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Hindu civilization is one of the most ancient civilizations of the


									Hindu civilization is one of the most ancient civilizations of the world. It has its roots in
Hinduism or Hindu Dharma is a righteous way of life based on accumulated wisdom of
             great sages, Vedas, Upanishads and Agamas. Various basic concepts like
             Dharma, Karma, Ahimsa, Rebirth, Moksha (Nirvana) are inherited by
             various dharmic traditions like Jainism, Buddhism, and Sikhism from
             Hinduism. Hindus believe in cyclic time including eternal cycle of
             manifestation and dissolution of the Universe. Hindus believes that God
             is both immanent and transcendent. Hindu Dharma gives freedom to
             perceive and approach God in different ways.

Scriptures: Hinduism is not based on a single book, rather Hindus have various
scriptures like Vedas, Upanishads, Agamas, Puranas, Itihasas (epics), Geeta, Revelations
and messages of Gurus, Smritis, Darshanas and many others. Being an eternal living
tradition new scriptures are continuously added.

Architecture: Many amazing monuments built thousands of years ago are unique
exhibits of Hindu architecture giving imprints of Hindu heritage. Architecture includes
ancient town planning, citadels, rock cut temples like Ajanta, Elephanta Caves,
Mahabalipuram, and temples built in various styles like Dravida, Veresa etc. All the
styles, however, are based on the Hindu scripture on architecture called Vastu Shastra.

Temples: Hindu temples are believed as earthly seats of Gods where
Hindus worship Gods through icons or deities. Artistically created
Hindu temples are centers of religious, cultural and social events. In last
few thousands years, various Hindu dynasties built wonderful temples.
Pilgrimage to these temples has been part of Hindu life. With these
sacred places, Indian subcontinent is considered as the sacred land of
Dharmic traditions. Hindus built temples wherever they went including
America where more than 400 temples are built.

                Nature and Service: Hindus believe divinity in everyone. Hindu dharma
                preaches happiness to all beings and peace at various levels. Hindus
                practice coexistence with ecology. Based on such ideals, Hindus are
                nature lovers and consider service to humanity is equivalent to service to

Yoga and Ayurveda: Yoga and Ayurveda (medical science of life) are
two unique contributions of Hindus to the world. Both have their roots
in Vedas. Meditation and Asanas (postures), both part of Raja Yoga,
have become very beneficial in maintaining a good health in modern
life. Modern days’ rhinoplasty is known as Indian rhinoplasty for its root
in an ancient sage Sushruta’s technique from Ayurveda.
               Art: Various Indian dances are expression of devotion. Most of the
               times, such dances and music are based on religious themes and content.
               Music in particular is rooted in Samaveda while performing arts are
               detailed in ‘Natya Shashtra’ by Sage Bharata.

               Festivals: One may say, Hindus find reason to celebrate every day. Most
               of the festivals are religious, celebration of seasons, historical events
               including birthdays of forms of God, Gurus and historically important

Hindu Influence: Hindus shared their cultural heritage with neighbors
of India. For more than a thousand years, from around 200 CE to 1400-
1500 CE, various dynasties that originated from India had established
kingdoms in various nations in far East Asia. Angkor Wat (Cambodia),
Padmanabhan temple and Boradubur temple in Central Indonesia are
few examples of them. In the colonized world of British Empire, some
Hindus were migrated as laborers to places like Caribbean islands, Fiji
and Africa where they maintained their culture, contributed locally and
established themselves.

               Ancient knowledge and contributions in Mathematics, Science and
               Technology: From ancient times, Hindu culture is conducive to
               development of various scientific fields. Hindus made significant
               progress in astronomy and had substantial contributions in mathematics
               (from zero, decimal system, various concepts in trigonometry, and even
               calculus). Hindus developed and used knowledge in chemistry and
               metallurgy. An iron pillar unrusted for more than 1400 years shows their
               prowess in metallurgy. Indian maritime has a long history and the
mariners compass is said to be based on an ancient Hindu technique.
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Requirements to host an exhibition:
1. Hall to host the exhibition: For complete set at least a room of dimensions 30’ x 50’.
2. Minimum availability of a hall: 2 –3 hours and 1 hour before and after the exhibition
3. Publicity for the event

Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (
HSS is a non-profit cultural organization dedicated to preserve Hindu Dharma and
its Dharmic roots in the society. HSS runs “Balagokulam” programs for children
throughout the US to impart Hindu cultural values to children. HSS also runs
programs for youth and parents that focus on integral personality development
(physical, intellectual, social and spiritual). HSS has over 100 chapters across US.

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