SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Laura Murphy (D-Des Plaines) is celebrating Illinoisans of the Hindu religion with the passage of a measure to establish October 2021 as Hindu Heritage month.


“Illinois thrives because of its rich cultural history,” Murphy said. “Hindu people make up an important part of our society, and its important we learn and celebrate this culture.”

In Illinois alone there are over 250,000 followers of the Hindu religion. It is the world’s oldest and third largest religion. October is significant to the Hindu population because it is the birth month of Mahatma Gandhi, and it is also when Diwali, also known as the Festival of Lights, is held.

“Dedicating a month to Hindu heritage provides an opportunity to focus on Hindu culture and its diverse spiritual traditions,” Murphy said. “It also serves as a way to thank and support the people who contribute to our state”

The Hindu community has established 38 temples in Illinois, with the largest being the Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago. These temples not only serve as places of fellowship, but they also serve as spaces for cultural events. Senate Resolution 545 establishes October 2021 as Hindu Heritage month to observe and recognize these contributions.

By collectively honoring Hindu participation in the state, Illinois adds itself to the list of states that have dedicated the month of October to Hindu heritage.

Senate Resolution 545 was adopted by the Senate Wednesday.

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