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  • GAYATRI PARIWAR UK celebrates Diwali in Croydon on Sunday 10 November 2013 in Archbishop Lan franc School Mitcham Road Croydon.From 1.30 - 6.30pm including Havan Cultural items & Dinner. Voluntary donations are welcome Please accept this as our invitation in person We look forward to seeing you on the day. Mayura

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    Kashmiri Pandits on Sunday threatened to launch a nationwide campaign against the state and central governments if they fail to initiate dialogue with agitating All Parties Migrants Co-ordination Committee (APMCC) members in Porbandar, Gujarat over facilitating visit to Shardha Peeth Temple in PoK.


  • Dear HCUK Members,

    The Annual General Meeting of the HCUK will take place on Saturday 6 September 2014.
    For further information please contact the Chairperson on 07956 655 792 or General Secretary on 07903 216 291.

    Notice on AGM 2014
  • NIESR publication: It is a great pity that during the passage of The Equality Bill through Parliament, having acknowledged that the available evidence did not indicate that caste discrimination


  • Dear Mr Minhas Ji

    I write to thank you, your colleagues at the Metropolitan Police Hindu Association (MPHA) and the Hindu Academy for all your work in helping organise the celebration at the House of Commons to mark Swami Vivekananda's 150th birth anniversary.


  • Dear David ( Prime Minister) 
    The Hindu Council UK, its 400 organisations and all the Hindus around the world are  shocked and saddened by the  barbaric execution of David Haines.
    We would like to extend our full support to your Government and the whole Country and express our Condolences to David Haines family.
    It is very important that the Government takes all possible steps to eradicate terrorism and extremist elements within the United Kingdom. The requirement  for all residents to conform to the British standards, respect for all faiths and the peaceful way of life will go a long way to help find a long-term solution. Perhaps you will consider a meeting with all the faith leaders with a view to assess the long-term risks and find an effective and timely solution.
  • Letter from Judiciary


    NAMASKAR, here is the message from the Diwali in London (Trafalgar Square) Planning Committee:

     We are delighted to announce that auditions for this year's Diwali On Trafalgar Square (scheduled for Sunday 16th October 2016) will be taking place in Willesden, London on Saturday 30th July 2016. Please send via www.diwaliinlondon.com links of your past performances demonstrating suitability for this event. Suitable applicants will be sent the appropriate forms and guidelines. 

    Please note that previous successful participants do not need to apply.

    The closing date for all applicants will be 5pm on 21st July 2016.


    Dear Members and well-wishers
    Aum and Namaskar
    On behalf of the Board of Trustees of the Hindu Council UK, I would like to wish you, your members and family members A Very Merry Christmas & A Very Happy/ Better New Year.
    May the new year bless us with all the energy and strength to serve you better and we all are able to move faster forward in the right direction.
    Best regards, always
    Satya Minhas
    Chairperson, Hindu Council UK, 
    Regd. Charity Number: 1067682 
    Mobile: 07956 655 792
    Chairperson, Diwali In London Planning Committee 2015
    Deputy Chairperson, Metropolitan Police Hindu Association
  • Diwali 2015


    Jai Sia Ram, Namaskar, Jai Jinendra, SSA & Greetings


    Diwali at Trafalgar Square has been organised by the Mayor of London in partnership with Diwali in London Planning Committee. Varsha ji Mistry and I were honoured and delighted to be chairing the magnificent DiL Planning Committee this year. 14 organisations in the DiL Committee worked very hard & closely together, to ensure that Diwali at Trafalgar Square this year (11 October 2015) was the best so far. Thank you to all our members and well-wishers.


    As you may know, Varsha and I represent the Metropolitan Police Hindu Association which is an integral part of the Metropolitan Police Service – the biggest and a very diverse employer in London.


    Well over one billion people around the world celebrate the festival of lights, a grand home coming and coronation of Lord Vishnu Avtar Shri Ram who ruled magnificently to earn the title of ‘King Supreme of Principles’. In the United Kingdom itself, around one million people from all faiths will be celebrating Diwali this year (on 11 November 2015).


    On behalf of the Hindu Council UK, we would like to wish you, your family and friends “A very Happy Diwali, A Prosperous New Year and May this Diwali bring you the joy and love you have ever wished for”. “May the light that we celebrate at Diwali show us the way and lead us together on the path of harmony, peace and unity; and, of course, protection against any evil-forces”.


    We are very proud to be working together with the right-minded people; in the service of Hindus and all our communities in the United Kingdom.


    Best Regards

    Satya Minhas


  • Minutes of the AGM 2015


    Dear HCUK Members and Well Wishers



    We had a very interactive and successful Annual General Meeting on Saturday 12 September 2015. We observed one minute’s silence to pay our homage to Shri Venilal Vaghela who had passed away. During the AGM, we reported that:


    1. Dr Jagdish Sharma spoke briefly about his work as Hindu Vice-Chair of Inter Faith Network UK from which he stepped down in August 2015. He also introduced Varsha Mistry to take his place at Hindu Christian Forum. However, he carried on attending other Hindu events as his capacity allowed.

    2. Mr Satya Minhas reported on new member organisations who were welcomed to HCUK. He also reported his engagement with Shri Umesh Chander Sharma, Shri Sanjay Jagatia and other Directors with a view to bringing the HCUKs together. He was hoping a positive outcome of these negotiations.

    3. Work has gone on in enhancing the relationship with Department of Communities and Local Government, Department of Culture, Sport and Media, Commonwealth Office and GLA/Mayor of London Office. Ministry of Defence has been given names of Hindu organisations for them to promote recruitment.

    4. Shri Jay Lakhani, our Director of Education for Hinduism continues to promote a structured and non-sectarian vision of Hinduism in Schools (including Eton College), Colleges and Universities (including Oxford University); as well as presenting a rational and rounded vision of Hinduism in the Media (including BBC TV and Radio). Further resources for GCSE and Advanced levels in Hinduism continue to be uploaded on the internet for use by students and teachers.

    5. HCUK is also working closely with Council of Dharmic Faiths.

    6. Other events attended by Satya Minhas as Chairman included: Janmashtami at ISSC Harrow and Wealdstone and Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Kingsbury.

    7. He also attended to an invitation from the Law Commission regarding the places to solemnise Hindu weddings and various implications for the Hindu venues. Various meetings for discussing domestic violence and domestic abuse and issues concerning terrorism were also attended to with Hindu perspective.

    8. It was a pleasure to be present in numbers at the inauguration of Mahatma Gandhi’s statue in Parliament Square and then attend the reception at Commonwealth and Foreign Office and converse with Shri Arun Jaitley, Finance Minister of India.

    9. Participated in Victoria Cross Memorial Project.

    10. Miss Varsha Mistry, Regional Director and Chair of MPHA provided a brief account of her work at the Hindu Christian Forum.

    11. HCUK supported the work of NHSF campaign against grooming and entrapment of Hindu girls.

    12. HCUK also participated in the events to commemorate Word War I.

    13. Shree Amardeep Sharma ACA Regional Director, Hindu Minorities in Bangladesh and Pakistan also reported his role and campaign to protect the minority Hindus in Bangladesh.

    14. HCUK is very grateful to Dr VPN Rao for making a personal donation of £500.

    15. The AGM ratified the following HCUK Trustees for 2015/16:


    1. Dr Vasanampalli Panchrathnam Narayan Rao, 2. Dr Jagdish Chander Sharma 3. Shri Jay Prakash Lakhani, 4. Shri Appathurai Vairavamoorthy, 5. Shri Satya Prakash Minhas (also as Chairperson), 6. Shri Amrit Lal Bhardwaj, 7. Shri Rajnish Kashyap and 8. Shri M. P. Nathan.


    The AGM also ratified Satya Minhas as HCUK Chairperson for 2015/16


    Miss Thayalini (Dia) Gunaratnam was appointed as our independent examiner for 2015/16. We thanked Dia ji for her excellent work & support.


    Thank you and Best regards, Satya Minhas

Hindu temples

dA Mandir, Kovil , Devalayam, or a Hindu temple is a place of worship for followers of Hinduism. A characteristic of most temples is the presence of murtis (statues) of the Hindu deity to whom the temple is dedicated.


Hindu traditions

fHinduism is formed of diverse traditions and has no single founder. Among its direct roots is the historical Vedic religion of Iron Age India and, as such, Hinduism is often called the "oldest living religion"


Hindu events

fHindu festivals are celebrated as per the Hindu Calendar. The calendar depends on the movement of sun and moon so most festivals are celebrated on different dates, move around within a range of dates in different years.


Hindu Festivals

sHindus observe sacred occasions by festive observances. All festivals in Hinduism are predominantly religious in character and significance.


Hindu Cultures

gThe culture of India refers to the religions, beliefs, customs, traditions, languages, ceremonies, arts, values and the way of life in India and its people.


Hindu Gods

gWithin Hinduism a large number of personal gods (Ishvaras) are worshipped as murtis. These beings are significantly powerful entities known as devas.


Hindu Scriptures

f Hinduism is based on "the accumulated treasury of spiritual laws discovered by different persons in different times."



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