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Shivratri, The Great Night of Lord Shiva, Celebrated at Sanatan Shiv Shakti Mandir

Shivratri, The Great Night of Lord Shiva, Celebrated at Sanatan Shiv Shakti Mandir

HOUSTON: Shivaratri falls on the 13th (or 14th) day of the dark half of Phalgun (February-March). The name means “the night of Shiva”. The ceremonies take place chiefly at night. Shiva was married to Parvati on this day. People observe a strict fast on this day. The Shiva Lingam is worshipped throughout the night by […]

Auspiciousness Marks Mahasivaratri at Saumyakasi Sivalaya

Auspiciousness Marks Mahasivaratri at Saumyakasi Sivalaya

By Satchitananda HOUSTON: Sri Saumyakasi Sivalaya, Chinmaya Mission Houston (CMH), once again became the spiritual epicenter for the Mahasivaratri celebrations of the Greater Houston Hindu community on February 13. Mahasivaratri, the great celebration of Lord Siva who is the very embodiment of Consciousness and auspiciousness, elevates every spiritual seeker to a higher level of contemplation. […]

Maha Sivarathri Celebrated @ Sri Meenakshi Temple

Maha Sivarathri Celebrated @ Sri Meenakshi Temple

By Bhargavi Golla PEARLAND: Sri Meenakshi Temple celebrated Maha Sivarathri with devotion and religious fervor in the honor of Lord Shiva on Tuesday, February 13. Lord Shiva is regarded as the God of immense power and destroyer of evil.  This special day is not for celebrations and merry-making but to worship Lord Shiva, introspect and […]

Why We Pray with Folded Hands

Why We Pray with Folded Hands

By Raj & Krishan Gupta SUGAR LAND: Prayer in Latin is called Precari “to ask earnestly, beg, and entreat”. It is an invocation or act that seeks to activate a rapport with an object of worship through deliberate communication. Prayer is also a plea to God to support and help the devotee with whatever he […]

Story of Fish Teaches Sikh Kids a Lesson in Having Faith in Guru Nanak

Story of Fish Teaches Sikh Kids a Lesson in Having Faith in Guru Nanak

By Jawahar Malhotra HOUSTON: Bhupinder Singh was in the middle of explaining the central theme of his book and had gotten to the point when the main character, a young boy named Aman, turns to his dadaji (paternal grandfather) crying that he wouldn’t get the bike he wanted. His dadaji tried to divert his attention […]

Grand Celebration of Thai Poosam at Sri Meeenakshi Temple on Sunday, February 4

Grand Celebration of Thai Poosam at Sri Meeenakshi Temple on Sunday, February 4

By Bhargavi Golla PEARLAND: Sri Meenakshi Temple celebrated Thai Poosam with great grandeur, devotion and enthusiasm on February 4. This is one of the biggest and colorful festivals at MTS.  Around 1000 devotees participated in the celebration and about 250 registrations for Kavadi and Paalkudams. It is celebrated in the Tamil month of Thai (January […]

Auspicious Maha Mrityunjaya Homam at Sri Guruvayurappan Temple, Houston

Auspicious Maha Mrityunjaya Homam at Sri Guruvayurappan Temple, Houston

HOUSTON: This auspicious ritual of Vedic tradition will be performed in the temple on Sunday, February 11 from 9 am to 11 am at 11620 Ormandy St, Houston TX 77035. The powerful Havan (Mrityunjaya Homam) is performed by chanting the Mrityunjaya mantra described in the Rig Veda. This ancient mantra has the potential to invoke […]

‘We must protect our religion, only then will world walk with us’

‘We must protect our religion, only then will world walk with us’

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh Sarkaryavah Suresh Bhaiyyaji Joshi addressed the concluding session of the 6th International Centre for Cultural Studies’ International Conference and Gathering of the Elders in Uttan on Sunday. Delivering his keynote address, he stressed on the importance of preservation of the culture of Hinduism. “If religion is eradicated from India, there will be no […]

ICC Republic Day Program Falls Short on Attendance

ICC Republic Day Program Falls Short on Attendance

Click here for Collage By Jawahar Malhotra HOUSTON: The lingering effects of the ice storm, cold and rainy weather and people down with the raging flu virus were some of the reasons that affected the low turnout for the 69th Indian Republic Day celebrations that the India Culture Center held last Saturday afternoon, January 20 […]

Sundari Mundari’ing Away to Glory at the Annual Lohri Celebrations By Punjabi Culture Club

Sundari Mundari’ing Away to Glory at the Annual Lohri Celebrations By Punjabi Culture Club

By Vanshika Vipin Varma HOUSTON: Bonfire celebrations, gur rewri, puffed rice, peanuts, popcorns, and some bhangra & gidda – all of these are significant components associated with one of India’s favorite festivals- Lohri. This popular festival marks the end of winter and serves as a traditional welcome of longer days, the beginning of summer, with the sun’s […]

Grand Celebrations of Andal Kalyanam and Pongal Festival at Sri Meenakshi Temple

Grand Celebrations of Andal Kalyanam and Pongal Festival at Sri Meenakshi Temple

By Bhargavi Golla PEARLAND: Andal Kalyanam: Sri Meenakshi Temple Society celebrated the sacred wedding of Andal/Goda with Lord Sri Krishna in the form of Lord Ranganatha on Saturday, January 13.  Andal, after observing the Paavai Nombu (vows) during the Dhanur month (December 15th to January 15th), merged with Lord Ranganatha in Srirangam. This union is […]

Makar Sankranti and Lohri at Arya Samaj

Makar Sankranti and Lohri at Arya Samaj

HOUSTON: DAV Sanskriti School of Arya Samaj Greater Houston celebrated last Sunday the event known as Makar Sankranti, Lohri, Pongal, Bihu, etc. in different parts of India reflecting its colorful diversity. Acharyaji spoke at length about its significance that is sun’s reversal from its southern journey to back to northward. In plain terms, that translates into […]

Justin Trudeau Celebrates Pongal, Charms Internet In A ‘Veshti’

Justin Trudeau Celebrates Pongal, Charms Internet In A ‘Veshti’

In a winning gesture, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau celebrated the festival of Thai Pongal while wearing a kurta and a traditional veshti. Photos shared on his social media accounts show him celebrating the popular Tamil harvest festival and the Tamil Heritage Month in Canada. “Iniya Thai Pongal Nalvazhthukkal!” or ‘sweet Pongal greetings’, wrote Mr Trudeau […]

In spite of Challenging Weather Hundreds of Devotees Attend the Annual Event of Mata Ji Ki Chowki at Hindu Worship Society!

In spite of Challenging Weather Hundreds of Devotees Attend the Annual Event of Mata Ji Ki Chowki at Hindu Worship Society!

By Nisha  Bhatia, Pramod Sharma & Manish Khatri HOUSTON: Hindu Worship Society, Houston’s oldest temple, started off the New Year by hosting its annual Mata Chowki held on January 1, 2018. This Chowki brought many devotees out to the temple seeking Mata Rani’s blessings for a great and prosperous New Year. The function was about […]

Grand New Year Day Celebration and Leadership Transfer at Sri Meenakshi Temple

Grand New Year Day Celebration and Leadership Transfer at Sri Meenakshi Temple

By Kamala Raghavan PEARLAND: Starting from evening of December 31, 2017, devotees gathered at Sri Meenakshi Temple Society (MTS) to bid farewell to 2017 and to welcome 2018. The special midnight pooja has been a regular feature at MTS with many devotees braving the winter cold. The Thiruppavai and Thiruvempavai recitals in the auspicious Dhanur […]

Chants of Jai Mata Di Resonate Sri Radha Krishna Temple in Houston

Chants of Jai Mata Di Resonate Sri Radha Krishna Temple in Houston

 By Vanshika Vipin Varma HOUSTON: There are various ways to begin the New Years and while some enjoy celebrating it with a grand party, or outing with family and friends, others believe in experiencing the spiritual trance that is attained from a religious get-together, and Mata ki Chowki serves as a perfect devotional gathering where […]

Guru Gobind Singh’s 351st Birthday Celebration at Sikh National Center

Guru Gobind Singh’s 351st Birthday Celebration at Sikh National Center

By Kamwalpreet Singh HOUSTON: To commemorate the 351st birthday of the tenth Guru Gobind Singh, an Akhand Path was started at the Sikh National Center on January 5 and continued for the next two days after which a Diwan was carried out. The celebration was attended by a continuous stream of the faithful who came […]

Saudi Arabia okays India’s plan to ferry Haj pilgrims via sea route: Naqvi

Saudi Arabia okays India’s plan to ferry Haj pilgrims via sea route: Naqvi

NEW DELHI: Saudi Arabia has given its nod to India’s plan to revive the option of ferrying Haj pilgrims via sea route to Jeddah, union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said in a statement on Monday. Naqvi made the comment after the signing of annual Haj agreement between India and Saudi Arabia in Mecca. “Saudi Arabia has given its nod to revive […]

Sri Ayyappa 35th Annual Mandala Pooja at Sri Meenakshi Temple

Sri Ayyappa 35th Annual Mandala Pooja at  Sri Meenakshi Temple

By Venkat Prasad PEARLAND: This year’s 35th Annual Mandala Pooja for Lord Ayyappa at Sri Meenakshi Temple was a very special event. During MTS Maha Kumbhabhishekam on November 23, 18 holy steps were consecrated at the Lord Ayyappa sannadhi. The ascending of 18 holy steps by the Ayyappa devotees is extremely sacred act after fasting […]

Namadwaar’s Annual Madhura Utsav

Namadwaar’s Annual Madhura Utsav

MANVEL: Global Organization for Divinity and Houston Namadwaar will conduct their annual grand celebration of bhakti and Bhagavata Dharma, from December 23 to 31 this year through a 7-day “Madhura Utsav” (sweet celebration). A ‘Madhurageetham’ devotional music competition will also be held on Dec 24, for music enthusiasts of all ages. Both the events will be held at […]

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