Breaking Bread at Blacktown Harmony Day

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Hindu Council of Australia participated in Breaking Bread (having a meal together, or starting a meal) initiative as part of western Sydney’s large Harmony Day celebrations in Blacktown on Wednesday March 21st. The initiative was organized by FoodFaith and held at Bowmans Hall, Blacktown, NSW. FoodFaith is an initiative to bring together people of different faiths using food as a medium.

The initiative aims to showcase breads from different faiths and cultures and celebrate beliefs, customs and traditions and was a large communal activity bringing everyone together. Representatives from Indigenous, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, Punjabi, Pacific, African, and Eastern European faiths and traditions attended the event. Each culture or faith brought samples of their breads to share with others.

Hindu Council took its “Roti” and “Raita” to the event and was represented in the event by Sai Pravastu, Surinder Jain, Vijai Singhal and Kamlesh Chaubey. Both were very much enjoyed by by about a thousand people gathered there,



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.

Western Australia adds a new chapter to Hindu Council

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A WA chapter of Hindu Council of Australia has been established on 12th March 2018.

First program will be to welcome HH Mahant Swami of BAPS by all Hindu Organisations. HCA WA chapter will lead this program to establish relation with other Hindu Organisations in WA.

Second Program will be celebration of International Yoga Day.

Following are the team members of the WA chapter.

1 Damji Koria. -Coordinator
2 Ramesh Shah.
3 Shashi limbachiya.
4 Keyur kamdar.
5 Vijay Kumar.
6 Bijukumar Prabhakaran. .
7 Amool Bhargav.
8. Mrs Sadhana Boss

Congratulations – A new chapter started in Northern Territory

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On 20th Mrach 2018, Hindu council has established a new chapter in Northern Territory.

Dr Rajeev Sharma – Coordinator

(other members in the team will be announced shortly).

Dr Rajeev Sharma is long time resident of Darwin. He is working at Charles Darwin University since 1989 and is currently Course Coordinator for MBA DBA Grad Cert Grad Dip courses. He is very active community worker. He was in past few times secretary of Hindu Society of NT (a member organisation of HCA). He was also earlier President of Indian Cultural Society.

Hindus living in Rural towns, click here to connect with us

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If you are living in a small or a rural town Hindu Council would like to hear from you. We encourage you to meet as a group to celebrate upcoming festivals. Doing it at someone’s home is a good start. Please do send us a para or so and a few pictures for posting on our web site and news letter if you are already doing so or want to start doing so now. A Hindu Council representative from a city near you can visit your town and help start a formal Rural Outreach Group of Hindu Council of Australia.
In the meantime, if you can send some information about your town, that would be great for us to know about the community there.
You can sign up for our regular news letter by entering your name and email in Subscribe to Newsletter form.

Please contact us using the form below. If you would like to start a Rural Outreach Group of Hindu Council in your town, we would love to hear from you too.

Rural Outreach Contact Form

Your State (required)

Your Message

You can if you wish, provide following optional information about your town :

Town Population Approx.
Hindu Population Approx.

Any Temples or Associations in the twon : Not KnownYesNo
Any Hindu celebrations happening in the town on a regular basis : Not KnownYesNo

About the town and key Hindu contacts :


Pharrell Williams accused of cultural appropriation of Holi

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People are accusing Pharrell Williams of cultural appropriation over his new Adidas line inspired by a Hindu festival

Pharrell Williams and Adidas are being accused of cultural appropriation over a new line of sneakers and apparel that were apparently inspired by Holi, a Hindu spring festival that celebrates love, colors, fertility, and the victory of good over evil. The items in the collection, which is named Hu Holi, are meant to mimic the way white clothing gets doused with colored powder during the Hindu festival. […..Read More…..]

Hindu Chaplains send a copy of Bhagwat Geeta to a Hindu prison inmate

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A request was received by Hindu Council of Australia through its web site from a Christian Chaplain in one of the prisons. A Hindu inmate in the prison wanted to obtain and read a copy of Bhagwat Geeta. Our Chaplaincy team immediately sprung into action. Somesh Sibal from Hindu Council procured a copy of Bhagwat Geeta and sent it to the authorities. He has now received a confirmation of receipt of the Bhagwat Geeta. Congratulations Hindu Chaplains and Congratulations Hindu Chaplaincy team.

Inquiries are now being made now to find out if the inmate would like to see a Hindu Chaplain on a regular basis. Hindu Council of Australia has over 25 trained Hindu Chaplains who provide services in Sydney and Melbourne.

Rangoli workshop at Parramasala

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By Shobha Deshikan

Hindu Council of Australia created a huge Rangoli of flowers at Parramasala and conducted a Rangoli making workshop. It took eight people to do the wonderful beautiful Rangoli. of vibrant and colorful flowers.  The Rangoli was very impressive. All day long, passers would stop, wonder and pictures including numerous selfies. It was thoroughly, a joyful sight to see.

SVT temple is a building of cultural significance

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HCA joins hands with Strathfield Council for a Diwali Art Exhibition

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Hindu Council (HCA) has been approached by Strathfield council via our website. The Council said that it would like to run an Indian Art exhibition, hopefully in the theme of Diwali between Thursday, 8 November – Tuesday, 20 November 2018. The council has  a professional art hanging system at High St Library and wants to showcase local artists displaying their paintings on the theme of Diwali. Our media team member Akhil Verma met Kati Angelides, Community Services Officer, Strathfield Council to finalize the same.

Hindu council will be sourcing artists from within our community to show case their work on the theme of Diwali. We may also approach main stream art schools introducing them to Diwali and asking them to produce art work. The artists works will be displayed on a professional art hanging system at High St Library and they can sell or auction their work as well.

Hindu council is on the look out for artists who can produce high quality work related to Diwali theme in the art exhibition. If you are an artist or if you know such an artist, please send their details to Ajoy Ghosh our National Cultural Secretary, Ashwani Jain NSW secretary or to Akhil Verma both of whom will be coordinating this event on Hindu Council’s behalf. They can be contacted either directly or through our contact us page by [clicking here].