Three years ago, Abby Govindan, a Twitter personality and stand-up comic, was invited to perform at “Howdy Modi,” a rally featuring Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and then-President Donald Trump, held in her home city, Houston.
After much deliberation, Govindan turned the appearance down. While it was a chance to perform at NRG Stadium in front of 50,000 fellow Indian Americans, Govindan didn’t want to show tacit support for the Indian politician whose name has become synonymous with Hindu nationalism.
Tucked away on a hill beyond a vast commercial landscape are the first two Dharmic temples to exist in the Midwestern state of Wisconsin.
The 22 acres that are home to the Hindu and Jain Temples of Wisconsin were situated in “the middle of nowhere” when they were built in 2001, according to Sarvesh Geddam, the secretary of the two congregations. Now, the area is laden with fast-food restaurants and surplus warehouses, and Pewaukee, a village next to Waukesha in Milwaukee’s far-west suburbs, has become home to two more groups: devotees of Shirdi Sai Baba, a 20th-century Hindu...
Over the course of two centuries, ayurveda — the ancient philosophy of the Indian subcontinent — has spread West, informing ideas about healthy lifestyles with holistic skin care, diet and exercise. The COVID-19 pandemic seems to have propelled ayurveda further into the mainstream, as housebound yogis, chefs and spa owners — believers, if not Hindus — percolated new techniques and businesses based on the practices developed since it began more than 3,000 years ago.
New York City has become a hub of the ayurveda trend, where the creative forces behind new ayurvedic restaurants...
A recent study by researchers at Pennsylvania State University and Oklahoma State University has revealed that the majority of U.S. colleges and universities do not offer campus clubs or groups for Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, or Muslim students.
The researchers assessed religious organizations at 1,953 four-year, not-for-profit colleges and universities. They found that 66 percent have no minority religious student group of any type. Buddhist and Hindu student groups each exist at only 5 percent of campuses. One-quarter of the schools have Jewish student organizations, and...
Dignitaries and devotees from across North America travelled to Newark Airport last month to welcome Acharya Shree Jitendriyapriyadasji Swamiji Maharaj of Maninagar, Gujarat, India.
The religious leader was beginning his inaugural visit to the United States and Canada since he became the spiritual leader of Maninagar Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan. He was accompanied by his team of 16 Eminent Sants, also known as monks.
Acharya Swamiji and his Sants are on a seven-week religious tour of the U.S. and...
Indian Americans make up the largest Asian American ethnic group in North Carolina. From India to the Triangle, the culture and traditions of the Hindu faith have found a home Morrisville.
96-year-old Gangahard Sharma and his wife 90-year-old Saroj Sharma first established the Hindu Society of North Carolina in Morrisville in 1976.
It’s membership is at 3,000 people and it’s open to all, says Soroj Sharma, "And we want to grow and we want to work with everybody. It’s not only Hindu. In this place, everybody is welcome, because God is one."
When Linda Wells began her yoga journey a decade ago, she got lucky.
“I started practicing yoga with a Black teacher,” she said. “It was the first time that I had seen a Black woman teaching yoga, having her own wellness business and being someone that was standing in a place of her authentic self. And I was like, I want some of that.”
Today, Wells is one of the yoga teachers in Boston welcoming more people of color to the physical and spiritual discipline. Black Americans may feel unwelcome at white-dominated studios, and some have been unreceptive to the practice...