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Discourse on Shridi Baba on Sat., October 6

Discourse on Shridi Baba on Sat., October 6

HOUSTON: The Shirdi Sai Baba has become a phenomenon that has swept India and other parts of the world, changing the fortunes of men and women who throng to him, seeking HIS blessings. Very few have understood HIM as an Avatar who looks after the lives of devotees’ lives, and solving many of their mundane […]

It’s Time to Bring Saragarhi into Public Consciousness

It’s Time to Bring Saragarhi into  Public Consciousness

By Bhupinder Singh (Sikhchic) Reading a promising news item about a move by the veteran film actor, Sanjay Dutt, to make a movie on the historical battle of Saragarhi has made me want to share with the readers my thoughts on the issue of the proper commemoration of the great battle. The Battle at Saragarhi […]

Ethics of it All First Jain Bioethics Conference Held in California

Ethics of it All  First Jain Bioethics Conference Held in California

  By Dilip V Shah CLAREMONT, CA: On August 24 & 25, Claremont Lincoln University was the host of  “2012 Claremont Lincoln International Jain Bioethics Conference”. The spiritual interaction of 25 scholars with students and the members of the Jain community was a delightful learning experience for everyone involved. Over 125 participants exchanged their views […]

Extravagant Ashtami Rohini Festival at Sri Guruvayurappan Temple

Extravagant Ashtami Rohini Festival at Sri Guruvayurappan Temple

  By Chittor Ramachandran HOUSTON: On the auspicious occasion of Ashtami Rohini,  the ten-acre premises of Sri Guruvayurappan Temple  at the heart of Houston seemed to be submerged in an atmosphere of divinity.   Prayers, Aarti, Kirtanam,  Bhajan,  recitation of Sahasranamam and Narayaneeyam  were held  till midnight  on September 8. Miraculously,  the mercury dropped substantially, […]

Shri Sita Ram Foundation Presents “Ram Leela 2012” at Wortham Center

Shri Sita Ram Foundation Presents “Ram Leela 2012” at Wortham Center

HOUSTON: Shri Sita Ram Foundation produced and introduced  the first major production play of Ram Leela in the Cullen Auditorium at Univ. of Houston in 2010 and then again in 2011 with 100% attendance two years in a row.  The aim of this play has been to maintain and reinforce our rich culture, values, and […]

Hindus in the US MilitaryLauded at Hindu American Foundation Gala

Hindus in the US MilitaryLauded at Hindu American Foundation Gala

  By Jawahar Malhotra SUGAR LAND: As the South Asian population has grown rapidly in the United States over the past three decades, so has the proportion of its representation in the military and para-military forces, a branch of the government in which they were virtually non-existent in before the 1980s. Although exact numbers are […]

Vipassana: An Experiential Path

Vipassana: An Experiential Path

  By R. Ravi Iyer Along with the human birth, its mind started asking, “Who am I?” Over the millennia, the answer has come from many worldwide. The time, place and paths have varied. The answer however has remained the same. Rig Veda has declared, “Truth is one – sages call it variously”. In layman’s […]

Book Signing Event of The Guru Chronicles

By Ravi Raghavan HOUSTON: Americans have always been fascinated with Hindu spiritual traditions and many have embraced Hinduism. One such remarkable American Hindu is the late Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, the dynamic seer and founder of “Hinduism Today” magazine and Hawaii’s Hindu monastery. His remarkable story – and those of his 6 predecessors in his ancient […]

Swami Vidyadhishananda Shares Views on Indian Temple Architecture

Swami Vidyadhishananda Shares Views on Indian Temple Architecture

By Parth Dwivedi HOUSTON: A slender man in orange garb walks into Gaurang Hall at Hare Krishna Dham, his teeth shining out of a warm smile that can be seen through his beard. Swami Vidyadhishananda takes a lot of care to look at everyone in the lobby while proceeding to the back, escorted by an […]

Rath Yatra at India House

Rath Yatra at India House

By Chetana Samal HOUSTON: There is no word that would describe the spontaneity, enthusiasm, solidarity and fervor that the Houstonians showed while participating in just concluded 5th Annual Houston Rath Yatra at India House on June 30, 2012, organized by Orissa Culture Center and ISKCON. Sun God took a backseat while Lord Indra (the rain […]

Little Kids Heritage Camp Held at Namadwaar

Little Kids Heritage Camp Held at Namadwaar

MANVEL: The Gopa Kuteeram Li’l Gopas Summer Camp 2012, a unique 2-day summer camp for kids aged 4-8 years, was conducted by Global Organization for Divinity (G.O.D.) Houston, on June 23 and 24, 2012 at the Houston Namadwaar prayer house located in the Pearland area. The camp was packed with an exciting array of activities […]

Devotees Enthralled by Houston Area Artists

Devotees Enthralled by Houston Area Artists

HOUSTON: The organizers of HISTORIC RATH YATRA at Durgabari are truly grateful to members of the participating organizations, devotees and volunteers for making this blissful and symbolic street festival a GRAND SUCCESS. A rolling crowd of approximately 900 participated in the festivities from 9 AM to 4 PM jointly organized by Char Dham Hindu Temple […]

Durga Bari Holds its First Ratha Yatra Despite the Heat

Durga Bari Holds its First Ratha Yatra Despite the Heat

By Parth Dwivedi Houston: The Ratha Yatra, or Chariot Festival, was celebrated at Durga Bari in Houston on Saturday, June 23 to bring the festivities of the original Ratha Yatra, held every year in Puri, Orissa, closer to home. Traditionally the festival is celebrated on the second day of the waxing cycle of the moon […]

India House Decked up for Houston Rath Yatra on June 30

India House Decked up for Houston Rath Yatra on June 30

HOUSTON: Houston Rath Yatra, the prominent summer festival under the city’s blue sky, is all set to welcome spiritually inclined audience, art & culture enthusiast, food lovers as well as kids’ on equal footing. For the last five years, since its inception, with lots of efforts from Orissa Culture Center supported by Houston Oriya community […]

Madurai Temple Chairman Karu Muttu Kannan Visits Sri Meenakshi Temple

Madurai Temple Chairman Karu Muttu Kannan Visits Sri Meenakshi Temple

PEARLAND: Madurai Sree  Meenakshi Sundreswarar Temple Chairman, Karu Muttu Kannan and his wife Dr. Uma Kannan visited Sri Meenakshi  Temple in Pearland, Texas,  on Monday May 28, 2012. He was received by the temple priests at the Raja Gopuram with Poorna Kubhambam. Mr. Kannan  was taken along the inside prakaram and then to Shiva sannadhi, […]

Well Attended Janmashtami Celebration Encourages Organizers

Well Attended Janmashtami Celebration Encourages Organizers

By Jawahar Malhotra HOUSTON: By nine that evening it was obvious that the turnout for this year’s Janmashtami celebration was going to be huge. People were coming in droves and lingering on at the many stalls and three food vendors. The organizers heaved a sigh of relief that all their efforts to draw out a […]

Mountain Path by the River of Knowing a Scholarly Tour de Force

Mountain Path by the River of Knowing a Scholarly Tour de Force

By Kalyani Giri HOUSTON: With a voice imbued with a hypnotic lilt, Himalayan yogi and savant Swami Vidyadhishananda held riveted a capacity audience of over 400 at the Brown Auditorium at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston with a ninety-minute-long first formal preview of Mountain Path by the River of Knowing, a book he is […]

Lord Ganesha in Houston

Lord Ganesha in Houston

First 10-day Ganeshotsav sets off to an auspicious start with Shoba Yatra of Shree Siddhivinayak Dev to arrive at the new Sanatan Shiv Shakti Mandir  

Srichandana Jannapureddy’s Arangetram Polished, Outstanding

Srichandana Jannapureddy’s Arangetram Polished, Outstanding

By Kalyani Giri HOUSTON: Every once in a while there is a debuting performance so breathtakingly luminous, so polished, that its luster continues to resonate long after in the hearts of those who witnessed it. Blessed with the lissome grace of a born dancer, Srichandana Jannapureddy’s Bharathanatyam Arangetram held at the Kaplan Theatre, Jewish Community […]

Breathless Vedic Chanting at India House

Breathless Vedic Chanting at India House

HOUSTON: Synchronized chanting of the Veda mantra is an immensely uplifting experience for any listener. India House was once again transformed by the mesmerizing sounds of Veda mantra on Friday, August 19th. This chanting program called SwaraGanga aptly represented the flow and variation of different styles of chanting, and was thus named as Resonant Streams […]