Potential of Faith Tourism in Pakistan

By : Dr Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, a member of the National Assembly and patron-in-chief of the Pakistan Hindu Council. There is no doubt that the economies of peace-loving countries in the modern era are heavily dependent on tourism. To attract international tourists, such countries tend to brand themselves as a tourism-friendly societies. It is, therefore, […]

Pakistani Hindus discuss their issues in Pakistan Hindu Council AGM

By : pakistanhinducouncil.org.pk. The First General Body Meeting of Pakistan Hindu Council Cabinet 18-20 was held on 9th December 2018, Sunday at Global Marquees, Karachi. The meeting was started with Gayatri/Mool Mantar and then a welcome speech was done by Mr. Raja Bhawan (Vice-President) in which he welcomed all the members and applauds all the […]

Book Review – Hinduism and Nature

By : www.arc.org. Penguin India publishes important new book on Hinduism and Nature   We have just received our copy of Penguin India on Hinduism and Nature by historian, environmentalist (and good friend of ARC) Dr Nanditha Krishna. The book, published by Penguin India, is about the mythical stories and religious significance of many forests […]

Dalai Lama endorses Hinduism as most tolerant

Muslim nations must learn about religion from India : Dalai Lama There are various religions and traditions in India having population of over 125 crore. Muslim countries should learn from India. so that there is peace. There is coordination among all the religions here and due to non-violence principle, modern India is developing,” the Dalai […]

Hey, Do you speak Hindu? #IAMHINDUAMERICAN

By : American Hindu Foundation. #IAMHINDUAMERICAN We’re teachers and parents, politicians and artists, cab drivers and entrepreneurs, doctors and lawyers, small business owners and engineers. We give back to our communities every day in innumerable ways. Yet the general American public knows very little about us and our traditions. We want to change that. And […]

Santana Sikh of Potohar Pakistan

Baba Khem Singh Bedi Mahal Kallar Syedan Pakistan November 19, 2018 WIK Comments 0 Comment   By : Wali Imran Khalil   Baba Khem Singh Bedi (1832-1905) of Bedi Mahal, Kallar Syedan was the influential Sikh leader of the traditional “Santana” order in Potohar region, Pakistan.( Sangini fort at Kallar Sayedan is also worth seeing).Being 13th in […]

Christian missionaries who won’t take no for an answer

By Robert Burton-Bradley. ABC. Christians who won’t take no for an answer — touched by God or ‘white saviour complex’? According to the Centre for the Global Study of Christianity, there are 440,000 long term missionaries in foreign countries. There are more than 1.6 million young Americans going abroad on short missions for weeks or […]

Voilence during shifting of Hindu temple in Malaysia

After Islamic insult on Hindu temple in Malaysia, Violence breaks out November 28, 2018 Surya Jeya Kumar| Selangor : Vehicles were set ablaze when violence broke out near the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman temple in Selangor’s Subang Jaya  in the wee hours of Monday (Nov 26). The fight between two groups was sparked by a disagreement over the relocation of the Hindu temple, Subang […]

Giving Tuesday promoting vegetarian diet in New York schools

By : Kelley Wind, Giving Tuesday.   I didn’t think it could happen. I didn’t believe that a New York City public school would adopt a vegetarian menu… and then become one of the highest rated schools in the state. But I was wrong.    When the school leadership and staff is fully on board, […]

Sikh Samadhi and Hindu temple of Gulyana Pakistan

By : Wali Imran. Gulyana town Gujar Khan Pakistan that was destroyed twice November 26, 2018 WIK Comments 0 Comment Courtesy : Wali Imran,   900 years old Gulyana town of about a 50,000 people, just a few kilometers South of Gujar Khan, was raised to the ground once several centuries ago, by raiders from […]

Meat produced from plants – is it OK for Hindus?

By : Surinder Jain. Hindus are vegetarians primarily because of cruelty involved in producing meat which is done by killing a live animal. Inflicting pain on a living beings binds negative karma and continues our cycle of death and rebirth. Pain inflicted on a being in killing it increases with the number of senses possessed […]

Guru Nanak Dev Jayanti

Guru Nanak Dev Jyanti. Karthik Poornima, 23 Nov 2018 Hindu Council of Australia wishes happiness and peace with the blessings of Guru Nanak dev ji to all on the auspicious occasion of His Birthday, Gurpurab. Press Release – Guru NanakDev 550th Birth anniversary year

Commemorating the Centenary of Armistice – Cenotaph at Cherrybrook NSW

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 […]

Australia Rises against Temple Attack

Australians from all walks of life have risen in anger and indignation at the desecration and vandalism of a Hindu temple in Sydney last week. Hindu community has been overwhelmed by the support shown to it by the Governments, Political leaders, Religious leaders, Mayor, Councillors and ordinary Australians. Many ordinary Australians have shown their disgust […]

Lord from Bhadrachalam arrived in Sydney for Kalyanam and Coronation

By : Sai Pravastu. A historic moment for Australia –  Bhagwan Sri Rama along with Sita  Devi, Lakshmana and Anjaneya Swamy from Bhadrachalam Temple, have left from Bharat and are arriving today evening in Sydney. There will be a warm welcome by our local priests and Andal group with Purna Kumbam at the host’s residence.  […]

Goddess Kali gets Special Commendation by Woolahra Council in Vaucluse Australia

By : Surinder Jain. Vaucluse is a harbour suburb in the Woollahra council within Sydney, Australia. It is one of the most fashion and art conscious highly sought after suburb with a very high average income. The Council runs an annual Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize (WSSP) and attracts some of the best artists in Australia […]

Diwali Tradition – by French Association of Singapore

By: Fayrouz Yataghane. Deepavali illuminates us from September 29th to November 6th Deepavali also named Divali or Diwali is one of the most important cele-bration for the Hindu community. It is celebrated for three consecutive days with the main day being on November 6th this year. In Singapore preparations have started end of September in […]

Exhibition on Vietnam Hindu Cham Brahman Community Opens

An exhibition featuring the 2018 Kate Festival, the most important annual celebration of the ethnic Cham Brahman community, opened in the central province of Ninh Thuan on October 8. On the occasion, Mukha Linga and Po Long Girai statues, along with Nandin, Patil, and Banal sacred bulls, costumes, and musical instruments were introduced to the […]

Japanese town of Kichijoi is named after Hindu Goddess Lakshmi

Recalling the influence of India on Japanese culture and society, Kitagawa, Consul General of Japan, said many think Japan and India were different, though they are not, as is evident from the many temples in Japan being dedicated to Hindu gods.

Dowry abuse submission by Hindu Council of Australia

On 26 June 2018, the Senate of Australia (Upper house of Parliament) referred the practice of dowry and the incidence of dowry abuse in Australia to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report by 6 December 2018. The committee’s focus is on the broad issues raised in the terms of reference […]

Saudi Arabia accepts Yoga is not Un-Islamic

Saudi Arabia has embraced Yoga. Yoga is widely perceived as a Hindu practice and all non-islamic practices are banned in the country. However, with its push to become aan “open, moderate Islam”, the Kingdom has recognized Yoga as a sport. [Click here to read more…]    [more…]   [and more …]

Caste System in India and UK

An expose of Caste System in India and in UK by Karolina Goswami.

“witch hunt” against a wholly innocent and fully integrated British Hindu community?

    26th July 2018  DISSOLVING CASTE CONSCIOUSNESS   “The Governments announces its Caste Consultation conclusion  confirming that this is NOT “a real life issue”. Hindus & Non Hindus must now consider theoverwhelming evidence pointing to institutionalised “Hindu-odium” the colonialists hatred for Hindus.  The EHRC, The House of Lords, the Labour & LibDem leadership  must […]

Hindu History of Afghanistan

Hinduism today is only followed in India and small percentage of people in few other countries. But the Hindu kingdom until 900 CE was spread to a vast area including Afghanistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. Yes, Afghanistan was a Hindu kingdom which was dominated by Hindus and Buddhists. The Muslim invasion of the Hindu region began […]

Why do hundreds of South Koreans visit Ayodhya every year

Neeraj Gupta’s sculpture awarded by Australia

Sydney, Australia: The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, presented by Woollahra Council, today announced 48 emerging and established artists as finalists for the 18th annual Prize and exhibition. The finalist group was today from 666 entries this year including artists from Australia, India and the United Kingdom highlighting the Prize’s growing international reputation. Delhi, India based […]

Vedic woman – Where is She?

The Vedic Woman: Who Was She and Will She Return? After scouring the internet for hours, what I found left me seriously F R U S T R A T E D.

Vajpayee no more

A Hindu nationalist ex pm of India dies. He was a proud Hindu who like Gandhi lived by Vedic value of oneness of all beings and Vasudaiv kutumbakkam in a dirty landscape of politics. During his tenure as prime minister, India carried out the Pokhran-II nuclear tests in 1998. Vajpayee sought to improve diplomatic relations with Pakistan, travelling […]

Happy Independence Day India

15th August 2018, Happy Independence day India, home and birthplace of Hindus.

Katas Raj Hanuman Temple, Kalar Kahar, Pakistan

Kalyan Das The Hindu Temple of Compassion in Rawalpindi-2

Gerald Barr – Interviews with non-Indian Hindus

I think Hinduism is an alive tradition that is not frozen in ancient times. It adjusts to the time and place. However, the source must always be preserved.  I became immensely inspired by Indian Classical Music, and began learning from Ustad Zakir Hussain in 1995. He teaches not just tabla, but also how the music […]

Shakti initiative of Hindu American Foundation

Namaste WELCOME TO THE SHAKTI INITIATIVE! Many years ago, I was invited to speak on a panel about women and religion. Armed with my senior thesis from undergrad — The Vedic Woman: Who Was She and Will She Return? — I was able to quickly pull together a long list of stories and scriptural quotes to bolster my […]

Hindu Temples ( Mandirs) of Rawalpindi, Pakistan – 1

Four temples are located in a narrow lane that runs between Sarafa bazaar and Lunda bazaar. All four are at a walking distance, and quite similar in appearance. The entrance to this lane from the Sarafa bazar road is barely a meter wide. Knowing that pre-partition Hindus dominated trade in Rawalpindi, finding Hindu remnants in […]

Jagannatha Puri Ratha Yatra 14th July 2018

By: Madya Lila May the Lord’s blessings be upon you on the auspicious day of Puri Ratha Yatra. In the holy city of Jagannatha Puri, the Supreme Lord resides within His ancient temple by the shores of the sea. Once every year, during the rainy season, Lord Jagannatha (Lord Krishna), along with His elder brother […]

Take a Quiz on Hindu Diaspora

Please enter your email: Nyepi and Galungan are Buddhist festivals of south east Asia? yes/No  No  Yes Unique rituals and festivals of Balinese Hindus, that are not found in India, include those related to death of a loved one followed by cremations, cockfights, tooth filings, Nyepi and Galungan. When was the first Ganesh visarjana festival […]

Take a Quiz on Hindu History

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Hinduism and the scientific heart – a book review

Pavan Verma of JDU has written a book on Adi Shankaracharya. His interview is very informative and is given below. Pavan Varma is a celebrated diplomat, cultural catalyst and public intellectual. His new book on the Shankaracharya throws startling light about Hinduism and its fascinating relationship with science.      

Europeans brought their caste system into India

By:Surinder Jain, 2nd July 2018. It is known what the word caste used so commonly in India comes from ‘casta’ in Portuguese. In Spanish America (and many other places), racial categories were formal legal classifications. Racial categories had legal and social consequences, since racial status was an organizing principle of Spanish colonial rule. The system of castas […]

Fifth Hindu Dham in Combodia, proposed

You are all familiar with chaar dham or four dhams (must pilgrimage sites) yatra in India. Well, it is now being proposed to build a fifth dham in Cambodia. The Char Dham (“four abodes”) is a set of four pilgrimage sites in India. Vaishnavite Hindus believe that visiting these sites helps achieve “Moksha” (salvation). It comprises Badrinath, Dwarka, Puri and Rameswaram. It is […]

Fiji awards Hindu Council of Australia for its help during floods

Fiji was recently devastated by floods and a series of cyclones. Many people were marooned.  Hindu Council of Australia had organized a drive to send materials and money to help. Fiji Counsul General in Australia, Mr Zarak Khan has awarded a Certificate of Appreciation to Hindu Council of Australia.   

Thailand evolves its own mix of Budhist and Brahmin rituals

The new Brahmins The relevance of mixing Hinduism with Buddhism and folk beliefs in Thai history 12 Oct 2015 at 03:46 WRITER: MELALIN MAHAVONGTRAKUL  A man dressed in white blew into a conch as if it were a horn. Joss sticks were burning. Heads bowed but people’s lips were praying. A screenplay on a golden […]

The Case for India by Will Durant

Book Review by : Vijai Singhal The Case for India This book was written by Will Durant, an American writer, historian and a philosopher in 1930 after visiting India. Given below are some of the abstracts from this book which can be freely down loaded from the Internet. The book was written without the help […]

OAM Honor awarded to Kanti Jinna Vice President

Congratulations to Mr Kanti Jinna, Vice President of Hindu Council of Australia for being awarded OAM MEDAL, (OAM) OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA IN THE GENERAL DIVISION on Queens birthday in 2018. Such an honor has earlier been bestowed by the Australian government to other Hindu Council members including Dr Balasubramanian (Current Director and Ex-President) […]

Happy Galungan & Kuningan 9th June 2018

By Madya Lila. This Balinese celebration of the triumph of dharma over adharma is one of the most auspicious days in the Balinese calendar and relates with the Diwali celebration of Hindus in other parts of the world. In Balinese, the word “Galungan” means victory and commemorates Indra’s victory over a tyrant king who prevented […]

Indian archaeologists discover Mahabharat time 4000 year old chariots, weapons

  Ancient chariots along with eight well-preserved corpses have been discovered by Indian archaeologists in a village of Sanauli 70 kilometers north of New Delhi. The find has been dated to belong to the period 2000 – 1800 BCE and included chariot parts like wheels, axles and poles. The archaeological team proposed a connection with […]

Hindu Temples Of Lal Kurti Bazaar, Rawalpindi Pakistan

The most well preserved of the three Hindu temples in the old Lal-Kurti Bazar is now a private property of a well-connected Muslim migrant family and is closed to the public. It is just a few yards from the Lal Kurti main square. Both Hindus and Sikh used to worship in the place during British […]

Can Hindus be accorded minority status in seven states and one Union Territory in India

Report on Hindus in seven states soon: National Commission for Minorities By Sana Shakil| Express News Service | Published: 26th May 2018 01:55 AM NEW DELHI: The National Commission for Minorities (NCM), which was assigned the task of examining if Hindus could be accorded minority status in seven states and one Union Territory, is nearly ready with […]

In Balochistan, Hindus Under Threat in the Face of State Indifference

The Wire – Karachi (Pakistan): Minorities face threats and have been under attack in Balochistan, the southwestern province of Pakistan. The province is struggling with an insurgency and Christians, Shias, Hazaras and Hindus are unsafe. Recently, reports claimed that Christian and Hazara communities have been targeted by terrorist groups. Jalila Haider, an activist from the Hazara […]

All minorities unsafe in Afghanistan

Al-Jazeera –  Sociologists note that the population of Hindu and Sikh minorities in Afghanistan has seen a drastic decline over the past several decades. “If you go through the evidence and data from the 1970s to date, you will be able to see how drastically their population has fallen,” says Ehsan Shayegan, an Afghan researcher […]

Hindus fear takeover of their temples in Malaysia

Malaysian government is proposing the formation of a Hindu Endowment Board (HEB) in all states with a sizeable Hindu population is to manage all Hindu temples. Hindus view this move of the Malaysian government with suspicion.  To assuage the fears of the Hindu community, a government spokesperson has said that it is not the aim of the […]

Rohingya Muslims committing crimes against infidels confirms Amnesty International

Cox’s Bazar (Bangladesh):  Hindu residents of Chikanchari in the troubled Rakine state of Myanmar had a miraculous escape from a killer squad of Rohingya militants who had butchered Hindu inhabitants of neighbouring villages. After a long march from their village, they arrived at Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar where thousands of Hindus and Rohingya refugees had already […]

Hindu Council supports Girmit day celebrations

Commemoration of Girmit Dewas at Hindu Temple and Cultural Centre of ACT Inc. (HTCC) – Canberra 19 May 2018. Members of Fiji Community who are members/devotees of HTCC have been marking Girmit Dewas (arrival of the first ship load of Indians to Fiji on 14 May 1879) by hosting a prayer meeting at HTCC premises […]

Largest Vishnu statue in the world

Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park in the island of Bali, Indonesia is devoted to the Hindu God Vishnu, and his mount, Garuda, the mythical bird who became his companion. Planned to be established as a landmark or mascot of Bali, construction of the giant statue of Lord Vishnu who was riding his mount Garuda, as high as 120 meters is currently going on. CC BY-SA 3.0, […]

Hinduism Today Releases Documentary: “The History of Hindu India”

KAUAI, HAWAII: The editorial team of Hinduism Today is pleased to announce the release of its professional documentary film, “The History of Hindu India” (Part 1), developed in collaboration with Dr. Shiva Bajpai, Professor Emeritus of History, California State University Northridge. More than a year in the making, the movie (http://bit.ly/HinduHistory) provides an authentic presentation […]

Pakistan seals Hindu deities, may renovate the temple

There are many Hindu temples in Pakistan most of them in disarray, their land under threat of encroachment from selfish commercial interests or from terrorists. A small Krishna temple was built by Kanji Mal and Ujagar Mal Ram Rachpal in 1897 to serve people in nearby areas. However, after partition and creation of a Muslim Pakistan […]

Mauritius: Hotel Tells Employees Not to Wear Tika, Stirs up Protest

One of Mauritius’ finest hotels, the five-star Residence Mauritius, is in a soup for asking an employee to not sport a Tika (bindi, forehead mark) for hygienic purposes. The hotel, Residence Mauritius, also stated that the issue of visible religious symbols is addressed by telling the employees about exercising discretion. For example, the sindoor or the […]

Bali Hindu temples Tanah Lot, Ulun Danu to get cleaned up

Two of Bali’s most iconic temples and popular tourist destinations, Tanah Lot and and Pura Ulun Danu will get cleaned ahead of the much anticipated IMF-World Bank meeting to take place on the island in October 2018. Bali Province has been hard at work to make things on the island more “attractive” and functional in […]

HBF donates to Fiji Cyclone Relief

By Jay Raman and Sai Paravastu Hindu Benevolent Fund, a project of Hindu Council of Australia has donated $2,100 for the relief work being done in  Fiji for the victims of the recent cyclones in Fiji. Hindu Council had a few months ago helped raise substantial donation in cash and kind (3 containers of clothing, […]

Bali hotel apologizes for posting job ad seeking non-Hindu employees

By Coconuts Bali Apr. 18, 2018 A hotel in Hindu-majority Bali has apologized for a controversial job ad that called for only non-Hindu applicants. The hotel, the Rich Prada Bali, located in Pecatu on the island’s Bukit Peninsula, claims its job postings weren’t meant to communicate a bias against Hindus but were rather advertised for “technical needs.” […]

Hindu brothers killed in a Hindu majority town in Pakistan

courtesy New York Times. In Mithi, Hindus make up about 85 percent of the population. Hindus being in such a large majority, both Hindus and Muslims have long lived peacefully. However, a steady influx of “outsiders” — Muslim extremist parties and sectarian groups have been moving into the area and other parts of the Sindh Province, as they […]

HBF sends help to Fiji Cyclone victims

Fiji has been hit by a series of cyclones causing floods and havoc. Hindu Benevolent fund of Hindu Council of Australia issued an appeal for new clothes, bed sheets and shoes. There was an overwhelming response by the Hindu community in Sydney and many pallets of helpful goods were collected at Gateway Cafe. Sai Ji […]

Pakistani Hindu parents allege their daughter forced to convert to Islam

In the predawn darkness on Feb. 24, Rinkel Kumari, a 19-year-old student from a Hindu family, disappeared from her home in Mirpur Mathelo, a small village off a busy highway in Sindh Province. Hours later, she resurfaced 12 miles away, at the home of a prominent Muslim cleric who phoned her parents with news that […]

Pakistan elects a Hindu woman senator, second time in its history

Compare that with how many Muslim women have been elected in India since 1947. Krishna Kumari Kohli’s election represents a major milestone for women and minority rights in Pakistan. Ms. Kumari’s victory was a rare bit of good news for the country’s Hindu minority. Pakistan has a dismal record over the treatment of vulnerable religious minorities. […]

APPEAL to help Flood/Cyclone victims in FIJI

You may be aware of natural disaster that hit Fiji two consecutive weekends and many people are without homes, food and water. Situation is still worse and again Category 3 cyclone likely to hit. The floods have washed away all domestic belongings. Worst affected area is the Western Division of Fiji which has almost half […]