Mr Sharat Kumar one of the first priests of Sri Mandir passes away

Shri Sharat Kumar Ji passed away last Wednesday.

He arrived in Australia in mid 1970s. He had studied at Gurukul in Hardwar, India. He was highly knowledgeable in Gita and other Hindu scriptures. Also he had a deep knowledge of Hindu Samskars and Puja formalities.

In late 1970 and 1980s when we did not have qualified Hindu priests, he used to perform Pujas at Sri Mandir and at people’s houses. He was living in Wollongong as he was working as a Librarian at the Wollongong University. He would travel to Sydney to perform Pujas. He would never charge for his services.

He was the most thorough gentleman. Never heard anything harsh from him about anybody. He would address everybody “Bhaiji”. He had tried to pass on the Gita recitation to his children and grand children.

May God Almighty bestow Peace to his noble soul.

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Australian Hindu wins Noble prize of Mathematics

Professor Venkatesh, who graduated from the University of Western Australia aged 16 with honours in pure mathematics, has achieved his subject’s highest honour. He has been awarded the Fields Medal, known as the “Nobel Prize for mathematics” — awarded once every four years to between two and four people under the age of 40. It is an amazing achievement for the 36-year-old, who was described as a “prodigy” and a “genius” during his teenage years in Perth.

Venkatesh was born in Delhi, India, to a Tamil family who moved to Perth in Western Australia when he was two years old. He attended Scotch College. His mother, Svetha, is a computer science professor at Deakin University. Venkatesh attended extracurricular training classes for gifted students in the state mathematical olympiad program,[8] and in 1993, whilst aged only 11, he competed at the 24th International Physics Olympiad in Williamsburg, Virginia, winning a bronze medal.[9] The following year, he switched his attention to mathematics and, after placing second in the Australian Mathematical Olympiad,[10] he won a silver medal in the 6th Asian Pacific Mathematics Olympiad,[11] before winning a bronze medal at the 1994 International Mathematical Olympiad held in Hong Kong.[2] He completed his secondary education the same year, turning 13 before entering the University of Western Australia as its youngest ever student. Venkatesh completed the four year course in three years and became, at 16, the youngest person to earn of First Class Honours in pure mathematics from the University.[2] He was awarded the J. A. Woods Memorial Prize as the most outstanding graduand of the year from the Faculties of Science, Engineering, Dentistry, or Medical Science.[12][13]

The Fields Medal,[4][23] is commonly described as the Nobel Prize of mathematics,[24] and Akshay is becoming the second Australian (after Terence Tao)[6] and the second person of Indian descent (after Manjul Bhargava)[7] to be so honoured. The short citation for the medal declared that Venkatesh was being honoured for “his synthesis of analytic number theory, homogeneous dynamics, topology, and representation theory, which has resolved long-standing problems in areas such as the equidistribution of arithmetic objects.”[5] University of Western Australia Professor Michael Giudici said of his former classmate’s work that “[i]f it was easy for me to explain, then he wouldn’t have received the Fields Medal”.[24] Australian mathematician and media personality Adam Spencer said that “[t]his century will be built by mathematicians, whether it’s computer coding, algorithms, machine learning, artificial intelligence, app design and the like” and that “we should acknowledge the magnificence of the mathematical mind.”[23] Director of the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute Professor Geoff Prince said “Akshay is an exciting and innovative leader in his field whose work will continue to have wide-ranging implications for mathematics” and a worthy recipient of the Fields medal “given his contribution to improving mathematicians’ understanding of analytic number theory, algebraic number theory, and representation theory”.[25]

 

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Forty years of Hinduism in Darwin celebrated

By: Shashi Khanna. (Hindu Council of Australia correspondent in Darwin).
 
40 years!! A beautiful, blissful journey of noble contribution towards a cultural cause.  The Hindu society of NT , Darwin celebrated its 40 years history on September 29,2018 at Harmony Hall in Malak ,Darwin. A lovely ,well organised event was part of the celebration of  40 years of Self government in NT. A book launch about the history of Hinduism in Darwin was the highlight of the evening. President of the Hindu society of NT , Mr.Pratapan who authored the beautiful and informative book talked about the journey of Hindu community in his address to a fairly good crowd. Contributions of Indians with origin from all the states of India from New Delhi to Kerela , Tamilnadu and from Jodhpur in Rajasthan to Kolkata in West Bengal is worth mentioning and appreciable. Diverse range of Indian community contributing towards the growth of NT in varied fields of education, technology, healthcare, government services and many more was applauded by Madam Chief Minister of the state and many government officials who participated whole heartedly in the event. 
 
 
Dance performances further added a colourful charm to the evening. The program started with ritual lamp lighting by the honourable guests from present and former government too. Stage performances started with Saraswati Vandana in Bharat natayam form. A beautiful bollywood and semi classical performance on ‘Radha Krishna’ swayed all with its foot tapping and vibrant beats. A folk dance- Ghumar from Rajasthan followed, performed by a group who were from different states of India. All the volunteers and performers in their respective teams were honoured on the stage by the esteemed guests. 
 
Vote of thanks by the secretary of the Hindu society,Mr. Pradip was read. 
 
A wonderful evening concluded with dinner for all and lot of photo shots, capturing the event in unending memories. 
On a personal note , I had just landed to this foreign land from India on 28 September midnight. I was overwhelmed to see my brothers and sisters contributing towards Indian cultural heritage since past 40 years. A sense of pride overtook me when the madam Chief Minister appreciated the contributions of Indians in building NT. The harmony and feeling of love towards spreading Hindu culture by Indians is overwhelming. I extend my good wishes and regards to my community for creating a honourable place in foreign society and laying a comfortable runway for generations of present and future. 
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Australian Hindus help environment

Watch how Hinduism inspires Australian Hindus to help protect the environment.

 

 

 

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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 artist Neeraj Gupta’s work, titled Drifter – III (2018) challenges what he suggests is
the de-humanisation of art in a modern world of super-technology. Using pigment in white cement to
create a stylised bust, Gupta seeks to reject art as information or reduction and return to art as
emotion, harnessing its mysterious power of transcending history and horizontal time to allow his
viewers to see things acutely.

EXHIBITION DETAILS: A free exhibition of all the finalist sculptures will be presented from Saturday
20th until Sunday 11 November 2018 at Woollahra Council. The winners will be announced at the
launch of the exhibition on 19 October with further details to be provided closer to the time. A series
of Artists’ Talks and Community Workshops will be presented as part of the program.

BACKGROUND ON THE WOOLLAHRA SMALL SCULPTURE PRIZE: The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize is
a national prize for sculptures of smaller dimensions and has attracted strong support from artists,
collectors, benefactors, critics, as well as the local community. The Prize was initiated in 2001 by
Council to support, promote and celebrate artistic excellence, but also to encourage the local
community to access the then, newly renovated Woollahra Council Chambers. The Prize attracts local,
national and international entries each year.

MEDIA CONTACT: To request artist biographies, interviews, imagery and information in relation to the
Prize, please contact Megan Bentley, megan@articulatepr.com.au or Kym Elphinstone,
kym@articulatepr.com.au, 0421 106 139.

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The Indian-Australian millennials

ABC’s religion and ethics unit have published a story on why Indian-Australian millennials are choosing to have arranged marriages. Read about it here.

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Hindu temples issue an appeal for Drought relief

Sri Venkateswara Temple, Helensburgh has issued an appeal to all devotees to donate and help Australian farmers suffering from unprecedented drought conditions on their farms.

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First Jalaram Mandir & Community Centre in Australia (Perth)

With the blessings of Pujya Shree Jalaram Bapa, SJMWA (Shree Jalaram Mandal WA (Inc.))is delighted to let you know that we have received the revised development approval from the City Of Wanneroo for the construction of our very first Jalaram Mandir & Community Centre in Australia (Perth, Western Australia).

 

What does this mean – This means that we are now very close to giving BAPA his permanent residency (PR!!).

We have now engaged various consultants to complete the full construction drawings, tendering & applying for the building permit to start construction. This should only take a few more months.

As mentioned previously, the temple will predominantly be Jalaram Bapa’s temple, but it is also intended to cater for the religious needs of our wider Perth Hindu Community. The temple will have other Murti’s alongside Bapa, these will include Shree Ganesh, Ram Parivar, Radha Krishna, Shiv Parvati, Shivling, Hanumanji & Amba Maa. The community centre will consist of modern facilities including a well-equipped commercial kitchen, community hall, class rooms & performance stage to promote cultural activities.

With great pleasure, we announce that all the sponsorships for the Murti Pratishtha’s have been taken up. We would like to congratulate & thank all the various families who have taken up this rewarding opportunity for their generous support towards our Mandir project.

Further the  Mandal wishes  to congratulate and  thank the families for taking up the following sponsorship of the various parts of the Mandir.

  • Naming of the Main Hall.
  • Naming of the Dining Hall.
  • Naming of the Kitchen.
  • Naming of the Mezzanine Floor.

Some more good news, the following milestones have been achieved.

  • The purchase price of the land, $1,100,000.00 has been fully paid for & your Mandal (SJMWA) is the proud owners of this parcel of land. A big thank you goes to you all.    
  • From all the above mentioned sponsorships we have so far raised a further $830,000.00.
  • Our 500@50for5 subscription program has crossed over 100 subscriptions milestone, HOORAY but we can still do better on this one.
  • After taking into account all the donations received, the sponsorships, the subscriptions from the 500@50for5 & the interest free loan available to us we are now only approximately $500,000.00 away from achieving our Dream.

How can you help?

We are humbly requesting all of you to please consider taking up one of the following opportunities to help us in the last leg of our journey in giving BAPA his permanent home in Perth. Please let us all work together to bring this Dream to life.

1)    500@50for5  Give a little …. Gain a lot program:

This is your opportunity to perform the highest honour in the opening of the Mandir & Community Center.

  • By subscribing to this program you’re contributing $50.00 per month for 5 years, which equates to $3,000.00 (over 5 years) without feeling the strain of out laying the money all at once. However the good news is, one of you will stand a chance to perform the highest honour of opening the doors to the Mandir with your family’s name plaque placed at the entrance in recognition of your participation. Every $50.00 subscription will go into the draw. Please click on the link to download the brochure: Download Brochure

 

2)    One Off Donation:

All donations are appreciated, however donations over $2,000.00 will be acknowledged with a name plaque to be placed on a prominent wall at the Mandir & Community Centre. Your kind & generous donations can be made via:

 

  •  By credit card:

Pay via this link: Pay by credit card

 

  • Direct Bank transfer:

Shree Jalaram Mandal of Western Australia (Inc.)

Bank: Commonwealth Bank Australia

Address: 201 Sussex Street, Sydney, NSW 2000.

Account Number: 12313943

BSB Number: 066000

Swift Code: CTBAAU2S

3)    Other Sponsorship Opportunities:

You can have the honour & privilege of sponsoring the following.

  • Yajman for foundation stone laying ceremony (Bhumi Poojan).
  • Sponsorship of car parks.
  • Various equipment & appliances for the Mandir and Community Centre.

For all donations & sponsorship enquiries please contact Vinesh Lakhani.

For more information please visit our website: www.jalarambapa.com.au

Thank you & may BAPA always shower his blessings upon you all. 

Kind Regards

Vinesh Lakhani

Chairman & Temple Project Coordinator

On behalf of : The Trustees & the Managing Committee of Shree Jalaram Mandal WA (Inc.)

(T) + 61 405 323 571

(E) chairman@jalarambapa.com.au

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Hindus are the most employed group in Australia

Hindus have the highest overall workforce participation rate among all religious groups in Australia, according to RMIT-ABC Fact Check.

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Australian bishop sentenced to year’s detention for child sex abuse cover-up

The most senior Roman Catholic cleric in the world to be convicted of covering up child sex abuse has been sentenced in an Australian court to 12 months in detention. Newcastle Magistrate Robert Stone on Tuesday, July 3, 2018, ordered Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson to serve at least 6 months before he is eligible for parole.

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