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Italian Hindu Union - Sanatana Dharma Samgha

The Italian Hindu Union, Sanatana Dharma Samgha, is a religious body which represents all the Hindus living in Italy who recognize themselves in its ideal values.

It was officially recognized by the Italian State as a religious denomination by the President of the Republic (DPR del 29-12-2000).

After a long process, on 11th December 2012, the Italian Parliament ratifies an official Agreement (Intesa) with the Italian Hindu Union (L.31/12/2012 n. 246). As declared in Article 24 of the above mentioned Law of agreement, Dipavali or Diwali, the Festival of Lights, is recognized in Italy as the official Hindu religious festivity.

This Agreement also allows to give 8 out of 1000 of one's payed taxes to the Italian Hindu Union.

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It unifies and coordinates in Italy various groups of Italian Hindus and also Hindus from other parts of the world, belonging to different traditions.

It is inspired by the values of harmony, peace and respect for all living beings, the foundations of Hinduism, Sanatana Dharma

"Working together, working for everyone", could be its motto.

 
 
 

“A lake has many shores. At one the Hindu draws water in a pitcher and calls it jala, at another the Muslim in goatskin flask and calls it pani, at a third the Christian calls it water. The substance is one with different names and so everyone goes searching for the same substance. Only climate, temperament and name create differences. Let every man follow his path.” (Ramakrishna)

 
 
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Brief history of the Italian Hindu Union

The Italian Hindu Union (UII) was born around the eighties in response to the need of different groups of Hindus, Italians and foreigners, to join together in a single association.

It was officially founded in 1996thanks to the extraordinary foresight of Paramahamsa Svami Yogananda Girispiritual guide (mahant) of the Hindu Monastery Matha Gitananda Ashram of Altare (in the province of Savona, northern Italy).

Throughout its history, the UII has founded monasteries and temples, and also carried on much work with immigrant communities. It has participated in many initiatives in hospitals, schools and prisons; organized numerous conferences and conventions; established positive partnerships with leading Italian Academies.

One of its aims is to highlight the presence of Hinduism in Italy and to see all the Hindu communities united and working together in spreading Hindu spirituality, culture, art and knowledge in general through collaboration, exchange and friendship.

After a long process, on 11th December 2012, the Italian Parliament ratifies the Entente (L.31/12/2012 n. 246). As declared in Article 24 of the above mentioned Law on the Entente, Dipavali, the Festival of Lights, is recognized in Italy as the official Hindu religious festivity.

United and working together in spreading Hindu spirituality, culture, art and knowledge in general through collaboration, exchange and friendship.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Aims of the Italian Hindu Union

The safeguard of Hindus in Italy1

The safeguard of Hindus in Italy

It defends the rights of all Hindus in Italy; in general, it takes care of the protection and representation of the moral and material interests of Hindus in all locations, either institutional or not.
Integration2

Integration

The UII is concerned with favouring the integration process and giving voice to whoever, coming from abroad, could find difficulties to adapt to the Italian reality. It gives assistance by helping to face, on the spot, problems related to work, language, legislation and Italian culture.
Education & culture3

Education & culture

The UII promotes educational and formative projects considered the pillars of a society, in which to diversity may correspond friendship and to freedom of religion and of culture, ethic and social responsibility.
Defence of the tradition4

Defence of the tradition

The UII defends the authenticity of Hinduism often undermined by new fads and movements. The UII considers it necessary to expose stereotypes and prejudices on Hinduism.
 
 
 

"The Italian Hindu Union is no-profit, non-political and free from all forms of proselytism, that is contrary to the principles of the religion itself."

Unione Induista Italiana - Sanatana Dharma Samgha

 

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Legal office: Via Arno, 38 – 00198 Roma
IBAN: IT94 B06175 49350 00000 1192080
Bank: Cassa di Risparmio di Genova - Agenzia di Carcare

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