US Hindus' Deepavali Festivity with a Purpose

November 3, 2006

Source: The Organiser/Hindu American Foundation press release


The Hindu American Foundation (HAF) initiated a coordinated plan to raise awareness about celebrations of Deepavali; perhaps the most widely recognised Hindu festival celebrated around the world on October 21.

Deepavali in the original Sanskrit, refers to the rows of earthen lamps around...

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Temple to Undergo $1.8M Upgrade

November 2, 2006

Author: Tony LaRussa

Source: The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


One of the most visible religious sites in Pittsburgh's eastern suburbs is about to undergo a major expansion and renovation.

The Sri Venkateswara Temple along McCully Drive in Penn Hills is earmarked for $1.8 million in new construction and renovations, which will include a 6,700-square-foot...

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Hindus Celebrate New Year

October 30, 2006

Author: Judy Wang

Source: Yale Daily News


In celebration of the Indian New Year, the Bharatiya Prarthna Society collaborated with the Yale Chaplain's Office to host the second-annual Diwali Pooja celebration Saturday evening.

The Hindu "festival of light" lit up the Davenport Common Room with dozens of candles and attracted nearly one hundred Hindu and non-Hindu Yale community...

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UK Hindus Work to Correct Poor Portrayal of Hinduism

October 27, 2006

Source: Hindu Press International


LONDON, ENGLAND, October 27, 2006: The follwoing report was sent by Jay Lakhani of the Hindu Council UK:

"We participated at the Foreign Press Association meeting where faith members from Sikhism, Islam and Hinduism debated the issue of so-called "honor killing" (usually, the murder of a female for supposed sexual or marital offenses -- see here) with Dr. Gill a lecturer from...

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A Year After Katrina, Hindu Temple's Doors Remain Closed in Louisiana

October 27, 2006

Author: Ketaki Gokhale

Source: India West/New American Media


Over a year has passed since Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, but an area Hindu temple still struggles to repair its damage. The 40-year-old Hindu Temple of Greater New Orleans, once a vibrant meeting point for the area's nearly 2,000...

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Canadian Parliament Celebrates Diwali

October 25, 2006

Source: The Hindu


Canada's top political leaders including the Prime Minister converged on Parliament Hill, which houses the country's top legislative body, to celebrate the festival of lights amid much fanfare but without any of the loud fireworks Diwali is associated with in India.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and members of his cabinet, leaders of political parties, senators, and other dignitaries...

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Hindus Celebrate Important Holiday, Reflect on Growing Community

October 21, 2006

Author: Sheila B. Lalwani

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


A congregation is more than a place of worship for a young immigrant community. It's the center for religious life, community and social gatherings.

Just ask area physician Charul Munshi.

He remembers when there were just a handful of tight-knit Hindus in metro Milwaukee, and the idea of a temple...

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Companies Spot a Niche for Diwali Merchandise

October 20, 2006

Author: Ansley Roan

Source: Beliefnet


Vasudha Narayanan was browsing in a Walgreens in Gainesville, Fla., last year when she saw something she'd never seen before in an American drugstore -- greeting cards for the holiday Diwali.

"I was so happy," said Narayanan, who was born in India. "It was like a piece of home almost. It was a real symbol of being part of the American fabric."...

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Three Women to Discuss Work for Mideast Peace

October 20, 2006

Source: Providence Journal, The


Three women from Israel, Gaza and the West Bank including a Jew, a Muslim and a Palestinian Christian will share their perspectives on their work for peace in the Middle East in two separate forums, “Jerusalem Women Speak,” slated for this week in Providence and Newport.

Rela Mazali, Ghada Ageel and Shireen Khamis will talk...

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