Hinduism

Virus lockdown changes how Hindus celebrate holy period

April 3, 2020

 

Rukmani Sharma fears the virus that has turned the world upside down. But as a devout Hindu, she also fears for her soul.

COVID-19 restrictions mean that the 71-year-old woman won’t be allowed to go to temple Thursday to celebrate the birthday of the Hindu god Ram, and she says she’s “feeling guilty.”

Hindus around the world are in the midst of a nine-day period called Chaitra Navaratri that began with what for many is considered the Hindu New Year and will culminate with the festival of Ramanavami. Normally there is fasting, masses worshipping...

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‘We are reclaiming Holi’: College students protest Hindu nationalism with a blackout Holi

March 10, 2020

Around the world, Holi is known as Hinduism’s festival of colors, a joyful celebration of spring in which people dress in white and take to the streets to shower one another in colorful powders.

But on Thursday evening (March 5) in Harvard Yard, when students arrived at the steps of Memorial Church to mark the festival, they were dressed in black, shouting “Azaadi!” — freedom — while holding slogans such as "No one is illegal," "Boycott NRC," and "Stop genocide in India!”

The event is part of a nationwide campaign called ...

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How a mom blogger celebrates Diwali with her daughter

December 16, 2019

Nisha Vedi Pawar is a mom and blogger based in New Jersey who uses her platform to talk about her Indian heritage.

Pawar started her blog Love Laugh Mirch in 2011 to document her cooking projects. The site has evolved since she became a mom six years ago, and Pawar often shares her Indian culture with her followers, spotlighting how her family integrates their Hindu...
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Hindu students adjust religious practices for upcoming Diwali

October 24, 2019
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: ... Read more about Hindu students adjust religious practices for upcoming Diwali

Hindu Priest Brutally Attacked Outside Temple, Faith Groups Blame Trump's Attack On Immigrants| Newsweek

July 22, 2019
Faith groups are urging that hate crime charges be brought forward against a man accused of attacking a Hindu priest in New York. Swami Harish Chander Puri Ji was beaten as he was walking down the street in religious attire near to the Shiv Shakti Peeth temple in Glen Oak, Queens, on the morning of July 18. According to Pixx11, the suspect is alleged to have shouted "this is my neighborhood" during the attack. Sergio Gouveia, 52, was later arrested on... Read more about Hindu Priest Brutally Attacked Outside Temple, Faith Groups Blame Trump's Attack On Immigrants| Newsweek