San Francisco: “Seeing divinity in all of humanity is the core tenet of Hindutva,” said RSS Sah Sarkaryavah Shri Bhagaiah during his tour to the United States of America. He was speaking at the Vijayadashami celebrations. The celebrations were held at the Ohlone College in Fremont on October 8.
Shri Bhagaiah said the festival of Vijayadashami symbolises not just our victory over our weaknesses, but also over the ills afflicting our society. He urged the Hindus to work for welfare of all by reaching out and serving all underprivileged people in the United States and across the world.
Attended by over a thousand volunteers of Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS) USA , the Vijayadashami celebrations were marked with fervour and enthusiasm. Volunteers from all age groups participated in different demonstrations of synchronised physical and cultural activities including martial arts, Hindu folk dances, musical band, Yogasanas and Bhagavad Gita chanting. The occasion was rendered colourful by the synchronised Lejim dance (folk dance from Maharashtra) formations by a team of over hundred and fifty women.
Shri Rohit Rathish, Deputy Consulate General of India at San Francisco, was the as Chief Guest at the celebration. He spoke about the significance of the festival of Navratri. He also talked of the initiatives taken up by the Indian Government for the welfare of diaspora. Shri Ajay Shingal, founder of Center of Dharma Studies at Graduate Theological Union (GTU) at Berkeley, spoke of the
importance of building scholars who are adept in Dharmic worldview and sought community's support in this
endeavour. Later on Leaders of various organisations interacted with Bhagaiahji in the informal question and answer session after the celebrations.
Dussehra-Milan in Tokyo
Tokyo: Vijaydashami was also celebrated by the Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS) Japan on October 9 at Community Hall, Ojima Koto-Ku Tokyo for connecting various Indian organisations actively working in Japan for some years including some senior Japanese personalities who are having close relation with India. This include representatives from Odiya, Maratha Mandal, Telgu Sangham, Kannada Group, principals of Indian schools in Tokyo and Kawasaki and several other Indian community leaders. Representatives of Sindhi community, Art of Living, Tamil community and Sikh community also conveyed their greetings for the event.