woman Award 2019 – Performing Arts Mittu Gopalan, NSW A successful lawyer, managing a business and legal firm (Freedman and Gopalan). Mittu finds time for her passion, the arts taking pride for pursuing it, and helping the community all the way. Conducted a painting exhibition in November 2017 at Sydney.

Gargi Woman Dr. Chandrika Subramaniyan, NSW

Winner of Gargi Woman Award 2019 – Language & Culture Dr. Chandrika Subramaniyan,  NSW A multi-faceted personality, who is a key contributor in the field of education since 1988 across organizations in Australia and the south-east Asian countries. Also, Dr. Chandrika is a renowned media and judicial consultant and advisor She is a seasoned educator, […]

Gargi Woman Harita Mehta, NSW

Winner of Gargi Woman Award 2019 – Journalism Harita Mehta, NSW A hardworking individual who has received numerous accolades from Indian and international organizations, and an active volunteer at IllawarraMulticultural Services. She has helped refugees kick start their small businesses, and trains small groups on soft skill. Harita also runs an NGO in India, the […]

Gargi Woman Kamala (Nayni) Sharma-Wing

Winner of Gargi Woman Award 2019 – Defence Police Fire Emergency services Kamala (Nayni) Sharma-Wing, ACT Kamala is an impressive young Naval officer and an active member of the Royal Australian Navy’s intercultural Diversity Reference group Works to see genuine diversity and inclusion reflected within the Defence, Nayni has been a positive influence at the […]

Hindu Council submission on treatment of Hindu students in Catholic schools

Hindu Council of Australia has made a submission to Western Australian Education Minister MLC Sue Ellery on their concerns about treatment of Hindu students in a Catholic school in Perth. The submission suggests transparency in school policies, restriction on interpreting other faiths, interfaith forums to communicate with each other and a law to provide religious […]

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 […]

Australian New Zealand MPs condemn Pulwama terror attack

Mr Julian Leeser MP, Federal Member for Berowra, NSW, Liberal Party of Australia said today that “Today I spoke in Parliament to condemn the appalling terrorist attack that was carried out in India on Valentine’s Day by Jaish-e-Mohammed.  Australians stood and marched with India since the earliest days of World War 1. We continue to […]

The Unconventional Groom

Author: Jiten Damudre. The sight of Shiva riding a bull, his mount Nandi, smeared in ashes, bedecked with a garland of skulls, smoking a pot, and a mere tiger skin as a loin cloth for his wedding, left Parvati’s parents Himavat and Mena in a state of shock and embarrassment. Mena – Parvati’s mother, was […]

HCA (Vic) participates in the Festival of Chariots (Rath Yatra)

By: Makarand Bhagwat, Victoria Chapter of Hindu Council. A team of devoted volunteers from Hindu Council of Australia (Vic) participated in the Festival of Chariots (Rath Yatra) organised by its partner organisation, ISKCON, Melbourne at Catani Gardens during the recent St Kilda Festival on Sunday 10th February in Melbourne.   The group presented half an […]

Holi message from Opposition leader Bill Shorten

THE HON BILL SHORTEN MP LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION SHADOW MINISTER FOR INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS AND ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDERS MEMBER FOR MARIBYRNONG  HOLI FESTIVAL MESSAGE 2019 It gives me great pleasure to send my well wishes to the Australian Hindu Community and everyone taking part in Holi celebrations around the country. Holi, also known […]

Australian Prime Minister – Holi message

The Hon. Scott Morrison MP Prime Minister    HOLI 2019  For centuries, the ancient festival of Holi has celebrated the arrival of spring and the promise of renewal and rebirth. Though it is not spring in Australia, today Holi’s significance is broader: bringing people of all cultural backgrounds, and all walks of life, together in […]

Hindu Council to support Alliance of Religions

By: Surinder Jain.   Hindu Council is supporting the world peace at International level  and anti-conversion efforts of Heavenly Culture, World Peace (hwpl.kr) an organization originated from South Korea with offices in over a hundred countries. Their main peace initiative are :   Law for Peace – Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) […]

Hindu Council supports UN World Harmony Week 2019 in Melbourne

By: Hindu Council Melbourne Chapter. The Melbourne chapter of Hindu Council participated in and supported 2019 UN World Harmony Week. The event was attended by Mr Makarand Bhagwat. World Interfaith Harmony Week is a UN resolution for a worldwide week of interfaith harmony proposed in 2010 by King Abdullah II and Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad […]

Hindu Council support Uluru Statement from the Heart

By: Makarand Bhagwat. Hindu Council of Australia (Vic) joined faith leaders at the celebration of the 2019 UN World Interfaith Harmony Week, to stop and listen to the voice of aboriginal and Torres Strait islander people in hope of reconciliation and healing our nation’s broken heart.   The event was held on Sunday 17th February […]

Hindu Council condemns terrorist attack in Pulwama India

“Hindu council of Australia joins the international community in strongly condemning yesterday’s Pulwama terrorist attack on CRPF Jawans in the Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir where more than 40 soldiers lost their lives. We send our heartfelt condolences to the families of the martyrs who laid their lives for serving their motherland.    The entire […]

‘Fake news’ against India in Australia a matter of concern, says Hindu Council chief

‘Fake news’ against India in Australia a matter of concern, says Prakash Mehta, President Hindu Council of Australia.

Aranmore school getting its own Hindu priestly advice to justify Nose Stud fiasco

@arancc #hinduism #nosepiercing @hinducouncilau A young Hindu year 10 student has been asked not to come to school wearing a Hindu religious symbol, a nose stud, as it is against school policy. Parents of the girl explained to the school that the nose stud is not a fashion item but a spiritual icon. Hindu Council […]

Hindu Council writes to Archbishop of Perth about Nose Stud

Hindu Council of Australia writes to the Principal of Aranmore Catholic College and Archbishop Perth to recognize Nose Piercing and Bindi as acceptable Hindu religious symbols in Catholic schools. Hindu Council has expressed its willingness to work with the school and others to resolve the issue resulting from ignorance i.e. lack of knowledge about Hindu […]

Meditation industry in USA alone is worth more than a billion dollars

Meditation industry in USA alone is worth more than a billion dollars- shouldn’t India get some royalty for inventing this technique asks Vijai Singhal of Hindu Council of Australia?

Hindu Council to take up Nose Piercing restriction with Catholic establishment

By: Surinder Jain. Hindu Council of Australia has taken up the issue of a Hindu student being kicked out of a Catholic school for a religious nose piercing with Catholic Educational establishment. According to Hindu Council’s multi-faith director, the recent misunderstanding among Catholic schools about Hindu culture and traditions has a potential of affecting the […]

Hindu Council celebrates Holi on 24th March with Cumberland

Hindu Council of Australia with Cumberland Council invites you to celebrate Holi, festival of colours on 24th March 2019.

Hindu student kicked out of a Catholic school for a religious nose piercing

By: Hindu Human Rights – http://www.hinduhumanrights.info. Hindu girl in Perth Australia, has been barred from her Catholic school after she had her nose pierced for cultural and religious reasons. At Aranmore Catholic College, Sanya Singhal, 15, was ordered to remove the tiny new stud in her left nostril or go home. The Year 10 pupil […]

Winner of the 2019 Gargi Woman Awards are …..

Hindu Council of Australia awards Gargi Woman Award to outstanding women in Australia who make a good role model for growing up Hindu girls and women. The award consists of a commendation letter and is awarded in multiple categories. On International Women’s Day the winners will be announced for 2019 Gargi Woman Award. Please join […]

Victorian chapter distributes Hindu Chaplaincy Kit

By: Makarand Bhagwat, Melbourne. Hindu Council of Australia’s Victoria chapter has completed distribution of kits to 11 accredited Hindu Spiritual Care Providers (Chaplains). The kit contains a lanyard and ID, a copy of Bhagvad Geeta, Rudraksh Mala, and a neck scarf. HCA Victoria is currently looking for volunteers who can be trained as Spiritual Care […]

Desecrating Hindu temples by tolerant religion becoming a global phenomena

Another Hindu temple has been vandalized, this time in Louisville, America. The crime signatures are very similar to Bhartiye Mandir, Reagents Park, Sydney, Australia vandalization event that took place a few months back. There was an outpouring of anger and disgust by Australians including from those sharing the religion of the vandals. Local mayor and […]

Stealing Hindu IP is more than plagiarism

By: Shashi Holla (WA) and Surinder Jain. Colonial or a white supremacy mind set may be clever enough to adopt Hindu practices but denies giving credit where it is due. Stealing Hindu Intellectual Property, they do not hesitate to rename and repackage so that they can sell it back to India for immense profits. Off […]

Hindus lobby for Religious Freedom in Australia

By : Surinder Jain. Hindus represented by Hindu Council of Australia along with representatives of Anglican, Catholic, Islamic and Buddhist faiths are meeting various federal MPs and impressing upon them to protect religious freedom and not to pass a law that can suppress religious freedom as an unintended consequence of anti-discrimination. The main points being […]

Hindu Council director awarded Parvasi Bhartiya Award

Dr Nihal Singh Agar, one of the eminent directors and ex-president of Hindu Council of Australia was awarded Parvasi Bhartiye Award by the President of India at 2019 Parvasi Bhartiye Sammelan in Varanasi India. The award is given to NRIs (People of Indian descent from overseas, non-resident Indians). Professor Agar came to Australia as a […]

Another Hindu Girl forcibly converted and married in Pakistan

According to Pakistan Today, a reputed news paper of Pakistan, Anusha Meghwar, a 16-year-old girl belonging to the Meghwal tribe in Salam Kot area in Tharparkar, was “forcibly married” after her “conversion” to Islam. Atrocity on Hindus in Pakistan continue despite hollow promises of Pakistan’s PM Imran Khan, showing to the world how well minorities […]

Australia Day celebrated

By: Surinder Jain. Both, India the land of Janma Bhumi of Hindus and Australia the karma bhumi of Australian Hindus, share 26th January as a very special day. India became a republic with its own constitution on 26th January. 26th January also marks the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British […]

Hindu/Cultural schools should avail $100 Creative Kids program

Are you running a school or an organization in the state of NSW that is teaching Hindu languages, Hindu drama, Hindu arts etc to children. If you are, then state government may subsidize fees paid by your students.   Find out more on how to register your school to avail of this $100 for each of […]

Walking God walks away from earth

By: Surinder Jain. Sri Sri Sri Shivakumara Swamiji [1] a Hindu spiritual leader, revered saint, humanitarian and educator, religious figure and head of the Siddaganga Matha in Karnataka,[5] founder of the Sri Siddaganga Education Society,[6] also known as Nadedaaduva Devaru (walking God)[2] passed away at the age of 111 on Monday 21st January 2019. Swamiji […]

Eat less beef says the latest health and environment study

The EAT-Lancet Commission on Food, Planet, Health brings together more than 30 world-leading scientists from across the globe to reach a scientific consensus. In addition to focusing on what consumers consume, the planetary health diet focuses on the role of farming plays and the impact it has on wildlife and pollution. It also addresses a […]

Diwali 2018 at Federal Parliament in Canberra

Hindu Council of Australia celebrated Diwali at Australian Federal Parliament jointly with BAPS (Swaminarayan). Here is a brief video of the same.    

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 […]

Religious freedom collides with anti-discrimination laws in Australia

By: Surinder Jain. Religious freedom is fundamental to Australian identity said the Australian Prime minister Scott Morrison. And Australians voted in favor of anti-discrimination laws to protect the rights of LGBT only recently. One would think that both are laudable achievements for Australia, but the future of religious freedom does not look so rosy. A […]

Survey of school going children’s parents on SRE

Hindu Council of Australia is conducting an SRE survey of parents who have school going children and live in NSW. Please fill out the form below if you have a school going child in NSW. Your Name Your Email Your Phone Name of the school where your children are studying? Suburb of the school where […]

Donate to Hindu Council of Australia

Hindu Council of Australia’s mission is to work for a strong, cohesive and active Hindu community in Australia, aiming to live in harmony with other religious and cultural communities while also devoted to preserving, promoting and sharing Hindu faith, culture and traditions with others in the society. Recent donors to Hindu Council of Australia are […]

A Talk on Gita Jayanti by Prakash Mehta

A Talk on Gita Jayanti by Prakash Mehta, President, Hindu Council of Australia.  

Hindu Council activities report for 2018

Annual General Meeting of Hindu Council was held in Blacktown on 15th December 2018 and was attended by about 40 members. A report of activities for the year 2018 was presented and can be downloaded below : Download the report (15MB)

Invitation to conduct further research about ANZAC Jawans

By : Prakash Mehta. Hindu Council of Australia has erected a cenotaph dedicated to all servicemen of Indian origin who have enrolled or served the Australian forces in World Wars. It was inaugurated with the joint efforts and support of the Department of Veteran Affairs, Hornsby Shire Council, Hornsby RSL, Hindu Council of Australia, local  […]

Pauline Hanson gives thumbs up to Indian Migration to Australia

By : Surinder Jain. Pauline Lee Hanson is an Australian politician and a Senator representing the state of Queensland. She is also the founder and leader of Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Party (PHON). Despite Hanson’s repeated denials of charges of racism,[13] her views on race and immigration have been discussed widely in Australia. In her maiden […]

Addressing Global Warming through reducing meat consumption

By : Vijai Singhal. An Open letter to MPs and Senators. 3rd December, 2018 Dear Senators and MPs, As you already know, addressing Climate Change is the most important issue for humanity.The recent results of the Victorian State elections have clearly proved that Australian people want positive action on climate change. It has already resulted […]

Cumberland Holi Festival on 24th March 2019

Holi will be celebrated at Civic Park on 24th March 2019.

Diwali celebrated in Strathfield

By : Rajeev Bhandula. Hindu Council of Australia celebrated Deepawali in Strathfield on 18th November 2018 at Strathfield Park. The event was supported by Strathfield Council. Diwali in Strathfield 2018 Over 1500 people attended from different communities including Australians and korean community. Jody Mckay Member of Parliament of state from strathfield and Gulian Vacari Mayor […]

Meat produced from plants – is it OK for Hindus?

By : Surinder Jain. Hindus are vegetarians primarily because of cruelty involved in producing meat which is done by killing a live animal. Inflicting pain on a living beings binds negative karma and continues our cycle of death and rebirth. Pain inflicted on a being in killing it increases with the number of senses possessed […]

Guru Nanak Dev Jayanti

Guru Nanak Dev Jyanti. Karthik Poornima, 23 Nov 2018 Hindu Council of Australia wishes happiness and peace with the blessings of Guru Nanak dev ji to all on the auspicious occasion of His Birthday, Gurpurab. Press Release – Guru NanakDev 550th Birth anniversary year

Adelaide to India for Yoga

By : Vani Shukla. By the grace of God ,I have successfully completed my second Yoga retreat to India last month.   12 people from Adelaide travelled to India and joined me in Delhi,from there we went to Uttarkashi,Gangotri and Rishikesh, where we stayed in an Ashram for Yoga Sadhna and Meditation.   It was […]

SRE Teacher Training 2019 starting in a big way

By : Madya Lila. It’s great to see Hindu Council of Australia has finally been added to the Department of Education’s web page https://education.nsw.gov.au/teaching-and-learning/curriculum/learning-across-the-curriculum/religion-and-ethics/approved-sre-providers#letterH as a provider of Hinduism teachers to state schools for teaching Hinduism. We held a very successful training day on Saturday and 15 new volunteer teachers are now trained and ready […]

Interfaith in Action at Religions for Peace

By : Surinder Jain. What is RfP Religions for Peace (RfP) is an organization representing religious leaders of different faiths in Australia and includes Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus and Bahai faith. Hindu Council of Australia has been a member, represented by its director Vijai Singhal for over a decade now. According to RfP founder, […]

Samajik Samrasta Meet held in Western Australia

By : Amool Bhargava. Samajik Samrasta Meet held at Perth by HSS and HCA(WA), Wednesday, 14 Nov 18. The Hindu Swaymsewak Sangh of WA organised  “Samajik Samrasta” , ie “Living in Harmony” meet at Scarborough,  WA, on 14 Nov 18. The meet was attended by fifty nine representatives of twenty nine groups of various Hindu […]

Anglican Retirement Village in Sydney celebrates Diwali

The Ponds is a new suburb of Sydney situated in the North West growth corridor, where the first stage of a major shopping centre and commercial space have opened. The new suburb was designed to make the estate a new community. The first lots of land were released on 31 March 2007. There are a […]

Hindu chaplains help Hindu Women prisoners in Melbourne

By : Makaran Bhagwat, Melbourne. Hindu Council of Australia (Vic) currently has volunteer spiritual care providers (Hindu Chaplains) who have been providing their services in the health care system and are now extending it to other areas include prisons. The chaplains received following request from a female prison : A Women’s Prison in Victoria : […]

Misuse of sacred Hindu symbols and spiritual images

By : Prakash Mehta. To Brookvale Union We are disappointed that a picture has been published in SMH dated  13 Nov 2018 (copy attached)  depicting the image of Ganesh – the deity that Hindus worship.  Incidentally, you were kind enough to write respond to earlier similar occurrence as per your email dt 11 Nov 2013 to Prof Nihal […]

ANZAC JAWAN Cenotaph Memorial dedicated to Indian Soldiers

  By : Julian Leeser, Federal MP For Berowra. Saturday 10th November 2018, Greenway Park, Cherrybrook, NSW, Australia. As the Federal Member for Berowra, and as the Chair of the Parliamentary Friends of India it is an honour and a privilege to unveil the ANZAC Jawan Memorial on the eve of the centenary of Armistice. […]

Diwali ArtSpace exhibition opened by Mayor of Strathfield

A Diwali themed Arts Exhibition with paintings, sculptures and other Art works was declared “open” by the Mayor of @StrathfieldCouncil and Dr Bala Subramaniam AOM on 9th November 2018. The Mayor congratulated Hindu Council for organizing such a wonderful art exhibition. Lord Mayor of Strathfield The event was also attended by Jodi McKay, MP and […]

Gargi Women Awards 2019

This award is given to Australian Women who have made a significant contribution to Australia.  This year, eight  awards are being offered, one in each of the following categories : Sports Defense, Police, Fire, emergency services Performing and Arts Community services Education Science and Research Language and Culture Journalism Nominations are accepted online at hinducouncil.com.au/gargi […]

Hindu Council connects with UWS students for Diwali

Hindu Council of Australia has made contact with University of Western Sydney (UWS) students and had a low key Diwali sweets distribution with them on 8th November 2018. UWS is one of the premier Universities of Sydney and has over 6,000 Indian students many of them from India, studying in it. Soup The University holds […]

Religious Community Forum condemns attacks

By : Surinder Jain. Religious community from Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Christainity and Zorashtrian religions met with representatives from Department of Multicultural NSW on 8th November 2018 to discuss issues affecting their religious communities in Australia. The forum condemned recent attacks (1) Desecration of Bharathiye Mandir Hindu temple (2) Pittsburgh (Jewish) Synagogue massacre in America and […]

Hindu Council Donates to Farmers Relief Fund

Hindu Council gave a cheque for $11,000 to the Premier’s Farmers Relief Fund. 

Diwali becomes an important festival of Australia

By : Surinder Jain. After Australia abolished it’s whites only immigration policy in the 60s, Indians started migrating to Australia for education and work. Today there are over 450,000 Hindus in Australia who call Australia home. Marriage Procession through the streets of Parramatta For many decades Diwali celebrations were a private affair among family or […]

Ramayana puppet show from Prague performed in Sydney

By : Mohan Vijayraghavan. Lenka and Eric who are puppeteers from Prague, performed a Puppet Show at Hindu Council of Australia’s Deepavali festival held at Parramatta on 4th November 2018. Lenka and myself are associated for about 8 years now and have done some shows in Hindu education camps and at the Powerhouse museum but […]

Diwali celebrated in Parramatta

By : Surinder Jain. (Photographs by Vijay Maharaj and Dharmendra Modi) Hindu Council of Australia celebrated its 20th Diwali at Parramatta Park on 3rd and 4th November 2018. Saturday the 3rd was marked by Sri Sitarama Kalyanam and Ram Lila while Sunday the 4th was Sri Sitarama Pattabhishekam, Ram Lila, Ravan Dehan and fire works. […]

Sri Sitarama Kalyanam takes place in Sydney

Long awaited Sri Sitarama Kalyanam, i.e. celestial wedding of Lord Rama and Devi Sita was celebrated in Sydney today. The tradition of the marriage it is aid was established by Shiva Ji when he visited Bhadrachalam temple during his life which was spent defending Hindus from forced conversion. Marriage Procession through the streets of Parramatta […]

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 […]

Take a day off on Diwali day to celebrate it with family and friends

The Hindu Council of Australia’s South Australia chapter,  is urging people to take a day off on Diwali day in Australia to pass the culture and message on to the next generation.

Office goers crowd relishes Diwali in Sydney

By : Surinder Jain. Hindu Council of Australia celebrated Diwali festival in Martin Place, the heart of Sydney today on 31st October 2018. Martin Place is a pedestrian mall in the central business district of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Office lunch time crowd Martin Place has been described as the “civic heart” of Sydney. […]

Vandalized Temple takes first step to rebuild by Murti Visarjan

By : Pandit Paras Ram Maharaj. The Bhartiye Temple in Sydney Australia which was vandalized a few weeks ago is gathering itself to get on with the reconstruction job abd restarting temple and prayers. The first step is to do Murti Visarjana (immersion of idols) in deep ocean where they will not be trampeled upon […]

Survey of University Students

Hindu Council of Australia is conducting a survey of University going students to understand their issues and see how the local community can help them. Take a Survey here. Your Name Your Email Your Phone 1. What course are you studying? MastersBachelorsDiplomaOthers 2. Name of the Institution where you are studying? UWSUTSUSydUNSWTAFEMQUOthers 3. How was […]

Non-Alcoholic and Vegetarian Diwali celebrated by NSW Unions

By : Surinder Jain. Unions NSW held a Diwali celebration “Unions in Unison in Divine Diwali” in the Trades Hall at Trade Union office on 26th October 2018. The event was hosted by the secretary of NSW Unions and presented by Harish Velji and Aesha of the labour Union movement. Diwali celebration in Trades Hall […]

Cherrybrook Village celebrates Diwali with Hindu Council

By : Surinder Jain. Hindu Council of Australia in association with Cherrybrook shopping centre celebrated Diwali festival inside the shopping centre on 28th October 2018. Space inside of the shopping centre was converted into a stage for performances, a Saree tying workshop, a Diya painting workshop for children, a free henna workshop and a flower […]

Low lying island nations getting submerged due to climate change

Meat production is one of the major causes of climate change and it is causing many island nations in the pacific and many Andaman islands in Indian ocean to submerge. Imagine what it means for us if our major cities and the entire nation gets submerged in the sea. This is what is happening to […]

Diwali celebrated in Rouse Hill Shopping Centre

Hindu Council of Australia celebrated Diwali festival with a fun fare and cultural program in Rouse Hill Town Shopping centre on 27th October 2018. Rouse Hill Town Centre is a shopping centre in the suburb of Rouse Hill in the Hills District of Sydney. The Village Centre is the main shopping mall with hundreds of […]

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 […]