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Hindus push their issues through Faith Council in NSW
The Hindu Council of Australia asks all members of Dharmic religions residing in Australia to let us know if other issues should be raised on behalf of our communities. Please email your issues to editor@hinducouncil.com.au The Hindu Council of Australia …

Migrants and Refugees Career Pathways in Health – Semester 1 2024
Program Description: Have you always loved caring for others? Start training for a truly rewarding career by participating in the Career Pathways for Migrants and Refugees in Health program. This program provides an introduction the Health industry. The program includes …

NSW Faith Affairs Council commits to interfaith collaboration
The new Labour government in NSW has formed a Faith Affairs Council of 19 faith leaders. Hindus are represented by Hindu Council of Australia’s representative Surinder Jain. The Council held its first full meeting 0n 29 November 2023 at NSW …

Malta’s lack of a crematorium is denying Hindus right to practice their faith
Hindus urge the Maltese government to subsidise cremations abroad in the absence of a crematorium. The lack of a crematorium in Malta is forcing Hindus to bury their loved ones in contradiction to their beliefs, a senior religious leader has …

A true story that gives goosebumps
This is a real story that stood in history as the example of bhakti in Kaliyuga. A story that raises hair and is unbelievable. It is unbelievable because Bhagwan Shiva appeared and helped a Britisher who has no connection to …

2023 Remembrance Day Service at Anzac Jawan Cenotaph
The Australia India Cenotaph Committee (A project of Hindu Council Australia) along with Hornsby RSL Sub branch conducted the sixth Anzac Jawan Remembrance Day service at Cherrybrook on 19 Nov 2023 to commemorate the sacrifices made by the Anzac of …

HCA Deepavali 2023 Souvenir Magazine
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1V-5GXFF9Sd4_uYalVYafn19tbyJmbbIh/view?usp=sharing …

Setu Talks – Decolonising intellectual minds of Indian Disapora
Click below to register for event Setu Talks …

Divine Amla tree (Indian gooseberry)
Akshaya Navami Fasting Amla tree sis divine as per the puranas. According to our ancestors one will get endless virtue by praying to Amla tree Many communities celrbrate Akshaya Navami on the 9th day after Deepaali and pray to Amala …

Deepavali 2023
Deepavali, the festival of lights is the largest festival in India and worldwide. Hindus primarily celebrate Deepavali but other religions like Jains, Buddhists and Sikhs also celebrate it. Other religions have different names and reasons/stories to celebrate this day. For …

Thousands attend the solidarity vigil in Sydney against terror attacks
A symbolic act saw six multicultural community leaders pin yellow ribbons on a Magen David, uniting different communities in support of Israel and the Jewish people …

Say NO to Anti-Semitism – Sign your support
Hindu Council of Australia says no to Anti-semitism. We pledge our support for an Australia where all citizens are treated with respect, inclusivity and dignity. Vaisudev Kutambkam (World is one family) Hindu Council encourages all Australian Hindus to reaffirm their …

Trust..to Truth by Swami Shrikarananda – free public discourses
About the Talks In this surprisingly practical chapter of the Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna gives us an entirely new take on faith. Commonly, we think that faith is just belief and that we have a choice about whether we believe …

Call upon Hindus to Join – Set Them Free Solidarity Vigil
Fourteen hundred innocent human beings including at least ten Hindus (https://hinducouncil.com.au/new/hammas-killed-10-hindu-students-from-nepal-on-7th-october-2023/) have been brutally tortured, raped, killed or abducted by Hamas terrorists in Israel on 7th October 2023. Ten Nepali Hindus and three Indians are among them. We call upon …

Avail of these upcoming grant opportunities
Infrastructure Grants: Community Infrastructure Funding to support community infrastructure such as a multipurpose community hub or a service for an eligible community group. https://www.nsw.gov.au/grants-and-funding/clubgrants-category-3-fund/clubgrants-infrastructure Opening soon- 27th Nov 23 and closing – 18th Dec 2023 Grant Amount: $50,000 to $250,000 …

Hamas killed 10 Hindu students from Nepal on 7th October 2023
It is a well known fact that Hamas terrorists (HAMAS–the acronym for Harakat al-Muqawama al-Islamiya, Islamic Resistance Movement) committed extremely brutal torture, executions, rapes and kidnappings of Israeli citizens on 7th October 2023. It is a little know fact that …

Remembrance Day 2023 Service at ANZAC Jawan Cenotaph
Australia India Cenotaph Committee would like to invite you to the Remembrance Day Service at Anzac Jawan Cenotaph. Venue: Anzac Jawan Cenotaph, Opp. Carlile Swimming, Shepherds Lane, Cherrybrook Day: 19th November Time: 4.30 PM for 5.00 PM start Click here …

Introduction to HSBC Partnership with Hindu Council Australia
HSBC lights up Deepavali celebrations as Principal Sponsor of Hindu Council of Australia Events across the nation. HSBC continues to strengthen its ties with the Hindu Council of Australia (HCA), building on their initial collaboration in 2018. Starting out as …

 


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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