Religious Diversity News

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Thousands celebrate Diwali in Edison’s new temple

Step into Edison’s BAPS Shri Swaminarayan temple on Sunday, and the first thing you notice is the thousands of people gathering for a Diwali celebration.

The second thing you notice is the colors.

Hundreds of blue and yellow sweets — an offering to god — are stacked high on red risers. Pink and orange sand creates swirling patterns on the floor. Women in purple, green and gold saris serve food to visitors.

Source: Thousands celebrate Diwali in Edison’s new temple – nj.com

Hindu students adjust religious practices for upcoming Diwali

Homemade shrines of Hindu deities adorn students’ dorm rooms and apartments in place of the sacred images found in temples to celebrate Diwali because of busy schedules and long commutes to temples.

Diwali, a Hindu holiday that honors the precedence of light over darkness, marks a new year of spiritual and literal prosperity, said Donald Davis, professor and department chair of Asian studies. The weeklong holiday, which begins Oct. 27, involves prayers that can occur in a temple or at home, Davis said.

Source: Hindu students adjust religious practices for upcoming Diwali | The Daily Texan

Netflix announces ‘Ghee Happy,’ a new animated show about Hindu deities

A preschool television series about Hindu deities is coming to Netflix.

The streaming platform announced Wednesday that it has greenlighted an animated show, “Ghee Happy,” created by veteran Pixar director and animator Sanjay Patel.

The series will reimagine Hindu deities as children who attend a special day care and discover their own powers while there. Patel, a first-generation Indian American, told NBC News that it felt natural to build a story around the Hindu culture.

Source: Netflix announces ‘Ghee Happy,’ a new animated show about Hindu deities

New temple rises in the Salt Lake Valley, but it’s not for the faith you may think – The Salt Lake Tribune

For six years, members of the Krishna community have gathered in a refurbished classroom in a former Seventh-day Adventist school to chant and sing before a small altar decorated with flowers and statues of deities.

Source: New temple rises in the Salt Lake Valley, but it’s not for the faith you may think – The Salt Lake Tribune

Houston Hindus celebrate a journey to unity and understanding with festival – HoustonChronicle.com

Each year, more than a million Hindu pilgrims head to the annual Rhatha Jatra festivals in east India, mainly in the state of Odisha, previously known as Orissa. Houston has its own version of the event — created by former residents of Odisha who now call Texas home.

Source: Houston Hindus celebrate a journey to unity and understanding with festival – HoustonChronicle.com