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Golden Moon Festival at ISKCON of Houston 2018

Golden Moon Festival at ISKCON of Houston 2018

HOUSTON: The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) of Houston celebrated Gaura Purnima, translated as “golden full moon” signifying the appearance of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu during the full moon, 532 years ago. Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu also known as  Gauranga, due to his golden complexion, appeared in Mayapur, India and propagated “Sankirtana” – congregational chanting of the […]

Auspicious Laksharchana and Kalashabhishekam at Sri Guruvayurappan Temple

Auspicious Laksharchana and Kalashabhishekam at Sri Guruvayurappan Temple

HOUSTON:  Sri Guruvayurappan Temple of Houston (A Krishna Temple) organizes Laksharchana with Vishnu Sahasranamam . Laksharchana  (Laksh – Archana) is an auspicious offering  to Lord Sri Guruvayurappan. This ritual will be performed on Sunday, March 11  from 9 am to 12 noon by two main Priests and other accompanying priests.  Sri Erinjadappilli  Padmanabhan Namboothiri  (Dallas temple priest) will  perform this auspicious […]

Sri Ramakrishna’s 182nd Birth Anniversary Celebrated at VSGH

Sri Ramakrishna’s 182nd Birth Anniversary Celebrated at VSGH

HOUSTON: On Saturday, February 17, the Vedanta Society of Greater Houston (VSGH) celebrated the 182nd Birth Anniversary of Thakur Sri Ramakrishna at its temple premises on Lindita Drive. Though rains were predicted for the whole day, after a few early showers the day turned out to be perfect. It was cloudy, but that made the […]

Traditional Chinese New Year Celebration at the Southwestern National Bank

Traditional Chinese New Year Celebration at the Southwestern National Bank

HOUSTON: Southwestern National Bank recently celebrated the coming of the “Year of the Dog” on Friday, February 16 at the Bank’s main office in Houston, Texas.  Chairman C.K. Lee, CEO Gary Owens, The Board of Directors, employees and customers gathered together for the traditional Chinese New Year celebration.  The celebration was oriented towards the public, […]

Char Dham Hindu Temple Grand Opening Ceremony

Char Dham Hindu Temple Grand Opening Ceremony

Prana Pratistha & Maha Kumbhabhisheka Mahotsav, March 8 – 11 THE WOODLANDS: The wait is finally over. Devotees around the Greater Houston area will get to see and visit the Char Dham Hindu Temple in the Woodlands during its Grand Opening Ceremony from March 8-11. This will be the culmination of the dream, seen by […]

Himalayan Monks have super human abilities that stun even Harvard scientists

Himalayan Monks have super human abilities that stun even Harvard scientists

Buddhist Monks are fascinating. It is popularly believed that these monks have brains that function beyond human capabilities. Plus, they are known to easily rewire their brains. It is an established fact that Buddhist monks are super human but it is their out-of-this-world incredible feats that continue to stun and shock scientists! This is because […]

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 […]