All about the Shiva Linga
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by Syama Allard
2d ago
“It is incredible, it is impossible to believe, that in inventing this vile superstition, the religious teachers of India intended that people should render direct worship to objects the very names of which, among civilized nations, are an insult to decency.” — Abbe Dubois (18th-century French missionary) Hinduism is a pluralistic religion of many paths, through which Divinity is perceived and revered in a variety of names and forms depending on the tradition. Obscured, however, by the fog of conceit, European missionaries, upon witnessing the country’s bewildering pantheon of gods, godde ..read more
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All about Sapta Puri: Hinduism’s seven most-sacred cities
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by Syama Allard
1w ago
Ayodhyā mathurā māyā kāśī kāñcī hy avantikā | purī dvāravatī caiva saptaitā mokṣadāyikā ||“These are the seven sacred cities that bestow liberation upon seekers: Ayodhya, Mathura, Haridwar, Varanasi, Kanchipuram, Ujjain, Puri, and Dwarka.” — Garuḍapurāṇa — (16.114) Every world religion has certain places that are irreplaceably sacred in the eyes of its followers. Muslims, for example, have Mecca, considered the fountainhead of Islam. It’s here, the prophet Muhammad was born, where he’s believed to have received the Quran, and where the Kaaba, revered as “the house of god,” resides in all ..read more
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In covering Ayodhya’s Ram Mandir opening celebrations, Western media has a big history problem
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by Mat McDermott
1M ago
The past week have seen celebrations across the global Hindu diaspora for the consecration, if not full completion, of the new Ram Mandir in Ayodhya. Given the site’s flashpoint status over the past three decades and reconstruction of a temple on the site considered to be the place of Lord Ram’s birth being a decades-old political goal of the now-ruling BJP, there has understandably been robust media coverage.  In the West, however, the coverage from several mainstream outlets has often been what can only be described as an abject failure on at least one critical point.  The rea ..read more
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HAF on the Ground: Ram Mandir celebration in Canton, Michigan
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by Fred Stella
1M ago
On Sunday 1/21 I was invited to represent HAF at the Canton, Michigan BAPS temple, where hundreds of devotees gathered to celebrate the dedication of the Ram Janmabhoomi mandir in Ayodhya.  After a very colorful performance of a scene from Ramayana, several guests were brought onstage to share thoughts. I began by sharing my experiences with BAPS over the years, visiting their temples in Chicago, Atlanta, Houston and Tampa. I’m also attending the mandir near Los  Angeles next month. I noted how impressed I’ve been by the devotees and their sense of dedication and seva. Few dharm ..read more
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HAF on the Ground: Our first Chicago Meet and Greet of 2024
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by Yash Desai
1M ago
On January 14, HAF held its first Chicago Meet and Greet event of the year, on the day of Makar Sankranti, at the Harisumiran Hindu Temple in Long Grove, IL. The event introduced the Hindu American Foundation to the Chicago area, our activities in the field of Hindu education and advocacy and shared the accomplishments of 2023, as well as plans for future activities. Despite Chicago’s frigid temperatures, we had an excellent turn out: a total of 85 Hindu Americans attended this event!  The event began with Deep Prajwalan. Ganesh Vandana was recited beautifully by Shikha ji Joshi. Rep ..read more
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5 things to know about Ram
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by Syama Allard
1M ago
1) He is an embodiment of dharma, or righteousness The world is a volatile place, prone to be thrown out of balance when those consumed by lust and greed accumulate too much power. Because of this, Vishnu, known as the god of preservation, is said to descend in various avatar forms, each with a unique role in helping to repair universal stability whenever it is needed. The more extreme the manifestation of lust, greed, and power is, the greater the manifestation of love and goodness is required, and according to ancient texts, such a requirement came during the reign of Ravana, who w ..read more
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5 Things to know about the new Ram Mandir in Ayodhya
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by Mat McDermott
1M ago
On January 22nd, 2024 a highly anticipated consecration ceremony for the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra in Ayodhya, India will take place. Construction of the full temple and surrounding complex will be ongoing for several years. How you can simply explain the history of this Hindu sacred site The new Ram temple and surrounding complex, the completion of which will take several years, is being built on an ancient site of Hindu worship. The final Hindu temple on the site was destroyed in the early 16th century by the first Mughal emperor for the construction of a mosque, k ..read more
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Hindu dharma continues to flourish for all the right reasons
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by Ramya Ramakrishnan
1M ago
As I boarded my plane to India last month to decompress at a spiritual Ayurvedic wellness retreat subsequent to my SB 403 advocacy efforts, two major emotions enveloped me – apprehension and excitement, both in equal measures. Apprehension because I was flying Air India on the same day that the Khalistani extremist leader Gurpatwant Singh Pannun had warned Indians not to fly, saying that there’d be a  threat to their lives if they did so! This was the same ideological movement that had blown up Air India flight 182 en route to India from Montreal in 1985, killing all 329 people on b ..read more
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Of Year End Advocacy Reflections- HAF on the ground at Sacramento HAAAM and Diwali Proclamations
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by Sangeetha Shankar
2M ago
Year-end blogs! Always reflective and exciting!  It’s exactly a week before the New Year and I still can’t believe that it’s been only four months since I started working for the Hindu American Foundation as an advocacy professional.  And exactly a week after starting the role this past August, I represented HAF at a round-table discussion at the BAPS Hruday Milan or Unity Forum here in Sacramento. It was my very first official assignment and needless to say I was excited to represent HAF and learn about community grassroots advocacy on the ground.  The main discussion in ..read more
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Of Friendship and Solidarity with the Jews- HAF on the ground in Northern California
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by Sangeetha Shankar
2M ago
Namaste and Shalom! Wishing all of our Jewish friends a very Happy and Blessed Hanukkah! It’s definitely a trying time for celebrations but we must find our joys, courage and resilience. The Hindu American Foundation has been actively involved in providing support and solidarity to our Jewish friends across the US since the October 7th brutal terrorist attacks on Israel. I had the honor of representing HAF at three events across Northern California since October 7th. HAF’s participation in these events are a part of our ongoing work in supporting and collaborating with our ..read more
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