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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

DEEPAVALI 2009

Deepavali Fair-The Indian Festival of Ligths,2009 The Indian Festival of Lights, is the most widely celebrated  festival of the people from the Indian sub-continent and across the  whole world. Deepavali means rows of lights, it is the festival  symbolising victory of good over evil, light over darkness, and  knowledge over ignorance. Though there are many […]