Hinduism Summit in Virginia attracts pan-American audience, calls for action

Hinduism Summit in Virginia attracts pan-American audience, calls for action

There were traditional Hindu rituals like auspicious conch blowing, lighting of the wick lamp and Vedic recitations as Durga Mandir (Temple of Goddess Durga) in Virginia hosted a Hinduism Summit on Sunday.

Source: (AHN) Reporter: Tejinder Singh
Location: Washington, D.C., United States Published: June 20, 2011 09:49 pm EDT
There were traditional Hindu rituals like auspicious conch blowing, lighting of the wick lamp and Vedic recitations as Durga Mandir (Temple of Goddess Durga) in Virginia hosted a Hinduism Summit on Sunday.

Forum for Hindu Awakening (FHA) and Durga Mandir of Virginia organized the summit to bring “to attention the issues faced by Hindus in America and provided unique, practical solutions to the Hindu community,” according to a statement issued by the organizers.

Bhavna Shinde Hurley, Hinduism Education Coordinator of Durga Mandir and Spokesperson of FHA, drew attention to various issues facing Hindus that are not commonly known, such as Hindu youth increasingly converting out of Hinduism, and trivialization of Hindu Deities in American entertainment, art and advertising industries.

Bhavna noted that the red dot (vermillion mark) on the forehead increases concentration while the Agnihotra sacrificial fire can neutralize nuclear radiation.

Maya Jairam, a native of Fort Collins, Colorado, opened the presentations with a firsthand account of growing up in America and embracing Hindu spirituality while S. Kalyanaraman, a Hindu activist who had come from Chennai, India, brought to light the inaccurate and negative depiction of Hinduism in school textbooks and higher academia.

Calling for protests against such inaccuracies, Kalyanaraman proposed erecting a museum as a reminder of the contributions of the Hindu community in America, to gain a voice for Hindus in America.

Shilpa Kudtarkar of Spiritual Science Research Foundation (SSRF) shared the importance of spiritual practice and healing measures to successfully overcome the issues faced by the Hindu community, as she explained how these issues have an underlying spiritual component.

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