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NCHT UK Aims & Objectives

The NCHT UK also act as a resource centre and is one of the main consultative & advisory bodies on all matters relating to the British Hindu community, culture and religion and regularly interacts with the following Government and Statutory Departments:

Home Office, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), Education Authorities, Commission on Integration & Cohesion, Dept for Communities & Local Government (DCLG), Dept for International Development (DFID), Dept for Trade & Industry (DTI), Equalities & Human Rights Commission (EHRC), Greater London Authority (GLA), Dept for Works & Pensions (DWP), DEFRA, Food Standards Agency (FSA), Metropolitan/West Midlands Police, Interfaith Network UK, The Faith Communities Forum, RE Council for England & Wales, SACRE, Hindu Christian Forum, Council of Dharmic Faiths UK, Tony Blair Faith Foundation, Hindu Faith Bodies Steering Group, National Association of the Chaplains to the Police (NACP), Multi-Faith Group for Healthcare Chaplaincy,Schools, Colleges, Universities, Local Multi Faith Forums and Councils.

NCHT UK also advises and consults on matters relating to interfaith dialogue, community consultations and capacity building in Temples, and advises and challenges legislation and policies that may affect the Hindu Community in the UK.

 

 

The main aims and objectives of NCHT UK are:

  • To act as an Umbrella organisation to Hindu Temples, Faith Organisations & Groups across the UK;
  • To support andassist with Capacity Building within Hindu Temples, Faith Organisations & Groups;
  • To support Hindu Temple’s applications to be added to the Home Office Borders and Immigration Agency’s Register of Sponsors in order to approve individual Priests’ visa applications to work in Hindu Places of Worship in the UK;
  • To assist Hindu Temples in their search to find appropriate and registeredHindu Priests to work intheir Temples;
  • To recommend and provide contact details of Hindu Priests to conduct weddings, religious functions and ceremonies;
  • To provide advice and informationto Government Departments, Local Councils, Public Bodies and Education Authorities;
  • To arrange Temple visits for Schools, Colleges, Universities and other Organisations;
  • To work with other faith groups for mutual appreciation of each others religion, interfaith dialogueand community cohesion;
  • To promote the advancement, achievements, consensus, cooperation and unity of Hindus in the UK;
  • To establish a position for the Hindu community within UK that is fair and based on Human Rights.

 

Hinduism - A short summary..

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Hinduism is mankind's oldest living religious tradition, which has practiced since time immemorial. One English missionary in India, comparing Hinduism with other world civilisations long since dead, paid tribute to its endurance “...but Hinduism lives on. Age has not decayed it, rivals have not destroyed it."
 
The term ‘Hindu’ is related to the word Sindhu – the name of a river, which is known in English as the river Indus. Because of the difficulty in pronunciation by the Persians the river Sindhu became the river ‘Hindu’.   And the inhabitants living across the river ‘Hindu’ became Hindus and the land became to be known as Hindustan. Hence, the major religion of India (Latin derivative of Hindu), became to be known as Hinduism.

Hinduism became an umbrella description for the multitude of religious ideas in the Indian sub-continent. Some of these ideas adhere closely to the original Vedic tradition, while over the years many have incorporated local influences with regional, linguistic and doctrinal variations. The proliferation of Hindu denominations fall within three main groups: Vaishnavaism, worship of Krishna and His incarnations; Shaivism, worship of Shiva; and the Shaktas who worship Kali. The all-embracing nature of Hinduism often appears confusing for the Western mind, but despite external variety, much philosophy is common for all Hindus.

A notable feature of Hinduism, referred to as Sanatana Dharma (the eternal religion) or Vedic Dharma (pertaining to the Vedas), is that it does not originate from one prophet or teacher. The earliest record of Hindu teaching is found in the Vedas (c. 3000 B.C.), but many authorities claim that Hinduism is as old as the universe, being based upon eternal truths, which have no mortal source. Other great religions - Jainism, Buddhism, and more recently Sikhism - appeared from the Vedic tradition.



2015 Hindu Festivals

 

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2017 Hindu Festivals

 

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Monthly Panchang 2016

 

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Hindu Know Thyself!

We Hindu's just fumble along being the Hindu's that our parents taught us to be but there are two HUGE issues which we always fail badly with and they are:-

 

1 Hindu Unity is Terrible!

Trying to get Hindu's to come together has always been a problem and the infighting in temples and Hindu organisations is Famous. Look until you acknowledge a problem it doesnt get fixed and pretending it doesnt exist does not mean that no one else notices - they do.

 

2. Explaining what we do and WHY we do it!

Explaining to others, our kids (and to ourselves!) WHY Sanatan Dharma is SO different and vital in todays world is not easy - most of us are unsuccessful at this...

So whats the answer?

 

Here it is -make yourself a cup of chai, switch your phone OFF turn on your speakers and enjoy - the effort is well worth it, we promise you!

And if you like these video clips SHARE a link to our web page with everyone you know!

 

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