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.  […]

APRO all religions leaders condemn Temple attack

APRO Australian Participation of Religious Organizations condemned the recent attack on a Hindu temple in Reagents Park. APRO aims to  promote and advocate for inter-faith harmony, and understanding and respect between the adherents of the various religions in Australia and to combat religious prejudice and discrimination. It has members from Council fo Australian Jewery, Bahai, […]

Diwali celebrated in Perth by Hindu Council of Australia

A Diwali celebration was held on 19th October 2018 at Edith Covent University in Perth. The program started by a speech by Bhakti Koriya on the significance of Deepavali. A work shop for making Rangoli was held by Nutan, Damji, Shubhada and Bhakti. This was followed by a dance by the group. Many passer byes […]

Diwali ArtSpace final 2018 Catalogue

The final catalogue of all arts entries for 2018 Diwali ArtSpace. ArtSpaceCatalogue-DAE-Catalogue-5-Online

An auspicious beginning of first SRE Hinduism class by Hindu Council

By : Madya Lila. On the auspicious occasion of Dusshera, Hindu Council of Australia began its first Hindu Special Religious Education (SRE) program at Sydney Girls High School. Genedine Sionillo, a volunteer teacher from the Australian School of Meditation & Yoga led the class which was very well received by all the students. They especially […]

An Old Hindu Temple desecrated by Vandals in Sydney

A Hindu Temple situated at Regents Park in Sydney Australia has been set on fire and all statues and icons of Indian Godheads have been smashed and left in ruin. They do not know who has done it but it has caused lot of pain and anguish to devotees celebrating the festival NavRatri or nine […]

ACU Interfaith Breakfast highlights

Australian Catholic University had organized an Interfaith Breakfast meeting at the NSW Parliament House on 17th October 2018. The meeting was well attended by over 200 invitees including Premier of NSW, Minister for Multiculturalism, ex-premium Hon John Faye AC (and now a chancellor of ACU) and about 35 other MPs. Almost all religions of Australia […]

Hindu chaplains help a Hindu women in prison

Hindu chaplaincy committee was contacted by another religions Chaplain to help a Hindu prison inmate with a beads mala and some religious books. Somesh Sibal from Hindu Council got in touch and is sending the books. Mala has already been provided by a Buddhist Chaplain. Somesh Ji will stay in touch for any further help […]

ARRCC members pledge for eating less Meat

By : Surinder Jain. ARRCC – Australian Religious Response to Climate Change is a multi faith network committed to action on Climate Change. Hindu Council of Australia has been a member for more than ten years and has recently celebrated 10th Anniversary of its Eat Less Meat campaign. Members of ARRCC in Sydney met on […]

Diwali coins by ABC Bullion to be sold at Parramatta and Martin Place Diwalis

ABC Bullion is Australia’s leading precious metals and bullion specialist, trading continuously since 1972. For over 40 years, they have assisted clients of every level, to buy and sell gold bullion, silver, platinum and palladium. They have also been a supporter of Diwali festivals celebrated by Hindu Council of Australia for last twenty years.   This […]

Breaking Bread with Indian Chapati in Sydney Food Festival

By:Surinder Jain. Hindu Council of Australia participated in Breaking Bread with other Australian communities as an initiative of Food Faith during the ongoing Sydney Food Festival at Hyde Park Palms on 9th October 2018. Food Faith is a not for profit organization promoting environmental and social sustainability. Sharing of bread and then breaking it to […]

Walk2Temple Paad Yatra piligrimage

By: Sai Pravastu.   As the quote goes “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” similarly one man’s initiative to continue the tradition of pilgrimage in Australia has just reached a new milestone of 2 decades.    It is true that, this year marks 20th year since this walk was started by […]

Meat Free campaign promoted by Radio Sur Sangam

Mr Vijai Singhal, director of Hindu Council of Australia was interviewed at Radio Sur Sangam 99.9 FM by Nitin Madan on the topic of 10th Anniversary of the launch of “Meat Free Day” campaign on 2nd October 2008.

Bhadrachalam deities arriving in Sydney soon

By: Sai Pravastu. It is of great joy and delight to let everyone know that the utsava moortis Lord Sri Rama along with Sita Devi, Lakshamana and Anjeyanaya swamy are for the first time coming to Sydney from the ancient and famous Sri SitaRama temple of Bhadrachalam which is on the banks of mighty Godavari […]

Hindu rituals under attack in Australia

By: Smith Jones. Australia is a very tolerant society. Hindu practices are not only encouraged but participated by a large number of white Australians and elected Australian representatives from all shades of political spectrum. Hindus feel at ease and encouraged to become Australians. Surprisingly, attacks on Hindus are not coming from other religions or from […]

Religions meet for Peace in NSW

By: Vijai Singhal. The Religions for Peace, NSW Chapter meeting was held on 20 August 2018 in Hon Walt Secord’s Office, NSW Parliament House. Meeting was sponsored by the Hon Walt Secord, Deputy Opposition leader in theNSW Legislative Council (Upper House) Shadow Minister for Health, NSW State Parliament House. Josie Lacey OAM presided over the […]

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 […]

Pope’s emissary meets Hindu Council of Australia

A Papal Contingent from Rome and various parts of the world visited Australia and met various  local faith leaders, including representatives of Hindu Council of Australia in Canberra. Many issues of similarities were discussed. The gathering also talked how to counter differences towards a happier and less wounded world. Mr Prakash Mehta, President Hindu Council […]

Be a Yajmann for Sri Sitarama Kalyanam

By:Sai Pravastu. This year during Deepavali celebrations at Parramatta on 3rd & 4th November, we are blessed by Sri SitaRama, Lakshmana and Anjaneya Swamy from Bhadrachalam (India), As you may know this year is Vilambi nama samvatsara i.e  the year Lord Sri Rama was born and and it comes every 60 years. we will be […]

Religious Leaders Forum of NSW discusses violence against children

By: Vijai Singhal. Religious Leaders Forum I attended the Religious Leaders Forum on behalf of the Hindu Council of Australia on 22nd August, 2018 at the Melkite Catholic Church Schoolin Greenacre, organized by the Multicultural NSW. Before the start of the proceedings the members were given the tour of the school which is providing education […]

10th Anniversary of Eat less Meat campaign by Hindu Council

By:Vijai Singhal. The Hindu Council was the 1st in Australia to launch the “Meat-free Day” campaign on 2nd Oct. 2008 to reduce Greenhouse gas emission. We took this campaign to ARRCC (Australian Religious Response to Climate Change) and renamed it “Eat Less Meat” to appeal to people of multi-faith who are mostly meat-eaters. Lot has […]

Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam explained to Youth Parliament of World Religions

The Youth PoWR conference was organized by the Columban Centre for Christian-Muslim Relations to bring young representatives of different religions (Buddhism, Christianity, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, and Sikh) to one platform in order to share how each of these religions are contributing towards peace in the society. Vincy Jain represented the Hindu faith and explained the […]

Farmers helped during Walkathon to Temples

Hindu Council of Australia organized a Walk to Temples event in Sydney on 29th September 2018. Funds were raised for Farmers Drought Relief efforts during the walk. According to Walk organizer Mr Sai Pravastu, $850 were raised on the first day and $540 were raised on second and final day of the walk. More funds […]

Deepavali in Australia

Diwali 2018 celebrations in Australia

Hindu peace philosophy explained at Ahamadiya Peace Conference

By:Tara Sharma. I attended Ahmadiyya Muslim community a Peace Symposium on behalf of Hindu Council of Australia. We were also represented a few weeks back, on their function on Eid festival. It was a good experience. There were people from other faiths too like Budhists, Sikhs, Christians from two faiths. There were political leaders too […]

Hindus join International Day of Peace celebrations in Canberra

Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture held a Multi-faith meeting on the occasion of the International Day of Peace, representing: Hindu, Christian, Islam, Buddhist and Quakers.

Ganesha Puja held in Adelaide Zoo

Hindu Council of Australia performed Ganesh Chaturathi festival in Adelaide Zoo on 13th September 2018.  

Interfaith prayers for Rain

Australia is going through a severe drought. Religious leaders of various faiths including Hindus participated in rituals to bring about rains. Hindu Priest is Pandit Prakash Pandey recited the prayers in Sanskrit. Mr Basu Banka explained the rituals and spoke at the Prayer Service.   A sum of $260 was collected for Buy a Bale […]

Nominate a woman for Gargi Award

Click here to find out more about Gargi Award and to nominate someone for the award. Self nominations are encouraged.

Wisdom for the Common Good – Multifaith forum

By:Kanti Jinna. I was invited to speak on the topic of Wisdom for the Common Good as espoused in the Bhagavad Gita. I drew my inspiration from Chapter 6 on Jnanya Yoga. This is an annual meeting organised by the Order of Australia Association and the Multi-faith aspect is led by Rev Bishop Stephen Pickard […]

Happy Raksha Bandhan

By:Madya Lila. Happy Raksha Bandhan! Also known as Rakhi, this is a special occasion to celebrate the love between brothers and sisters. On Raksha Bandhan, sisters tie an amulet around their brother’s wrist and wish him a long and healthy life. In return, he gives her a small gift, pledging to always protect and care […]

Happy Varalakshmi Vrat

By:Madya Lila. Best wishes on Varalakshmi Vrat, the festival honouring Srimati Varalakshmi the Goddess of Fortune and consort and shakti (potency) of Lord Vishnu. Lord Shiva himself is said to have recommended the observance of Varalakshmi Vrat to his wife, Parvati. Commemorating Parvarti’s devotion and love for her consort, married women fast and worship Goddess […]

Happy Onam

By:Madya Lila. Happy Onam! The joyful festival of Onam originates in Kerala. It celebrates the auspicious appearance of the Vamana avatar of Lord Vishnu and the homecoming of Mahabali and it also marks the Malayalam new year. Onam is enthusiastically celebrated with worship ceremonies, beautiful flower arrangements, boat races, traditional dance performances, martial arts, music […]

Hindu businesses help drought stricken Australian farmers

After Hindu council and Hindu temples, now Hindu businesses have come forward to donate their profits to help drought stricken Australian farmers.  

Hindus in Victoria advise Premier on Multicultural issues

By: Makrand Bhagwat. Hindu Council of Australia Victoria is a member of the Multifaith Advisory Group under the Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC) , which advises the Premier and the minister for multicutural affairs on faith related matters in the community. Some of the issues MAG discussed in the recent times were the Voluntary […]

Drought relief appeal by Hindu Benevolent Fund

Hindu Benevolent Fund has issued an appeal for everyone to donate for helping Australian farmers fighting a severe drought. Please donate generously.  You would be aware that Australian farmers are seriously  affected due to  drought and many families are in serious conditions.    The Hindu Benevolent Fund (HCA initiative) is appealing to all its members , volunteers, […]

Happy Nag Panchami Day

By:Madya Lila. Warm greetings on the festival of Nag Panchami! Hindu culture has always placed great importance on living in harmony with nature. Planet Earth is revered as our mother, Bhumidevi, and Hindus recognise a sacred connection between all living creatures. According to Vedic teachings, the soul in each body is an equal spark of […]

HBF helps deceased Hindu family in Adelaide

Hindu Benevolent Fund of Hindu Council of Australia provided emotional and logistic support to a family in Adelaide. A young lady living with family in Adelaide, her husband died suddenly by heart attack. She has a little daughter.  HBF team from Sydney and from Adelaide spoke to the young lady and helped her with emotional support […]

Happy Independence Day India

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

Hindus participate in City2Surf for charity

By:Vikas Chopra. City2Surf is an annual run for fun event in Sydney. Eighty Thousand people took part in the annual fun run this year running/walking a stretch of 14 km from Sydney’s Hyde Park through the city’s eastern suburb to Bondi beach. Hindu organizations in Sydney and their members participated in the fun run this Sunday […]

HCA to Teach Hinduism in NSW Schools

Hindu Council of Australia has been approved by the Minister of Education to teach Hinduism as an SRE (Special Reigious Education) in NSW state schools. The education is provided on a voluntary basis i.e. the department does not pay any thing and Hindu Council has to provide volunteer teachers, their training and teaching material.  You […]

Diwali ArtSpace Nov 8-20 2018

Come and see an Art Exhibition in Strathfield based on Diwali theme.  

Happy Guru Purnima 2018

By:Madya Lila.  Happy Guru Purnima! Celebrated as the appearance day of Srila Vyasadeva, one of the most revered Gurus and the compiler of the Vedas, Guru Purnima is the auspicious day to honour our spiritual guides.  Throughout India and in Hindu communities around the world, disciples offer Guru Puja (worship) and express their gratitude to […]

Take a Poll on Dowry – Have your say

Hindus have more at stake on Climate change than many others

By:Surinder Jain. Most other religions than Hinduism believe in one life and a judgement day thereafter. Hindus believe that we will be born again and again to inhabit the earth until we perfect ourselves. We Hindus therefore have a lot more at stake in keeping the earth from calamities like Global warming and Climate Catastrophe. […]

Maharishi Sushruta, a surgeon famous in Melbourne

By:Surinder Jain. The Royal Australia College of Surgeons (RACS), trains surgeons and is responsible for maintaining surgical standards in Australia and New Zealand.  It aims to foster and promote the pursuit of excellence in surgical education and actively supports innovative surgical research, aid projects in underprivileged communities, skills transfer and education programs. A statue of Surgeon Sushruta […]

Diwali themed Art Exhibition

By:Sonali Pathak.  The Hindu Council of Australia and the Strathfield Council are hosting a unique ‘Diwali’ themed art exhibition. Visit  https://www.facebook.com/events/501809670275366/ to register your interest.

Dalai Lama 83rd birthday celebrated

By:Prakash Mehta. ACT Tibetian community Inc. celebrated 83rd Birthday celebration of His Holy Highness Dalai Lama in Cenberra. Mr Prakash Mehta, President , Hindu Council of Australia represented Hindus in Australia in the celebrations.  

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 […]

City2Surf Join Hindu team to run for fun

By:Bimal Joshi.   City2Surf is a popular road running event held annually in Sydney covering a 14-kilometre course. The event is a “fun run” as well as a race, attracting both competitive runners and community participants who can choose to run or to walk.   Did you know: City2Surf is the fifth-largest running event in the […]

Dowry abuse in Australia – Senate orders an inquiry

By:Surinder Jain. SBS and some independent film producers have recently produced films on the deplorable dowry system prevalent in some parts of India and resulting violence against women. Armed with that evidence, on 26th June the Australian Senate referred the provisions of the practice of dowry and the incidence of dowry abuse in Australia to the Legal and […]

Youth PoWR chooses a Hindu youth speaker

By:Vincy Jain. A Youth Parliament of World’s Religions is being held next month. Hindu council of Australia is participating as one of the organizers. Our youth member Vincy has been participating in its cabinet meetings and has sent the following report. “Our meeting was held at this year’s venue, the Soka Gakkai International in Olympic […]

New Volunteers induction

By: Bimal Joshi Hindu Council of Australia organized a Volunteer Induction for new volunteers in Sydney. The event commenced with a short presentation on HCA values and work culture including volunteering activities and benefits. It was an interactive session where HCA volunteer shared their experiences. New Volunteers Event followed by tea and snacks. It was a […]

International Yoga Day at The Ponds

By: Tara Sharma Hindu Council of Australia in conjunction with Art of Living Foundation celebrated Yoga Day at The Ponds suburb of Sydney. The event was attended by about 50 participants and the emphasis was placed on Yoga in everyday life. International Yoga Day 2018 at The Ponds The Ponds is located approximately 40 kilometres […]

Tributes to Prof Raja Jayraman, former Vice President

Prof Raja Jayraman is remembered by us all. He did so much work for Hindu education in schools and for promoting interfaith harmony in Australia as Vice President of Hindu Council of Australia. Tributes are still pouring in. Surinder Jain Professor Raja Jayaraman left his mortal body on last Thursday; his funeral will be at 2 pm on […]

Hindu Unity Day unites Hindus in Canberra

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 our culture in Australia. There was a unanimous agreement among all gathered Hindu organizations that such […]

Hindu Council Perth celebrates Internatinal Yoga Day

Hindu Council of Australia’s Perth Chapter celebrated International Yoga Day jointly with Hindu Swayamsewak Sangh.     Celeberation of 🌟International Yoga Day 🌟 Yoga Activity for about 90 Minutes: 🥁Date: 24th June 2018, Sunday. 🎷 Time: 9.30 am to 11.00am. 🤸🏻‍♀ Venue: Wanaroo Recreation Centre, 275 Scenic Drive, Wanaroo, WA. Entry: Free 🤸🏻‍♀ Reservation Not Required🤸🏼‍♂ Organised by: Hindu Council of Australia. […]

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.   

Sankskrit workshop held in Sydney

By: Radhey Sharma   Sydney Sanskrit School and Hindu Council of Australia arranged a two days workshop for Sanskrit lovers by Dr Jyoti Raj ji Assistant Professor Delhi University and DD Sanskrit  news reader, editor and reporter. First day class was conducted at Sydney Sanskrit School in Liverpool with over 135 children, parents and other […]

Hindu Chaplaincy course in Melbourne

Hindu Council of Australia, Victoria chapter is conducting a refresher course for Hindu Chaplaincy on 23 and 30 June in Melbourne. This course is a part of an ongoing commitment by Hindu Council of Australia to increase the number of trained Hindu Chaplains in Australia. Hindu Council offers scholarships for practicing Hindus to train as […]

International Yoga Day celebrated in Sydney

By: Jay Raman IYD 2018 event continues to be successful across Australia. The day started with a sunrise yoga session at Melbourne Cricket Ground, followed by a Yoga session in the noon at Royal Adelaide Hospital. In Sydney, the event was organised at Indian Cultural Centre. The event witnessed numerous speakers/presenters touching upon various aspects […]

International Yoga Day celebrations by Hindu Council

Hindu Council of Australia is celebrating International Yoga day in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. Details of the events are given in the brochures below.      

Ram Sita Kalyanam Vivah in Parramatta 3rd November 2018

Hindu Council of Australia is celebrating Deepavali festival on 3rd and 4th of November 2018 in Parramatta Park this year also. A special attraction of this year is likely to be an elaborate performance of Rama Sita Kalyanam or Ram Sita Vivah (marriage of Ram and Sita) being planned for 3rd November in Parramatta park […]

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 […]

Help Karma Kitchen to feed homeless in Parramatta

By Jay Raman : We owe our spiritual wealth not just to the sages, seers, masters and enlightened beings who walked the path, but also to the community that nurtured them. In our tradition, serving spiritual seekers and monks was of utmost importance. In fact for many, this was a path in itself. The most beautiful expression of […]

Local government recognizes Hindu Council volunteers

Many Hindu Council members living in various local councils, give their time as a volunteer to help build the Australian community and to help Hindus integrate well in the Australian society. Cumberland Council in Sydney recently held a session to thank all its volunteers including those from Hindu Council.  

Spoken Sanskrit in Canberra – a roaring success

A basic sanskrit language course was held with the objective to give students a taste of Sanskrit as a living language by introducing them to its basic grammatical structures so that they can start understanding simple texts as well as allow them to use it in daily life. Participants got an understanding and appreciation of […]

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 […]

Bandeesh music group raises funds for a Hindu charity

A bollywood music charity program was held on 19th May 2018 in Sydney. It was a house full with people dancing to the tunes of yesteryears. Part of the ticket proceeds is being shared by Hindu Benevolent Fund (HBF) of Hindu Council of Australia. HBF fund was established to provide financial support to individuals and families in […]

SBS TV records growth of Hinduism in Australia

SBS (State Broadcasting Services) is an Australian TV and radio network supported by Australian government and specializes in ethnic community news. Decades ago when there were very few Hindus in Australia and Internet had not been invented yet, SBS was a major (and sometimes the only) source of news and entertainment for new migrants to […]

Best wishes on Savitri Puja!

Written by Madya Lila ·  Best wishes on Savitri Puja! Savitri Puja celebrates Savitri, the courageous woman whose loyalty and courage brought her husband back from the dead. Savitri’s story is found in the Mahabharata. In ancient times, Savitri was a princess who chose to marry Satyavan, a prince living in exile in the forest. She left […]

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, […]

Interfaith Peace Symposium “Empowerment of Women”

Bharathi Rengarajan of Hindu Council of Australia, gave a talk on Empowerment of women on an Interfaith Peace Symposium organized by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Woman Association  Australia held in Sydney. She talked about Hindu feminine Gods and how women can empower themselves. The meeting was also addressed by Rissa Mclnnes – Riverstone Electorate local woman of […]

Hindu Chaplains visit patients in Hospitals

Hindu Council of Australia got an urgent request today from a relative of a terminally ill patient to speak to a Hindu Chaplain in order to understand and seek some guidance help for a terminally ill family member presently in north shore hospital.  Our Hindu Chaplain Ms Jayanthi Ramanan had a long chat with the relatives […]

Hindu Council rebuts ABC radio’s biased program against Hindus

ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) is generally well known for its balanced view of the world. Despite its high journalistic standards, it sometimes slips into Hindu bashing in the garb of India bashing.  Mr Philip Adams one of the respected, popular and long standing radio broadcaster did it this time under the heading “India Now : […]

Western Australia adds a new chapter to Hindu Council

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. Second Program will be celebration of International Yoga Day. […]