"Each of us is as intimately attached to the soil of this beautiful country as are the famous jacaranda trees of Pretoria and the mimosa trees of the bushveld - a rainbow nation at peace with itself and the world." Nelson Mandela
A rainbow of different colors, religions & beliefs, South Africa, a nation deep rooted in the love for land & nature offers unto all its people the freedom to believe, to pray, & to love the altar of their hearts, bringing joy, peace & prosperity unto all.
A Land of Opportunity
The first Indians to South Africa landed on the shores of Durban in the year 1860. Stemming from motherland India, Indians, known for their deep religious & cultural traditions soon adapted & adjusted to the new ways of their new African experience. The majority, Hindus, stemming from an agricultural background established themselves in simple Temple worship, together with the worship of Mother Nature. Overcoming many socio-economic & political obstacles the Indian culture & traditions thrived in the new found home of South Africa. The strengthening & survival of the Indian race however led to the confusion & weakening of ancient traditions. Adding to the confusion travel between India & South Africa was restricted which constrained the flow of the religiously educated class to South Africa. This hampered the growth of knowledge & understanding among Hindus. The Hindu Way of Life sustained itself over many decades on limited local knowledge of the elders, & a few well read individuals.
Local Culture, Indian Roots
Over a period of 150 years the Hindu Way of Life in South Africa has naturally developed into a unique South African Hindu Way of Life. Rooted in the ancient Hindu traditions of Motherland India, the South African Hindu Way of Life adapted & adjusted to the local African climate and environment. Old Hindu agricultural traditions remain intact & is still predominant, especially among South Indians. But in recent times there has been a new uprising in the need to Know, & Understand the deeper significance of the old traditions. The modern educated Hindu youth of today seek scriptural authority, & are becoming mentally tuned to the higher knowledge. Old center's of worship are now becoming knowledge centers & have reestablished strong links with Motherland India. Scriptural knowledge is fast becoming the authority of worship, bringing a new meaning, & a much more fulfilling experience unto all.