Hinduism

‘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 –...

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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.

North Indian Bhakti

North Indian Bhakti began in about the 12th century with the Sanskrit poet Jayadeva, when a variety of poet-saints of northern India began to create a new devotional climate. This culminated in the 15th and 16th centuries with spirited devotional movements and vernacular poetry and song associated with Chaitanya, Kabir, Mira Bai, Vallabha, Tulsi Das, and Surdas.

Shrinathji

Shrinathji is the form of Lord Krishna enshrined at the great temple of the Pushti Marga tradition at Nathdvara in Rajasthan. Shrinathji is beloved especially as the divine child Krishna, but is also understood as the Supreme Lord who has entrusted himself to human care in the palace households, called havelis, which are the temples of this tradition.

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