USA–Hindu Mandir Executives Conference (HMEC)

The United States of America (USA) has over 20 lakh (2 million) Hindus and many long-standing incorporated Hindu bodies such as the Sanatan Dharma Sabha, Arya Samaj, Ramakrishna Mission, International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), Chinmaya Mission, etc., have been working there. Hindus are positioned in a considerable number of top posts as doctors, engineers, professors, scientists, technicians, IT professionals, businessmen, etc

The Vishwa Hindu Parishad of America (VHPA) was established in New York in 1970. It was incorporated in New York State in 1974. It has now 14 chapters.

VHPA Programmes

It offered the Bal Vihar program in 1974. The program became popular and celebrated. Other organizations took a leaf from the VHP book and started programs to inculcate Hindu Sanskars in children. It is still one of the standard popular programs of VHPA.

1974 Children’s Book project started in New Hampshire
1978 Seva projects started
First Youth camp in Rhode Island. It gave Hindu orientation to the youth and proved to be a great success. The VHPA and the Hindu community of the USA got a sense of direction from it. The pass outs from these camps are now in their prime and leading figures addressing the needs of the Hindu community. The Youth Camp was a big hit and a master strategy. Other organizations followed suit and adopted the idea and practice.
1979 First Hindu American Youth Conference
1982 Parishad Emporium established
1983 Sanskar Bharti cultural services offered
1983 First Regional conference held in Florida
1984 Tenth National conference in New York
1984 Second Youth conference in New York
1984 Cultural Exhibition made available
1985 Support a Child Program started. VHPA started this program to extend financial support for the education of talented students from poor families in Bharat.  Soon, 700 students started getting this benefit. The scheme has since been in vogue.
1985 Hindu University of America project announced.
1987 USA chapter of Sri Rama Janmabhoomi Mukti
1987 Hindu Students Council (HSC) floated. About 100,000 students from Bharat go to America for studies. The HSC is one of the most successful programs of VHPA. Its network of chapters is now spread over 90 Universities of the USA. It organized a big Dharma Conference in New Jersey in 2003 CE.
1989 Hindu Unity Year Celebrations in 107 cities in the USA
1993 The unprecedented Global Vision 2000 Programs organized in Washington to mark the 100th year of the famous speech of Swami Vivekananda delivered at the Parliament of Religions held at Chicago.
1996 Hindu Heritage Center started
1998 First Dharma Samsad in America at Arsha Vidya Gurkulum
1999 Dharma Prasaar Yaatra
2000 Dharma Ganga & Millennium World Peace Summit at the United Nations Plaza
2001 Vishwa Dharma Prasaar Yaatra
2006 There are about 400 Hindu temples of various profiles in the USA that act as nuclei of Hindu activities including inculcation of Hindu Sanskars (training in character formation), culture (Kulachaar) and sense of togetherness. An effort was made to mobilize their united strength through annual get-togethers and other programs to further enhance the Hindu cause. The year 2006 saw the first conference of the Hindu Mandir Executives from across the USA in Atlanta. Executives from 56 temples put their heads, hearts, and hands together and resolved to further promote the Hindu cause.
2007 The Second Hindu Mandir Executives Conference was held in New Jersey with the participation of executives from 99 Hindu temples. Hope, this program would steadily and surely be able to ensure togetherness and consolidation of the Hindu society and the VHP could guide and give a sense of direction to the Hindu community of America.