The Indian Community and Culture Association of Cambridge (ICCA) is a registered charity primarily established by the Indian Hindu Community of Cambridge:
• To preserve continuity of Hindu culture, customs and religion to the benefit of our future generation and broader community;
• To cultivate cohesion between Hindu community and the inhabitants, businesses, Charities and other organisations of Cambridge and beyond to mutual benefit.
• To promote Hindu culture, customs and religion through education and related programmes and activities through the year;
To that end it has established partnerships with a number of organisations such as:
• The Cambridge Ethnic Community Forum
• Various departments of the Cambridge University, including the Cambridge University Hindu Cultural Society
• East of England Faiths Council
• St Mary’s School Cambridge along with other educational establishments
• Cambridge Council for Voluntary Services
And they continue to strive to build further connections to mutual benefit. The Hindu philosophy is that of inclusiveness and the right of every human being to be free to practice their belief to live in peace and harmony with their fellow human beings.
Hinduism has a deserved reputation of being highly tolerant of other religions. Hindus have a saying:
“Ekam Sataha Vipraha Bahudha Vedanta”,
“The truth is One, but different Sages call it by Different Names”
The ICCA was established:
For the benefits of the inhabitants of Cambridge to provide, in the interest of social welfare, facilities for recreation and other leisure time occupations; and for the advancement of education with the object of improving the conditions of life of the said inhabitants having need of such facilities by reason of their age, youth, gender, infirmity, disablement, poverty or social or economic circumstances and in so doing to establish or secure the establishment of a community centre and to maintain and manage the said community centre (whether alone or in co-operation with any local authority or other person or body) in furtherance of these objectives;
For the advancement of the education of the public in the religions of India and in particular Hindu religion. In history, culture and traditions of India and in related or other subjects.
Indian Community and Culture Association – Cambridge
Bharat Bhavan (former Old Library), Off Mill Road, Cambridge, CB1 2AZ