Monthly Archives: July 2020

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Maha Sabha Newsletter June 2020

Maha Sabha’s 108th Anniversary The South African Hindu Maha Sabha is the national umbrella body for all Hin-dus in the country, regard-less of language or ideology, and is recognized by the Government and abroad. Founded in 1912 due to the vision, energy and drive of Swami Shankaranand who was a visiting missionary [...]

By |2020-07-17T12:43:27+00:00July 16th, 2020|

Ganesh Chaturthi

English meaning of the festival The word Ganesha is a combination of two words – Gana (the entire cosmic creation) and Isha (controller and presider). The name has become synonymous with words like Sidhi (perfection), Buddhi (intelligence or wisdom), and Vignahara (dispeller of obstacles). Chaturti means fourth (4th) and it refers to [...]

By |2020-07-15T10:00:29+00:00July 15th, 2020|

Krishna Ashtami

English meaning of the festival Krishna refers to the incarnation of Lord Vishnu and Ashtami means eight. Krishna Ashtami refers to the eighth day in the month of Bhadrapada when the appearance of Lord Krishna is celebrated. How the date is decided annually Krishna Ashtami falls on the eighth day of the [...]

By |2020-07-15T09:50:43+00:00July 15th, 2020|

Gita Week

How the date is decided monthly Gita Week starts on the day after Shravan Purnima (Raksha Bandhan) and continues until one day before Krishna Ashtami (generally lasts 7 days/nights) Significance of the festival to Hinduism During the build-up to Krishna Ashtami, devotees engage in spiritual activities. The singing of bhajans and kirtans [...]

By |2020-07-15T09:42:16+00:00July 15th, 2020|

Raksha Bandhan

English meaning of the festival The word Raksha means protection, whilst Bandhan is the verb to tie. The festival of Raksha Bandhan which means a knot of protection, came into existence some 6 000 years ago at the beginning of the Indus Valley civilisation. Rakhi (Raksha Bandhan) signifies a spiritual binding and protection of sisters was [...]

By |2020-07-15T09:34:56+00:00July 15th, 2020|

Madiba Day 2020

'Apartheid was wrong! Non negotiable! This realization was made when my Dad explained why I was denied access to the cloakroom and the dodgem cars on the beachfront when I was 10 years old! I was drawn to become an anti- apartheid activist when I learnt that comrades sacrificed their lives fighting [...]

By |2020-07-14T09:38:06+00:00July 9th, 2020|