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A Thrilling Ram Leela Captivates Houstonians at the Wortham Center

A Thrilling Ram Leela Captivates Houstonians at the Wortham Center

By Jawahar Malhotra HOUSTON: The Indian holiday season has been going off for the past few weeks, with Dusserah just behind us and Diwali staring us in the face. But it really went into high gear with the Ram Leela pageant that was performed this past Sunday, October 28 at the Wortham Center downtown as […]

Record Attendance at Flowerful Bathukamma Festival at Sri Ashtalakshmi Temple

Record Attendance at Flowerful Bathukamma Festival at Sri Ashtalakshmi Temple

By Rajender Aparasu & Jagapathi Veerati HOUSTON: For the fourth year in a row, Houston successfully celebrated Bathukamma Sambaralu (a Festival) with record attendance at Sri Ashtalakshmi Temple on October 20. Over 1,000 people joined the festivities from the Greater Houston area. The weather and pious atmosphere at the Temple provided an ideal stage for […]

Revered Swami Swahanandaji Passes Away

Revered Swami Swahanandaji Passes Away

LOS ANGELES: Revered Swami Swahanandaji, the senior – most monk of the Ramakrishna Order in the US and the Minister of the Vedanta Society of Southern California, Hollywood, passed away peacefully on Friday, October19. He was a direct disciple of Swami Vijnananandaji, who like Swami Vivekananda, was a direct disciple of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. Swami […]

Chinmaya Mission Celebrates Navaratri Festival

Chinmaya Mission  Celebrates Navaratri Festival

By Uma Aggarwal HOUSTON: Navaratri, meaning nine nights devoted to Goddess who represents Divine energy of Supreme was celebrated with a bang on October 13 at Berry Center by Chinmaya Mission Devotees. This year this very popular festival had a special significance for the Chinmaya family. The invocation of Goddess Durga and the Garaba songs […]

Grand Navaratri Celebration at Sri Meenakshi Temple

Grand Navaratri Celebration at Sri Meenakshi Temple

PEARLAND: Sri Meenakshi Temple (MTS) celebrates Navarathri with utmost gusto each year.  On each of the nine days there is a new alankaram for Shakti. At Sri Meenakshi Temple, both Shaivite and Vaishnavite traditions are followed and therefore two separate alankarams are done to depict each of these traditions daily. Navarathri Golu (Bommai Golu) is […]

A Nostalgic Piece of Devotional Bengal to Mark Durga Puja on an Early Weekend Morning

A Nostalgic Piece of Devotional Bengal to Mark Durga Puja on an Early Weekend Morning

By Jawahar Malhotra HOUSTON: While the rest of the city was slowly stirring to another Saturday morning on October 20, Shaymal Bhattacharya, aka Radio Maasti Maestro, played the one and a half-hour program Mahisasuramardini (Bengali for “The Annihilator of the Buffalo Demon”), which has been immensely popular among Bengali Hindus ever since it was first […]

Fund Raising Gala at MTS for the Ganesh Temple Renovation Project

Fund Raising Gala at MTS for the Ganesh Temple Renovation Project

PEARLAND: Every Year Sri Meenakshi Temple (MTS) hosts an Annual Gala/Fundraiser for a new project and every decade saw the temple complex get more and more beautiful with the magnificent main temple that houses the presiding deity, Goddess Meenakshi and then the much needed Kalyana Mantapam, the Banquet Hall known as Youth Center, the new […]

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 […]