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A Grand Traditional Festival at Sri Guruvayurappan Temple

A Grand Traditional Festival at Sri Guruvayurappan Temple

By Biju Pillai HOUSTON: Flag hoisting ceremony for the annual festival of Sri Guruvayurappan Temple (Krishna temple), Houston was held on May 4, in presence hundreds of devotees. Deputy Consul General of India, RN Joshi was the Chief-guest for this auspicious inauguration ceremony. During the festival, many important Vedic rituals such as Kalasa pooja (Navakam […]

Sri Meenakshi Sundareswarar Thirukalyanam Grand Finale to Chithirai Thiruvizha Mahotsavam

Sri Meenakshi Sundareswarar Thirukalyanam Grand Finale to Chithirai Thiruvizha Mahotsavam

By Kamala Raghavan PEARLAND: The festival of Meenakshi Chithirai Thiruvizha is one of the most important annual festivals held at the famous Meenakshi Temple at Madurai, and the same traditions are followed by Sree Meenakshi Temple. The festival has many highlights including the coronation of Sri Meenakshi (Pattabhishekam) and her handing over the scepter to […]

Sri Meenakshi Pattabhishekam at Sri Meenakshi temple

Sri Meenakshi Pattabhishekam at Sri Meenakshi temple

By Arun Narayanan PEARLAND: It was a beautiful Sri Meenakshi Pattabhishekam celebration at Sri Meenakshi Temple part of the ten day Chithirai Mahotsavam festival. Majestic Meenakshi looked divine and elegant on her Pattabhishekam day. The Main Temple was packed with audience. The procession with Poo Pallakku (Flower Palanquin) was a beautiful sight to watch. The […]

Sri Guruvayurappan Temple Festival Presents Ancient Epic Art form, Kathakali

Sri Guruvayurappan Temple Festival Presents Ancient Epic Art form, Kathakali

By Biju Pillai HOUSTON: Anniversary Festival of Sri Guruvayurappan Temple, is from May 4 through May 13, at 11620 Ormandy St, Houston. Temple observed Prathishta Anniversary day on Sunday, April 30 in presence of several hundreds of devotees. Numerous auspicious rituals were performed under the direction of Thantri Brahmasri Kariannur  Divakaran Nambuthiri. The kodiettu (hoisting […]

Sri Guruvayurappan Temple (Sri Krishna Temple) Houston Celebrates Annual Festival

Sri Guruvayurappan Temple (Sri Krishna Temple) Houston  Celebrates Annual Festival

By Biju Pillai HOUSTON: Prathishta Anniversary Festival of Sri Guruvayurappan Temple is scheduled from April 30 through May 13, at 11620 Ormandy St., Houston.  Visitors may notice that the rituals practiced in this temple are unique to the temples of Kerala and somewhat different from other Hindu Temples which follow Agama Shastra. This traditional temple […]

BAPS Devotees Celebrate Bhagwan Swaminarayan’s Birth

BAPS Devotees Celebrate Bhagwan Swaminarayan’s Birth

STAFFORD: The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Stafford, celebrated the auspicious day of April 5, Chaitra Sud Nom. According to the Hindu calendar, this day marks the 236th birthday of Bhagwan Swaminarayan as well as the birthday of Bhagwan Ram. This year’s program encompassed the theme: Bhaktavatsal Hari Birud Tiharo, meaning, Bhagwan Swaminarayan’s resolve to […]

Panguni Uthiram Festival Celebrated on Grand Scale at Sri Meenakshi Temple

Panguni Uthiram Festival Celebrated on Grand Scale at Sri Meenakshi Temple

By Kamala Raghavan PEARLAND: Panguni Uthiram is celebrated at many temples throughout South India and the world. The festival was celebrated at Sri Meenakshi Temple on Sunday, April 9. It is believed that the wedding of Rama and Sita was celebrated on Panguni Uthiram. The “Kalyanams” of Siva-Parvati, Lord Subramanya, Vishnu-Lakshmi and Rama-Sita are celebrated […]

PM Narendra Modi and Australia PM Malcolm Turnbull Visit Swaminarayan Akshardham, New Delhi

PM Narendra Modi and Australia PM Malcolm Turnbull Visit Swaminarayan Akshardham, New Delhi

NEW DELHI: On Monday, April 10, the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi took the visiting Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Turnbull to the Swaminarayan Akshardham in New Delhi, a grand mandir showcasing and celebrating Indian art, culture, traditions, and values; through its breathtaking stone carvings and exhibitions. Swamis from BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha welcomed the […]

China to choose next Dalai Lama by draw of lots

China to choose next Dalai Lama by draw of lots

The successor to the Dharamshala-based 14th Dalai Lama will be chosen in the traditional way of drawing lots from a sacred urn at the Jokhang monastery in Lhasa followed by the mandatory approval from the ruling Communist Party of China, Beijing has said. When required, the succession rules will follow traditional Buddhist religious rituals to […]

Chaitra Navratri at Gauri Siddhivinayak Temple of Houston

Chaitra Navratri at Gauri Siddhivinayak Temple of Houston

HOUSTON: Chaitra Navratri is an important Hindu festival that is celebrated over a period of nine days. The festivities begin from the ‘pratipada’ (1st day) till the ‘navami’ (9th day) of the Shukla Paksha (the bright fortnight of moon) during the Hindu month of ‘Chaitra’, which is also the first month of the Hindu calendar […]

Stage set for Ram Navami celebrations

Stage set for Ram Navami celebrations

NASIK: The city is all set to celebrate Ram Navami — birthday of Lord Rama — on April 4. Since it is believed that Lord Rama had lived in Nashik for few years during his exile, Ram Navami is one of the most celebrated and awaited festivals of Nashik. The biggest celebration will be held […]

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 […]

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