Monday, 27 January, 2020


Festival of India in South Africa

Hindi Literary Programme The Festival of India in South Africa – Hindi Literary Programme will be held from July 25 to July 30-2014 in association with the Ministry of External Affairs – India represented by the High Commission of Indian in Pretoria. Ten highly acclaimed Hindi academics from India representing the “Sahitya Akademi” of India will form the integral component ... Read More »

Raising Children as Good Hindus


Parents Are the First Gurus in Religion and Character Building. Many Hindu families visiting our Hawaii monastery, particularly those with young children, ask if I have any advice for them. I usually respond with one or two general suggestions. I always stress the importance of presenting Hinduism to their children in a practical way so that it influences each child’s ... Read More »

India’s Republic Day


India’s Republic Day is celebrated every year on 26 January. This is to commemorate the date and moment when the Constitution of India came into effect. Although India attained independence on August 15 1947 but till 1949, it didn’t have a permanent constitution of its own and instead were functioning under the laws enacted and implemented by the British. After ... Read More »

A new spin on gift giving

sutra-mag-A new spin on gift giving

In Sanskrit charity is called daan. The giver should give daan with a pure heart and the taker too should receive it with a glad heart. Daan is not made on a take-it or leave-it basis. Zakaat and Tithes by the Muslims and Christians are done in a similar manner respectively. Gift-giving is one of the good manners that maintains ... Read More »

Holi Festival of Colours coming to the Coast


Durbanites it is finally here!!! The original Holi Festival of Colours is coming to the Coast. Get ready to paint the town red, blue, green and yellow; in fact pick your favorite colour. The original Holi Festival of Colours 2013 World Tour, of which the first was held in Europe, is now coming to Durban to transform Berea Rovers club ... Read More »

Mother Lakshmi


Prayer Mother Lakshmi is worshiped every day as part of the Cosmic Puja and recitation of the Chandi Path. As the slayer of the Great Ego and the grantor of the ultimate perfection, Maha Lakshmi occupies the front and centre space upon the Cosmic Altar. At the Devi Mandir, Lakshmi Puja is celebrated every Fall. For this auspicious occasion, Shree ... Read More »

Making Diwali Rangoli


The Art of Floor Painting. During Diwali, Goddess Lakshmi is believed to visit homes that are well lit, so families decorate their homes. People wear their best clothes or buy new ones, children are given presents and New Year greetings re exchanged through visits or Diwali cards. Thus, a Rangoli design is created on doorsteps to welcome everybody. Rangoli exudes ... Read More »



Hinduism is a unique faith! Being an ideal Hindu simply implies living a righteous life by obeying the two basic tenets of Karma, i.e. doing one’s duty and Dharma, i.e. believing in what is right in order to attain salvation from this world. The most obvious misconception about Hinduism is that we tend to see it as just another religion. ... Read More »



The  Holi Festival of Colours. Capetonians and the Holi Festival of Colours 2013 came together to celebrate our rainbow nation and all its different colours. Sahara Park Newlands has seen its fair share of colourful crowds while hosting numerous domestic and international cricket matches as well as the glamorous IPL tournament in 2009. These crowds were, however, pale in comparison ... Read More »

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