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Join Australians united against Antisemitism – 4th February Sydney
Members of Hindu community are invited to join an event organised by Christian community against racial hatred anti-Semitism. The event will be held on 4th February in Sydney between 3-4pm. You must register in order to attend. Please use the …

Rongali Bihu and Jetuka
Article by Shrutidhara Kaushik, Sydney A society is marked by its uniqueness in cultural heritage, ethos, principles, tradition, diversity, emotion, sentiments, beliefs, practices, ethnicity, and other elements which create a strong bond within the group. Assam is a land of …

SPECIAL RELIGIOUS EDUCATION & TAX DEDUCTIBLE GIVING TO SCHOOL BUILDING FUNDS ARE BOTH UNDER THREAT
The deductible gift recipient (DGR) system in Australia allows certain charitable organisations to offer tax deductible donations to their donors. This tax deductablity of donations has been (rightly) used by various faiths in Australia. Hindus are in the process of …

Restore palliative care funding to support people throughout New South Wales with a life-limiting illness
The NSW state government has slashed funding for palliative care. Susan Carter MLC has lodged an official parliamentary petition calling for the NSW Government to recommit $150 million in funding that they slashed from palliative care last year. Please sign …

Safety and Security regarding the celebrations of Rama Temple inauguration on 22nd January
Dear Hindu organisations, Many of you may be aware that some temples and members of our community had a concern about safety and security regarding their celebrations of Rama Temple inauguration on 22nd January. The Hindu Council of Australia had …

Sadhguru in Sydney
Soak in the Ecstasy of Enlightenment This is not merely a program. This is an immense wave of grace and energy. Offered for the first time, this day-long program is an opportunity to be swept away in nameless ecstasies as …

Vietjet: an affordable and delicious way to travel back to India
Commencing 2 November 2023, Vietjet will operate 35 weekly round-trip flights connecting five prominent Indian destinations, including New Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Kochi, and Tiruchirappalli to Australia via Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. This offers a more cost-effective alternative for …

Dhanurmasam / Margashira month
Dhanurmasa, Dhanur Month, which falls from mid-December to mid-January is considered Shooonya Masam or Kharmas. Dhanurmas 2023 – 2024 begins on December 17, 2023 and ends on January 14, 2024. Dhanur Masam is considered inauspicious in some regions. Only prayers …

Chant Geeta, Enchant Krishna!
National Geeta Chanting Competition 2024 – Chinmaya Mission Australia …

Migration Strategy, Community Engagement by the Hon Clare O’Neil MP, Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Cyber Security,
Dear Community Representative, On 11 December has announced the Migration Strategy, which outlines a new vision for rebuilding our migration system for a more prosperous and secure Australia. Migration is central to Australia’s national story, with more than half of …

New National Team of Hindu Council of Australia
The Hindu Council of Australia has elected a new national team after the end of the 3 year term of the current team. Below are the names of the new team that has been elected in the Annual General Meeting …

Destiny
Indra’s wife Indrani used to have a parrot as a pet and loved it at a lot. One day the parrot got sick. Indrani showed the parrot to the doctor. The doctor said that it would be difficult for the …

Official launch of Hindu Chaplaincy by HCA
Hindu Council of Australia is proud to inform the community that we have launched Hindu Chaplaincy officially at Prince of Wales Hospital on Vijayadashami. The Hindu Chplaincy course which is called The Graduate Diploma in Counsellors of Hindu Tradition (CHT) …

Safety and Security grant for Hindu temples
NSW Stronger Together Safe Places for Faith Communities Grants The Multicultural NSW Stronger Together Safe Places for Faith Communities Program Grant provides funding for places of worship and other eligible places where faith communities gather regularly. In this funding round …

Stop desecration of Hare Krishna Gokula Farm in Hunters Valley NSW
Haribol Gaur Nitai, Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Prabhupada. Thanks very much for coming on board to help with our campaign to stop the NSW Government’s proposal to build 70metre towers on our New Gokula property at …

Auspicious “Subrahmanya Shashti” celebrations in Margashirsha Maasa Shuddha Shashti on 18-12-2023
Namaskara With the Grace of Lord Shree Krishna and blessings from H.H Sugunendra Teertha Swamiji, SVKVS will be celebrating the auspicious Subrahmanya Shashti 18-12-2023 It is believed that Swami Subrahmanya had annihilated the demon Tarakasura on this day. Devotees offer …

Yuwa Divas 2024
Namaste Join us for our Annual Event commemorating the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda on January 12th, starting at 6 PM at Altona City Theatre. The program kicks off promptly at 6:30 PM. 🌟 Celebrate Youth Day (Yuva Diwas) with …

Tapovan & Gita Jayanti Festival Celebrations
Chinmaya Mission Australia would like to invite you on 23 Dec 2023 8:00 am to make this a special event. On this day we chant all 700 verses (all 18 Chapters) of Bhagavad Gita & is quite unique & auspicious …

 


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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