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Many non-Balanese communities follow practices very akin to Hinduism? Yes/No

 
 

Which people’s Hinduism was known by these names, namely Tirta, Trimurti, Hindu, Agama Tirta, Siwa?

 
 
 
 

Which country held until 1935, a swing festival known asTriyampavai-Tripavai whose name is derived from names of two Tamil language Hindu chants: Thiruvempavai and Thiruppavai meaning “opening the portals of Shiva’s home”?

 
 
 
 

Hinduism was the main religion of Cham people in Central and South Vietnam between 2nd and 15th century? Yes/No

 
 

Fiji Hindus are also classified into four varna system? Yes/No

 
 

In which country is Ramakien (Ramayana) is a popular epic and Ayutthaya (Ayodhya) is a city named after the birth place of Rama?

 
 
 
 

Hindus in South America, are chiefly the descendants of Indian indentured labourers? Yes/No

 
 

When did the first Hindus came to Australia?

 
 
 
 

According to the Australian census of 2016, Hinduism was the fastest growing religion of Australia? Yes/No

 
 

Nyepi and Galungan are Buddhist festivals of south east Asia? yes/No

 
 

What is known as a Bimong in the Cham language of Vietnam?

 
 
 

When did the first Malay Hindu state appear in Malaysia?

 
 
 
 

Khmer empire of Cambodia were Hindu kings? Yes/No

 
 

Did Khmer Hindu society of Cambodia had the Hindu four varna system for classifying the society? Yes/No

 
 

Why did last of the Java Hindu Kings retreated to Bali?

 
 
 
 

When was the first Ganesh visarjana festival held in Sydney with clay Ganesha being immersed in the ocean at Stanwell Tops beach?

 
 
 
 

Most Malaysian Hindus are Tamils? Yes/No

 
 

Java was ruled by Hindu kings from 4th to 15th century? Yes/No

 
 

Like Malayasia and Indoneasia, Hindus in Singapore also suffer religious prosecution? Yes/No

 
 

The earliest influence of Hinduism in Philippines can be traced by archaeological evidence to be from around

 
 
 

After gaining its independence in 1957, Malaysia became a secular country? Yes/No

 
 

Which religion replaced Hinduism as the main religion of Khmer in 13th century?

 
 
 

Like Indian Hindus, do Balenese Hindus also have four varnas of classification in their society? Yes/No

 
 

The earliest evidence of Hinduism in Java comes from which century?

 
 
 
 

Hinduism is the leading single religion of the Indo-Caribbean communities of the West Indies? Yes/No

 
 

There are no Hindu temples left in Pakistan? Yes/No

 
 

Most Hindus in Singapore today are ethinic Indians? Yes/No

 
 

When did the first the Arya Samaj missionary arrive in French Guyana?

 
 
 
 

In Bali, the word Pura means?

 
 
 
 

Hinduism came to Singapore between 7th and 10th century? Yes/No

 
 

The population of Hindus in Pakistan and in Bangladesh has remained stable since after their independence? Yes/No

 
 

Which province do most Pakistani Hindus live in Pakistan?

 
 
 

When and where was a first Ravan effigy ever, burnt in Australia?

 
 
 
 

Hinduism came to Fiji as Hindu contract workers started arriving there from 1879 onwards? Yes/No

 
 


Fiji awards Hindu Council of Australia for its help during floods

Fiji was recently devastated by floods and a series of cyclones. Many people were marooned.  Hindu Council of Australia had organized a drive to send materials and money to help.

Fiji Counsul General in Australia, Mr Zarak Khan has awarded a Certificate of Appreciation to Hindu Council of Australia. 

 

Hindu Council supports Girmit day celebrations

Commemoration of Girmit Dewas at Hindu Temple and Cultural Centre of ACT Inc. (HTCC) – Canberra

19 May 2018.

Members of Fiji Community who are members/devotees of HTCC have been marking Girmit Dewas (arrival of the first ship load of Indians to Fiji on 14 May 1879) by hosting a prayer meeting at HTCC premises for some years now and this year it was held on Saturday 19 May. On this occasion, The Hindu Council of Australia (HCA) lended its full support for the event.

The function was officiated by Temple Priest, Acharya Prakash Chandra Pandey, and presided over by vice president of HTCC, Shri Kamal Singh. The program included puja, recital of Ramayana by three mandalies and addresses by Pandits, Anil and Rama Sharma, Shri Prakash Mehta, President, Hindu Council of Australia and Shri Basu Banka, President, HTCC.

In his message Shri Prakash Mehta reminded the congregation that the Indians had Lord Rama with them in the form of Ramayana which they had brought with them and this gave them the strength and courage to face the adversities which they encountered. Regular recital of Ramayana has not only helped to preserve Hindu culture, but also supported to pass language to next generation. It is really inspiring lessons for new migrants. He thanked the organizers’ for hosting the ceremony in memory of their ancestors and the Hindu Council of Australia was happy to support the event.

Approx. 150 people, mainly Indo-Fijians but a growing number from India attended the function. It was also attended by Shri Kanti Jinna, Vice President HCA and Santosh Gupta, coordinator of ACT chapter of HCA

HBF donates to Fiji Cyclone Relief

By Jay Raman and Sai Paravastu

Hindu Benevolent Fund, a project of Hindu Council of Australia has donated $2,100 for the relief work being done in  Fiji for the victims of the recent cyclones in Fiji.

Hindu Council had a few months ago helped raise substantial donation in cash and kind (3 containers of clothing, utensils, baby food etc) as sequence to Flood Relief Appeal from Fiji government. This was an initiative of Karma Kitchen, HBF and HCA volunteers. Kanti Jinna sought the help of Fiji High Commission and the goods were sent to the right people in need in Fiji.

Mr Sai Paravastu, Director Hindu Council of Australia

HBF had earlier sent relief goods for helping immediate needs of the cyclone victims. This money is to be used for rehabilitation of the Fiji cyclone victims.

The High Commissioner of Fiji had invited Hindu Council of Australia volunteers to thanks them and to facilitate for the help. Hindu Council’s NSW President Mr Jay Raman and by Hindu Council’s Director Community Services Mr Sai Paravastu went to the high commission to meet them. The Hon Fiji High Commissioner Mr Yogesh Punja and Hon Consul General and Trade Commissioner Mr Zarak Khan met them and hosted a high tea for them. During the Tea, they were acquainted with various activities of Hindu Council.
 
Mr Zarak Khan offered to send a Fijian cultural team to perform in next Deepavali festival.  He also confirmed high commission’s participation in Parramatta Deepavali festival and take up a community stall.

Sai Paravastu, Jay Raman, Yogesh Punja and Zarak Khan

 
During the cyclone and floods, 280 homes were destroyed in Kadavu Island. Rebuilding efforts are in place and it will take some time before life comes back to normal. The money donated by Hindu Council will be used for rebuilding effort.
 
The Hindu Council team promised to keep in touch and made an open offer of help to Fiji and Fijian in their times of crisis.

 

HBF sends help to Fiji Cyclone victims

Fiji has been hit by a series of cyclones causing floods and havoc. Hindu Benevolent fund of Hindu Council of Australia issued an appeal for new clothes, bed sheets and shoes. There was an overwhelming response by the Hindu community in Sydney and many pallets of helpful goods were collected at Gateway Cafe. Sai Ji took charge of the goods and many volunteers came to help sort the goods and pack them ready for shipping.

The goods were dispatched to be sent to Fiji on the night of 18th April 2018.

Cash donations were also collected into Hindu Benevolent Fund (HBF) account and will be sent to Fiji to help pay for emergency food.

APPEAL to help Flood/Cyclone victims in FIJI

You may be aware of natural disaster that hit Fiji two consecutive weekends and many people are without homes, food and water. Situation is still worse and again Category 3 cyclone likely to hit. The floods have washed away all domestic belongings. Worst affected area is the Western Division of Fiji which has almost half of FIJI’s population and the main cane growing area.

The immediate need is to replenish the homes with their food, clothing and shelter. Food requirements are by way of rice, flour, cooking oils, dhall etc. however there will be a need for what to cook on and cook under including clothes and footwear.Many organizations have mobilized locally in Fiji and overseas to provide necessary relief.   

Hindu Council of Australia along with Hindu Benevolent fund and Karma Kitchen are making an appeal for your extending your helping hand to Cyclone Victims of FIJI.

We are collecting donations both in cash and kind for breakfast cereals, rice, flour, cooking oils, dhall etc. There is need for cooking utensils, clothes and foot ware.  

HCA is working with Fiji High commission in Canberra and Fiji Consulate in Sydney.

Collection Point in Sydney

Karma Kitchen

C/O Café Gateway

8 Wethril Street South, Lidcome

NSW 2141

Contact – Sai Pravastu – 0402 449 524.

Cash can be deposited at Hindu Benevolent fund

Name of Account- HCA Benevolent fund

BSE 062 004

A/C -1044 7020

For inquires please contact either of the followings:

Sanjeev Bhakri – 0414 971 122   Sai Pravastu – 0402 449 52  Ajay Khanna- 0412 399 164

Kind Regards

HCA Team