VHPA gearing up for Hindu Heritage Day

VHPA Karyakartas ready for 'Hindu Heritage Day 2016 in group picture L to R  Vinesh Virani, Haribhai Patel, Harendra Mangrola, Nitin Surti, Sailesh Rajput, Parakram   Mangrola, Sanjay Shah, Vandna Jhingan, Shamkant Sheth, Nirav Patel, Shridhar Damle, Suresh Pandav, Niranjan Nathvani

VHPA Karyakartas ready for ‘Hindu Heritage Day 2016 in group picture L to R Vinesh Virani, Haribhai Patel, Harendra Mangrola, Nitin Surti, Sailesh Rajput, Parakram Mangrola, Sanjay Shah, Vandna Jhingan, Shamkant Sheth, Nirav Patel, Shridhar Damle, Suresh Pandav, Niranjan Nathvani

CHICAGO: Vishva Hindu Council Karyakartas got together at Gayatri Gyan Mandir, Itasca on May 29 for giving final touches to hosting Hindu Heritage Day celebration this year.

The event is slated for June 5 at the Busse Woods Park, Grove 22 & 24 near Higgins & Arlinghton Hts. Road, Elk Grove Village from 10 am to 6 pm.

Shamkant Sheth informed karyakartas that the Chief Guest for the event will be PP Swami Sri Pavitranandaji of Sri Gangnath Mahadev Chandod. Scores of religious, social and spiritual organizations across Chicagoland have agreed to lend their support to this event, the biggest of its kind for the Indian American community.

Listing the organizations, he said that followings have been supportive of the day long program: Arya Samaj of Chicago, Chinmaya Mission Chicago, Gayatri Mandir, Hanuman Mandir (Glenview), Hari Om Mandir, Hindu Mandir of Greater Chicago, Jain Society of Metropolitan Chicago, Kriya Vedanta Gurukulam- Temple of Harmony, Manav Seva Mandir, Shreeji Dwar Haveli, Shree Jalaram Mandir, Shree Radhey Shyam Temple, Sri Vankteswar Swami (Balaji) Temple, Vivekananda Vedanta Society, Yog Sadhna Ashram of Chicago, Art of Living and OVBI, Association of Jodhpur of America, Bhartiya Senior Citizens of Chicago, Bramasamaj of Greater Chicago, Chaudhary Samaj of Chicago, Chicago Indo US Lions Club (India & USA), Dr. Annie Besant Charitable Org.World, Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation, Geetha Ashram of Chicago, Gujarati Samaj of Chicago, Gujju Pariwar of Chicago, Hindu Swayamsevak Sang-HSS, Illinois Sikh Community Center (Wheaton), Indian Community of Niles Township, Indian Seniors of Chicago, Kadva Patidar Samaj of Chicago, Karmyogi NFP, Lohana Samaj of Greater Chicago, National Federation of Indian Associations, Senior Citizens Pariwar, Seva International Chicago Chapter, Six Gam Patidar Samaj, Umiya Dham Community Group, United Pariwar and Vaishnav Samaj of Midwest Chicago.

Many vendors and other supporters will be setting up their booths and stalls for garments, jewelry, businesses, children’s books, spiritual healing, Indian food, Yoga & Meditation, mehndi, face painting, etc. There will be essays, sports, kite flying and children’s drawing competition, cultural program and Mela Utsav. Besides, delicious food stalls would be adding spice to this colorful event. There will be a raffle for all. Chicago area dance companies and singers will present their performances.

Vinesh Virani, a spokesman, said that the organizers expect anywhere between 4000 and 5000 people to attend this entertaining and educative program.

Jayanti Oza

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