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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Acting on Faith

Acting on Faith: Women’s New Religious Activism in America (2005)

Acting on Faith: Women’s New Religious Activism in America is a documentary film that offers an intimate look at the lives and work of three American women – one Buddhist, one Hindu, and one Muslim – for whom faith, activism, and identity are...

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Hinduism in Boston

Hinduism is the world’s third largest religious tradition. On the whole, Hindus recognize the oneness of the Divine, as well as the many gods and goddesses who give expression to the Supreme. When immigrants from South Asia first came to Greater Boston, they worshipped and celebrated festivals in homes and rented halls, but eventually saw the need for temples to institutionalize and preserve their religious and cultural heritage. Today, there are close to forty Hindu religious centers in Greater Boston, including the Sri Lakshmi Temple in Ashland, which serves as a major religious...

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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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Radha

Radha is the beloved consort of Lord Krishna, his favoirte among the milkmaids or gopis whom he loved and with whom he danced. Radha is seen by some Hindus as Krishna's lover, by others as his spouse.

Chinmayananda, Swami

Swami Chinmayananda (1916-1993) was a Vedanta teacher and disciple of the influential guru Swami Sivananda. He founded the Chinmaya Mission in India in 1953 and the Chinmaya Mission West in 1975 to teach the wisdom of the Vedanta tradition in the context of Western culture. Today there are some twenty-five Chinmaya Mission centers in the United States and Canada.

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