Hindus in Cleveland

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4th Annual Cleveland Asian Festival

The fourth annual Cleveland Asian Festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday May 18 & 19, 2013 in Cleveland's AsiaTown neighborhood at the Asia Plaza shopping center and surrounding streets (Payne Avenue and East 30th Street).

Cleveland Asian Festival is a collaborative effort by many organizations and communities in Greater Cleveland. It is coordinated by volunteer leaders within the Asian Pacific communities to foster, educate, and promote Asian culture and traditions, while celebrating Asian Heritage Month.

The event is free to the public and will run from 11am till 7pm on both days with ethnic performances on two stages throughout the day. This unique event provides an opportunity to learn and experience diverse Asian cultures, heritage and traditions through visual performance arts, cultural displays and demonstrations, educational materials, and interactive workshops.

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2013 Cleveland Asian Festival website

Video and photo highlights of the 2012 Cleveland Asian Festival

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Numerous religions in India

Honorable Dnyaneshwar M. Mulay, Consul General of India spoke at Ariel International Center in Cleveland about Opportunities for US Companies interested in Investing or Doing Business with India. Consul Mulay began his remarks by telling about a question he received about how to describe India in one sentence. He told about the diversity and democracy of India and the numerous religions in India. Even the diversity within the Hindu faith.

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Sewa International

In the ancient Indian language of Sanskrit, Sewa means Service - a unique concept of Service - Selfless Efforts for Welfare of All. Sewa International USA is a Hindu faith-based humanitarian non-profit service organization. Their vision is to increase civic engagement of the communities in the United States to volunteer and promote volunteering.

On November 15, 2014 a sold-out crowd attended an event in Cleveland to learn more about Sewa International, recognize super volunteers and to support the cause - specifically the Family Services project.

Dr. Sree Sreenath

Dr. Sree Sreenath, President of Sewa International

Photos and videos of the Sewa International event


Deepavali, The Festival of Lights 2012
Rotunda of Cleveland City Hall - November 16, 2012

Pandit Joshi from Shiva Vishnu Temple in Cleveland Ohio (Parma) at Diwali Celebration at Cleveland City Hall

Sudarshan Sathe explains Diwali at Cleveland City Hall at a Diwali celebration hosted by the Federation of India Community Associations (FICA) at Cleveland City Hall.

Diwali and its Significance

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Krishna and Arjun on the chariot, Mahabharata, 18th-19th century, India

Krishna and Arjun on the chariot, Mahabharata,
18th-19th century, India.

The Bhagavad Gita, a conversation between Lord Krishna and Arjuna before the start of the Kurukshetra war, is one of the foremost Hindu scriptures and is described as a concise guide to Hindu philosophy and beliefs.

According to Wikipedia, A Hindu is an adherent of Hinduism, a set of religious, philosophical and cultural systems that originated in the Indian subcontinent. The vast body of Hindu scriptures, divided into Sruti ("revealed") and Smriti ("remembered"), lay the foundation of Hindu beliefs, which primarily include dhárma, kárma, ahimsa and samsara.

Vedanta and yoga are one of the several core schools of Hindu philosophy, broadly known as the Sanatan Dharm

Hinduism is regarded as the oldest of the world's major religions and Hindu mythology and philosophy have had a profound impact in many parts of the world, especially southern and South East Asia. With more than a billion adherents, Hinduism is the world's third largest religion.

The vast majority of Hindus, approximately 1 billion, live in India. Other countries with large Hindu populations can be found in various parts of the world. One example is Nepal.

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Krishna and Radha

Krishna (left), the eighth incarnation (avatar) of Vishnu or svayam bhagavan, with his consort Radha, worshiped as Radha Krishna across a number of traditions - traditional painting from the 1700s.

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Organizations and Resources for Hindu in Cleveland

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Hindu History and Culture

Sixteen sanskars (rituals)

These are various rituals necessary within a life of Hindu. These samskaram are applied during different phases of life. These are:

  1. Garbhadhan Sanskar (Conception)
  2. Punsavan Sanskar (Protection)
  3. Simantanayan Sanskar (Bringing Happiness to mother)
  4. Jatakarm Sanskar (Child Birth)
  5. Namakaran Sanskar (Naming of Child)
  6. Nishkraman Sanskar (First outdoor visit)
  7. Annaprashan Sanskar (First food feeding)
  8. Chudkaram Sanskar (Haircutting)
  9. Karnavedh Sanskar (Ear piercing)
  10. Upnayan (Sacred thread wearing)
  11. Vedarambh Sanskar (Study starting)
  12. Samavartna Sanskar (Education completion)
  13. Vivah Sanskar (Marriage)
  14. Vanprasth Sanskar (Preparation for renouncing)
  15. Sanyas Sanskar (Renouncing)
  16. Antyesti Sanskar (Funeral)

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