Mount Holyoke College’s Office of Religious and Spiritual Life supports a Hindu group on campus. Manju Sharma is our Hindu Advisor. SHRI, Students in Hinduism Reaching Inward, was founded by a group of dedicated Mount Holyoke students in 2001. Today, SHRI has its own prayer room in Eliot House where students from all faith groups gather for weekly prayer meetings and a homemade dinner on Thursdays from 5:30 to 7 pm.
SHRI’s aim is to create awareness about Hindu customs in the Five College community. SHRI periodically organizes various Hindu festivals in the fall and spring. In the fall, there is Navratri (Nine nights) and Diwali, festival of lights to commemorate the return of Lord Ram to his capital Ayodhya after defeating Ravan the king of Lanka. Diwali celebrates the victory over evil.
In the spring, the organization also organizes Holi, a festival of colors to celebrate the beginning of spring. SHRI has a group of committed students who aim to create a welcoming community and an atmosphere of a home away from home.
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