It was a cold November day but the Hindu community came out to celebrate. And so did many of our political leaders.
On November 4th the Vishnu Mandir (on Yonge Street just north of Hwy 7) hosted the first ever celebration of the “Hindu Heritage Month”.
This event started in their Peace Garden. Pipers lead the dignitaries and our nation anthem was sung.
The Vishnu Mandir has many magnificent attractions including a fifty foot high statue of Hanumanji. It stared down at many special guests that day.
Andrew Scheer, Federal Leader of the Opposition, appeared. He was given a book of the Hindu scriptures.
Other Conservatives from the Provincial level came too, including Patrick Brown, joined by local PC candidates, Charity McGrath (Aurora Newmarket) and Michael Parsa (Aurora Oak Ridges Richmond Hill).
Kathleen Wynne has been here many times. She spoke about the importance of cultural diversity.
It was the first visit for Andrea Horwath (leader of the Ontario NDP). She would like to be invited back. She is being shown a children's Hindu education book.
Majid Jowhari, the Richmond Hill MP, delivered a message from Prime Minister Trudeau.
Local councilor David West enjoys meeting people from the community. The gentleman in the middle, Raj Kidambi, teaches many local high school students about Hinduism.
Richmond Hill and Markham mayors, and other dignitaries, also attended.
Reza Moridi praises the Hindu community for their advances in science and technology.
Vishnu Mandir's leader is Dr. Doobay. He is very forthcoming in his requests for support. He along with other leaders within the local Hindu community expounded the virtues of their community but loudly sang the praises of Canada.
This event did not attract many people from the broader community. They missed out. There was lots of delicious Indian food. The strong messages of peace need to be seen.
At this event there were workshops on yoga and wellness and displays on the immense contributions of Hindu heritage to the world highlighting the role in mathematics, language, yoga, meditation, physics and astrology.
Vishnu Mandir is a magnificent place. You may just go and visit. www.vishnumandir.com Or let me know if you'd like to be part of a group.
I have told this event's organizers that I will work with them to bring others to this magnificent place to walk through the Peace Garden (hopefully when it is warmer), stare up at Hanuman, and wander inside the temple to see the Wall of Peace and the Canadian Museum of Indian Civilization.