Vishva Hindu Parishad (Fiji), a charitable organization, is launching its regional branches in Central Division this weekend. Which will be launched this Sunday, 8 September at 11am at the Rishikul Sanatan College, Nasinu, Suva.
The launch in Central Division follows the successful launch of regional branches in Labasa and Tavua in July this year.
Labasa branch covers entire Vanua Levu. More than 300 people representing 100 affiliates i.e. temples, Ramayan mandalis, women’s wing, and youths participated in the function on 20 July.
Mr Mahendra Prasad was elected as the President of VHP Labasa branch. He is currently a Justice of Peace – Fiji, Deputy chairman of Crime Stoppers, Northern Division.
Tavua Branch was launched on 27 July, with Mr Ravendra Sharma as its President.
“It is a matter of time that we will cover the entire country, opening regional chapters and district branches to suit the local situation. Our aim is to serve the whole Fijian society, in addition to Hindu community,” said Mr Jay Dayal, President of VHP Fiji.
“World Hindu Council is not only the world’s largest but also the only international Hindu organization promoting and protecting the Hindu interests globally,” he added.
VHP was formed on Krishna Janmashtami on August 29, 1964 with an aim to organise and serve Hindu community worldwide. In VHP, the word Hindu denotes Sanatan Dharam, Arya Samaj, Bouddha, Jain, Sikh, Shakta, Shaiva, Vaishnav etc.
VHP is an international organization with branches all over the world. The motto is “Vasudheiva Kutumbakam” – the world is one family.
VHP Fiji started its charitable work since last year. So far more than 1,000 students got assistance; over 10,000 people got food rations, clothes and money during the floods; many people attended medical camps; many organizations from New Zealand donated money to VHP Fiji due to the trust and recognition.
Now, many schools like Khalsa Primary, Vatulaulau Sanatan Dharm, Veisaru Sanatan Dharm and Varavu Sanatan Primary have registered with VHP Fiji.
VHP is open to any Hindu who is interested and committed in serving Hindu and wider, especially indigenous community. The responsibilities are normally given to volunteers who are committed to the community work, irrespective of their education, social status or income.