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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 God. 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 personalities. 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. For information and feedback: National Contact Khanderao Kand 408 737 7930 email@example.com Local contacts: 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 timings. 3. Publicity for the event Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (http://www.hssus.org) 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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