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.
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)
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 Italy
Education & culture
Defence of the tradition
"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."
For donations to the Italian Hindu Union
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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