Hindus in Zimbabwe are to celebrate 25th anniversary of Shree Omkar Mandir in Ridgeview area of Harare this 15th to 16th April.
These celebrations for this special anniversary by The Hindoo Society Harare (HSH) include performances by renowned ghazal artist Anup Jalota.
This temple which was completed in 1992, conducts daily Aarti and is the heart of various spiritual activities for the Hindu community in Zimbabwe. To promote and preserve the Hindu religious and cultural heritage and to strive for inter-religious harmony, understanding, and universal brotherhood is the directive of the organisation whose history dates back to 1916.
The pioneers of the Hindu community of Harare were very small in number and financially not well established however they made up for this with immense courage and astute foresight. The temple located on Cameron Street is considered an integral part of their heritage and history. The inauguration stone was laid by the Late Mr Lalji Dayalji Vashi on 14 February 1929.
HSH also runs Cameron Street Omkar Mandir, Westridge High School, Westridge Primary School, Gujarati School, Mahila Mandal, Shishu Mandal and Yuvak Mandal. It conducts various bhajan events, twice-weekly yoga classes, Hindi lessons, cultural/social activities; organizes daily aarti at both the temples, Havan on Sundays; and offers funeral assistance for bereaved families; etc.