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A Chance Meeting with Guru Swami Swahananda at New Austin Center

A Chance Meeting with Guru Swami Swahananda at New Austin Center

By Sanchali Basu AUSTIN: I had the good fortune of meeting my guru, Swami Swahananda last Sunday, October 14 when he had come for the opening of Austin Vedanta Society Center. He is 91 years old and has recently been through some health challenges. Swami Swahananda is the disciple of Swami Vijnanananda who is one […]

Houston’s First Ever Dusshera Mela at Skeeter’s Constellation Field on Nov. 4

Houston’s First Ever Dusshera Mela at  Skeeter’s Constellation Field on Nov. 4

By Dr. Nik Nikam HOUSTON: Shri Sita Ram Foundation,USA  announces the first ever Dusshera Mela to be held on Sunday, November 4 from 3 to 9pm. This event has been supported by India Culture Center of Houston, India House, Hindus of Greater Houston, Houston Gujarat Samaj, Hindu Worship Society, Banke Bihari Parivar,  Meenakshi Temple, Indian […]

Vedanta Society Celebrates a Ceremonial Durga Puja

Vedanta Society Celebrates a Ceremonial Durga Puja

HOUSTON: This past Saturday, October 13, several devotees gathered at dawn to ceremonially bring Divine Mother Durga to the artistically decorated Mandap constructed outside the main temple building of the Vedanta Society of Greater Houston on Lindita Drive on the city’s far west side. With the sounds of conch-blowing, drum beats (Dhak) and shouts of […]

Colorful Ganesh Procession in Houston Organized by Shiv Shakti Mandir & Masala Radio

Colorful Ganesh Procession in Houston   Organized by Shiv Shakti Mandir & Masala Radio

HOUSTON: Why does Ganesh have only one tusk?. Ganesha was asked to scribe down the epic of Mahabharata, dictated to him by its author, sage Vyasa. Taking into note the enormity and significance of the task, Ganesha realized the inadequacy of any ordinary ‘pen’ to undertake the task. He thus broke one of his own […]

Guruji Shri Chandra Bhanu Satpathy Ji Enthralls Devotees in Houston

Guruji Shri Chandra Bhanu Satpathy Ji Enthralls Devotees in Houston

KATY, TX: Guruji Shri Chandra Bhanu Satpathyji mesmerized the audience at a gathering of devotees hosted at Mason Creek Community Center, Katy, TX by the Odisha Culture Center (OCC), Houston on September 16. The program was attended by all members of OCC, other members of Orissa Society of America along with participation of devotees from […]

Discourse on Shirdi Sai Baba on Sat, Oct 6

Discourse on Shirdi Sai Baba on Sat, Oct 6

S. Vishwanathan of Irving, TX will present a discourse on the Shirdi Sai Baba and His Leelas on Saturday, October 6 at 6.30pm  at Shirdi Sai Jalaram Mandir, 13845 W Bellfort St, Sugar Land, TX 77498. For more information, call Uma Mantravadi at 281-533-4904 or Nandini Narasimhan 832-533-4904 or visit http://web.babamandir.org S. Vishwanathan is one […]

Ram Leela at Wortham Center on Oct. 28

Ram Leela at Wortham Center on Oct. 28

HOUSTON: Shri Sita Ram Foundation, a 501 ( C ) (3) non profit organization based in Houston,  produced and introduced Ram Leela on a major scale in a theatre setting in Houston for the first time in 2010 to a packed theatre. It was produced again in 2011  to a full house. Ram Leela  play […]

VSGH to Celebrate Durga Puja on Oct 13

VSGH to Celebrate Durga Puja on Oct 13

HOUSTON: Vedanta Society of Greater Houston (VSGH) will be celebrating its Annual Durga Puja on Saturday, October 13. In keeping with the tradition of the Ramakrishna Order of India where the goddess /Mother is worshipped as an embodiment of Shakti, Swami Sarvadevananda will be performing the puja at VSGH’s temple located on 14809 Lindita Dr. […]

Interfaith Ministries Announces New Dinner Dialogue Series

Interfaith Ministries Announces  New Dinner Dialogue Series

HOUSTON: Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston announced a new Dinner Dialogue series focusing on three faiths of India: Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism. The first dinner, focusing on the Hindu religion, will be held on November 8 from 6:30 to 9:30pm. Groups of 8-12 Houstonians will gather in private homes to learn about Hinduism as well […]

Huge Turnouts for Shree Siddhivinayak Dev Celebration

Huge Turnouts for Shree Siddhivinayak Dev Celebration

By Jawahar Malhotra HOUSTON: It was a Monday night and there was a constant stream of people coming into the small Shiv Shakti Temple, almost behind the long row of Indian shops on Hillcroft in Little India. They came for the 6:30 aarti and then, after taking some prasad, made their way back, through the […]

Arya Samaj Expands Facilities to Teach Hindu Traditions to Young Minds

Arya Samaj Expands Facilities to Teach Hindu Traditions to Young Minds

By Jawahar Malhotra HOUSTON: The Arya Samaj facility on Schiller Road off Highway 6 has been a very busy place these past few months as work steadily progressed on the expansion plans that had been discussed and fine-tuned over the past year. Now, while some finishing touches were still being done, the Board of Directors […]

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 […]