Hinduism in Armenia

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Hinduism in Armenia remains a minor feature in Armenian religious life, generally represented through The International Society for Krishna Consciousness and a minority of Indian students, with backgrounds in Hinduism.

History

According to Zenob Glak, one of the first disciples of Gregory the Illuminator, the patron saint of Armenia, a Hindu colony was established in Armenia sometime around 149 B.C. Zenob wrote that the colony was established by two Indian princes who had taken refuge in Armenia.[1] They worshipped images of brass, twelve cubits high. Under the pagan rulers, the Hindu colony flourished until the dawn of Christianity in Armenia in 301 A.D.[2]

The ruins of the Saint Karapet Monastery, now in Turkey, stands at the site of the Hindu temples.[3][4]

Religious organisations

The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) and Transcendental Meditation organisations are both active in Armenia.[5] In 1990 ISKCON was, for the first time, officially registered as a religion in Armenia. There are now about 250 ISKCON members resident in Armenia and ISKCON maintains congregations in the towns of Gyumri, Kirovakan, Yeghegnadzor, Kapan and Ashtarak.

See also

Footnotes

  1. ^ India-Eurasia, the way ahead: with special focus on Caucasus, Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development, Centre for Caucasian Study Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development, 2008 p. 205
  2. ^ Memoir of a Hindu Colony in Ancient Armenia, by Johannes Avdall, Esq., M. A. S., Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal, Volume V, Issue 54, 1836, II.
  3. ^ Ghrejyan 2010, p. 187.
  4. ^ Hacikyan, Agop Jack; Basmajian, Gabriel; Franchuk, Edward S.; Ouzounian, Nourhan (2002). "Zenob Glak". The Heritage of Armenian Literature: From the sixth to the eighteenth century. Detroit: Wayne State University Press. pp. 100–101. ISBN 9780814330234.
  5. ^ Government Report (PDF) Archived 2007-06-29 at the Wayback Machine.

External links

  • Indian imprint on Armenia (hinduonnet.com)
  • Persecution of Hare Krishna Members in Armenia (iskcon.com)
  • "Hindoos in Armenia" by Dr. Mesrob Jacob Seth
  • Indian Students in Armenia (armeniandiaspora.com)
  • "When KGB closed in on Lord Krishna" (telegraphindia.com)


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