On 22nd February 2014, 900 students from across the country gathered at Tipton Sports Academy, West Midlands for NHSF (UK)’s Annual Sports Competition. This year was a landmark for our sports completion, not only was it the 10th anniversary, but we had a record 128 teams competing in Badminton, Football, Kabbadi, Kho-Kho and Netball from 34 of our affiliated Hindu societies from across the UK.
By NHSF (UK) Learning Team
28th February 2014 (Magh Vad 14 in the Hindu calendar)
Although, by Indian traditions, Shivaratri occurs every month, Maha Shivaratri, is the auspicious festival is observed on the 14th dark night of Magh (Hindu calendar). It is when Lord Shiva, is seen as Shivlinga. In Hinduism, Lord Shiva (the destroyer of evil) is one of the three aspects of the divine trinity (Brahman); the creator, Brahma, and the preserver, Lord Vishnu the other two.
The five syllable holy mantra ‘Namah Shivaya’, sung in praise of Lord Shiva, is chanted continually during the night of Maha Shivaratri, along with the Lords others names describing his greatness.
Jaimal Patel (London Zone Coordinator) & Nimesh Joshi (South Zone Coordinator)
Hindu Awareness Week wasn’t just a week full of events but a week where Hindu Dharma came alive through Bhakti, Gyan and Sewa. It was a week where chapters were proud to be Hindu and express their faith with others who may not fully understand the practices and principles of Hindu Dharma. History was made in NHSF (UK) London and South Zones as Hindu Awareness Week took place from the 27th – 31st January. NHSF (UK) Chapters across both zones put on fantastic events to learn Hindu Dharma and to inspire students. I was fortunate to be part of some of the amazing events that took place, from talks on Hindu Dharma by Keshav Bhatt to Yoga sessions by Chinmaya Mission.
National Hindu Students’ Forum (NHSF) (UK) celebrated its official 21 years of achievements on February 3rd 2014 in the Palace of Westminster at a reception hosted by MP Seema Malhotra. The organisation consisting of 5,000 members and which aims to encourage and celebrate Hindu Dharma through practice, preserving, promoting and protecting Hindu Dharma through a variety of sporting, spiritual and social events for their members. NHSF (UK) also engages with the British Asian community and the wider society as a whole to ensure that the views of Hindu students’ and Hindu people as a collective in the UK are represented and discussed in matters affecting them.
The event hosted by Seema Malhotra, Labour and Co-operative Member of Parliament (MP) for Feltham and Heston celebrated the success of NHSF (UK) over the past 21 years, and highlighted the contributions young British Hindu Students have contributed to the United Kingdom.