Greater Washington Hindu Society (GWHS)
A non-profit tax-exempt 501(C) (3), religious, educational organization involved in promoting Bengali Sanatan culture in the greater Washington DC Metro Area.
We are involved in promoting Bengali Sanatan culture in the Washington DC Metro Area (Northern Virginia: Fairfax, Springfield, Alexandria, Arlington, Woodbridge, Maryland, Washington DC). GWHS started its journey in December 2012, with the goal of creating a positive and enjoyable experience of friendship, happiness, and harmony via our Bengali heritage. Albeit GWHS is predominantly a Bengali organization purporting to practice Hinduism so far, we however intend to reach out to other communities as well. Therefore, membership in GWHS is not limited to any particular race or ethnic origin. Moreover, it provides an opportunity for the children to learn about the ancient cultural tradition of Indian sub-continent through various religious and other social, cultural and literary events organized by GWHS like Saraswati Puja, Durga Puja, Bengali New Year Celebration (Bangla Nababarsho) etc.
To facilitate practice Hindu religon and culture, and promote the teaching of Hindu scriptures.
To bring into closer relation the members of the Hindu community.
To preserve and promote Hindu traditions and cultural heritage.
Encourage and embrace the values of community service and volunteerism.
To teach our younger generations the history and development of the Hindu philosophy and religion and to inculcate a pride of their heritage. Encourage their participation and involvement with daily activities of the Association.