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Dr Agar honoured on Australia Day

His dedication to the Hindu society has earned Professor Nihal Agar the membership of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day Honours List.

This resident of – info Lane Cove is not your ordinary Australian. He came to Australia way back in 1967 to the University of New England on a post-doctoral Fellowship. In 2009, he retired as the Professor and Head of the Department of Physiology from there.


He is also the founding member of one of the largest organisations dedicated to the Hindus of the world. Dr Agar also founded the Ekal Foundation Australia in 2007 and joined the Hindu Council of Australia in 2010.

Such is his dedication towards the Hindu community that he earned himself the membership of the Order of Australia. Twenty territory citizens were honoured on January 26 marking the Australia Day Order.

Nihal Singh Agar received this award for this service to the Hindu community in Australia. He has been behind promoting cross-cultural cooperation.

Today, he is an honorary associate in the school of molecular bioscience at the University of Sydney.

He was among the 824 Australians honoured with 613 General Division appointments in the Order of Australia and 211 Australians recognised through meritorious and military awards.

Dr Nihal Singh Agar
  • Chairman, Hindu Council of Australia, since 2009
  • Representative, Australian Partnership of Religious Organisations, current
  • Representative, Deepavali Advisory Committee, Community Relations Commission, 2012
  • Founding President, Hindu Education and Culture Centre, since 2012.
  • Founding President, Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation, 2004-2010; Executive Committee Member,
  • Founding President, Vishva Hindu Parishad, 1990-2005.
  • Founding Member, Sri Venkateswara Temple Association, since mid-1980s.
  • Volunteer, Australia Uttarakhand Relief Fund, 2013.
  • Member, Sub-Continent Ministerial Consultative Committee, Australian Government, 2012.
  • Member, Indian Ministerial Consultative Committee, New South Wales Government, since
  • 2011; Chairman, Education Sub-Committee, 2012.
  • Honorary Associate, School of Molecular Bioscience, University of Sydney, since 2001.
  • Former Professor and Head of Department, Department of Physiology, University of New
  • England; Faculty Member, 1967-2000.


Ecology & Hinduism

The Hindu Council of Australia is working towards tackling problems relating to climate change, global warming, cruelty to animals and human health

Ecology is the study of the relationship of living organisms with each other and their surroundings in nature. Nature maintains an ecological balance amongst all these ecological systems and human beings are part of that whole ecosystem. By over exploiting the nature’s abundant resources human beings have created an imbalance resulting in the current situation of climate change whereby nature is not able to generate the resources at the rate they are being consumed.  This imbalance has created various problems of environmental degradation, loss of biodiversity, soil erosion, water and food shortage etc.

Realising this as a moral and ethical issue, The Climate Institute (Australia) Ltd in 2006 invited various religious organisations in Australia to submit their views according to their faith on the problem of climate change facing the world community. Hindu Council of Australia made its submission on Hinduism’s view on climate change. The Climate Institute published that document entitled “Common Belief – Australia’s Faith Communities on Climate Change”.

This marked the beginning of the involvement of the Hindu Council of Australia in the Climate Change movement. Its representatives have attended various interfaith Conferences and forums on the subject and have made their contributions. Then on 2nd October 2008 (Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday) the Hindu Council of Australia together withARRCC (Australian Religious Response to Climate Change) Inc launched a campaign for observing “Meat-Free Day” to tackle the problems relating to climate change, global warming, cruelty to animals and human health. Since then Hindu Council is actively involved in addressing the climate change problem.

Useful links:

Hindu Declaration on Climate Change at the World Parliament of Religions in 2009
Ten Key Hindu Environmental Teachings, by Pankaj Jain
What Hinduism teach us about ecology?
Hinduism and ecology, Ranchor Prime
Hinduism, Jainism and Ecology, by Christopher Key Chapple
Hindu scriptures and ecology, by Vijai Singhal
Hindu contributions to environmental protection, by Judge Weeramantry

Happy Shivratri 2015

Today is the one of most Important Hindu festival Maha Shivratri.


Best wishes to all on this auspicious festival. It is celebrated annually in reverence of the god Shiva . It is the day God Shiva was married to the goddess Parvati . It signifies the convergence of Shiva info and Shakti.

This festival is celebrated on the Krishna Paksha Chaturdashi(14th day) of Hindu calendar month Magha or Phalgun depending upon different calendars.

The festival is principally celebrated by offerings of Bael leaves to Shiva and observe all-day fasting. All through the day, devotees chant “Om Namah Shivaya”, the sacred Mantra of Shiva.
Hindu temples in Australia are celebrating this festival in big way . Thousands of Australians visit Shiva temple in Minto, Sydney Murugan Temple Westmead, Sri Mandir Auburn and other temple to take the blessings