NSW Chapter

Hindu Council has been very active in NSW from its inceptions. Its featured activity is celebration of Diwali event every year which is attended by over 20,000 people every year. Here is a list of some of the main activities of the NSW Chapter of Hindu Council of Australia.

  • Deepavali festival with burning of Ravan effigy
  • Deepavali in suburbs
  • Holi celebration in suburbs
  • Janmashtami in suburbs
  • Hindu Chaplaincy in hospitals
  • Hindu benovolent fund to provide financial help to people in distress
  • Participation in Youth Parliament of World’s Religion
  • Karma Kitchen to feed homeless people
  • Interfaith activities
  • International Yoga Day
  • International Women’s Day

NSW Chapter – Recent Activities

First Hindu Deputy Mayor in Hills District NSW

By: Jay Raman, President, Hindu Council NSW Chapter.

Hindu Council of Australia congratulates Reena Jethi on becoming Deputy Mayor.

Councillor Reena Jethi has been elected as the new Deputy Mayor of The Hills Shire during the September 10 Ordinary Meeting of Council.
Mayor of The Hills Shire, Dr Michelle Byrne congratulated Clr Jethi on her appointment. 
“I look forward to working with Clr Jethi as we continue to build on The Hills’ reputation as a great place to live, grow, do business and raise a family,” Mayor Byrne said.
“Clr Jethi is a strong advocate for The Hills community, women in Local Government and those from diverse backgrounds, and I have no doubt she will continue the wonderful work carried out by the former Deputy Mayor, Clr Haselden.
“Clr Haselden has served the community well and will continue to be recognised as an advocate for safe asbestos removal, for retaining the character of the area and for his work on Council’s new tree policy.
“I would like to thank him for his continued support and hard work throughout the past 12 months. We have overcome many challenges, enjoyed many triumphs and made history, including our work on the Lower Portland Ferry and Waves Aquatic Centre concept plans. I have no doubt Clr Jethi will rise to the challenge as we continue to deliver on an ambitious $178 million Capital Works Program in 2019-20,” Mayor Byrne added. 
The position of Deputy Mayor will last for a period of 12 months.

Training community leaders by We Are All Sydney praised by Dr Harinath

By: Lynda Ben-Menashe, NSW Jewish Board of Deputies.

The NSW Jewish Board of Deputies’ “We Are All Sydney” Community Leadership Program brings together emerging and established leaders from Sydney’s diverse ethnic, faith and NGO communities and organisations. It includes 3 months of training, plus optional observerships in Jewish organisations and mentoring.

Two volunteers from Hindu Council of Australia have graduated in the 2019 class this year.

The graduates of WAAS 2019 program with Lynda, Dr Harinath and Joseph LaPosta.

“Thank you for the opportunity to establish relationships with friends from around the world, here in Bankstown. I walk away from this program seeing my friends, beautiful and humble people, here to help each other, to make a better community for us all to live in, seeing my friends in the cultural nation they are from – seeing Kate in every Vietnamese person, Isaac in every Ghanaian person, Ali in every Pakistani person, Lynda and others in every Jewish person I meet.”

These words from one of the 23 newest graduates of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies “We Are All Sydney” community leadership program sum up one major theme of the program: social cohesion, echoed in a Facebook comment by another: “I am so proud of my Friend list today.”

Having a ball at the graduation ceremony

A vibrant celebration in the presence of Multicultural NSW CEO Joseph LaPosta and Advisory Board Chair Dr Hari Harinath marked the graduation of the third cohort. 23 graduates from 17 different backgrounds completed the three-month course and brought their families and friends to enjoy the evening of music, food, speeches and dancing.

Some of the past and current graduates with dignitaries.

The 60+ graduates of the program have come from many backgrounds, including Aboriginal, Afghan, African-American, Anglo, Assyrian, Australian South Sea Islander, Chinese, Cook Islander, Ethiopian, Ghanaian, Greek, Indian, Iranian, Iraqi, Italian, Jewish, Kachin Burmese, Kenyan, LGBTIQ, Pakistani, Philipina, Rwandan, Samoan, Senegalese, Sierra Leonean, Sri Lankan, Syrian, Vietnamese and Zimbabwean.

NSW Jewish Board of Deputies president Lesli Berger explained, “Perhaps the most famous saying of one of the most famous rabbis, Rabbi Hillel, was

‘If I am not for myself, who will be for me? But if I am ONLY for myself, then what am I?’

The Jewish community sees it as both a moral duty and a logical undertaking to try to give back, and strengthen the social fabric of this city. It is both the right thing to do and the smart thing to do, for the benefit of all.” 

Lynda speaking to new graduates

“Stronger, more connected community leaders can only build a stronger, more connected Sydney and this is the intended legacy of the program,” said Lynda Ben-Menashe, NSW Jewish Board of Deputies Community Relations & Policy Manager 

The We Are All Sydney program is free of charge, with all costs being borne by the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies, supported by Multicultural NSW and the Department of Social Services.

To apply for a place in our program visit



email benmenashe@nswjbd.com with enquiries.

The Places of Worship – Protecting Crowded Places Forum

By: NSW Police.

The NSW Police Counter Terrorism & Special Tactics Command are hosting ‘The Places of Worship – Protecting Crowded Places Forum’ at the Western Sydney University Parramatta Campus on Monday 16th September 2019, 9-11:30AM.

 Assistant Commissioner Mark Walton APM wishes to invite you or your representative to this gathering to receive updated information on the threat of terrorism and related protective security information directly relating to ‘Places of Worship’.

All relevant information is contained in the attached invitation and agenda.

Numbers are strictly limited so please contact bcu@police.nsw.gov.au  if you would like to bring additional or alternative representation from your organisation.

Kind regards,

Brand new location for Deepavali by Hindu Council

By: Renu Joshi Wasal, Hindu Council of Australia.

🥁🥁🥁💥🔥 #HinduCouncilAustralia serving the community for over 20 years #Introduces a #BrandNew location to its #Deepavali2019 portfolio.

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* note: this will be a ticketed even

History of the Kashmir Conflict

By: Hindu American Foundation.

Ancient Kashmir was home to a majorit y Hindu and Buddhist population for thousands of ye ars and renowned as a center for Hindu and Buddhist learning. Muslim invaders from Central Asia took control in the 14th century. Under Muslim rule, Hindus faced periods of persecution, resulting in mass migrations from the region roughly once a century, until the late 1700s. In the early 1800s, Sikh rulers controll ed the region, followed by a Hindu dynasty from the mid-1800s through 1947.

Oral Hygiene and Ayurveda

Ensured Oral Hygiene with Triphala Mouth Wash
As the saying goes, “Better teeth, better health”. It not only enlightens us about the importance of teeth but the entire oral hygiene.
Oral hygiene is important as it has a direct link to-
• Memory loss
• Diabetes or conditions with uncontrolled blood sugar
• Kidney disorders
• Inflammatory diseases
• head and neck cancers, including cancers of the tongue, gums, mouth, salivary glands and tonsils.
• Cardiovascular diseases
• Stroke

We often read in articles about lots of ways to improve our oral hygiene which includes brushing your teeth and to reduce sugar intake etc. Ayurveda offers tons of ways for improved oral hygiene to prevent all the diseases linked.

According to Ayurveda, teeth are considered as an updadhatu of Asthi dhatu (bone tissue). In Ayurveda, it is mentioned that the tooth eruption (dantopatti kala) is best when a child is 8 months old.

As per the ayurvedic texts teeth are divided into Rajadanta, Vasta, Damstra, and Hanavya.
• The middle two teeth are Rajadanta (incisor) and are considered sacred.
• Teeth by the side of Rajadanta are called Vasta (canines)
• Other teeth by the side of it are called Damstra (pre-molar)
• The rest are called Hanavya (molar) and named because are helpful in mastication.

Bones are a natural governed by Vata and in the disease of the bones, the teeth are also weakened. Food and tonics which are good for bones and the muscular tissues are also beneficial for teeth and gums ensuring strength in the gums and teeth.

Healthy oral hygiene depicts a-
• Normal healthy teeth are strong, white, smooth without decay.
• The gums should be even, pink and smooth. Gums are known as Dantamansa or Dantaveshta.

According to Sushruta (Author of Sushruta Samhita), fifteen disease of the roots of the teeth and gums have been mentioned. To prevent tooth and gum disease good oral hygiene should be implemented in our Dinacharya (Daily Routine).

Ayurveda has portraited the importance of Triphala mouthwash. Triphala is the combination of the herbs Haritaki, Bhibhitak and Amalaki.

Triphala (an Ayurvedic herbal powder) is proven to be the most effective choice of the herb as it has the power of resolving tons of disorders like
• Aging-related problems
• Digestive disorders or gastric distress
• Obesity and weight-related disorders
• Immune system defects
• Diabetes and lifestyle disorders
• Nutrient intake deficiency and malabsorption
• Oral health
• Fatigue and stress
• Mental health
In maintain, oral hygiene triphala plays a major role by maintaining the balance by creating a strengthening atmosphere for the entire entities of oral structures.

In Ayurveda, two techniques have been mentioned for mouthwash-

1. Gandusa
This is filling the mouth to its full capacity without allowing movement inside the mouth. The liquid is held for a few moments.

2. Kavalagraha
This is holding of a smaller amount of liquid, allowing the liquid to move and be swished around for a period of time before it spits out.

Both (Gandusa and Kavala) can be done with oils, medicated oils, ghee, herbal decoction or warm water under the prescription of the Ayurvedic doctors.

It can be decided what is suitable for your oral hygiene according to the season, your personalised constitution, daily regimen etc. Gandusa and Kavala are beneficial to promote health and also cure the disease of the mouth, teeth, throat and face.
Several studies have been done supporting.

Now a days in the practice Triphala mouth wash is proven effective in

• dental plaque
• gingivitis
• mouth ulcers
• dental caries.

Nature Care Ayurveda provides evidence-based study in aspect with the techniques of Triphala mouth wash (as written in the classics) with a professional touch of care aiming to worship the body you live in and good health. The brilliant bunch of doctors at Nature Care Ayurveda are determined towards the holistic wellness of the society
The panel consists of Dr Naveen Shukla, the founder and Director of Nature Care Ayurveda and The Vice President of AAA for Australia and Dr Vishal Sharma, the Director of Nature Care Ayurveda, Ayurveda consultant and a Lifetime member of International Academy of Ayurveda (IAA). Dr Nikhila Venugopal is the Ayurveda consultant, Marma specialist of Nature Care Ayurveda.

Mahmahopadhyay Bhadreshdas Swamji

By: Bimal Joshi.

Invitation to a Special Event in the presence of Mahmahopadhyay Bhadreshdas Swamji
Hindu Council of Australia and BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, Australia cordially invite you with family and friends to grace the occasion and attend this FREE event.
Mahmahopadhyay Bhadreshdas Swamiji has received numerous accolades and recognition for his significant contribution to Hinduism and Sanskrit.
His literary works and their contribution highlight the importance of the Vedic Shastras in Hinduism its applicability to our lives and constant messages that inspire us towards better living.
We will feel extremely privileged if you are able to grace us with your presence on this special evening. We humbly request you to confirm your attendance by registering online by clicking here before 10 August, 2019.

Help protect cows from drought at New Gokula Farm, Millfield NSW

Hindu Council of Australia urges you to donate New Gokula Farm, Millfield NSW for protecting their cows from severe drought affecting the state.

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Famous South Indian temples

Famous Temples In South India:

1. Tirupati Tirumala Temple, Lord Vishnu

The Tirupati Temple is one of the most important temples in South India. This Temple is very much popular with all the pilgrims, and is located in Chittoor, in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Daily, lot of pilgrims are visiting this temple from all over India, and also from foreign countries. It is one of the most richest temple in India. Every year, crores of rupees are received from the devotees through hundial, and also received from various endowment donations. Nithya annadanam scheme is very much popular in Tirupati. Lot of devotees are consuming good and tasty divine food daily. Hence it is a must to visit this temple, at least once in a year and to offer our prayers, to have annadanam and to offer money based on our financial background, and to get Lord Sree Venkateswara’s divine blessings for ever.


2. Ramanatha Swamy Temple, Lord Shiva:

The Ramanatha Swamy temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and it is situated at Rameswaram.

People are visiting here for doing their ancestral rituals, and it is very famous for that. This is one of ancient temples of south india. Free food is offered in the temple for more than 100 devotees. Aadi Amavasya,Thai Amavasya and Mahalaya Amavasya pitru rituals are very popular in this temple. We can take bath from the sacred wells situated inside the temple. It is a must to visit this temple, to get relieved from various sins, and also by clearing our ancestral debts by doing pitru tharpan. Many site seeing places are also there nearby rameswaram. We can visit Abdul Kalam Sir’s Memorial also in Rameswaram. Dhanushkodi is the best sight seeing place situated near Rameswaram.


3.Virupaksha Temple of Lord Shiva

The virupaksha temple is one of the most famous temple of south india situated at Hampi, Karnataka.This is one of the sacred temple of Lord Shiva and it was established in 7th century AD and also it is one of the oldest temples in india. It is a must to visit this temple, since it is surrounded by natural beauty. The temple continues to prosper and attracts huge crowds for the marriage festivities of Virupaksha in the month of December every year.

In the month of February, the annual chariot festival is celebrated in a grand manner.


4. Darasuram Airavathesvara Temple,Lord Shiva

The Airavathesvara Temple was built by Rararaja Chola II. It was constructed in 12th century AD. There is a lot of art and architecture built into the temple. The front of the temple has a huge chariot which is drawn by some horses.This is also one of the powerful temples of south india. Periya Nayaki Amman temple is situated close to this temple. History says, that Lord Indra’s White Elepant, Iravata has worshipped Lord Shiva in this temple, and also Lord Yama has worshipped in this temple.


5. Gangaikonda Temple of Lord Shiva and Saraswathi

This temple architecture is very good. Apart from this, the temple art is the importance of this temple. This temple was established by the cholas to celebrate their victory.The chola kings have made various contributions for this temple. Pilgrims from all over India visit this temple throughout the year. This temple is one of the ancient and historical temples in India.


6.Sabari Mala Lord Ayyappa Temple

This temple is dedicted to Lord Ayyappan and it is one of the ancient temples of Kerala in India. The temple is located in the hills. The deity of Lord Ayyappan was installed by Lord Parasurama.This is the most popular temple, in which there is no caste, creed and religious discrimination among the devotees to worship Lord Ayyappa. Mostly the devotees will visit this temple during pongal season and Vishu new year day. Free annadanam is offered inside the temple premises to all the devotees. But one has to observe fasting for one mandalam ( for 48 days), and they have to be purified in their body and mind, and to chant the mantra of Lord Ayyappan and also during the fasting period, daily they have to visit some nearby temples and to offer their prayers.


7. Agneeswarar Temple or Kanjanur Sukran Temple

The Agneeswarar Temple is located at Kanjanur in Tamil nadu. Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati’s marriage took place in this temple, and it was seen by Lord Brahma. Since Lord Agni worshipped Lord Shiva in this place, the temple is known from his name “Agneeswarar”. Fridays are specially celebrated in this temple. Lord Sukran occupies a most important place in this temple.


8. Kapaleeswarar Temple of Lord Shiva

The Kapaleeswarar Temple was built in the 8th century by the pallavas.This is one of the oldest and famous temples of south india. It is located in the heart of Chennai city at Mylapore, and devotees from all parts of the Chennai visit this place. Foreigners are also visiting this temple. The 63 Nayanmars festival is considered as a very important festival in this temple, and it is celebrated in a grand manner every year. Daily free food is offered in this temple for more than 100 devotees.


9.Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple

The Meenakshi Amman Temple at Madurai is a most important famous temple in south india. Lot of devotees from all parts of India are visiting this temple. Here Meenakshi Amman is the main diety in this temple. The Meenakshi temple also contains the shrines of Lakshmi, Krishna, Rukmini, Brahma, Saraswati, and also various other vedic dieties. This temple is attracted for its architecture and it is also one of the biggest temple in south india. Daily free food is offered to the devotees.


10.Thiruparankundram Temple of Lord Muruga

This temple is considered sacred among the Muruga temples, and it is one among the six arupadai veedus of Lord Muruga. Apart from Lord Muruga in the main shrine, deities of ShivaVishnuVinayaka and Durga are also there. The temple follows Shaivite tradition of worship. Six daily rituals and three yearly festivals are held at the temple. According to history, Lord Muruga has worshipped Lord Shiva in this place. Daily free food is offered to the devotees in this temple.


11. Koodalalagar Temple of Lord Vishnu

This temple is located in Madurai and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The temple is originally believed to be built by the Pandyas. Koodal Azhagar is believed to have appeared to kill the demon Somuka who has stolen the four Vedas from Lord Brahma. During festivals, large number of devotees visits this temple. Here Annual Alagar festival is very popular.  Four daily rituals and three yearly festivals are held at the temple. It is one of the 108 Divyadesams dedicated to Vishnu. ,Here also, free food is offered to the devotees.


12. Chamundeswari Temple

The Chamundeshwari Temple is a Hindu temple located on the top of Chamundi Hills nearby Mysore in the state of Karnataka in India.The Chamundeswari Temple is one of the famous temples in Karnataka and it is dedicated to Goddess Parvathi. Devotees from all parts of India visits this temple throughout the year. It is situated in a good natural location. The Chamundeshwari Temple is considered as a Shakti Peetha, and was the one among the 18 Maha Shakti Peethas.It was built in 11th century AD. The main idol was made up of gold.

The temple is famous for the celebrations of festivals like Navaratri. Fridays are considered particularly auspicious. Another festival celebrated is Chamundi Jayanti.


13. Nanjundeswara Temple of Lord Shiva

The Nanjundeswara Temple was constructed in the sides of Kabini River. Nanjanagudu is a City in the  state of Karnataka. Nanjangud is famous for Srikanteshwara Temple. Nanjangud is also called “Dakshina Kashi” (southern Kashi). This city is also famous for the growth of bananas. The name of Shiva is called as Nanjundeswara, and according to history, he drank poison and kept it permanently in his throat without leaving it in the outside, in order to safeguard all the living beings in earth and heaven.


14. Mangadu Kamakshi Amman Temple, Mangadu

It is one of the most famous amman temples situated in mangadu, nearby poonamallee. Mangadu is known for the temple of Kamakshi performing penance. This is the place where the goddess performed her penance to marry and re-unite with Lord Shiva.  All types of rituals were performed here by the goddess. Here the Srichakram was established by Adi Shankara. It is one of the ancient temples, and devotees visit this temple for solving their problems like late marriage, for getting a suitable job and for a proper life. Generally, Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays are important days and free annadanam is offered for about 200 devotees daily inside the temple compex.


15. Kaligambal Temple

The Kalikambal Temple is a  temple dedicated to Shri Kalikambal and Lord Kamadeswarar and it is located in Thambu Chetty Street, Parrys,Chennai.. This temple was ancient, and was visited by the great king Chatrapathi Sivaji. This temple contains several shrines for Vinayaka,Gayathri Devi,Durga,Muruga,Viswakarma,Veerabadrar and Navahagraha shrines.

It is also said, that the fierce form of Kali idol which was worshipped earlier, has been replaced with a gentle form.

Here also free annadanam is offered to about 200 devotees daily in the afternoon.




Deepavali Festival 2019

By: Renu Wasal.

✨💥🔥 Opportunity not to be missed!!!

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