Traveling exhibit raises awareness of Hindu culture across the United States
ROCKAWAY, NJ, October 4, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh UNITED STATES (HSS), with the active collaboration of 208 other organisations, successfully organized Darshana, an exhibition on Hindu civilization in 165 cities across United States in the spring and summer of 2022. It was enthusiastically received by a broad audience, including federal, state, and local officials, judges, educators, business leaders, and ethnic, religious, and interfaith groups. The exhibition also attracted wide public participation.
HSS volunteers developed this traveling exhibit, comprised of 24 descriptive and informative posters, after much research and feedback, including from Indo-American teenagers and young adults, to refine the content and improve the aesthetic quality of the design.
In addition to raising awareness and appreciation of “Dharmic traditions” which collectively reflect Hinduism and other practices rooted in the Indian subcontinent, such as Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism, the exhibition also addresses a concern of the American dharmic community about occasional misinterpretation. of their beliefs, practices, society, and civilization through the lens of non-practicing commentators who often distort the dharmic view of the 1.25 billion people and negatively impact the American dharmic community.
The Darshana The exhibition provided an overview for non-Hindus and Hindus alike of Dharmic traditions and countless Indian philosophies developed over several millennia. It has been hosted and exhibited in several places, such as town halls, libraries, universities, schools, museums and public events. It was also held in several state capitols and on Capitol Hill in WashingtonCC.
To illustrate the DarshanaThe impact:
- The exhibit generated a lot of excitement and appreciation at the annual gala Indiana Interfaith Cooperation Center. One of the many comments received was, “This exhibition helps to introduce Hindus and non-Hindus to learn more about Hindu civilization, to learn more about Vedic culture, to learn more about how we can aspire to come together to learn a faith and work together to solve problems that will help us all and that will help future generations.”
- At the Pennsylvania State Capitol Expo, State Senator Yudichak said, “HSS is an organization that promotes a sense of selfless service and civic duty. They brought the Darshana exhibition, which provides an opportunity to learn more about the concepts and practices of Hindu civilization. It is impressive to see Hindus coming together as one people to help all those in need.”
- After viewing the exhibit on Capitol Hill, Senator mike brown (R-Ind.) said, “I appreciate it (Hindu culture) because it’s an enterprising culture. Much of what we do in this world has its roots there, and the more I see it, the more I learn about it; it’s probably part of how we solve today’s problems, from climate change to food security. In general, it’s a vibrant, enterprising community and faithful. I’m glad I had the time to learn more about it.
- Elizabeth MichaelPresident of McKinney Democrats, TX said, “We love our community celebrating the beauty of our diversity, from art to music to exposure; it was truly wonderful.”
- At the Capitol, His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan also paid a surprise visit to the Darshana exhibition. Passing by the room after a scheduled meeting, Her Majesty graciously took some time at the exhibit.
“Darshana was a proactive approach to publicize Hindu civilization. He is expected to bring conscious understanding and inclusion to all of Hindu American society. We are glad that American society wholeheartedly appreciated our efforts,” said HSS Communications Director Mahesh Kalla.
We look forward to future opportunities to exhibit Darshana in colleges, schools, offices, commercial establishments and public spaces. For more information on hindu darshanaplease visit https://hindudarshana.comand to inquire about the exhibition, please use the form at https://hindudarshana.com/contact/.
HSS, the nation’s largest Hindu-American organization, conducts a values education program for Hindu-Americans of all ages through its 235 branches nationwide. For more information, visit www.hssus.org
SOURCE Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh UNITED STATES