Hindus in Spain organise to create a united voice – PNE

A Hindus gathering in MadridThere are about 50,000 Hindus in Spain, including Hindus of Indian descent and Spanish followers of Hinduism. They are spread all over the country but Canary Islands have the largest concentration of them. – Punjab News Express

Hindus in Spain are reportedly coming together to form a united platform to work on issues of common interest and be a voice for the community.

A Federación Hindú de España (FHE) has reportedly been formed in Spain to unite all Hindus, defend, preserve, and promote Hinduism, challenge and correct academic misrepresentation of Hinduism, advise local, regional, and national governments on Hinduism, make Hindu representation, promote authentic yoga, and claim equal standing with other religions.

FHE reportedly intends to approach and enroll or affiliate other Hindu temples, organizations, and groups all over Spain who are not members yet. In future, it also plans to conduct educational programs, train Hindu priests, and create a directory of Hindu temples, institutions, associations, and groups in Spain.

According to reports, founding Hindu groups included Veda Dharma (Madrid), Sudha Satva (Valencia), Arsha Vidya (Madrid) and Advaita Vidya (Barcelona); while Centro Védico Dharma (Alicante) and Om Shiva Shakti (Barcelona) joined later. FHE is expecting three other Hindu groups to join.

Meanwhile, distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, commended efforts of Hindu groups and community in Spain to unite in order to give Hinduism a voice.

Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, further said that it was important to pass on Hindu spirituality, concepts and traditions to coming generations amidst so many distractions in the consumerist society and hoped that this Hindu federation would help in this direction in Spain. Zed stressed that instead of running after materialism; we should focus on inner search and realization of Self and work towards achieving moksh (liberation), which was the goal of Hinduism. Zed also urged the federation to actively indulge in interfaith dialogue with other religions to help promote harmony in the Spanish society.

Per a rough estimate, there are about 50,000 Hindus in Spain, including Hindus of Indian descent and Spanish followers of Hinduism. They are spread all over the country but Canary Islands have a large concentration of them.

There are various Hindu groups in Spain; some of which are reportedly officially registered, while many are not registered yet. There are about 40 Hindu temples, worship-places, and worship-groups in Spain, including temples in Valencia, Malaga, Melilla and Madrid; Hare Krishna temples in Madrid, Barcelona, Tenerife, Malaga, besides an institute and a farm, plus followers, groups, and movements of Brahma-Kumaris, Mata Amritanandamayi Amma, Sathya Sai Baba, Siddha Yoga, Sahaja Yoga, etc. Various Hindu festivals, including Rath-Yatra, are celebrated. There is also a Hindu temple in neighbouring Gibraltar. – Punjab News Express, 8 June 2017

Hindu temple in Benalmádena, Malaga, Spain

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3 Responses

  1. Francis Xavier SJ

    The Spanish Jesuit missionary Francis Xavier, known to Tamils as the Scourge of the Coromandel Coast, must be rolling over in his crystal box in Old Goa!

    For every temple he broke in India, two will come up in Spain!

    • 🙏❤️🙏❤️🙏❤️🙏
      I will share this article in my FB page.
      P.S. I often do it.
      Thanks for your good work.

    • Thanks for the encouragement, as a Spaniard Hindu I do see and hope for a bright future for Hinduism in Spain. Sanatana Dharma could mean the hope for so many disappointed Christians if we make it a point to spread the richness that it has to offer to each and everyone, for all living beings, and how could it help to heal a wounded world.
      With much respect and admiration for your brave work.
      Maria

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