Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh UK (referred to as HSS) was established in 1966 by Hindus (mainly from East Africa) who had immigrated to the UK during that period. It was registered as a Charity in 1974 with the following preamble “it is a part of the accepted doctrine of the Hindu religion that its practice develops in its adherents both a love for Bharat (India) as the Holy Land of the Hindus and the spirit of eternal Hinduism. which means love for the whole of humanity regardless of race, country, nationality, religion, sect, faith, caste or creed and furthermore that this spirit enables such adherents to become better and more useful citizens”.
The preamble has been the spirit of the HSS since its inception. The primary aims and objectives of the HSS activities revolve around‘Sanskār (spiritual development), Sewā (service to humanity) and Sangathan (coming together)’, thus promotin Hindu Dharma (Religion), Hindu ideals and Hindu way of life in the British multicultural environment.
In furtherance of its aims and objectives, HSS (UK) takes inspiration, interacts, shares, promotes and participates in events of many like-minded organisations worldwide such as Chinmaya Mission, Art of Living, ISKCON, Swaminarayan Organisations.
HSS (UK) has over 100 activity centres (known as shakhas) and are attended by over 2000 people on a weekly basis. Regular activities include games, yoga, health & fitness, educational and cultural for all age ranges (from 4 years to 80 + years old). It has a parallel women’s organisation called Hindu Sevika Samiti established since 1975.
Hindu Sevika Samiti, through its activities, encourages girls and women to learn and promote, universal Hindu values, to build self-confidence, cultivate a sense of social consciousness and achieve all round development through our model of Sanskār, Sewa and Sangathan. This will lead to individuals to proactively contribute and eventually become integral members of the culture, society and country in which they live.