Hindu Civilization Exhibition, Darshana, well received at Illinios Capitol
The Hindu Community of Illinois held an exhibition, "Darshana: A Glimpse into Hindu Civilization," at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, Illinois, on Nov. 15, 2022. Volunteers of several Hindu organizations, including Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh USA (HSS), developed this traveling exhibition, consisting of 24 descriptive and informative posters. Indian-American youth and young adults researched, designed, and developed this poster exhibition.
Darshana was introduced in the Illinois State House by state Rep. Daniel Didech and on the state Senate floor by state Senators Laura Murphy, Ram Villivalam and Adriane Johnson. This exhibition was enthusiastically received by members of the state House and Senate. Over 40 state legislators attended the exhibition and provided positive feedback.
State Sen. Meg Loughran Cappel said that the event was a bright spot in the Capitol and thanked the HSS for organizing Darshana. State Sen. Natalie Manley added that she had learned so much and was looking forward to the next visit to further her knowledge. Sen. Michelle Mussman expressed her happiness to share the rich culture of Hinduism and hoped that the exhibition would have many other host sites. State Minority Leader Rep. Jim Durkin, while thanking the HSS for spending time at the Capitol, mentioned that it is such interactions that created a stronger Illinois.
One of the organizers, Professor Dharmendra Nimavat, said, "I am very excited about this opportunity to share information about Hindu values and contributions with our elected officials. I hope this will go a long way in creating awareness about the Hindu community in their districts and fostering greater understanding, knowledge, and partnerships for the future."
This exhibition has already been showcased in 165 cities, including Capitol Hill (Washington D.C.), state capitols, city halls, universities, public libraries, schools and interfaith groups.