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Hindu Temple of The Woodlands (HTW) Hosts 6th Annual Hindu Mandir Priests’ Conference

Hindu Temple of The Woodlands (HTW) Hosts 6th Annual Hindu Mandir Priests’ Conference

By Beth Kulkarni THE WOODLANDS: Hindu Temple of The Woodlands (HTW) on July 14 and 15, 2017 hosted the 6th Annual Hindu Mandir Priests’ Conference at its beautiful temple in its far northern suburb of Greater Houston. Priests from as far away as Minnesota and Massachusetts participated in the conference along with priests, community members, […]

Grand 10th Anniversary Celebration of BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Atlanta, Georgia

Grand 10th Anniversary Celebration of   BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Atlanta, Georgia

ATLANTA: His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj, the current spiritual leader of the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, joined devotees and well-wishers in celebrating the ten-year anniversary of the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Atlanta, GA on July 1, 2017. The Mandir was inaugurated by His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj in 2007 and has helped enrich the local […]

OCC Celebrates the Tenth Chariot Festival

OCC Celebrates the Tenth Chariot Festival

HOUSTON: The night before was stormy with wind and some rain. It did not deter the determination and passion of OCC community members to gather at India house in preparation for the big day i.e the yearly chariot festival of Lord Jagnnath. OCC with support from Sri Sitaram Foundation, celebrated the chariot festival of Lord […]

Radha Krishna Temple Inaugural Ceremony

Radha Krishna Temple Inaugural Ceremony

ALLEN: The Radha Krishna Temple on 1450 N. Watters Road, Allen, TX 75013 opened its doors on 4 July 2017, at 7 AM, followed by grand, 8-day festival of joy and devotion. The volunteers at the Radha Krishna Temple are gearing up to welcome thousands of guests for these eight days of joyous celebrations, which […]

Festival of India – Greater Houston Rath Yatra 2017

Festival of India – Greater Houston Rath Yatra 2017

THE WOODLANDS: The rain clouds disappeared into thin layers of heavenly covering while the gorgeous thick forest trees surrounded the site for the 5th Annual Greater Houston Rath Yatra on Saturday, June 24. The Char Dham Hindu Temple and Star Plus presented this year’s Festival of India at a new location: the Char Dham Hindu […]

His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj of BAPS Arrives in North America

His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj of BAPS Arrives in North America

HOUSTON: The spiritual legacy of His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj continues with the arrival of His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj in North America on June 22, 2017. Over the next three months, he will visit mandirs and inspire thousands of devotees in Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Jose, New Jersey (Edison and Robbinsville), […]

Maha Rudram: History Made at Sri Meenakshi Temple

Maha Rudram:  History Made at Sri Meenakshi Temple

By M.K.Sriram PEARLAND: History was created at Sri Meenakshi Temple. The great Maha Rudram conducted here this past weekend, took the temple and the city of Houston to new heights, as one of the very few temples and cities in the US to have organized this most important event for Lord Shiva. The status of […]

Ram Leela 2017

Ram Leela 2017

By Sudesh Pillutla & Sangeeta Pillutla HOUSTON: Ram Leela comes early to Houston this year. Shri Sita Ram Foundation has been presenting this play twice a year for several years to promote our Vedic culture and moral values exemplified by Ram in Ramayana. This year the play is in the form of a Kuchipudi dance […]

Chariot Festival – 2017

Chariot Festival – 2017

HOUSTON: Orissa Culture Center (OCC) in collaboration with Sri Sitaram Foundation will celebrate the tenth chariot festival of Houston on June 25, at the India House, 8888 W Bellfort Blvd., Houston, TX 77031. The event is free for all and we invite people from Houston and neighboring cities to participate in this day long festival. […]

Vasavi Jayanthi Celebrated at Meenakshi Temple on May 27

Vasavi Jayanthi Celebrated at  Meenakshi Temple on May 27

By Saipranav Kurapati PEARLAND: Sri Meenakshi Temple celebrated Vasavi Jayanthi on May 27th, 2017 in a grand manner, and I had the honour of telling the great story of Vasavi during the sit down lunch. Goddess Vasavi is famously known as the first to preach non-violence. According to one legend Vasavi is considered to be […]

Rajamathangi Homam Celebrated at Sri Meenakshi Temple on May 14

Rajamathangi Homam Celebrated at Sri Meenakshi Temple on May 14

By Kamala Raghavan PEARLAND: Sri Meenakshi Temple celebrated the Rajamathangi Homam on Sunday May 14, on Mother’s day. About 150 devotees participated in the Pooja at the main temple in front of the presiding deity Sri Meenakshi conducting the Homam in front of the Utsava Murthy of Rajamathangi (Sri Meenakshi) by Priests Sri Manickasundaram Bhattar, […]

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 […]

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