Mount Holyoke College’s Office of Religious and Spiritual Life supports a Hindu group on campus. Manju Sharma is our Hindu Advisor. SHRI, Sisters in Hinduism Reaching Inward, was founded by a group of dedicated Mount Holyoke students in 2001. SHRI started as a small organization that met on a weekly basis in Abbey Chapel. Since its inception SHRI has come a long way. Today, SHRI has its own prayer room in Eliot House where students from all faith groups gather for weekly prayer meetings and dinner on Thursdays from 5 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, SHRI usually organizes Dandiya, a lively dance usually performed with sticks to celebrate the end of 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. Ravan was a great warrior, intellectual and devotee of Shiva, but he began using his powers to exploit women and society. 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.
The Hindu Advisor to the student community is Manju Sharma. Please e-mail her for more information or religious support.
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