Hinduism

Religious leaders call on Mandalay Bay to remove Hindu, Jain statues from cocktail lounge

June 24, 2020

 

Las Vegas leaders from various religious faiths called on Las Vegas Strip resort Mandalay Bay to remove statues of various Hindu and Jain deities from the Foundation Room night club.

The leaders, including Greek Orthodox Christian Priest Stephen Karcher, Buddhist Priest Matthew Fisher and Jewish Rabbu ElizaBeth Beyer, are calling the statues inappropriate and disrespectful.

The group wrote in a release that it “urged William Hornbuckle and Paul Salem, Acting CEO and Board Chairman respectively of MGM Resorts International, parent company of...

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Hindu god statue stands tall in Hockessin

June 18, 2020

 

Hindu Temple of Delaware celebrates installation

All eyes were fixed on the towering statue of the Hindu god Hanuman as a crane, used to dress it in colorful decorations, slowly descended and revealed the new installation at the Hindu Temple of Delaware June 14.

The ceremony in Hockessin started at 4 p.m. and capped off a week full of celebrations by hosting several state and county elected officials.

Sen. Chris Coons expressed appreciation for the Hindu community in his hometown of Hockessin, especially during the pandemic. “We need the...

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Near Boston, a Friendly’s-turned-Hindu temple serves holy offerings to go

June 4, 2020

 

When Keshav Kishor Sharan’s Hindu community bought a retired Friendly’s restaurant for the community’s new temple, the group renovated the building completely, replacing every fixture and window.

Every window, that is, except for the ice cream takeout window.

Sharan’s fellow Hindus in Holbrook, Massachussets, south of Boston, ended up preserving the pass-through as a piece of the building’s past life, an outpost of New England’s iconic burger-and-a-sundae chain. Plus, Sharan said, “we thought it looked cute, having that little ice cream window.”...

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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