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Utsav Parking Lot Inaugurated at Sri MTS

Utsav Parking Lot Inaugurated at Sri MTS

BY VATSA KUMAR PEARLAND: An April morning with clear skies and a gentle breeze was the perfect setting at Sri Meenakshi Temple in Pearland, Texas for Mayor Tom Reid to inaugurate the Utsav Parking lot. Serving the Indian community for over 42 years, Sri Meenakshi Temple, one of its kind in the US, is a […]

Arya Samaj of Greater Houston Celebrates its 18th Sthapana Divas

Arya Samaj of Greater Houston Celebrates its 18th Sthapana Divas

BY MAHI TOMAR HOUSTON: Over the weekend of April 6-7, Arya Samaj of Greater Houston celebrated its 28th Sthapana Divas. Arya Samaj was found by Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati on April 10, 1875, in Mumbai. Arya Samaj Greater Houston was founded in by Shri Ram Chand Mahajan to establish a center where families could meet to […]

Bright Hues and Cool Games Warm Hearts at Chinmaya Prabha

Bright Hues and Cool Games Warm Hearts at Chinmaya Prabha

HOUSTON: The Holi celebration at Chinmaya Mission Houston on Sunday, March 24th, gave joy to adults and was immense fun to children. Over 700 members participated with amazing zeal, making it a truly memorable day. Rain or shine, the event was to go on as planned. Volunteers were seen working enthusiatically in the courtyard of […]

BAPS Women’s Conference Inspires Once Again

BAPS Women’s Conference Inspires Once Again

STAFFORD: The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir hosted over 1,100 women at its 13th annual Women’s Conference on March 30, 2019. Centered on the topic of “Sādhanā: The Purpose and the Pursuit”, the conference brought together women of all different ages and backgrounds to engage in a dialogue relevant to all. Special guests in attendance included […]

Grand Opening of North America’s First Zoroastrian Fire Temple

Grand Opening of North America’s First Zoroastrian Fire Temple

HOUSTON: The Zoroastrian Association of Houston celebrated the Grand Opening of the first fire Temple to be built outside India, Pakistan and Iran and included the Navroze (the Iranian New Year heralding the first day of Spring) in 5 days of celebrations from March 20 to 24. The Bhandara Atash Kadeh (fire temple) is a […]

Chinmaya Mission Houston Celebrates Maha Shivaratri

Chinmaya Mission Houston Celebrates Maha Shivaratri

BY RAJESH THATTE HOUSTON: According to the Hindu calendar, Magha Krishna Chaturdashi is known for the celebration of Maha Shivratri. This year, March 4, 2019, Monday, was that auspicious day. Typically, a work day would mean less opportunity for working families to celebrate traditional Hindu festivities. However, this year, Chinmaya Mission Houston presented unique and […]

Vibha Holi 2019 Blends Culture, Color & Cause at India House Grounds

Vibha Holi 2019 Blends Culture, Color & Cause at India House Grounds

HOUSTON: Holi – the Indian Festival of colors signifies the advent of spring, the victory of good over evil, the joy of friendship, and equality for all. On Saturday, March 16th, on the grounds of India House, we saw a perfect blend of it all at Vibha Holi 2019. Despite the weather, the grounds were […]

Biggest Color Fest in USA! Masala Radio’s Houston Holi 2019

Biggest Color Fest in USA! Masala Radio’s Houston Holi 2019

SUGAR LAND: In ancient hindu texts, the celebration of Holi came when the evil goddess Holika and her demon brother King Hiranyakashyap were defeated by the king’s good young son, Pralhad and his faith in Lord Vishnu. The all-women Masala Radio management team of Houston Holi 2019 kept the same faith, despite all challenges. Masala […]

Vedic Fair: A Kaleidoscope of India’s Cultural, Religious Diversity

Vedic Fair: A Kaleidoscope of India’s Cultural, Religious Diversity

KATY: The 8th Annual Vedic Fair and Mega Celebration of India held on Saturday, March 9 at Cinco Ranch High School, drew more than 2,000 visitors. Once again, Ashirwad A Blessing Temple was able to superbly showcase India’s heritage of cultural and religious diversity to a full house in a fun-filled, spiritual and entertaining, 5 […]

Hindus of Greater Houston Elect New Board, Thara Narasimhan as President

Hindus of Greater Houston Elect New Board, Thara Narasimhan as President

HOUSTON: After an incredible three year run as President of Hindus of Greater Houston (HGH), Partha Krishnaswamy handed over the reins to Thara Narasimhan in February 2019. As one of its founders, Thara’s association with the organization runs deep and with this she becomes the first woman to head HGH. While she “understands the greater […]

Indian Culture Fest with Youth Competitions and Sri Jagannath Chariot

PEARLAND – The second annual Puranava INDIA Culture Fest with Youth Cultural Competitions and a highlight Sri Jagannath Chariot Parade (Rath Yatra) will be held at the Pearland Town Center Pavilion on Saturday, March 23. The free event, organized by Global Organization for Divinity, will commemorate Houston Namadwaar’s 9th anniversary and Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s jayanthi. […]

Zoroastrian Temple ‘Atash Kadeh’ to Open Doors in Houston

Zoroastrian Temple ‘Atash Kadeh’ to Open Doors in Houston

HOUSTON: Those who practice the 4,000-year-old faith of Zoroastrian will now have a place to worship in the Bayou City. On March 23, the Atash Kadeh Temple will open on West Airport Blvd. and will be the first in North America to facilitate a full range of traditional Zoroastrian religious practices, including performance of higher […]

Stepping out of the last Matryoshka

Stepping out of the last Matryoshka

By Deepak M Ranade   A Matryoshka is a set of seven wooden dolls of decreasing sizes fitting inside of each other. One by one, each doll splits into half at the mid-section to reveal a smaller replica of the same doll nesting within. The first Russian doll set was made in 1890 by Vasily Zvyozdochkin […]

Initiator and Guru

Initiator and Guru

By Srila B B Tirtha Maharaj   The words ‘initiation’ and ‘diksha’ are not synonymous. The Oxford English Dictionary says, ‘initiation’ means admitting or introducing somebody to membership of a group, often by means of a special ceremony. The definition of ‘diksha’ is given in Hari-bhakti-viläsa: “the procedure by which self-effulgent (divine) knowledge that eradicates the […]

Golden Sojourn

Golden Sojourn

By Savita Upponi   Amritsar is one place I always love to go back to, to refresh childhood memories of my visits to the Golden Temple with my grandparents. Driving through the outer, more modern streets of the city towards the more congested streets of the old town, Saragarhi Niwas came into view. It is one […]

Be like a tortoise

Be like a tortoise

By Bansi Mahajan   Unless one possesses a stable and peaceful mind with steady wisdom, one cannot achieve the highest goal of success, whether in spiritual fields or in science, sports, education, music, medicine, in technical subjects or the arts. It is an essential condition to have a steady mind for any achievement or success. In […]

True Religion is not in places of worship

True Religion is not in places of worship

By Osho   True religion has been destroyed — not by the irreligious, but by the so called religious people of the world. Not by those who do not believe in God, but by those who believe in God, heaven and hell, and all that nonsense. True religion has nothing to do with God. Neither is […]

Ajna Chakra

Ajna Chakra

By Yogacharya Surakshit Goswami What is the significance of tilak (bindi) among Hindus? —Rashmi Sood, 42    The tilak is of great spiritual consequence to Hindus. Applied on the forehead between the brows, it is a point of immense power and piety. The spot where the bindi is applied is where the body’s most important chakra rests — […]

Mother Of The Universe

Mother Of The Universe

 By Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi   The deepest bond is between mother and child — perhaps this is why we find solace and security in invoking the Supreme asmother, says MATA AMRITANANDAMAYI   The tradition of invoking the Supreme as divine mother has been prevalent in India and in other parts of the world in many ancient […]

The Sacred Havan

The Sacred Havan

By Meena Om Havan is a procedure of eradicating inner imperfections prevalent in our being. This procedure incorporates all healing techniques beautifully. It is a rare combination of acupressure, touch healing, meditation, psychiatry, knowledge and wisdom.   Only natural materials are used while performing havan and they have ayurvedic properties. The first step towards performing […]

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