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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 |2020-07-09T07:43:40+00:00July 9th, 2020|

Covid 19- Regulations/guidelines for Temples and priests

The South African Hindu Maha Sabha welcomes the government's decision to open places of worship and the strict regulations that have to be followed. The declaration of the National Day of prayer against Covid-19 on Sunday 31 May 2020 coincides with the 108th anniversary of the establishment of the South African Hindu Maha Sabha.The [...]

By |2020-05-29T09:30:50+00:00May 29th, 2020|

Daily Prayers

English Meaning and significance Daily prayers is said to be auspicious and sacred. It has the potential to give rise to a calm and a peaceful mind that will inspire us to be in a meditative state. Daily pooja is the simplest way to thank the supreme almighty for bestowing us with [...]

By |2020-05-28T12:17:42+00:00May 28th, 2020|

Examination Prayer

English Meaning and significance As examinations approach students are highly stressed. The followers of Hindu Dharma offer prayers to Saraswathi Mata to calm their mind and gain mental strength. We offer prayers to Saraswathi Mata so that she may assist in our capacity to absorb and memorise the study material for our [...]

By |2020-05-28T12:14:05+00:00May 28th, 2020|

Business Prayer

English Meaning and significance The business prayer is done before embarking on the new journey towards a successful business. Business prayer may also be done daily in the morning before the start of business. The prayer bestows success, wealth, health and prosperity. It also secures future and great stability. When is this [...]

By |2020-05-28T12:14:23+00:00May 28th, 2020|

Car Prayer

English Meaning and significance Vaahan Puja is a prayer that Hindus (Tamil, Telugu, Hindi & Gujerati speaking) engage in upon acquiring a vehicle.  The prayer seeking the blessings of the Lord is meant to attract positive energy and to reduce the chances of accidents and other negative events.  An important principle in [...]

By |2020-05-28T12:14:30+00:00May 28th, 2020|

Vaigasi Visakam

English meaning of the festival Vaigasi is the second month in the Tamil calendar. Visakam is the name of the Nakshatra (star) that is reckoning at that time. How the date is decided annually Vaigasi Visakam occurs on the full moon day in the month of Vaigasi. Significance of the festival to [...]

By |2020-04-08T13:30:56+00:00April 8th, 2020|

Varaluxmi Vratam

English meaning of the festival Varaluxmi is the giver of vara, meaning boons or wishes. In this form Lakshmi brings prosperity, well-being and fulfilment to the home. The vow, or vrata, is each devotee’s pledge to honour the female principle in the highest manner by observing this elaborate festival. How the date [...]

By |2020-04-08T13:27:52+00:00April 8th, 2020|

Naag Panchami

English meaning of the festival Naag refers to snake and Panchami means fifth. Naag Panchami therefore refers to the fifth date on which snakes and Lord Shiva are revered. How the date is decided annually The festival of Naag Panchami is observed in the Hindu month of Shraavana during Shukla Paksha (bright [...]

By |2020-04-08T13:25:49+00:00April 8th, 2020|

Guru Purnima

English meaning of the festival The syllable GU means darkness, the syllable RU, means a person who dispels them. Because of the power to dispel darkness, the guru is thus named. Guru Purnima is the full moon day on which the Guru is revered and respected. How the date is decided annually Guru Purnima falls [...]

By |2020-04-08T13:23:40+00:00April 8th, 2020|