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Preeta Banerjee, Hindu Advisor. Photo credit: Alonso Nichols for Tufts University, 2020 

Welcome to Hindu Life at Tufts

Namaste and welcome dear friends,

I invite you to envision the Tufts Hindu Chaplaincy as a revitalizing wellspring  where you come to nourish yourself, share and learn with others, and build community. This is a community that cares deeply about supporting growth across all the koshas (layers of being): physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. I am part of a team of chaplains committed to this deep caring and support for amazing people like yourself.

I work closely with the Hindu Student Council (HSC), and we are available to anyone curious about learning more regarding Hinduism across the spectrum of philosophy, spirituality, religion, and practice. The HSC is a student group fostering community and interaction around the concepts of Hindu faith and identity here at Tufts. We welcome you!

I look forward to exploring all the opportunities that Tufts has to offer with you. Exploration requires rest and rejuvenation, and I am here to offer spiritual support, tools, and techniques across this spectrum throughout your time at Tufts.

Dhanyaavad and best wishes,

Preeta Banerjee, Ph.D.

Hindu Advisor

Welcome from the Hindu Student Council

The Tufts Hindu Students Council (HSC)  is an organization dedicated to the preservation and understanding of Hindu culture and ideology at Tufts. HSC is open to anyone and everyone who wants a safe space to discuss Hindu traditions and ideologies.For the past few years, we have been bringing the campus together with various pujas, gatherings and celebrations.

HSC aspires to take advantage of the three “S’s”: Seva (community service), Sadhana (practice), and Satsang (community).  We hope that we can incorporate each one of these pillars into each and every event and meeting.  The two biggest events of the year are Diwali and Holi, but we are constantly expanding our events to include other auspicious occasions like the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekanand, Navratri, and many more. We have meetings every week.  During these meetings, we do Aarti and then take turns presenting, exploring, and discussing different aspects of Hinduism. We’re always considering members’ special interests and have organized and incorporated a Rangoli competition, Bhajan night, Navratri Pujas, and more into our weekly events.

HSC attracts people of all faiths because Hinduism believes not in tolerance of all religions but in acceptance of all religions. The purpose of this club is to bring Hinduism into college life and make it accessible to our generation as we are the heir of this wonderful heritage. As we strive to better understand and practice Hindu ideals as college students, we also have a lot of fun as a group, through celebrating festivals like Holi or by sharing our viewpoints and learning from and with each other. Ultimately, through our regular meetings and our special events, we have formed a community where everyone can feel welcome, and we encourage anyone who is interested to join us at HSC! For more information please contact HSCTufts@gmail.com. Please reach out! You can find more about us on our website. If you are a current student, you can sign up for our elist here. If you would like to receive the weekly updates, please sign up for the newsletter here. 

Please contact the 2021-2022 student leadership team with any questions.

Co-President Nitya Nadgir, A23 Nitya.Nadgir@tufts.edu
Co-President Sithara Nambiar, A22 Sithara.Nambiar@tufts.edu
Vice President in Training and Treasurer Jeevan Palani, A23 Jeevan.Palani@tufts.edu
Interfaith Chair Neha Ratnapuri, A23 Neha.Ratnapuri@tufts.edu
Secretary Taarika Bala, A24 Taarika.Bala@tufts.edu

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Hindu Student Council