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BAPS Temple Outside DC, in Chantilly, Serves Growing Devotees

BAPS Temple Outside DC, in Chantilly, Serves Growing Devotees

By Jawahar Malhotra CHANTILLY, VA: The Indian community is bustling in the environs of Washington, DC and nowhere more so than in the western suburbs of Fairfax, Chantilly, Centreville, Stone Ridge and Watson along an axis formed by the Lee Jackson Memorial Highway and then northward past Dulles International Airport in Sterling. In this quadrant […]

Hindu Temple of The Woodlands Annual Fundraiser Features Musical Night

Hindu Temple of The Woodlands Annual Fundraiser Features Musical Night

By Suveena Guglani The Woodlands: The Hindu Temple of The Woodlands’ annual fundraiser, Kashish – A musical night, was a sold-out, standing room only event. Over 300 people enjoyd the music and participated in the festivities at Beth Shalom of the Woodlands on Sunday, Nov 11,, 2017. The evening began with a welcome speech by […]

A Chinmaya Spiritual Voice Offers New Study Groups

A Chinmaya Spiritual Voice Offers New Study Groups

By Padmashree Rao HOUSTON: The human quest for happiness is fascinating. Each of us searches for what we think makes us complete – wealth, power, physical comforts, academic achievements, worldly fame, significant relationships, and so on. Often, we wonder why our efforts do not yield that lasting sense of happiness. In her pravachan in Chinmaya […]

Unity and Togetherness at Diwali

Unity and Togetherness at Diwali

STAFFORD: Diwali is that time where neighbors, friends and families come together to forget and forgive by wishing each other joy and prosperity. A celebration when we teach our young about the festivities and stories of Diwali. A young baby marvels at the spectacular wonderment of twinkling lights and extravagant decorations arranged in the Mandir’s […]

Grand Diwali and Annakut at ISKCON of Houston

Grand Diwali and Annakut at ISKCON of Houston

  HOUSTON: ISKCON of Houston extravagantly celebrated Diwali, or Dipavali, on October 19th showcasing their magnificent deities, Sri Sri Radha Nilamadhava. This festival commemorates the return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya after valiantly defeating the demon, Ravana, saving the people of Lanka from his reign of terror. The altar was decorated by hundreds of candles […]

Chinmaya Dipavali Shines With Sacred Festivities

Chinmaya Dipavali Shines With Sacred Festivities

By Satchitananda HOUSTON:  Hinduism is marked with numerous festivals, occasions and events throughout the year. Yet none come close to Dipavali, also called Diwali, in its colorful splendor, rich meaning, and cheerful spirit of celebration. Etymologically, Dipavali stands for a “row of lamps.”It marks the return of Sri Rama to Ayodhya,  signals the  liberation from […]

HTW Diwali Mela 2017: A True Carnival of Lights!

HTW Diwali Mela 2017: A True Carnival of Lights!

By Priya Subramanian THE WOODLANDS:  Tamasoma Jyotirgamaya – these immortal words were the guiding inspiration for the vibrant Diwali celebrations of The Hindu Temple of The Woodlands (HTW) Diwali Mela 2017. The mela was held on Saturday, October 14, at the temple’s premises and had about 4,000 visitors. Many were local residents who came with […]

Grand Diwali Bazaar Celebrations at Sri Meenakshi Temple on Saturday October 14

Grand Diwali Bazaar Celebrations at  Sri Meenakshi Temple on Saturday October 14

By MTS Board members PEARLAND: Diwali (Deepavali) festival was celebrated at Sri Meenakshi Temple Society (MTS), Pearland on October 14, 2017 in a grand manner. With an estimated attendance of over 5,000 people of all ages from around the Houston metro area and over 42 vendor booths, the visitors came throughout the day in a […]

Houston Durga Bari Puja: Bringing Bengal to Space City – Puja 2017

Houston Durga Bari Puja: Bringing Bengal to Space City – Puja 2017

By Partha Sarathi Chatterjee HOUSTON: Houston’s Durga Bari’s Durga Puja is one of the largest Pujas in North America. It won the very first Best Puja in the international category from Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Durga Bari has decided to donate $10,000 from Puja to Mayor’s Harvey Relief Fund. Consul General Of Houston, Dr. Anupam […]

Navratri Celebrations at the Gauri Siddhivinayak Temple

Navratri Celebrations at the Gauri Siddhivinayak Temple

HOUSTON: Navratri is a nine nights (ten days) Hindu festival, celebrated in the autumn every year. It is observed for different reasons and celebrated differently in various parts of India. In the eastern and northeastern states of India, the Durga Puja is synonymous with Navratri, wherein goddess Durga battles and emerges victorious over the buffalo […]

Bajagovindam and Sri Venkateswara Kalyanam Celebrated on October 8

Bajagovindam and Sri Venkateswara Kalyanam Celebrated on October 8

By Kamala Raghavan PEARLAND: The celebration of Sri Venkateswara Kalyanam appropriately titled “Bajagovindam” is one of the traditions at most South Indian temples during the month of “Purattasi”, and here in Sri Meenakshi Temple Society in Pearland we follow the same tradition The purpose of such festivals is believed to shower all of God’s creations […]

Diwali Mela 2017 in The Woodlands

Diwali Mela 2017 in The Woodlands

  By Beth Kulkarni THE WOODLANDS: The Hindu Temple of The Woodlands (HTW) is very busy preparing for its annual Diwali Mela to be held on the temple grounds on Saturday, October 14, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Each year the Mela gets bigger and better, attracting many of the area’s non-Hindu residents who […]

Record Crowds Attend first Durga Puja of the Season Organized by VSGH

Record Crowds Attend first Durga Puja of the Season Organized by VSGH

By Sanchali Basu HOUSTON: In the aftermath of the havoc created by hurricane Harvey, Houstonians were looking up to God for help and relent. What better way than to pray to Mother Durga for forgiveness, for all the abuse and atrocities that we are inflicting on Mother Nature relentlessly on a daily basis! As is […]

Historic Announcement of Aksara-Purusottama Darsana by HH Mahant Swami Maharaj

Historic Announcement of Aksara-Purusottama Darsana by HH Mahant Swami Maharaj

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ: The land of the free and the home of the brave proudly hails once more its twilight’s gleam. With lady liberty’s guiding torch welcoming all to its shores, America has always been a land that has embraced diversity of cultural expression. September 17, 2017 was witness to such a demonstration. On this historic […]

Sri Meenakshi Temple Society Celebrated Suvasini Puja

Sri Meenakshi Temple Society Celebrated Suvasini Puja

By Kamala Raghavan PEARLAND: Suvasini Puja is traditionally conducted at MTS on the first Friday of Navaratri festival every year, and this year it was celebrated on September 22, 2017 in a grand manner. More than 400 families participated in lighting the lamp and reciting the slokas which was a feast to the eyes. It […]

Rid India of the Exploitation by Self-Styled Godmen

Rid India of the Exploitation by Self-Styled Godmen

By Dr. Sulekh C. Jain HOUSTON: Three weeks ago, a self-styled seller of Bhagwan (the media calls him and others like him Godman) by the name of Ram Rahim was convicted of a rape crime. As soon as the verdict was announced, he and several hundred thousand of his followers went on a rampage and […]

Kirtan Fest and Inter-faith Prayers at ISKCON of Houston for Harvey Victims

Kirtan Fest and Inter-faith Prayers at  ISKCON of Houston for Harvey Victims

HOUSTON: Despite all odds caused by hurricane Harvey and related rain and flooding, Kirtan Fest Houston was attended by over 150 guests at ISKCON of Houston over the Labor Day Weekend. The schedule was modified to 2 days instead of 3-day weekend due to city-wide flooding and transportation challenges. The special guests of the festival […]

Ganesh Chaturthi Celebrated at Sri Meenakshi Temple on September 9 &10

Ganesh Chaturthi Celebrated at Sri Meenakshi Temple on September 9 &10

May the blessings of Sri Ganesha be upon you all! May He remove all the obstacles that stand in your path and bestow on you all material prosperity as well as liberation! By Kamala Raghavan PEARLAND: Ganesha Chaturthi, also known as ‘Vinayaka Chaturthi’ is celebrated by Hindus around the world as the birthday of Lord […]

JVB Preksha Mediation Center Celebrates 8 Day Long Paryushan Mahaparv Amid Hurricane Harvey

JVB Preksha Mediation Center Celebrates 8 Day Long Paryushan Mahaparv Amid Hurricane Harvey

By Seema Jain HOUSTON: JVB Preksha Meditation Center hosted 8th Annual Paryushan festival at its premises under the auspicious guidance of Samani Kanchan Pragyaji & Samani Pranav Pragyaji (Disciples of Acharya Shri Mahashraman). The 8-day long festivities began on August 19 and concluded on August 26th. Paryushan is the most important festival among the Jain […]

Sri Meenakshi Temple Society Celebrated Guru Peyarchi Homam & Abhishekam

Sri Meenakshi Temple Society Celebrated Guru Peyarchi Homam & Abhishekam

By Kamala Raghavan PEARLAND: Guru Peyarchi Homam and Abhishekam were conducted at MTS on Friday September 1st, with Navagraha Abhishekam at 7:00pm, followed by a more elaborate event on Saturday September 2nd in a grand manner.  This year’s event had a special significance due to the torrential rain and havoc caused by Hurricane Harvey throughout […]

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