Archives for October 2018

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. A water fountain is located on the east side of Pitt Street, near the Commonwealth Bank of Australia building. Behind this fountain is an amphitheatre, which features a stage where Diwali was celebrated.

Martin Place Diwali 2018, Crowd gathered to watch cultural performances

This part of Martin Place has been popular with office goers at lunch time and today was no different.  Hundreds of Australian in well dressed office suits thronged the area. Some came and sat down in the amphitheatre biting their lunch while others were just curious onlookers on their way to and back from take away lunch shops to their offices.

Watching Diwali and sinking in the atmosphere

A number of shops with goods ranging from Indian food to Indian handicrafts and various services like banking, real estate added to the charm of the show for onlookers. Diwali ArtSpace exhibition showing a small sample of two paintings was quite popular exposing many Australians to Hindu Art genre for the first time.

Indian Art work and handicrafts

The program consisted of various classical and bollywood dances by emerging and well known dancers in Sydney. The program was busy with people between 12 to 2pm.

 

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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 and rest in peace without being disturbed for all time to come.

Temple Priest collecting broken Godheads with mantra recitation

The broken statues of the Godheads were duly dispersed in the ocean floor outside Sydney harbor on Saturday 27th. October, 2018. The procession started with prayer ceremony at the Temple and dispersing the statues with flow of milk in the ocean at Sydney Heads. We hired a boat from Balmoral Beach and went to Sydney Heads in open seas and dispersed all the Moortis in accordance with our religious culture in the Ocean.

Temple executive driving Godheads to deep ocean off Sydney

In the team were Mr. Indarjit Rai, Parveen Singh and Pundit Paras Ram Maharaj who went to disperse the moortis.

Rituals and Murti Visarjana at Sea

Now the Temple building is cleared and ready for reconstruction.

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Karwachauth celebration at Darwin

By : Shashi Khanna.

Karwa chauth – ( The Mother in-law & Daughter in law day ) – the festival of Wife, Husband & mother in law!! surprised!! Yes dear, that’s the beauty and core of India. India lies in its family bonding and relationships. The care ,warmth, sacrifices, compromises, support is integral part of the love and compassion flowing within big family system of India’. World is surprised to still see the big joint families living togather, working togather as a united family. 

India ,the land of vibrant festivals and celebrations , celebrate each relationship brothers – sister,wife-husband, mother in law-daughter in law with a purpose and a particular flavour. Special rituals are followed, gifts are exchanged, Puja is performed and celebrated with great adoration and blessings for family. 
 
Karwa means the eathern pot of water and chauth means the fourth day after the full moon , Purnima. It is celebrated from sunrise to moon rise. Mother-in-law gives ‘Sargi’- the fruits,nuts,sweets, savoury ( mathi- the crisp chapati made of flour) along with jewellery, dresses in colours of red, bangles, Bindis, Henna ( things worn as symbols by the married Indian women) and lots of blessings and love for a happy married life.
 
 Fast is observed after eating sargi before the sunrise. Fasting women do not eat or drink till moonrise and Puja in the evening. Difficult! Yes! though, it’s been observed by every age of women. Now some husbands have also started giving company to their wives. The fast is observed for the long, healthy and prosperous life of the husband. Puja is performed in the evening with all ladies dressed to their beautiful best. On the moon rise , it is watched through a seive brightened by a lamp and then wife looks at her husband through that seive. Husband offers water from the karwa to his wife and the fast ends. Delicious meals are enjoyed with family. Now the daughter in-law gives gifts and sweets to her Mother in-law . 
 
This beautiful day is celebrated in all parts of  India with difference in rituals. The history says that this was celebrated by women whose husbands were far away, fighting for their country. 
 
The beautiful women of Darwin also celebrated this festival. Again I’m elated to mention a Fiji Indian lady Mrs Savita bhuwal Aryan Valadian organised the karwa chauth Puja at her place . Beautifully dressed ladies performed Puja with all rituals and blessings from Almighty. A big Puja was organised at Malak temple by the Hindu society of NT where many pretty ladies participated.
 
Celestial sea shores and water fronts of Darwin saw loving couples watching moon through the seives.The nature’s wonder at Nightcliff beach had the silvery moon light dancing on the waves of the sea and the beautiful stretch of the sea shore echoing with laughter of the nuptials struck by cupid. 
 
The amazing blend of modern and contemporary is seen during the Indian festivals on this biggest island – Australia. Laurels to the zeal of Indian culture whose unmatched charisma captivates all in its festivity.

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Commemorating the Centenary of Armistice – Cenotaph at Cherrybrook NSW

By: Bhagwat Chauhan.

We were working on some time to create a history, a small team of Ashwani Jain, Sanjeev Bhakri, Ashwani Sharma and Parveen Gupta were working tirelessly to build a cenotaph to recognise servicemen of Indian origin, who made ultimate sacrifice during WW I. We had special contribution of Mr Rajeev Maini (Architect) and Mr Vijay Badhwar (Engineer).

It is a lesser known fact that servicemen of Indian origin were part of Anzac forces. This cenotaph will remember 12 servicemen identified from Anzac Archives and other unidentified sources,  who have fought in Anzac forces. 

 The memorial has been constructed with armistice centenary grant from department of veteran affairs by Hindu council of Australia with support of federal member of Berowra Mr Julian lesser, Hornsby Shire Council, Hornsby RSL

It will be the first memorial of its kind in Australia  to remember the active contributions of Indian community during World War I. It will give an opportunity to Indian Australian now and in the future to connect with Anzac history. 

You are invited to attend and be part of unveiling of the cenotaph dedicated to Anzac Servicemen of Indian origin as part of Armistice centenary commemoration 2018. 

Event Details

Date : Saturday, 10 November 2018

Time : 9.30 am for 10.00 am start 

Venue: Park opposite to Carlile Swimming ming Cherrybrook

33 Shepherds Lane, Cherrybrook NSW 2126

It’s my humble request to you, that we should join together to commemorate the centenary of armistice 2018 @ Cherrybrook.

Pp

 

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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.

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3. How was your experience in finding an accommodation in Sydney?

4. To what extent do you agree that you faced cultural shock?

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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

According to Mr Harish Velji,

“Unions in Unison in Divine Diwali was a historical first by the unions at their historic site. As organisers we felt the only way we should respect the event (Diwali being a religious event) was by not having meat or alcohol.

There are some commercial Diwali function who supply both. My team has people of various faith. Great thing is that all recognise that we must value each others religion as equal and should be treated as such.

Aisha, Michelle and I look forward to attending Hindu Council Diwali Mela.”

Thank you for inviting Hindu Council to the event and sticking to the spiritual festival and abiding by Hindu sensitivities on the matter, without us having to even ask.

Harish Velji talking about Diwali

 

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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 Rangoli that will stay in the centre for a few days even after the festival is over.

Cherrybrook Village Shopping Centre

Federal MP Julian Leeser and state MP Damian Tudehope were present in the event. MP Damien congratulated the Indian community for organizing Diwali festival first time ever in the suburb of Brookvale. MP Leeser comended the Indian and Hindu community in Cherrybrook and invited more Indians to come and live in this area.

Federal MP Julian Leeser in a Kurta saying Happy Diwali

MP Leeser said that Indians and Australians have been working arm in arm since the first World war and that tradition of working together continues till day.

Federal MP Julian Leeser and State MP Damien Tudehope dancing to a Bollywood tune

Both MPs danced with bollywood dance performers on music tunes and stayed until the closing time. Many onlookers who had come to do the shopping joined many of the workshops and got a taste of Diwali festivities. A special Rangoli workshop was arranged to teach people how to make a Rangoli.

Rangoli making workshop

A Hindu Art exhibition was also held.  Paintings of Rama and Krishna were on display for all to see and admire. A mini Ram Leela with Ravan and Ram was held and people were queuing up to take a selfie with both.

Henna workshop

Free Henna shop was quite a hit with both Indian and Australian residents of Cherrybrook.

Teaching how to tie a Saree to young Australians

 

The Cherrybrook team of Hindu Council who made this festival a success.

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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 the residents of these Island nations.

Hindu Council has been supporting Eat Less Meat campaign to save the environment. Mr Vijai Singhal attended a forum on “Rising Seas: Climate Change and the Pacific” organised by the Pacific Climate Watch where the past President of the Pacific island Kiribati, Mr Anote Tong spoke about the current position of the low lying island nations getting submerged due to climate change.

Vijai Singhal with Mr Anote Tong, a past king of Island nation

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Hindu Council Marks 20th Year

A brief history of formation and 20 years of Hindu Council of Australia.

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Indian cultural society celebrates Dandia at Darwin Australia

By : Shashi Khanna.

Indian culture celebrates life with seasons, festivals and many events celebrated all across Indian states. Dandia and Garbha the divine dance to worship during Navratri is special from western states of Gujarat and Rajasthan. Women and men clad in bright coloured traditional attire dance to the rhythmic tunes of worship. 
 

Dandiya NT Australia

 
Indian cultural society has been known to celebrate all festivals with great devotion and zeal. October 20,2018 ,Dandia night was organised at Harmony Hall ,Malak in Darwin. The vibrant event saw group of people from all religions and all faiths gathered to participate in dandia. Women clad in bright flowing dresses banged the divine atmosphere with dandia sticks, dancing on high beats of Indian music in circle. Dandiya form of dance uses sticks during the dance while Garbha has use of clapping hands while swaying the bodies in circular movements. 
 
 
It was wonderful to see people of age groups dancing in excitement. Aged and children all were equal participants with young people in dance. Beautifully decorated hall with flowers and bright glittering decorations added to the holy spirit of Dandiya. 
 
The mixed group of Punjabis, Gujaratis , south Indian and Fiji Indian gave a beautiful charm to the evening. A sumptuous elaborate dinner awaited all. After the zeal full dance dinner was enjoyed by all participants.
 
 
Team of Indian cultural society deserves congratulations and an applause for their beautifully organised event of Dandiya night which gathered all the Indian community together. 
It was indeed a beautiful display of love harmony and acceptance of all cultures, religions and faiths in the celestial natural background of Darwin at Northern Territory which has embraced all on this beautiful land of beaches and water fronts in Australia. 
 
 
I’m still awestruck by the feeling of unity and compassion in such vast diversities of language,culture,colour, lifestyle and faiths. My belief that God supreme is one but to reach him through various paths has found further strong deposition in my heart and mind.

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