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The OWHC is an organisation focused on providing the spiritual, social, educational, cultural and welfare needs of the large Hindu community living in and around the Borough of Oadby & Wigston, Leicestershire.

Upcoming Events

Holi 2020

Date/Time: Monday 9th March 2020 | 6.00pm to 8.00pm
Venue: Ellis Park, Brabazon Road, Opp Asda, Oadby, LE2 5HB
Parking is only available at Sandhurst Street, or East Street. Strictly no parking on Brabazon Road.
Further information from Vinodbhai Ghadiali : 07506 705029 | Shantibhai Thanki : 07503 160250 | Kirtiben Rughani : 07799 730735

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Badminton Sessions

For: All adults (aged 18 and over) of mixed abilities
Date/Time: Every Wednesday | 7:30pm to 9:20pm (Except for mid term, and exam days)
Venue: Sports Hall, Gartree High School, Ridge Way, Oadby LE2 5TQ
Email: info@hindu-community-oadby-wigston.org or contact: Shantilal Thanki - 07503 160250 | Vinodbhai Ghadiali = 0116 2414529 for further details.
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Yoga at Beauchamp

Title: Yoga for Health and Fittness
Date/Time: Every Monday (excluding bank holidays) 7:30pm to 9pm
Venue: Dance Studio, Beauchamp College, RidgeWay, Oadby, Leicester LE2 5TP
Email: info@hindu-community-oadby-wigston.org or contact: Sailesh Tailor on 0777 9161907 for further details.
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Festival of Nine Nights

Navaratri (nine nights) is one of the greatest Hindu festivals. It symbolises the triumph of good over evil. Navratri takes place at the beginning of October around harvest time and, as the name implies, this festival is celebrated for nine days. Navratri is also known as Durga Puja. During this period, Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati are worshipped as three different manifestations of Shakti, or cosmic energy.

Navaratri is celebrated by communities getting together for dances and nightly feasts. To celebrate a good harvest and to propitiate the nine planets, women also plant nine different kinds of food grain seeds in small containers during these nine days and then offer the young saplings to the goddess.

In Gujarati communities, Navratri is celebrated with the famous Garba and Dandiya-Raas dances. (Sources: BBC Religions, Wikipedia)

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Festival of Lights

Diwali is an important festival in Hinduism, Jainism, and Sikhism, celebrated for different reasons, occurring between mid-October and mid-November. For Hindus, Diwali commemorates the return of Lord Rama, along with Sita and Lakshmana, from his 14-year-long exile and vanquishing the demon-king Ravana. In joyous celebration of the return of their king, the people of Ayodhya illuminated the kingdom with earthen diyas and burst firecrackers.

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For Jains, Diwali marks the attainment of moksha or nirvana by Mahavira in 527 BC. For Sikhs, Diwali is important because it celebrates the release from prison of the sixth guru, Guru Hargobind, who also rescued 52 Hindu kings held captive by Mughal Emperor with him in the Gwalior Fort in 1619.

The name "Diwali" is a contraction of "Deepavali" which translates into "row of lamps". Diwali involves the lighting of small clay lamps filled with oil to signify the triumph of good over evil. During Diwali, all the celebrants wear new clothes and share sweets and snacks with family members and friends. (Source: Wikipedia).

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Indus Valley Civilization

The Indus Valley Civilization (IVC) was a Bronze Age civilization (3300–1300 BCE; mature period 2600–1900 BCE) that was located in the northwestern region of the Indian Subcontinent. Geographically, the civilization was spread over an area of some 1,260,000 km², making it the largest ancient civilization in the world.

The Indus Valley is one of the world's earliest urban civilizations, along with its contemporaries, Mesopotamia and Ancient Egypt. Inhabitants of the ancient Indus river valley, developed new techniques in metallurgy and handicraft, and produced copper, bronze, lead, and tin. The civilization is noted for its cities built of brick, roadside drainage system, and multistoried houses.

A sophisticated and technologically advanced urban culture is evident in the Indus Valley Civilization making them the first urban centers in the region. The quality of municipal town planning suggests the knowledge of urban planning and efficient municipal government. As seen in Harappa and Mohenjo-daro, this urban plan included the world's first known urban sanitation systems. (Source: Wikipedia).


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