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About Tufts Hindu Students Association

The Hindu Students Association (HSA) is an organization dedicated to the preservation and understanding of Hindu culture and ideology at Tufts. For the past few years, we have been bringing the campus together with various pujas, gatherings and celebrations.

HSA 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. For example, we have discussed topics ranging from the different ways Tufts students practice Hinduism, the origins of Holi, and exploring the Hindu practice of Yoga. 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.

HSA 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.

In Summer 2022, the eboard decided to change the name of the organization from Hindu Students Council to Hindu Students Association since we were no longer connected formally or informally to the national HSC organization (and we cannot sign third-party charters).

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 HSA! You can find more information on the Hindu Students Association website.