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We condemn the act of Terrorism against Bishop Emmanuel
Hindu Council of Australia strongly condemns the stabbing attack by a terrorist against Bishop Emmanuel and Father Royel yesterday while a sermon was being given during a service at the Christ The Good Shepherd Church in Wakeley. We pray that …

Tamil New Year Festival
By: Surinder Jain. The Tamil New Year, known as Puthandu, is a significant festival celebrated by the Tamil community. It marks the beginning of the Tamil calendar year and is observed with various customs, rituals, and festivities. This festival is …

Religious Coercion should be made an offence
Hindu Council of Australia has stood for the protection of Hindus against being forced into performing rituals of other faiths, against their Will. We have been speaking to both sides of politics in NSW and at the federal level to …

Action against religious bullying of students
By: Surinder Jain. Hindu council of Australia had raised the issue of monitoring and dealing with religious intolerance in NSW schools. The matter was raised through the Faith Affairs Council of NSW. A subcommittee was formed by the Faith Affairs …

ANZAC Day Service at ANZAC Jawan Cenotaph – Cherrybrook
AICC – Australia India Cenotaph Committee would like to invite you to the Anzac Day Service at Anzac Jawan Cenotaph /Or Cherrybrook Community & Cultural Centre if any Inclement weather forecast on 21 April 2024 at 3:30 pm for a …

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Ram Navami Hindu Festival
By: Surinder Jain. When will this festival be celebrated in 2024? Ram Navami will be celebrated on April 17, 2024.[1] What is the significance of this festival? Ram Navami celebrates the birth of Lord Rama, the seventh avatar (incarnation) of …

Vaisakhi Hindu Festival
By: Surinder Jain. Vaisakhi (also spelled Baisakhi) is a Hindu festival and will be celebrated on April 14, 2023. Vaisakhi marks the solar new year according to the Hindu Vikram Samvat calendar. It is a harvest festival when Hindus give …

Ugadi Hindu festival
By: Surinder Jain. Ugadi is a major Hindu festival celebrated in the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Karnataka to mark the beginning of the new Hindu lunar year. Ugadi (also known as Yugadi or Gudi Padwa) will be …

Gudi Padwa Hindu Festival
By: Surinder Jain. Gudi Padwa is a major Hindu festival celebrated in India, particularly in Maharashtra, to mark the beginning of the New Year according to the Hindu calendar. The festival usually falls in March or April and is celebrated …

Chaitra Sukhladi Hindu festival
By: Surinder Jain. Chaitra Sukhladi is a significant Hindu festival that marks the beginning of the traditional New Year and the harvest season. It is celebrated on the first day of the Hindu month of Chaitra, which usually falls in …

Parramatta city to consider Hindu spiritual needs
By: Surinder Jain. Hindu Council had approached Parramatta MP Mr Andrew Charlton to discuss Parramatta city infra-structure needs of Hindus to enable them to perform their rituals and celebrate their festivals. MP Charlton is very supportive of the initiative and …

Hindus in Parramatta need these religious spaces
By: Surinder Jain. Hindu Council of Australia has prepared a list of city infra-structure that is needed by Hindus to perform their rituals and to celebrate their festivals. This list becomes the basis for Hindu Council to ask various cities …

Coalition Support for a first Hindu school in Sydney
By: Surinder Jain. Hindu Council of Australia supports the formation of first Hindu school in Australia. Hinduism is the third largest religion in Australia, consisting of more than 684,002 followers, and representing 2.7% of the population (as at 2021 census) …

Introduction to Hinduism – ecourse
HCA added Introduction to Hinusim ecourse a while ago and is open to everyone to learn. This course is aimed at Non-Hindus as well as Hindus to understand some basics of Hinduism. A brief syllabus of the course “Introduction to …

SRMD Yoga – A WEEK OF REJUVENATION AND SELF-CARE WITH WELLNESS EXTRAVAGANZA!
Join SRMD Yoga Sydney for a transformative journey filled with yoga, mindfulness, and holistic wellness practices. From serene yoga sessions to soothing mindfulness workshops, we’ve curated a line up that nurtures mind, body and soul for all age groups and …

Fighting for Justice for Swastika’s ban by Uber
By: Surinder Jain. A Fiji Hindu mom is being denied Uber services because her first name is Swastika. She had approached Hindu Council for help. Hindu council took up the matter with Uber. When Uber did not listen, the matter …

 


Our State Chapters

NT Chapter (Darwin)

On 20th March 2018, Hindu council has established a new chapter in Northern Territory. Dr Rajeev Sharma – Coordinator Brijesh Dagar Manoj Bhati Sumesh Dhir Rama Jayaraj 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

WA Chapter (Perth)

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. Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh, Perth

ACT Chapter (Canberra)

Australia Capital Territory (Canberra) Team Prakash Mehta Kanti Jinna Santosh Gupta. Hindu Council of Australia invited about 15 Hindu organizations together on 16th June to discuss how can we preserve Hindu culture in Australia. Each organization spoke about what they are doing and their idea of how we can preserve

SA Chapter (Adelaide)

South Australia, Adelaide has a vibrant chapter with various activities. Saraswati Puja   Interfaith with speakers from various faiths including Hinduism, Christianity, Jewish, Islam, Buddhism and Sikh. International Yoga Day - The morning event and an evening event with different Schools of Yoga and experienced teachers sharing their philosophy and

VIC Chapter (Melbourne)

Hindu Concil of Australia (HCA) started actively working in Victoria since April 2014 although it was represented through some other Hindu organisations here since about 2010. HCA actively partners with core Hindu organisations such as Hindu Swaymsevak Sangh, Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Seva International. Other Engagement Activities: Engaged with Multifaith Advisory

NSW Chapter (Sydney)

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

Our Projects

General Religious Education in Secondary Schools

[tab name="NSW"] Hindu Council has been involved with the NSW Department of School Education since 2003 in drafting the original syllabus which was introduced in 2005. Cambridge University Press published the textbook for the course covering all the five religions. In 2015 we were again consulted by the publishers when the updated version of the textbook was published. [/tab] [tab

Aboriginals and Hinduism

There is a lot of commonality between aboriginal spirituality and Hinduism. Australian aborigines claim to have lived here for over 50,000 years. Some estimates put it even to 65,000 years. Also, a study in 2013 at the Max Planck Institute by researchers, led by Irina Pugach suggested that Aboriginal genomes consist of up to 11% Indian DNA which is uniformly

ANZAC JAWAN remembrance

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

Governmental

Hindu Council of Australia advocates issues affecting Hindu community in Australia at various levels of Government including local councils, state governments and Federal Government. It has raised issues : Visas for priests Violence against students Hindu cremation facilities Advising Governments on interpretation of Hinduism Lobbying with education departments to correct bias in teaching Hinduism Obtaining permissions and Facilitating Hindu rituals

Paada Yatra to Temple

It is a HINDU tradition to “walk to a pilgrim” on special events/occasions and during some festive seasons. it is known as “PAADA YATRA” and this is a general practice in HINDUISM and this is done across Bharath i.e. INDIA. Paada Yatra is not merely a walking event but it is a religious event that inculcates devotion, spirituality and a

Festival Celebrations

Hindu Council celebrates following Festivals with the community : Deepavali Holi Janamashtami Sri Sitarama Kalyanam Deepawali and Annakut Celebrations are held in the Australian Parliament House, Canberra every year. Deepavali festival is celebrated in many major cities of Australia including Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. Holi-The Festival of Colours is celebrated by Hindu Council of Australia and is Proudly Supported

Gargi Award to Outstanding Women

On the International day of women 2018, Hindu Council of Australia has decided to institute an award for outstanding women in Australia who make a good role model for growing up Hindu girls and women. The award will consist of a commendation letter and will be awarded in multiple categories like Sports, Journalism, Performers, Defense, Community Carers, Home Carers, Seniors

SRE – Teaching Hinduism in schools

The Hindu Council of Australia is a registered provider of Hindu religious instruction as part of the Special Religious Education (SRE) classes in NSW State Secondary Schools.  Students from any religious and cultural background are welcome to attend with the permission of their parents.  Our classes provides the opportunity for students to connect with their rich spiritual and cultural heritage

Karma Kitchen

"KARMA KITCHEN" is an initiative of HCA to distribute free food to homeless and needy people in our society. Joining hands with interagency and network of community services such as Mission Australia and Parramatta mission. Supported by local community organisations such as Hindu Swayam Sevak Sangh, Friends of India, Sewa Australia and many more. We serve freshly cooked vegetarian (Saatvik)

Community Services

Hindu Council serves Australian community through its targeted activities. Karma Kitchen serving free food to needy and homeless in Parramatta, NSW Hindu Chaplaincy programs in Sydney and Melbourne Conducts First Aid training course for community volunteers Helps needy in emergency through Hindu Benevolent Fund Sponsors Pada Yatra (walkathon) visiting various Hindu temples between Westmead and Helensburgh in NSW

Hindu Education

Hindu council promotes education of Hinduism among Hindu children in schools and about Hinduism to general Australian public. Hindu Council Provides educational courses and certificates on courses on Hinduism. You can join the free courses by clicking here and Study an online course on Introduction to Hinduism (FREE). Represents Hinduism at the NSW department of Education's Consultative Committee on Special

Yoga Day

Hindu Council celebrates UN International Yoga Day On the occasion of the first World Yoga Day, Hindu Council of Australia in collaboration with Hindu Swayamsevak Snagh and OFBJP Australia teamed up with a number of Yoga schools and community organizations to celebrate the historic event on June 21st 2015. Since then, Hindu Council has been helping organize and celebrate International

Hindu Chaplaincy

Hindu Council proides Hindu chaplaincy services in hospitals, Jails and Universities to provide emotional spiritual counseling to University students. NSW - Hospital chaplaincy in Sydney (Contact : Jayanthi Jayramanan jayanthi@hinducouncil.com.au ) NSW Jails Chaplaincy (Contact : Jayanthi Jayramanan jayanthi@hinducouncil.com.au) VIC - Hospital Chaplaincy in Melbourne (Contact : Makarand Bhagwat melbourne@hinducouncil.com.au) NSW - University Chaplaincy in WSU and UTS (Contact :

Hindu Benevolent Fund

Hindu Council of Australia has taken an initiative to open a Hindu Benevolent Fund and has launched Hindu Benevolent Fund (HBF) in the Deepavali festival in Oct 2017. HBF is a Hindu Council's  community initiative to have a benevolent fund to provide financial support to individuals and families in dire need of financial help to meet their day to day

Vegetarianism

Please click one of the following links What is Vegetarianism There are many types of Vegetarians Hindu Council defines Pure Vegetarian Suspect foods which may not be vegetarian despite their name Exempt Foods, Foods which are considered Pure Vegetarian Information resources for Vegetarians on the Internet Read blogs written on Vegetarianism

Volunteer Registration

We are a volunteer organization and always looking for people to help in various activities such as event planning, outreach programs, website management, marketing and similar activities. We will be happy to hear from you if you are interested in joining us, please do let us know how you can contribute     The Hindu Council of Australia 17 The

Interfaith

It is one of the most important functions of the Hindu Council to represent the Hindu faith in the inter-faith meetings and to take part in the multicultural activities in Australia and the Australasia region.We have been increasingly involved in this activity. Give below are the interfaith activities we have been involved with : The peace symposium 2017 : organized by

About Us

Hindu Council of Australia is a peak body organisation founded in 1998 with an aim to create a strong and unified Hindu community in Australia. Since HCA was founded, it has been acting as a representative of the Hindu community in Australia in dealing with the federal, state and local governments, apart from reaching out to other Hindu organisations and institutions.

MISSION:

Hindu Council of Australia’s mission is to work for a strong, cohesive and active Hindu community in Australia, aiming to live in harmony with other religious and cultural communities while also devoted to preserving, promoting and sharing Hindu faith, culture and traditions with others in the society.

 

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