PM and Home Minister message to Hindus and all Australians

The Prime Minister of Australia Mr Scott Morrison and Minister for Immigration and Home Affairs Mr Alex Hawke to all Hindus and to all Australians : We are going through a very difficult challenge.  STAY HOME and GET VACCINATED. Lets fight it together and we will overcome this Pandemic.

Indian Independence Day Teams Event – Fiona Martin MP

By: Fiona Martin, MP Fiona Martin MP invites you to join and look forward to commemorating India Independence Day and connecting with many in the local community. Speakers include : Fiona Martin, MP Hon Jason Wood MP (Assistant Minister for Customers, Community Safety and Multicultural Affairs) Mr Manpreet Vohra (High Commissioner of India) Manish Gupta […]

Hey gobind, Hey gopaal at Gallipoli in the trenches

Indian soldiers fought along with Otago battalions from New Zealand during World War I. During Vaisakhi and on other days when blood, bullets, death and injury were raining, Indian soldiers would bravely celebrate their festivals using a tin can as a drum. According to two historians Harchand Singh Bedi and Harprabhjeet Singh Bedi of SBS […]

USA law makers call Hindu Gods “false”

North Dakota Parliament opened its 2nd April 2019 session with Hindu prayers. Several Republican members of the Parliament protested the opening of the session with Hindu prayers. The Senate and House convene daily with a prayer by the chamber’s guest chaplains followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. Lutheran pastor and freshman Rep. Jeff Hoverson of […]

Pakistan’s 200 year plan to restore Hindu temples

Imran Khan, the PM of Pakistan has started a new project. The project is to restore Hindu temples back to Hindus so that temples can be restored and used for Hindu prayers. BUT there is a catch. Only two temples (of estimated total 400) will be restored each year. Is he genuine or is it […]

A NSW MP goes Vegan

By: Sydney Morning Herald. “The chicken was purring and I realised chickens purr the same way as my cat,” she said. “I realised if I can’t eat my cat then I can’t eat this chicken.” Few politicians are asked about their diet as much as Ms Hurst, who is required as a candidate for the […]

UK Christians help kidnapped Hindu girls of Pakistan

UK-based British Pakistani Christian Association (BPCA) has extended help to the family members of two Hindu minor girls Reena and Raveen who , in recent, past were abducted and forcibly converted to Islam and later married to Muslims men. [Click here to read more …]

Educational Heritage of Ancient India : A Talk by Sahana Singh

The Educational Heritage of Ancient India: How an Ecosystem of Learning Was Laid to Waste.

Hindu Council condemns terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka

By: Hindu Council of Australia. 23rd April 2019. Hindu Council condemns senseless attacks on worshipers in Sri Lanka. Press Release – HCA condemns Terrirost attack in Sri lanka   Be first to know about Hindu Council of Australia’s events, blogs and news. Sign up for a regular newsletter by entering your email address below: Leave […]

ANZAC spirit recalls Australia India friendship – Indian down under

By Vijay Badhwar, Indian Down Under. Thanks to the Hindu Council of Australia who took initiative last year to erect the Cherrybrook Cenotaph that the Indian community now shares a part of ANZAC history.

Sewa International sponsoring school bags for poor in Karnataka

By: Rajesh. Sewa International. Sewa International, a member organization of Hindu Council of Australia,  has been sponsoring poor children from rural areas of Karnataka by sponsoring school bags with all stationery for an year. Our target is 500 kits and we have raised about 74 kits. We still need 426 kits yet to be sponsored […]

Hindus may suffer in Indonesia due to election

Many believe that the persecution of Hindus in Bali and human rights violation may be next on the cards.

Pak Hindus and Religious Freedom discussed at APRO

By: Surinder Jain, Hindu Council of Australia. A meeting of APRO (Australian Partnership of Religious Organisations) was held on 15th April. APRO is a national level Interfaith body. They aim to develop contacts with important institutions so that religious organizations can have a say in policy making. I raised the issue of attack on Hindu […]

Sanya’s List – Hindu Religious icons Sacraments

By: Hindu Council of Australia. Hindu Council of Australia has compiled a list of Hindu Icons that Hindus may wear on their body and which have spiritual significance. This list has been made to remove confusion among non-Hindus about what is sacred to Hindus. Hindu Sacraments worn on the body Hindu icons all year round […]

Hindu Council shows solidarity with Christchurch victims at Sydney Alliance

By: Surinder Jain. The Sydney Alliance brings together diverse community organisations, unions and religious organisations to advance the common good and achieve a fair, just and sustainable city.  They had organized a meeting of the community to show support for Islamic community after the Christchurch tragedy. Hindu Council was represented by its National Vice President, […]

Ayurveda – A whole body and mind science of cure

By: Dr Naveen Shukla, Dr Vishal Sharma, Dr Nikhila Venugopal. Nature Care Ayurveda. Ayurveda, the offspring of Atharvaveda and appreciated as the fifth Veda is the holistic system of medicine to promote health and to prevent diseases. This wonderful science has put up the Indian culture into great heights and is still a recollection of […]

Are you a vegetarian? Yes Yes No No May be Don’t Know

By: Surinder Jain. Many of us including some of the most powerful men of the world are either blind or skeptic to the impending doom known in popular folklore as Climate change. But the good news is that many of us are not only aware of a heating earth but are also willing to do […]

Sree Jalaram Bapa Temple WA Bhumi Puja 8-9th June

With blessings from Pujya Shree Jalaram Bapa, we would like to inform you all that we will be commencing with the Bhumi Pujan (ground breaking) ceremony of our much awaited Mandir & Community Centre on the weekend of the 8th & 9th of June 2019. We will be sending out more details once we finalize […]

Ramayana Trail in Sri Lanka Tours

By: Ramzi Ali, Sri Lanka and Surinder Jain. The Ramayana is an ancient Hindu epic of India, the life of Lord Rama, an incarnation of God Vishnu. In the story Rama’s wife, Sita, is kidnapped by the evil demonic (Asura) king, Ravana, king of an island to the south of India, Lanka. Now known as […]

Special Sri Rama Gold Coin for Puja

By: ABC Bullion. Special Sri Rama Navami Promotion of Gold and Silver coins. $1 from every Sri Rama coin sold during April will be donated to Karma Kitchen, an initiative by the Hindu Council of Australia which provides free food to the homeless within the Parramatta region in NSW.

Government delays religious freedom bill until after election

Ben McEachen | April 10th, 2019 (Eternity News) But launches inquiry into anti-discrimination laws

ISKCON Bhoomi Puja ( Ground Breaking Ceremony)

By: Mona Swarup, Krishna Devotee. The grassland site at 217 Windsor Road, Vineyard was buzzing with activity since 8.00am on Sunday 31st March 2019. A team of enthusiastic devotees added final touches to the Bhumi Puja celebrations that were to commence in couple of hours.   A huge white marquee was set up with chairs […]

Museum of Australian Hindu Heritage

Hindus started arriving in Australia about fifty years ago. Since then our numbers have grown to almost half a million Hindus in Australia. Hindus have established many places of worship in Australia. It is said that the best time to record history is by those who have lived it. It is time that we start […]

Catholics ask Hindu Council to help train their teachers on Hinduism

Mr Vijai Singhal, Director, Hindu Council of Australia was invited by the Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta to make a presentation to the teachers of Religious Studies in their Catholic schools teaching Studies of Religion to the HSC students in their Secondary schools last Thursday, 4th April, 2019.  The topics covered were: Ethical teachings in Hinduism, […]

Book Review – Hidden Hymns

By: Rasamandala Das. “Hidden Hymns” should not remain hidden. The sheer breadth of information conveyed in this delightful and readable volume is staggering, and it can only lead to enlightenment. Indeed, though each “hand” has five separate fingers, they all find connection at the palm. Similarly, the five major world religions all converge in the […]

Superme Being in my Faith

By: Bharathi R. Bharathi  attended interfaith Symposium organised by Ahmadiyaa Muslim association and presented on topic “Supreme Being in my Faith”. There were total 6 speakers representing  Christian, Muslim, Buddhism, Sikhism, Judaism and Bharathi represented Hinduism . Over 120 people attended the event which was fully organised by Women for women. This is the second […]

Happy Hindu New Year to all

6th April 2019 – Happy Hindu New year to you all    The first day of the Hindu lunisolar calendar month of Chaitra. Diverse India celebrates Hindu New Year with many different names and traditions.   However, this is not the universal new year for all Hindus. For some, such as those in and near Gujarat, […]

Political party Dravid Kazagam insults Hindu God Krishna

Tamil Nadu : Hindus demand action against DK Party President for insulting Shrikrushna April 5, 2019 It is shameful for AIDMK Govt. in Tamil Nadu that such demand has to be made ! It is quite infuriating that Hindus, though they are majority in India, have to raise voice for their every just demand ! […]

Survey – Problems faced by Hindu Women

If you are a Hindu woman living in Australia, please take a minute to enter this survey. It will help Hindu Council of Australia to frame projects and policies to help you face these issues. Your Name (optional) : Your Email (optional): Your Phone (optional) : Your Age Group* : 18-25 years26-35 years35-60 yearsAbove 60 […]

Gargi awards 2019

By: Bharathi R. As part of International Women’s day celebration, Hindu Council of Australia organises Gargi Award function to appreciate and honour women’s achievement and contribution in various fields. Jodi McKay MP, Bharathi R and Durga Owen at Gargi Awards 2019 The concept of Gargi Award was started in 2018 with the intention to institute […]

Basic teachings of Hindu Scriptures (Part One)

By: Rasamandala Das (ISKCON). The aim of Hindu Scriptures is to gradually elevate man from a state of ignorance (tamas) to a state of pure goodness (çuddha-sattva). Ignorance is opposed to goodness. In ignorance, affected by material desires, anger, hate and greed, one becomes illusioned. An illusioned man cannot understand what is what. Instead of […]

Holi celebrated with colours and fun in Sydney

By: Hindu Council of Australia (NSW Chapter). The Holi Festival, organized by Hindu Council of Australia (HCA) was celebrated at Civic Park, Pendle Hill in the city of Sydney on Sunday 24th March with great zeal and fanfare by approximately 8000 people.  It was officially opened by Cumberland Hon. Councilor Suman Saha on behalf of […]

Transformative benefits of Meditation

By: Paramhansa Yogananda. Meditation is the science of God-realization. It is the most practical science in the world. Most people would want to meditate if they understood its value and experienced its beneficial effects.         The door to the kingdom of heaven is in the subtle center of transcendent consciousness at the […]

Why Pakistani Hindus leave their home for India

April 1, 2019 New Delhi : Almost every family living in the two refugee colonies in the capital for Hindus from Pakistan has a story to tell on what impelled them to leave their homes and flee to India. Dharmu ‘Master’, a tailor in his early-40s, came to India in 2017. His wife and three […]

To The New Beginnings

By: Jatin Damudre. Many communities in India celebrate their New Year on Chaitra Shukla Pratipada (First day of the month of Chaitra of Hindu Lunar Calendar). Marathi community celebrate it as Gudi Padwa, the Kanada and Telgu community celebrate it as Ugadi, Sindhi community celebrate it as Cheti Chand. Every community has their unique way […]

How Dharma transformed Michael

By: Michael Pace. My religious learning was at a French Catholic college, the Brothers of St.Joseph. We were daily taught the Catholic Catechism,which to this day I forget what it was all about,I have no clear understanding of it. However the only thing that had any affect on me was the ten commandments,which I have […]

Offensive Yoga mats withdrawn, Manufacturer apologizes

By: Prakash Mehta. Some Yoga students and teachers had brought to the attention of Hindu Council of Australia that Yoga mats with the pictures of Gods are being manufactures and sold. Hindu Council embarked on an awareness campaign to educate the yoga community on the appropriate use of images of Hindu deities and sacred symbols. […]

Hindu students suffer due to a lack of understanding of their faiths

Hindus have called upon faith based schools in Australia that their Hindu students should not be a target of conversion. They should not be asked to hide their faith as was the recent case in a Catholic school in Perth. Hindu Council of Australia has also called upon all faith based schools to admit students, […]

Divine evening with Swami Ji

Divine evening with Swami Ji, April 13, 2019 – 6:00 pm, CherrybrookDear Friends, Namaskar!   It is our pleasure to invite you with your family and friends to join us to a Divine Evening with Sri Shuddhaanandaa Brahmachari. Please refer to the attached invitation and do not hesitate to contact me at any time by email […]

HBF helps pay funeral of ailing Mum

By: Ashwani Sharma and Ajay Khanna (Hindu Benevolent Fund). HBF had raised an appeal to pay for the funeral expenses of a Mom ailing with cancer in Hospital.  Hindu Benevolent fund – help needed for Funeral expenses. We are sad to report that Mum has passed away and the money collected by HBF for this […]

Pakistani Hindus lose daughters to forced Muslim marriages

LAHORE, Pakistan — Anila Dhawan, 17 , was kidnapped last spring from her home in Hyderabad, forced to convert to Islam and marry her abductor. The police refused to intervene. Her kidnapper told them she ran away from home, and converted to Islam and married him voluntarily. But after her family pressured a court to […]

Pakistani Hindus demand a law against forced conversion and child marriages

By: Ramesh Vankwani, Islamabad. Resolution against forced conversions & child marriages*   ISLAMABAD (26-03-2019): Prominent Hindu Lawmaker Dr Ramesh Kumar Vankwani has tabled two bills and one resolution against forced conversions, child marriages and for protection of minorities throughout the country. Condemning the recent abduction of two Hindu sisters named Reena and Raveena, he also […]

Australia plans to reduce the Migration Program ceiling by 15 per cent

Hindus are the fastest growing religion in Australia mainly due to migration of IT and other skilled experts. Now Australia plans to reduce its migration program. A statement by The Hon David Coleman MP MINISTER FOR IMMIGRATION, CITIZENSHIP AND MULTICULTURAL AFFAIRS 21 March 2019 Good afternoon, I’m writing to you to update you on the […]

Mentally challenged Hindu girl in Pakistan abducted and converted to Islam

By: The Hindu Portal. Another Hindu girl has been abducted and forcibly converted in Pakistan. Hindus fear that even though the girl is mentally challenged, her forced conversion will not be reversible. Mentally challenged Sonia was abducted days before Holi by a ‘Pathan’ looking man Read Full Story Here

Pakistan Hindu Council asks the govt to take action against forcible conversion and kidnapping of Reena & Raveena

By: Pakistan Hindu Council. Pakistan Hindu Council asks the govt to take action against forcible conversion and kidnapping of Reena & Raveena in Sindh. Demands to bring to justice Mian Mitho & others involved. Council urges the govt to implement child marriage act & bring a law against enforced conversions. Abducted Hindu minor girls approach […]

Dont teach Baa Baa Black Sheep. Teach : Vakrathunda mahaa kaaya….

Sanskrit Effect. The chanting of long texts does, in fact, have an amazing effect on the brain. Neuroscience shows how rigorous memorising can help the brain. The term the ‘Sanskrit Effect’ was coined by neuroscientist James Hartzell, who studied 21 professionally qualified Sanskrit pandits. He discovered that memorising Vedic mantras increases the size of brain regions […]

ISKCON Bhumi Puja

Bhoomi Puja of the new temple of ISKCON on Sunday 31st March.

World celebrities who became Hindus

18 Famous hollywood people who adopted Hinduism as their faith.

ANZAC Jawan Memorial Service to be held on 13th April

By: Ashwani Jain. A team of Hindu Council of Australia consisting of State President Jay Raman, State Secretary Ashwani Jain and Director Ashwani Sharma along with Parveen Gupta  met Hornsby Council Mayor Hon Philip Ruddock today. Click to Register From left to Right : Ashwani Sharma Director, Hornsby Council Mayor Hon Philip Ruddock, Jay Raman […]

VIEWPOINT: Discovering Hinduism in Āratī

Click here to view original web page at VIEWPOINT: Discovering Hinduism in Āratī Each Sunday evening as I enter Georgetown University’s Jewish prayer room, Makóm, for weekly Āratī , herbal incense and the soft hum of the harmonium greet me. After I grab a comfortable pillow and find a spot, I close my eyes and […]

Hindu Benevolent fund – help needed for Funeral expenses

Hindu benevolent Fund has been approached by a resident of Sydney whose ailing mother has been suffering with cancer. We appeal everyone to contribute whatever they can towards this noble cause. A Hindu Benevolent Fund team consisting of Mr Ashwani Sharma and Ajay Khanna has visited the mother and her family and have reported that […]

Hindu Karma Kitchen honored as finalist for Australia Day

By: Sai Paravastu. Karma Kitchen is a project of Hindu Council of Australia to feed the homeless. Every Saturday, volunteers cook and serve food to homeless people in Alfred Park, Parramatta.

History of Hinduism in Sindh from ancient times

Click here to view original web page at History of Hinduism in Sindh from ancient times and why Sindh belongs to India Sindh: It is a southeastern state of Pakistan with its capital in Karachi. The name Sindh drives from the Sanskrit word Sindhu which is a river crossing both countries Pakistan and India. The […]

The oldest Jain temple in Pakistan

By: Wali Imran Khalil. 200 BC Greek City SirKap Pakistan is designed like Islamabad February 24, 2019 WIK Comments 0 Comment   SirKap is the only Greek city in the Indo Pakistan Subcontinent from the Greco-Bactrian times. Taxila city, which is synonymous with SirKap, has been mentioned by Greek philosopher Apollonius of Tyana of 1st […]

Man detained for insulting Hindu religion

Click here to view original web page at Man detained for insulting Hindu religion KUALA LUMPUR : A 52-year-old Facebook user was arrested by police in Bentong, Pahang late on Monday for allegedly posting insulting comments against Hindus in the social media. A federal police team from the serious crimes division raided a restaurant located […]

Bali Hindus in Denmark celebrate Nyepi festival

By: Akrut.co. Original article is in Indonesian language and is published at http://akurat.co/news/id-550558-read-umat-hindu-bali-rayakan-hari-suci-nyepi-di-kopenhagen Nyepi is a Bali Hindu festival Saka New Year Celebration. Read English translation below : Pensosbud of the Indonesian Embassy in Copenhagen, Dieny Maya Sari, said on Sunday (10/3) that the Saka New Year Celebration was attended by around 100 people from […]

It is not so cool – Being Shiva

Grief-stricken Shiva sat next to a funeral pyre, sobbing… crying his heart out; perhaps this was the only reminder of the warmth, which Sati provided Him. The haunting memories of carrying Sati’s body, set ablaze in His arms, roaming across the World, made Him restless. He was angry when Vishnu cut Sati’s body into 51 […]

Nepalese Peace Pagoda, Brisbane, Australia

By: Chetan Pant Short Video on Nepalese temple built by Nepal in World Expo 88′, situated in the South bank of Brisbane City, Australia. Captured through Mobile Camera.    

Indonesian President greets Indonesian Hindus on their new year Day

Hindu Council of Australia : Thank you Joko Widodo for greeting Indonesian Hindus on Hindu new year festival called Hari Raya Nyepi, a day of silence and reflection. Hari Raya Nyepi is new year day as per Balinese Saka calendar. Hindus in South East Asia are celebrating start of year 1941 of the Saka calendar. […]

Gargi Woman Manju Jain Verma, NSW

Winner of Gargi Woman Award 2019 – Community Service Manju Jain Verma, NSW A scientist, academic and clinician, Dr. Manju has earned her PhD in Ocular immunology from UNSW whilst being a specialist in ophthalmology. Abandoning a promising academic career at home, bringing up children, clearing the 14 exams to be allowed to practice, financial […]

Gargi Woman Mittu Gopalan, NSW

Winner of Gargi Woman Award 2019 – Performing Arts Mittu Gopalan, NSW A successful lawyer, managing a business and legal firm (Freedman and Gopalan). Mittu finds time for her passion, the arts taking pride for pursuing it, and helping the community all the way. Conducted a painting exhibition in November 2017 at Sydney.

Gargi Woman Dr. Chandrika Subramaniyan, NSW

Winner of Gargi Woman Award 2019 – Language & Culture Dr. Chandrika Subramaniyan,  NSW A multi-faceted personality, who is a key contributor in the field of education since 1988 across organizations in Australia and the south-east Asian countries. Also, Dr. Chandrika is a renowned media and judicial consultant and advisor She is a seasoned educator, […]

Gargi Woman Harita Mehta, NSW

Winner of Gargi Woman Award 2019 – Journalism Harita Mehta, NSW A hardworking individual who has received numerous accolades from Indian and international organizations, and an active volunteer at IllawarraMulticultural Services. She has helped refugees kick start their small businesses, and trains small groups on soft skill. Harita also runs an NGO in India, the […]

Gargi Woman Kamala (Nayni) Sharma-Wing

Winner of Gargi Woman Award 2019 – Defence Police Fire Emergency services Kamala (Nayni) Sharma-Wing, ACT Kamala is an impressive young Naval officer and an active member of the Royal Australian Navy’s intercultural Diversity Reference group Works to see genuine diversity and inclusion reflected within the Defence, Nayni has been a positive influence at the […]

Hindu Council submission on treatment of Hindu students in Catholic schools

Hindu Council of Australia has made a submission to Western Australian Education Minister MLC Sue Ellery on their concerns about treatment of Hindu students in a Catholic school in Perth. The submission suggests transparency in school policies, restriction on interpreting other faiths, interfaith forums to communicate with each other and a law to provide religious […]

Hindus are the most tolerant says Pew Research

Hindus are the most tolerant according to @pewresearch Hinduism is a way of life which also accommodates atheist. You can be Hindu and atheist both. https://t.co/YiCu9dJe4C — Priya Kulkarni (@priyaakulkarni2) March 8, 2019 The Spectator Index @spectatorindex Believe religion is ‘very important’. Jehovah’s Witness: 90% Mormon: 84% Evangelical: 79% Muslim: 64% Catholic: 58% Orthodox Christian: […]

Hare Krishna Community and Cultural Centre coming up

His Divine Grace A C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (Founder Acharya: International Society for Krishna Consciousness)  Hare Krishna Community and Cultural Centre coming up! The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), more popularly known as the “Hare Krishnas”, has announced a new temple and cultural centre to be built in Vineyard (near Windsor), approximately 50 km […]

Perth Jalaram Temple Update

PROJECT UPDATE SHREE JALARAM SANATAN MANDIR & COMMUNITY CENTRE. JAI JALARAM,   We are delighted to write to you about our temple and community centre project.   With the blessings of Pujya Shree Jalaram Bapa, Shree Jalaram Mandal WA (Inc) of Perth, Western Australia (herein after referred to as SJMWA), is honored to let you […]

Shivaratri Celebration at Vedanta Hall – Sunday 3 March

Shivaratri Celebration At Vedanta Hall, 15 Liverpool Rd, Croydon on Sunday 3 March. As an offering to Shiva the Celebration commenced with group chanting of Om Namah Shivaya 108 times creating a vibrant feeling of peace. In his speech at the event Nandu Mehta, Secretary of the Ramakrishna Sarada Vedanta Society of NSW, observed “Siva […]

Hindu Symbols vandalized during Nyepi religious celebrations in East Java

Translation from Indonesian to English of Jelang Nyepi, Tiga Ornamen Simbol Umat Hindu Dirusak Orang tak Dikenal by Google Translate. “LUMAJANG – The tranquility of the Tenggerese Hindus in Lumajang, East Java is disturbed ahead of the Nyepi celebration. There was destruction of three religious symbols in the form of patmasari or ornaments on the edge […]

Juror’s ‘passion’ over Bible

An appeals court on Friday ordered a new trial for a Camden County doctor over a juror’s comment noting the doctor didn’t put his hand on the Bible when he testified to defend himself in a sexual harassment case. The decision found that the juror’s remark about Dr. Abbas […] Click here to view original […]

Bangladesh Govt to develop 1,812 Hindu establishments

During the Liberation War in 1971, Pakistan army men destroyed many temples in different parts of the country, it added. “Among other problems, preservation of Hindu culture and temples is a major issue,” proposal said. The government is going to develop and renovate 1,812 Hindu temples and religious establishments across the country. The Tk 228.69-crore […]

Book Review – Flight of Deities and Rebirth of Temples

This book ought to be part of every Indian’s library, not in order to embarrass present-day Muslims who had nothing to do with the desecration of temples, but as a reminder of the damage done to truth by Left-wing historians. The cover of Flight of Deities and Rebirth of Temples: Episodes from Indian History by […]

Half a million cows to be buried in Australia

During recent floods in the northern state of Queensland many towns were devastated. The state of Queensland also known as the sunshine state is an agricultural state with cattle farming as well as milk a major part of its economy. Cattle grazing for beef and sheep grazing for wool production is an important industry.  Queensland […]

Australians celebrate Maha Shivratri in Sydney

By: Anmol Puri. Art of Living in Sydney celebrated Mahashivratri with a soulful satsang at Dundas Community Centre followed by home cooked vegetarian dinner which also catered for those who were fasting. More than 60 people attended the satsang and were blissed by the soulful bhajans (devotional chanting) sung by Art of Living singers accompanied […]

This Shivratri, Support Kashmiri Pandits

On this auspicious day of Shivaratri, we are reinvigorating our advocacy efforts for Kashmiri Pandits. We are working closely with leaders of the Kashmiri Pandit community here in America to amplify their voices. What does that include? Put Masood Azhar onto the UN international terrorist list Create more videos to set the record straight about Kashmir […]

Java Hindus celebrate Hindu Festival Melasti

By:Aman Rochman. Thousands of members of the Hindu Tengger community, who live on the slopes of Mount Bromo, carried offerings, heirlooms and other items to the Widodaren spring to perform the Melasti ceremony on Sunday, March 3, 2019 . Hindus will perform an ogoh-ogoh (giant effigy) parade on Wednesday afternoon and then perform Nyepi on […]

Best Shivratri Quotes And Greetings to Celebrate The Day of Lord Shiva

Happy Mahashivratri 2019: Best Shivratri SMS, WhatsApp, Facebook Quotes And Messages to Send to Your Loved Ones Mahashivratri is the ‘Great Night of Shiva’ and this festival will be celebrated on March 4 this year. This auspicious Hindu festival falls on the 13th night and 14th day of the  […] Click here to view original […]

Holi its significance and how is it celebrated?

In March this year, people around the world will celebrate the Hindu festival of Holi, also known as the “Festival of Colours”. Observed for centuries, the festival is a jubilant occasion that sees Hindus create bonfires and cover each other in rainbow-hued powder to commemorate the beginning of spring.  From the festival’s significance to how […]

Why You Should Perform Rudra Abhishek This Maha Shivaratri

Why is Maha Shivratri celebrated? Maha Shivratri, which literally translates to “great night of Shiva” is a Hindu festival largely celebrated in India as well as in Nepal. The festival is celebrated on the new moon day in the month of Maagha according to the Hindu calendar. The day […] Click here to view original […]

Third brewery in six months forced to apologise for naming beer after Hindu god

A man folds his hand in reverence at a statue of the Hindu monkey-god Hanuman ( AP ) A brewery in Virginia has been forced to apologise after it named a beer after the Hindu god Hanuman. Olde Salem Brewing Company said it was not aware of the religious […] Click here to view original […]

Finding himself in festivals – Book review

Blogger-turned-author Chithiraveethikaran talks about his fascination for festivals and his first book Thiruvizhakkalin Thalainagaram Madurai It was the night before Lord Kallazhagar’s entry into the Vaigai and the blinding lights made Madurai look like the moon on earth. Men dressed in the attire of guardian deities, danced around the […] Click here to view original […]

Hindu holy festival Kumbh Mela attracts 150 million visitors

A Naga Sadhu or a Hindu holy man is covered in ashes as he participates in a procession before the second “Shahi Snan” (grand bath) at “Kumbh Mela” or the Pitcher Festival, in Prayagraj, previously known as Allahabad, India, February 4, 2019.. (photo credit: ADNAN ABIDI/ REUTERS) Prayagraj [Allahabad] […] Click here to view original […]

Bali’s Annual “Silent Day” Needs To Be On Everyone’s Bucket List

Wondering when’s the best time to visit Bali? Many will say it’s during the dry season April through October, but according to Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan and Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay, the best month is March for the unique Balinese-Hindu New Year, known as […] Click here to view original […]

Brewery apologizes for ‘highly insensitive’ beer after Hindu protest

A brewing company apologized for a dark beer that shared the same name as a Hindu deity. (iStock) A Virginia brewing company apologized for a beer that shares the same name as a Hindu deity after some called it “high insensitive.” Olde Salem Brewing Company said it was just […] Click here to view original […]

Sonam Kapoor Lambasted for anti-Hindu sentiment on her social media

Amid heightened tension between India and Pakistan, Bollywood actor Sonam Kapoor-Ahuja has come under fire for promoting allegedly ‘anti-Hindu’ sentiments on her social media. The actress recently shared a post by the Facebook parody page ‘Humans of Hindutva’ on her Instagram handle’s ‘Stories’ feature. The popular Snapchat-inspired feature allows […] Click here to view original […]

History – Hindus protect Polish Christian refugees from Nazi

During World War II when Hitler invaded Poland and started the war,  500 Polish women and 200 Polish children sought and were granted refuge in Hindu India when most European and Asian countries refused. Watch below :    

Australian New Zealand MPs condemn Pulwama terror attack

Mr Julian Leeser MP, Federal Member for Berowra, NSW, Liberal Party of Australia said today that “Today I spoke in Parliament to condemn the appalling terrorist attack that was carried out in India on Valentine’s Day by Jaish-e-Mohammed.  Australians stood and marched with India since the earliest days of World War 1. We continue to […]

Books to Help With Rituals (Puja)

By: Ambaa Choate.   I was browsing on Amazon and I realized that there are quite a number of books these days with detailed instructions for various puja rituals to do yourself at home. Ritual worship isn’t for everyone and you don’t have to do it to be a Hindu, but it’s a special part […]

Building a new temple based on Agama Sastra in Gungahlin District, Canberra

By: Dr Krishna Nadimpalli, Hindu Canberra Mandir. The Canberra Hindu Mandir (CHM) follows agama shastra architecture under the guidance of Sri Venkateswara Vedic University, Tirupati, India.  CHM has been registered in 2014 to provide a place of worship for the Hindu practicing residents of Gungahlin region in Canberra. Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has offered 6000 sq.m […]

The Unconventional Groom

Author: Jiten Damudre. The sight of Shiva riding a bull, his mount Nandi, smeared in ashes, bedecked with a garland of skulls, smoking a pot, and a mere tiger skin as a loin cloth for his wedding, left Parvati’s parents Himavat and Mena in a state of shock and embarrassment. Mena – Parvati’s mother, was […]

Exodus of Kashmiri Hindus

By: Wikipedia. Kashmir, a paradise on earth Kashmir is the northernmost geographical region of the Indian subcontinent. Kashmir region became an important centre of Hinduism in the first half of millennium and later of Buddhism; later still, in the ninth century, Kashmir Shaivism arose.[4] In 1339, Shah Mir became the first Muslim ruler of Kashmir, […]

HCA (Vic) participates in the Festival of Chariots (Rath Yatra)

By: Makarand Bhagwat, Victoria Chapter of Hindu Council. A team of devoted volunteers from Hindu Council of Australia (Vic) participated in the Festival of Chariots (Rath Yatra) organised by its partner organisation, ISKCON, Melbourne at Catani Gardens during the recent St Kilda Festival on Sunday 10th February in Melbourne.   The group presented half an […]

Holi message from Opposition leader Bill Shorten

THE HON BILL SHORTEN MP LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION SHADOW MINISTER FOR INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS AND ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDERS MEMBER FOR MARIBYRNONG  HOLI FESTIVAL MESSAGE 2019 It gives me great pleasure to send my well wishes to the Australian Hindu Community and everyone taking part in Holi celebrations around the country. Holi, also known […]

Australian Prime Minister – Holi message

The Hon. Scott Morrison MP Prime Minister    HOLI 2019  For centuries, the ancient festival of Holi has celebrated the arrival of spring and the promise of renewal and rebirth. Though it is not spring in Australia, today Holi’s significance is broader: bringing people of all cultural backgrounds, and all walks of life, together in […]

Sydney pays homage to 44 CRPF fallen in Pulwama Kashmir, India

Over a thousand Indians from all backgrounds gathered in Sydney today to pay their last respects to 44 Indian brave soldiers who died at the hand of religious fanatics. The incident took place in Pulwama, Kashmir, India when a suicide bomber rammed his explosive laden vehicle in to a bus transporting a convoy of Police. […]

Hindu Council supports UN World Harmony Week 2019 in Melbourne

By: Hindu Council Melbourne Chapter. The Melbourne chapter of Hindu Council participated in and supported 2019 UN World Harmony Week. The event was attended by Mr Makarand Bhagwat. World Interfaith Harmony Week is a UN resolution for a worldwide week of interfaith harmony proposed in 2010 by King Abdullah II and Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad […]

Hindu Council support Uluru Statement from the Heart

By: Makarand Bhagwat. Hindu Council of Australia (Vic) joined faith leaders at the celebration of the 2019 UN World Interfaith Harmony Week, to stop and listen to the voice of aboriginal and Torres Strait islander people in hope of reconciliation and healing our nation’s broken heart.   The event was held on Sunday 17th February […]

Veerashaivas Community of Australia pays respects to Siddhaganga Swamiji.

By: Vijayakumar Halagali. Memorial service and Prayer meeting was organized by the Veerashaiva Samaja of Asia Pacific Inc. (VSAP) at  Sri Sai Mandir Hall, Regents Park(Sydney), Australia. This event was organized to facilitate an opportunity to the local Veerashaiva community to pay last respects to most respected and worshipped Swamiji as the “Walking God”. This […]

Hindu Council condemns terrorist attack in Pulwama India

“Hindu council of Australia joins the international community in strongly condemning yesterday’s Pulwama terrorist attack on CRPF Jawans in the Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir where more than 40 soldiers lost their lives. We send our heartfelt condolences to the families of the martyrs who laid their lives for serving their motherland.    The entire […]