Ramayana in Popular Culture

By: Surinder Jain. Contemporary books on Ramayana Production of Ramayana continues even today. Contemporary versions of the Ramayana include Sri Ramayana Darshanam by Dr. K. V. Puttappa in Kannada and  Ramayana Kalpavrikshamu by Viswanatha Satyanarayana in Telugu, both of which have been awarded the Jnanpith Award. A prose version called Geet Ramayan in Marathi by G.D. Madgulkar was rendered in music by Sudhir Phadke and is considered to be a […]

Thankyou India

Thankyou India by Tibet singers.    

Pre-history migration of Hindus to Australia

A study of Indigenous Australian DNA has found that Indigenous Australians may have mixed with people of Indian origin about 4,200 years ago. The same study showed that flint tools and Indian dogs may have been introduced from India at about this time.[10]  A 2012 paper reports that there is also evidence of a substantial genetic flow […]

Emma Hurst – Protecting animals

By: Surinder Jain. Emma Hurst, member of Animal Justice Party of Australia gave a talk to “Religions for Peace” interfaith group. The group has representative from all major faiths in Australia. Emma talked about how she became a vegetarian and is now fighting for justice to animals. She is in favor of legal provisions to […]

Why Hindus do Circumambulation (प्रदक्षिणा) around the Deity?

Hinduism is the oldest Civilization & only one which is based on Science. In Hinduism whatever is practiced is not only based on beliefs but there are scientific reasons behind each & every tradition. All of us visit temple & has done Circumambulation (प्रदक्षिणा) around the Deity & temple. Walking around the innermost chamber of […]

Stop this bill – It discriminates against our religions

One Nation NSW MLC Mark Latham has introduced a bill in NSW Parliament which will actively discriminate against new and minority religions. A Parliament committee is asking for people of faith from multicultural communities to fill out a survey indicating their position on this Bill. Hindu Council urges you to ask all members of your faith […]

Trials for 4 AYUSH formulations against Covid-19

Minister of State for AYUSH, Shripad Naik said he is hopeful that traditional medicines will show the way to overcome the Covid-19 pandemic. This type of study never happened in our country. These four candidates are – Ashwagandha, Yashtimadhu (Mulethi), Guduchi + Pippali (Giloy) and AYUSH-64, which was invented for the treatment of malaria and […]

Hindu council recommends CovidSafe

Australia’s Prime Minister has called upon everyone in Australia to download and install “CovidSafe” app on your mobile phones. Hindu Council strongly recommends everyone to do so. Many of you would have heard of ArogyaSetu app in India to help stop spread of Corona virus. CovidSafe helps stop spread of Corona virus in Australia in […]

Yogic Science of Wellbeing during Pandemic

By: Vijai Singhal. In these times of complete lockdown due to Coronavirus we have to keep ourselves mentally and physically active for our own wellbeing. Yoga provides a complete science of physical, mental and spiritual practices that would help us to live a healthy, happy and meaningful life and in the end help to attain […]

Victoria’s help to International students

International students will receive a relief payment of up to $1,100 as part of a Victorian Government emergency support package that will help tens of thousands of people across our state. International students are a vital part of our education system, our economy and our community. They give so much to Victoria – not just […]

Covid help survey form

HBF and Karma Kitchen are constantly endeavoring to provide help to needy students/elders. If you have asked us for help and have received the help, we urge you to fill out the form below. Your cooperation in filling out the form is an acknowledgement from you that you have received the groceries and other help […]

Get Help for Covid-19 crisis

If you are suffering from a crisis situation and would like to get help from Hindu Benevolent Fund, please fill out your request below:

How to Get crisis help from HBF

Australia is dealing well in controlling the current Covid -19 pandemic situation, However most of us are still facing economic and psychological crises. We are here for our duty of care. The Post Covid-19 crisis support is available. Hindu Council Of Australia under the projects (Hindu Benevolant Fund and Karma Kitchen) with support from Multicultural […]

Invitation to International Gita Mahotsav

A Hindu center burns down in Australian Bush Fires

By: Sri Om Community. Sydney has a large Hindu population and there are about 30 Hindu temples, spiritual centers and senior citizen service centers to cater for their religious, spiritual and social needs. Sri Om community in Sydney had purchased land and installed their deities with regular worship by the community. Sri Om temple Brindaban […]

Ayodhya Verdict – a landmark for human history

By: Surinder Jain. A five hundred year old wrong has been done right by the supreme court of India. Bhagwan Ram’s birth place will have a temple, even more magnificent, than what was destroyed in the fifteenth century by foreign fanatic invaders. Ram is an Avataar of Lord Vishnu, God who sustains the world. There […]

What are you doing on 20th of October

On 20th of October, I will be attending the Deepavali function at Bella Vista Farm. Will you be there? Make sure you come to enjoy…… • Ravana Effigy and fireworks • Rides and Activities for Families and Kids • Western Union Dance Competition • Delicious Indian Food Stalls. Free parking for over 3500 cars, Free […]

UNITED BHARAT EVENT, PERTH

UNITED BHARAT EVENT, PERTH (an information SESSION on revocation of Article 370 of Indian Constitution) On September 14, 2019 United Bharat Event was organised by Hindu Swayemsevak Sangh (HSS) in active collaboration with other Sangh affiliated organisations such as, Hindu Council of Australia (HCA), Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Samskruthi Group as well as other […]

Is your temple facing difficulties for getting visa for priests and saints

Hindu Council of Australia has made representations to the Immigration office to make religious visa more in line with our community needs. We have also formed a Peer to Peer support group which consists of temple representatives who have had some experience in obtaining religious visa for their own temples. These members are available for […]

Give me your tired, your homeless say Hindus for over 2000 years

By: Surinder Jain. Hindus have been the most tolerant and accepting of people fleeing their homelands ever since people started fleeing their homes. Jews (also know as Yehudi) and Parsis (Zoroastrians) stand out in history. But India today, is also home to many Tibetan, Afghans, Africans and many other ethnic and religious minorities from al […]

First Hindu Deputy Mayor in Hills District NSW

By: Jay Raman, President, Hindu Council NSW Chapter. Hindu Council of Australia congratulates Reena Jethi on becoming Deputy Mayor. Councillor Reena Jethi has been elected as the new Deputy Mayor of The Hills Shire during the September 10 Ordinary Meeting of Council.   Mayor of The Hills Shire, Dr Michelle Byrne congratulated Clr Jethi on […]

Meet Dr. Kummanam Rajashekaran

By: Manjunath, HSS. Meet Dr. Kummanam Rajashekaran September 20 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm Details Date: September 20 Time: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm Venue Parra Villa Function Lounge 42 Campbell Street Parramatta, New South Wales 2150 Australia

Labor frontbencher says party must engage with religious voters

By: Judith Ireland, Sydney Morning Herald. Labor frontbencher Michelle Rowland concedes her party “didn’t get it right” with religious voters at the recent federal election and the ALP’s plans to increase access to abortion caused “genuine anxiety” for some people of faith. As Parliament prepares to consider the Morrison government’s religious discrimination laws, Labor’s communications […]

Amb Sharif Hindu Temple, Soon Sakesar Valley, Pakistan

By: Wali Imran Khalil. Amb Shahi temple complex and fort of the Hindu Shahi dynasty that ruled over Salt Range from the 9th to the 10th century, was meant to protect their western flank from the raiders that managed to cross over the mighty Indus further west.

ISKCON Sydney gets $200,000 My Community grant

By: ISKCON Congregational Leadership team and Sydney Temple Council. Hare Krishna  Please accept  our humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.  We have a very wonderful piece of news to share with you. ISKCON Sydney has been successful in it’s application for the ‘My Community Project’ grant of $200,000.  As yo would be aware that […]

Training community leaders by We Are All Sydney praised by Dr Harinath

By: Lynda Ben-Menashe, NSW Jewish Board of Deputies. The NSW Jewish Board of Deputies’ “We Are All Sydney” Community Leadership Program brings together emerging and established leaders from Sydney’s diverse ethnic, faith and NGO communities and organisations. It includes 3 months of training, plus optional observerships in Jewish organisations and mentoring. Two volunteers from Hindu […]

Do you have a story to tell the community

By: Gayatri Nair, Hindu Council of Australia. To populate our website and social media pages, I am trying to collect inspiring, touching and fun stories from our community. I believe we have a fantastic and vibrant community that has many lovely stories to tell. If you know someone who is doing something unique and inspiring […]

ABC TV launches a new series starting with Deepavali theme

By: Anna Benjamin, ABC TV, Australia. The Unlisted Screening daily from 15 September at 5.30pm on ABC Me & ABC iview Dru Sharma avoids a mandatory dental check-up at school by persuading his twin brother Kal to go in his place. Later, when the twins are celebrating Diwali with their family, they begin to notice […]

Multifaith Event -18 August – Together in Friendship

By: Kanti Jinna. Annual Multi-faith function organised by the Order of Australia Association held at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, Canberra on Sunday 18 August 2019 . The theme was ‘Together in Friendship’. Various religious traditions had to say from their  sacred writings that connect with the theme.   The event was attended by the […]

Wali Imran Khalil locates yet another Hindu temple in Pakistan

Wali Imran Khalil locates yet another Hindu temple in Pakistan. ‘Nur Singh Pawar’ or ‘Nursing Phuwaar’, as it is called locally is a Hindu temple and retreat nestled on a sharp ledge 300 meters above the canyon floor that runs towards Katha Masral town from the highlands of Soon Sakesar hills. You can read his […]

Bhera Hindus were very learned and rich

  By: Wali Imran Khalil. (https://how2havefun.com/) An octogenarian told me that when she would visit the homes of her Hindu friends, their houses would be lined till the roof with books. And boy did they love their gold and riches. She mentioned that, to hide their surplus gold, the Hindus of Bhera would have their […]

Gurupooja Utsav, Sydney Mahanagar HSS

By: Manjunath. Cordial invitation to attend Gurupooja Utsav organized by Sydney Mahanagar, Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh, Australia. Sunday, 25th August 2019 10:30 AM – 12PM SP Jain School of Global Management 5 Figtree Dr, Olympic Park NSW 2127

Hindu Council welcomes Abrogation of Article 370 by Indian Government

State sponsored Pakistan’s back terrorism perpetrated ethnic cleansing of Hindus from valley. This action of abrogating Article 370 will be the key to bring peace and prosperity to South Asia and especially in Northern region of Jammu and Kashmir.

An Australia-Wide Celebration Of Sri Krishna Janmashtami

By: Manjari Fergusson, ASMY. One of the most auspicious and festive days of the year is upon us! Sri Krishna Janmashtami falls on Saturday, 24 August 2019, and is a time of worldwide jubilant celebrations to mark the birthday of Sri Krishna. These festivities can continue for weeks at a time, such is the enthusiasm […]

Resettlement of Exiled Hindu Kashmiri Pandit Community

By: Hindu American Foundation. Today the Government of India took a decisive step towards a solution to the decades-old conflict over Kashmir, by abrogating Articles 370 and 35A to India’s constitution that conferred special status on the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Reacting to the move by the Modi government, HAF Managing Director Samir Kalra […]

Mahmahopadhyay Bhadreshdas Swamji

By: Bimal Joshi. Invitation to a Special Event in the presence of Mahmahopadhyay Bhadreshdas Swamji Hindu Council of Australia and BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, Australia cordially invite you with family and friends to grace the occasion and attend this FREE event. Mahmahopadhyay Bhadreshdas Swamiji has received numerous accolades and recognition for his significant contribution to Hinduism […]

Help protect cows from drought at New Gokula Farm, Millfield NSW

Hindu Council of Australia urges you to donate New Gokula Farm, Millfield NSW for protecting their cows from severe drought affecting the state. GofundMe link :

Hindu Council of Australia spiritual carers reflect on end of life care

By: Makarand Bhagwat. On July 20, 2019, 18 members of the spiritual care team of Hindu Council of Australia (Victoria) met at a community centre in Mount Waverley to discuss palliative care. What matters most to you? In response to the question “What matters most to you?”, it was not surprising that one’s faith, family […]

UWS Orientation Day for International Students

By: Bhupinder Chabra. On Friday, 12 July 2019, University of Western Sydney organised an orientation day for international students. I met many new and established students during the orientation, provided them the information on HCA activities in Sydney and Australia and how HCA continue to support students, our current programs we have available for students […]

Meet with UNSW Hindu Society

By: Bhupinder Chabra, University Chaplaincy Coordinator, Hindu Council of Australia. On Thursday I had the pleasure of meeting with University of NSW Hindu Society to discuss the initiatives they have established and challenges they face at university. The Hindu Society is lead by Abhijit Srivastav and Moumita Paul and they continue to grow at UNSW. […]

Hindu Council supports Remove Hate from the Debate campaign

Hindu Council of Australia and Multicultural NSW is supporting an important campaign called Remove Hate from the Debate and we’d love you to be involved.  We know that online hate speech has an impact on social cohesion and on young people in our state. In fact, research has shown that 53% of young people have […]

International Yoga Day 2019 – Sydney

By: Ashwani Jain, Secretary NSW Chapter, Hindu Council of Australia. Hindu Council of Australia (HCA), in association with the Consulate General of India, Sydney, celebrated the fifth International Yoga Day with much fervour in Sydney. The event was held in Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre (formerly Indian Cultural Centre) on the evening of 18th June. The […]

550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev ji

By: Surinder Jain, Hindu Council of Australia. 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev ji is being celebrated throughout the world. The Indian civilization has been a civilization of knowledge, both worldly knowledge and contemplative knowledge. While Abrahamic religions have three main prophets founding the three Abrahamic religions, Indians had a myriad of luminaries who […]

General Council Meeting of QFCC

By: Surendra Prasad. Queensland Chapter, Hindu Council of Australia. Queensland Faith Communities Council General Meeting was held on Thursday 20 June, 2019. There was a very positive response to the General Council meeting and attendees were particularly interested in hearing from the three speakers about interfaith projects taking place in south-east Queensland. I am also […]

Oldest Hindu in Australia passes away

By: Prakash Mehta, National President, Hindu Council of Australia. Respected Shankalal ji passed away a week ago. He was an icon and we may never see such a vibrant Hindu in Australia again. Hindu Council of Australia conveys sincere condolences and pays respectful homage and tributes to the holy soul of Shri Shankerlal Trivedi His […]

An Evening with Sadhguru in Sydney

Sadhguru is a contemporary mystic whose passion spills into everything that he encounters. He imparts yogic sciences in a format easily adaptable to modern lifestyles, empowering individuals to transform their lives and take their destiny into their hands. This is an opportunity to be with Sadhguru for the first time in Sydney. This event offers […]

Immigration Minister eases pain of Religious Visas

By: Surinder Jain. Hindu Council had approached the immigration minister Mr David Coleman to help solve the problems faced by Hindu temples in obtaining visas for priests and religious workers. The Minister along with Commissioner Ms Lesley Dalton, Community Liaison officers Ms Gillian Craven, Ms Laura Beylerian arranged for Hindu temple representatives to discuss their […]

A Taxation system developed by Chanakya two thousands years ago

By: *Dr Ramesh Kumar Vankwani* Patron-in-chief, Pakistan Hindu Council Convener, Pakistan India Parliamentary Friendship Group   Governments should collect taxes like a honeybee, which sucks just the right amount of honey from the flower without causing any harm.”* ~Chanakya  

Eleven new Hindu Spiritual Carers (Chaplains) certified in Victoria

By: Makarand Bhagwat, Victoria Chapter of Hindu Council of Australia. Hindu Council of Australia in Victoria today proudly certified 11 Volunteer Spiritual Carers (Chaplains). This team of 11 volunteers went through a 20 hour training based on the guidelines of Spiritual Health Victoria ( now called as Spiritual Health  Association Ltd from 1 July 2019) […]

Shree Rama

By: Veera Lavoji. Why Sree Raama Raajya should be our guiding model is because IT Inspires us to attain that level of greatness which he himself has reached. There is an episode in the Ramayana when Ravana is asked, “When you are such a great maayavi, why don’t you appear in front of Sita in […]

INTERNATIONAL YOGA DAY 2019 (Perth)

By: Damji Koria, Perth. INTERNATIONAL YOGA DAY 2019 (Perth) Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh, Perth and Hindu Council of Australia, Perth chapter celebrated the International day of Yoga on Sunday the 24th of June from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm at George Burnett Leisure Centre at Karwara . The wet weather could not supress the excitement for […]

The most sought after multicultural event is back – Navrang!

Author: Asheish Gupta, Sri Mandir. NAVRANG 7th July 2019, 3 PM to 6 PM The Ponds High School, 180 Riverbank Drive , The Ponds NSW 2769 It is organised by the first Hindu Temple in Sydney, Sri Mandir, with an aim of acknowledging the rich heritage and culture all around us. As the evening will […]

Devi Sheetharam exhibition @ MARS Gallery

By: Lucy Kenyon. Currently MARS Gallery is showing beautiful new works from Indian artist Devi Seetharam as part of the ‘June’ group show, which I thought may interest you. Please find Devi’s artist statement below. DEVI SEETHARAM The purpose of this series is to visually narrate the tales of another culture, the historical context and […]

Ethnic cleansing in Kashmir of Indigenous Hindu Population – Part 1

A documentary by American Hindu Foundation. See parts 1 here. Part – 1 : Invaders from Central Asia  

Hindu women saints songs on SBS radio

By: Gayatri Bharat. For the first time, SBS will broadcast a Hindu women saints based Indian classical musical series that I have produced.  (My page has more details about me.)   The series “mystic women” is about Indian HINDU women saints, their struggles, inspiration and the beauty of their songs.    Facebook promo s below. […]

Katha & Kirtan by Brij Balika Shree ji from Barsana, Bharat

Katha & Kirtan by Shree ji from Maan Mandir, Barsana on Saturday 6 July 2019 from 5.00-8.00 PM at HTCC Canberra. Sadhvi Shree ji is brought up under the guidance of a great saint Shri Ramesh baba ji Maharaj, founder of Mata ji Goshala and Maan Mandir Seva Trust in Barsana. Mata ji Goshala is […]

Jewish super stars in Bollywood

By: Maria Thomas. Ben-Moshe was shocked to discover that the woman known by her stage name Nadira was born Florence Ezekiel in Israel, and that she was Jewish. “I’d always known there were Indian Jews but I had no idea there was an Indian Jewish superstar,” he recalled in a recent interview with Quartz.

A selection of sayings on Yoga

By: John Parrott, Founder of Relax Like A Boss. 15 favourite yoga sayings.

Chaplaincy Partnership with University of Western Sydney

By: Bhupinder Chabara. With immense pleasure I inform that after the long drawn tedious process, The Hindu Council of Australia (HCA), finally signed the Chaplaincy agreement with University of Western Sydney. Now HCA is the official community partner to deliver the well needed services to the large number of local and international student community, especially […]

Yoga Day celebration in Victoria

By: Makrand Bhagwat. Yoga Day celebration in Victoria.

Hindu Council Joins Hands with Palliative Care Victoria

By: Makarand Bhagwat, Hindu Council Victoria. HCA Vic has joined hands with Palliative Care Victoria and will soon be providing voluntary spiritual care to the Hindus who are in palliative care and looking for spirtitual support. Palliative Care – Helping people with life-limiting illness live well What is palliative care? Palliative care helps people with […]

Rathayatra – Festival of Chariots

Everyone is Invited to the Rathayatra – Festival of Chariots. Ratha Yatra, is a procession of Lord Krishna in his form of Jagannatha, Lord of the Universe. The Festival includes street parade, Cultural Show and delicious Free Vegetarian feast in Liverpool. The decorated chariots of Jagannatha will roll down the main streets of Liverpool and […]

Turmeric Latte (haldi doodh) cures arthritis

By: Madhu Arora. Turmeric has been proclaimed a superfood, a health booster and it is popping up on cafe menus recently as the “golden latte” or as “turmeric latte”. It is hot milk mixed with turmeric, coconut oil, maybe a bit of honey. An essential ingredient in Indian cooking turmeric is crowned “the queen of the kitchen”. […]

HSS Sydney Mahanagar Baudhik

Lecture and discussion by Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh.

Divine Life Society of Australia – Spiritual & Yoga Insights – Canberra

Free Discourses & a unique opportunity to share the Spiritual, Yoga insights” of His Holiness Sri Swami Yogaswarupananda of Divine Life Society, Rishikesh, India.  

Divine Life Society of Australia – Spiritual & Yoga Insights – Brisbane

Free Discourses and a unique opportunity to Share the spiritual & Yoga insights” of His Holiness Sri Swami Yogaswarupananda ji, Divine Life Society, Rishikesh. Events scheduled from 23rd June to 27th June, Brisbane. Refer to attached flyer for details.

International Yoga Day

By: Sai Pravastu. Hindu Council of Australia, in association with The Consulate General of India Sydney, cordially invite you for a free yoga event, to mark the occasion of the 5th International Yoga Day. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his UN address suggested the date of 21 June, as it is the longest day […]

Fasting in my religion

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Association Australia had organized an Interfaith Event “Fasting in My Religion” on 25th May at Merrylands. The event was attended and addressed by various community members Sathya Kishore Babu Koodala – South Indian Religious Community, Nicholas Cherniakoff – Russian School, Murtaza Poonawala – Dawoodi Bohra Muslim Community, Imam Imtiaz Ahmed Naveed Sahib […]

Inner Engineering with Sadhguru July 27-28 Melbourne

Sadhguru is coming back to Australia after a span of 7 years. There is a rare opportunity to learn a life transforming practice directly from him. You are invited to a unique opportunity to engineer an inner transformation that deepens the very way you perceive life, your work, and the world you inhabit. Created and […]

Tax office Scam Warning

By: Australian Tax office. Australian Tax Office has issued a latest warning and guideline for fake calls on behalf of ATO.

The Hidden Face of God

By: Vijai Singhal, Director, Hindu Council of Australia. Millions of households had plunged into darkness after Cyclone Fani, which had packed wind-speeds of about 200 kmph, made a landfall in the State of Odisha on 3 May 2019. Almost a million people from the state were evacuated to nearly 5,000 temporary shelters hours before its […]

Discourse of Dr RVSS Avadhanulu, Canberra Chapter, HCA

Written By: Santosh Gupta. Photos by : Bibhuti Panda. Video by : Mitra Desai. Hindu Council of Australia, Canberra Chapter, organised a discourse of Dr RVSS Avadhanulu, an Eminent Vedic Scholar & Founder of Shri Veda Bharati, on the Scientific Aspects in Vedas and Shastras on 19 May 2019 at the Hindu Temple & Cultural […]