OHTCCP was started in August 2008 and held
its 1st Communal Prayer Session on Sunday September 15th 2008. Since then such Prayer
Sessions have been held in hired Community Halls within the County once every month
on the second Sunday of the month. A Session starts with a Havan Yajaya which is
followed by Bhajan singing in Hindi, Gujarati, Kannada, Bengal and Punjabi. The
services provided are valued by Hindus from all parts of India and from the wider
Of all the major faiths of the World Hinduism is the only one not to have a place
for Communal Worship in Oxfordshire. In the 2011 UK Census Oxfordshire had 3878
people who had declared themselves as Hindus; we now estimate there are ~10000 Hindus
in the County.
While second generation Hindus have wholeheartedly adopted the British way of life
and culture they still feel something lacking in their lives relating to the Hindu
religion and culture.
On the other hand the newer recently arrived Hindu families
want to practise their religion as they very recently did in India. Sadly the lack
of a Hindu Temple in Oxfordshire deprives both these groups.
The older generation of Hindus also find it more and more difficult to go long distances
– London, Birmingham etc. - to visit a temple for worship. Moreover a Community
Centre would provide them a central meeting place. For the younger generation a
Apart from the monthly Communal Prayers, various Hindu festivals are celebrated.
To help Community Integration three Cultural events, where people from all sections
of the Community within Oxfordshire join in, are organised – namely, Holi and Basant
Celebration, a Summer Mela and a Diwali Dinner Dance – every year.
The OHTCCP aims are:
- To build & maintain a Temple & Community Centre in Oxford,
- To provide a meeting place geared towards enhancing Spiritual, cultural, social
and physical growth based on Hindu principles of duty towards family and society.