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Masi Magam Celebrations at Sri Meenakshi Temple

Masi Magam Celebrations at  Sri Meenakshi Temple

By Kamala Raghavan PEARLAND: Masi Magam, a special event for Lord Murugan was celebrated by Sri Meenakshi Temple on Saturday March 11.  This auspicious day usually falls on the Magam nakshathra of the Tamil month Masa (Generally Feb 15 – March 15). Sri Meenakshi Temple closely follows the traditions and customs of Madurai and this […]

Historical Play and Community Service Events Commemorate Prayer House Anniversary

Historical Play and Community Service Events Commemorate Prayer House Anniversary

PEARLAND: Global Organization for Divinity USA celebrated Namadwaar Prayer House’s seventh anniversary with a number of events in the Pearland area over the weekend of March 4 and 5, that were attended by hundreds of people from around Houston and also visitors from other parts of the country. On Mar 4, evening, popular Houston drama […]

Japa Retreat 2017 at ISKCON Houston

Japa Retreat 2017 at ISKCON Houston

By Ravinder Yerram HOUSTON: On the weekend of March 3-5, 150 devotees from Houston, Dallas, Chicago, Oklahoma City and New Orleans had a joyful and spiritual Japa Retreat (Chanting of Holy Names) with His Holiness Romapada Swami and His Grace Bada Hari Prabhu at Greater Houston area, ISKCON Houston. This Japa Retreat is an annual event and for this year the theme […]

HMM Holi 2017, Colorful Celebration at Vastu

HMM Holi 2017, Colorful Celebration at Vastu

By Bhakti Naik ROSENBERG: Houston Maharashtra Mandal (HMM) celebrated Holi on Saturday, March 4, at its own Vastu in Rosenberg. This was the first grand celebration at the Vastu. HMM has purchased 11.5 Acre property near Rosenberg, Texas and plans to build Shri Siddhivinayak Temple and Community Center at this Vastu. Holi is an ancient Hindu […]

MahaShivaratri Celebrations at The Hindu Temple of the Woodlands

MahaShivaratri Celebrations at The Hindu Temple of the Woodlands

By Beth Kulkarni  THE WOODLANDS: The Hindu Temple of the Woodlands (HTW) held a magnificent celebration of MahaShivaratri, the night of Shiva, on February 24, continuing until Saturday morning at 8 am. The celebration began at 8:30 a.m. on Friday with Rudra Abhishekam. The Abhishekam, or bathing, of Lord Shiva was done with the traditional […]

The Great Night of Shiva at Hillcroft

The Great Night of Shiva at Hillcroft

By Vanshika Vipin Varma HOUSTON: Maha Shivratri is a popular Hindu festival that is celebrated every year in reverence of the Lord Shiva. It is a day of thanksgiving to the Lord for protecting us from annihilation. Religious penances are carried out to gain boons through the practice of meditation and chants of “Om Namah […]

A Blissful Sivaratri at Saumyakasi Sivalaya

A Blissful Sivaratri at Saumyakasi Sivalaya

  By Satchitananda HOUSTON: Siva means auspiciousness. On February 24th 2017, as Houston celebrated Mahasivaratri, a day that is most auspicious to Siva, thousands of devotees of the Houston Indian American community had one venue on their minds and calendar – Sri Saumyakasi Sivalaya. In that iconic linga-shaped temple located within the premises of Chinmaya […]

Maha Sivarathri Celebrations at Sri Meenakshi Temple

Maha Sivarathri Celebrations at Sri Meenakshi Temple

By Muthukumar & Sriram PEARLAND: Maha Sivarathri is celebrated on 13th night (waning moon) and 14th day of the month Phalguna (Magha). Sri Meenakshi Temple gave their devotees a very unique and rare opportunity to make a holy pilgrimage to five important Siva Kshetras (Panch Bhootha Sthalams), all under one roof, to experience the divine […]

Golden Moon Festival: Gaura Purnima 2017

Golden Moon Festival: Gaura Purnima 2017

HOUSTON: Gaura Purnima is a festival that celebrates the divine appearance of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu in Navadwipa, India. Gaura Purnima means “Golden Full Moon”. The name signifies that Lord Chaitanya took birth at time of full moon and He blesses everyone with the moonlike rays of His teachings. Lord Chaitanya is non-different than Lord Krishna […]

Historical Drama about Sri Ramanujacharya on March 4

Historical Drama about  Sri Ramanujacharya on March 4

HOUSTON: “Sri Ramanuja”, a historical stage play on the great Vaishnava Acharya commemorating 1000 years of his birth, will be presented by Houston’s Meenakshi Theaters on Saturday March 4th, in support of Global Organization for Divinity/Namadwaar. The play will be staged at Marie Spence Flickinger Fine Arts Center, Building 15, San Jacinto College South, 13735 Beamer […]

Sri Meenakshi Temple Society Hosts Grand Celebration of Thaipoosam on Full Moon Sunday, February 12

Sri Meenakshi Temple Society Hosts Grand Celebration of  Thaipoosam on Full Moon Sunday, February 12

By Kamala Raghavan PEARLAND: Thaipoosam was conducted at MTS on a grand scale on Sunday, February 12. More than 800 devotees participated in the celebrations including “Kavadi”, “Paalkudam” and reciting the Skanda Shasti Kavasam providing a feast to the eyes and ears. Thaipoosam, is a festival celebrated mostly by the South Indian community on the […]

Technology Day at The Hindu Temple of The Woodlands

Technology Day at The Hindu Temple of The Woodlands

By Beth Kulkarni & Vasu Rayachoti. The WOODLANDS: The EYS (Education Youth Service) Venture Club of the Hindu Temple of The Woodlands held its Technology Day at the temple on Sunday, February 12, 2017 from 2:30 to 5:00 pm. The program was primarily for the youth of the temple and surrounding community and their parents. […]

BAPS Celebrates Indian American Culture at the Texas Capitol Building in Austin

BAPS Celebrates Indian American Culture at the Texas Capitol Building in Austin

AUSTIN: A prominent Hindu organization in local communities across Texas, BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) hosted a celebration of Indian American Culture at the historic Texas State Capitol in Austin on February 1. The celebration was sponsored by State Representative Matt Rinaldi of House District 115, who represents a BAPS mandir (house of worship) in Irving, […]

Pongal Celebrations and Support for Jallikattu

Pongal Celebrations and Support for Jallikattu

HOUSTON: Greater Houston Tamil School branches celebrated the harvest festival of Tamil Nadu known as “Thai Pongal” and “Uzhavar Thiruvizha” with a lot of joy and zeal. “Pongal” festival usually falls in the middle of January. This year it fell on Saturday, January 14. All the branches celebrated on the same weekend or a week […]

Vasavi Agni Pravesam at Sri Meenakshi Temple

Vasavi Agni Pravesam at Sri Meenakshi Temple

  By Madhavi Akarapu PEARLAND: The Vasavi (Sri Kanyaka Parameshwari) Agni Pravesam at Sri Meenakshi Temple was conducted collaboratively by the Vasavi group of Houston and Sri Meenakshi temple on Sunday, Jan 29. The Vasavi Agni Pravesam event was attended by more than 150 Devotees. It started at 9:00am in the morning with Ganesh Pooja, […]

A Trifecta of Events at Sri Meenakshi Temple During January 11- 15

A Trifecta of Events at Sri Meenakshi Temple During January 11- 15

    PEARLAND: The trifecta of events celebrating Arudhra Darshanam, Andal Kalyanam, and Pongal displayed the rich traditions of India and the depth of “bhakthi” (devotion) among the devotees who attended. Each event was a feast to the eyes and ears, and proved to be extremely gratifying to the devotees, thanks to the beautiful decorations […]

Mataji Aanakut Darshan 2017 at Sanatan Shiv Shakti Mandir

Mataji Aanakut Darshan 2017 at Sanatan Shiv Shakti Mandir

HOUSTON: Mataji’s Pooja started at 9:00 am on Wednesday January 11. Annakut Darshan timings were 11:00 am to 6:30 pm. Mahaprasad was served after maha Aarti. Devotees bought many Samagri- Prasad. Devotees who desire to sit in future Pooja may give their names to Priest Shri Hardik Raval 361-243-6539 or Shri Prakash Adhvaryu 832-981-0055 or […]

Sri Ramanujacharya: The Inspirational Leader

Sri Ramanujacharya:  The Inspirational Leader

HOUSTON: There are many great souls who have made a deep impact on this world. They become guiding forces for the society with their inspirational lifestyle and leadership. Many people became their followers and have kept the lineage and tradition alive with the core values. Sri Ramanujacharya is the jewel among such great souls. Bestowed […]

Heavenly Gates open at the Vaikunta Ekadasi Celebrations at Sri Meenakshi Temple

Heavenly Gates open at the Vaikunta Ekadasi Celebrations at Sri Meenakshi Temple

By M. K. Sriram PEARLAND: It was a great and divine start to 2017 for several hundred devotees who worshipped at Sri Meenakshi Temple on the very auspicious Vaikunta Ekadasi day that fell on Sunday, January 8. The darshan of Lord Maha Vishnu on this day is most important to many devotees. “The Temple” is […]

9th Annual Madhura Utsav at Namadwaar – a Feast of Devotion

9th Annual Madhura Utsav  at Namadwaar – a Feast of Devotion

MANVEL: Saints say that Bhakti is akin to a virus. It cannot be taught; it has to be caught! Bhakti is nurtured, inspired and grows only in the satsang of a Mahatma who himself (or herself) has that true bhakti. This fact becomes more and more evident every year in the annual Madhura Utsav held […]

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