In chic Soho, a Hindu temple offers itself as a spiritual oasis

By Richa Karmarkar — September 19, 2023
(RNS) — This weekend, members of the Broome Street Hindu temple in Soho will go to the banks of the Hudson River to perform the visarjan ritual of Ganesh Chaturthi. For some New Yorkers, it will be the first time participating in distinctly Hindu practices.
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Hindu and Jewish Americans foster kinship through shared traditions, connections to homeland

By Richa Karmarkar — September 11, 2023
(RNS) — Hindu and Jewish organizations hope interreligious dialogue will aid in the broader goal of allyship between India, Israel and the United States.

On Janmashtami, Krishna devotees feed the Lord and the poor with their best vegetarian offerings

By Richa Karmarkar — September 7, 2023
(RNS) — This Janmashtami, ISKCON temples around the world will double up their Chhappan Bhog practice with a community food offering.

Young Hindu professionals get a crash course in keeping the faith

By Richa Karmarkar — August 30, 2023
(RNS) — In the heart of Flushing, Queens, a group of young Hindus came together on a recent weekend to discuss the modern implications of ancient sacred texts. 

California’s caste bill passes key hurdle with 50-3 Assembly vote

By Richa Karmarkar — August 29, 2023
(RNS) — Senate Bill 403 exposed a rift among members of the South Asian American community over the prevalence of caste-based discrimination in the United States.

How India’s foray to the moon might help faiths get along here below

By Murali Balaji — August 24, 2023
(RNS) — In the success of the Chandrayaan-3 is a chance to build a more inclusive nationalism.

Explaining the Hindu divide at the Parliament of the World’s Religions

By Anantanand Rambachan — August 23, 2023
(RNS) — It shouldn’t be hard to see why fusing of religious and national identity causes anxiety and fear.

Navigating the intersection between AI, automation and religion – 3 essential reads

By Meher Bhatia — August 23, 2023
(The Conversation) — The merging of technology and faith is sparking a transformative shift in redefining spirituality and religious practices.

The ‘India problem’ under the surface at the Parliament of the World’s Religions

By Richa Karmarkar — August 18, 2023
(RNS) — Hindu organizations say they were uniquely singled out for their views on the contentious Indian political atmosphere, leaving some Hindus wondering why they must be tied to the politics of India at an event centered on cultivating harmony between the world's religious communities.

Faith leaders call for repentance and spiritual reformation to address climate change

By Bob Smietana — August 17, 2023
(RNS) — At the Parliament of the World’s Religions, faith leaders held a ceremony to repent for failing to care for the Earth.

From interfaith vegans to inclusive heathens, religious Parliament offers it all

By Bob Smietana — August 16, 2023
(RNS) — The exhibit hall at the Parliament of the World’s Religions brought the diversity of religious practices and spiritual beliefs to life.

A religious calling to protect democracy

By Chris Crawford — August 16, 2023
(RNS) — Most religious doctrines do not require an embrace of democracy. But in today’s world, authoritarians are attempting to do the opposite —  to recruit communities of faith to undermine democracy.

This India Day, Indian Americans want to be independent from politics

By Richa Karmarkar — August 15, 2023
(RNS) — For many, celebrating the anniversary of their ancestral homeland’s independence can bring tensions over the current political atmosphere there.
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