Hindu Unity Day Celebration by Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS) Dallas.
On August 28th, 2021, the Dallas Chapter of Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh, U.S.A., celebrated its second annual Hindu Sangathan Divas (HSD) or Hindu Unity Day. The most noticeable highlight of the event was that despite its being organized online, about 55 Hindu organizations came together to celebrate the auspicious occasion.
HSD has its own historical significance. On this day, in 1674, in Maharashtra, India, famous king Shivaji was crowned, who played a key role in uniting Hindus against foreign invasion.
The function began with the chanting of shlokas and Sangh songs and a short inaugural speech by SW Regional Director for HSS Mahesh Raghunandan. He invoked all the leaders of various Hindu organizations to work together and face the challenges to make the Hindu community have a positive impact on American society.
There were two panel discussions by youths and senior leaders, respectively, on the following topics- ‘Mandir: the key source for dharma awareness for the next generation’ and ‘Unleashing signature events of Hindu organizations: the purpose and the possibility of seeking support from others.
In the first panel discussion, seven youth representatives of different organizations appreciated the role of local temples in the lives of Hindus and agreed that it has the potential to help Hindu youth not only seek academic and spiritual guidance but also play a central role to connect people and evolve as a richer, more trustworthy resource for the Hindu community.
The second panel discussion, led by seven adults from different organizations, did not stop merely at speaking about their annual signature event. Each of them went beyond and raised their concern for several challenges of Hindu society- education among Hindu Bhutanese, declining population of Hindus in East Pakistan and Bangladesh, dearth of disaster relief funds, rehabilitation, refugee empowerment, Hindu conversions, and so on and so forth. Leaders said that they need more Hindu volunteers for different outreach programs, participation in advocacy forums to express one’s Hindu identity, social media savviness, etc.
Most of the organizations talked about the constructive, community support they were offering in different ways to the community, in their capacity. HSS representatives mentioned their upcoming SEWA DIWALI project and urged all Hindu organizations to come together to participate in their annual food donation drive.
HSS also suggested celebrating Hindu New Year together through a common platform offered by HSS to the entire Hindu community. The representatives of the participating organizations also explored the prospects for networking and cooperating on future projects for Hindu and non-Hindu communities and expressed the need and willingness to collaborate.
In the end, in an inspiring keynote speech by the National Joint director of Intellectual Activity in HSS, Arun Sharma urged the second-generation Hindus to come forward and take leadership roles in the community. He was vociferous about spreading Hindu dharma awareness for the better tomorrow.
Intellectually invigorating HSD celebration ended with Shanti mantra- ‘Sarve bhavantu sukhinah’ which means may all be happy, healthy, peaceful, and may all see what is auspicious! The event ended on a positive note of hope for all Hindu organizations in the DFW area to stay connected and leave an impact on American society.
Following is the list of some of the organizations which participated & supported in the events – Hindu organizations, included Sewa International, Chinmaya Mission, Hindu American Foundation (HAF), Karya Siddhi Hanuman Temple, HEF , Sanskrit Bharati, SKY Schools, HUA, Shree Raghunath Temple, Harichand Guruchand International Motua Mission- USA, DFW Hindu Temple Society, Datta Yoga Center (DYC) USA, Dallas/Fortworth Hindu Temple, Hindu Yuva, Guruvayurappan Temple, Brahma Kumari, Ved Puran, Agarwal Samaj of DFW, Hindu Temple of Frisco, Vishnu Vidhya Foundation , Shri Lakshmi Ganapathi Temple, Youth Kerala Hindu Society, WAVES, The Art of Living, Vishnu Vidhya Foundation, International Association for Human Values, DFW Konkani Samaj, Ekal Vidyalaya, Overseas Friends of BJP, Shirdi Sai Center of TX, Hindustan Republican Association, VHP, Hindu Mahasabha of America, HARIT, Swaminarayan Gurukul Rajkot Sansthan, Vishnu Vidya Foundation, iAsiaNews, Radio Karishma, FunAsia, SVBF South and many others.
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