Meet the Hindus of Java, Indonesia

For five centuries the Hindus of Central & East Java, today one million strong, have managed to preserve their unique ways in difficult circumstances. In April of 2014, Hinduism Today correspondent Rajiv Malik and photographer Agus Pranayoga spent a week in East and Central Java, ancient home of great Hindu kingdoms, working on a feature story which ran in the October 2014 edition of Hinduism Today Magazine Today more than a million Hindus live in this area, but among a very large Muslim population. Rajiv was assigned to visit the Hindu villages, some quite remote, and interview the local population.

Photo of  Gurudeva
As we come closer to the wonderful Gods of Hinduism, we come to love them in a natural way, to be guided by them and to depend on them more than we depend on ourselves.
—Gurudeva