June 29, 2017

Colourful Culture Days celebration at Hindu Heritage Centre

An article by Vinita Kinra (@VinitaKinra)

Hindu Heritage Centre, Mississauga

Hindu Heritage Centre, Mississauga

Hindu Heritage Centre is not just one of the largest Hindu temples of Canada. It is also a cultural centre featuring classrooms where languages, traditional dances and songs are taught. There is also a huge banquet hall for cultural events. As part of the annual Culture Days event during the last weekend of September, patrons and visitors enjoyed a diverse and well-rehearsed performance by school students who presented ballets and tap dancing on bygone classical melodies. Refreshments of samosas, chutney and cookies were served with hot chai, and the friendly staff and volunteers placed saffron “Tilak” on visitors’ forehead as a gesture of warm welcome into the premises.

The temple opens its doors every day from 7:30 am to 9 pm where prayers and rituals go alongside practical yoga training and learning activities for kids to stay rooted to their culture. In a recent Senior Day celebration, people were treated to sermons and community meals emphasizing the age-old respect for the older members of the society.

Main deities at the temple include Durga, Narayan and Lakshmi, Shiva and Parvati, Ganesh, Hanuman and many others. The temple celebrates all iconic Indian festivals like Navratri, Diwali, Holi, Ram Navami etc.

Premier Dalton McGuinty was among the guests during the three days of celebrations to commemorate the opening of the Hindu Heritage Centre of Mississauga in 2011. Spread over 2.4 acres, the main objective of this architectural and cultural milestone is to dispel misinformation and myths about Hinduism and promote a sense of brotherhood and humanity.

Vinita Kinra is a Toronto-based author, editor, speaker and activist, best known for her short story collection, Pavitra in Paris, launched to critical acclaim in 2013. She is also a contributor for India’s largest English daily, The Times of India.

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