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Grand New Year Day Celebration and Leadership Transfer at Sri Meenakshi Temple

Grand New Year Day Celebration and Leadership Transfer at Sri Meenakshi Temple

By Kamala Raghavan PEARLAND: Starting from evening of December 31, 2017, devotees gathered at Sri Meenakshi Temple Society (MTS) to bid farewell to 2017 and to welcome 2018. The special midnight pooja has been a regular feature at MTS with many devotees braving the winter cold. The Thiruppavai and Thiruvempavai recitals in the auspicious Dhanur […]

Chants of Jai Mata Di Resonate Sri Radha Krishna Temple in Houston

Chants of Jai Mata Di Resonate Sri Radha Krishna Temple in Houston

 By Vanshika Vipin Varma HOUSTON: There are various ways to begin the New Years and while some enjoy celebrating it with a grand party, or outing with family and friends, others believe in experiencing the spiritual trance that is attained from a religious get-together, and Mata ki Chowki serves as a perfect devotional gathering where […]

Guru Gobind Singh’s 351st Birthday Celebration at Sikh National Center

Guru Gobind Singh’s 351st Birthday Celebration at Sikh National Center

By Kamwalpreet Singh HOUSTON: To commemorate the 351st birthday of the tenth Guru Gobind Singh, an Akhand Path was started at the Sikh National Center on January 5 and continued for the next two days after which a Diwan was carried out. The celebration was attended by a continuous stream of the faithful who came […]

Saudi Arabia okays India’s plan to ferry Haj pilgrims via sea route: Naqvi

Saudi Arabia okays India’s plan to ferry Haj pilgrims via sea route: Naqvi

NEW DELHI: Saudi Arabia has given its nod to India’s plan to revive the option of ferrying Haj pilgrims via sea route to Jeddah, union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said in a statement on Monday. Naqvi made the comment after the signing of annual Haj agreement between India and Saudi Arabia in Mecca. “Saudi Arabia has given its nod to revive […]

Sri Ayyappa 35th Annual Mandala Pooja at Sri Meenakshi Temple

Sri Ayyappa 35th Annual Mandala Pooja at  Sri Meenakshi Temple

By Venkat Prasad PEARLAND: This year’s 35th Annual Mandala Pooja for Lord Ayyappa at Sri Meenakshi Temple was a very special event. During MTS Maha Kumbhabhishekam on November 23, 18 holy steps were consecrated at the Lord Ayyappa sannadhi. The ascending of 18 holy steps by the Ayyappa devotees is extremely sacred act after fasting […]

Namadwaar’s Annual Madhura Utsav

Namadwaar’s Annual Madhura Utsav

MANVEL: Global Organization for Divinity and Houston Namadwaar will conduct their annual grand celebration of bhakti and Bhagavata Dharma, from December 23 to 31 this year through a 7-day “Madhura Utsav” (sweet celebration). A ‘Madhurageetham’ devotional music competition will also be held on Dec 24, for music enthusiasts of all ages. Both the events will be held at […]

Historic Kumbhabhishekam at Sri Meenakshi Temple

Historic Kumbhabhishekam at Sri Meenakshi Temple

By S. Narayanan PEARLAND: Thursday, November 23, 2017 Thanksgiving Day was an important historic Maha Kumbhabhishekam day for our greater Houston Community. More than 4,000 people attended to witness the great event. The weather was picture perfect and the priests did a superb job to bring the devotional atmosphere for everyone. Devotees were very happy […]

BAPS Temple Outside DC, in Chantilly, Serves Growing Devotees

BAPS Temple Outside DC, in Chantilly, Serves Growing Devotees

By Jawahar Malhotra CHANTILLY, VA: The Indian community is bustling in the environs of Washington, DC and nowhere more so than in the western suburbs of Fairfax, Chantilly, Centreville, Stone Ridge and Watson along an axis formed by the Lee Jackson Memorial Highway and then northward past Dulles International Airport in Sterling. In this quadrant […]

Hindu Temple of The Woodlands Annual Fundraiser Features Musical Night

Hindu Temple of The Woodlands Annual Fundraiser Features Musical Night

By Suveena Guglani The Woodlands: The Hindu Temple of The Woodlands’ annual fundraiser, Kashish – A musical night, was a sold-out, standing room only event. Over 300 people enjoyd the music and participated in the festivities at Beth Shalom of the Woodlands on Sunday, Nov 11,, 2017. The evening began with a welcome speech by […]

A Chinmaya Spiritual Voice Offers New Study Groups

A Chinmaya Spiritual Voice Offers New Study Groups

By Padmashree Rao HOUSTON: The human quest for happiness is fascinating. Each of us searches for what we think makes us complete – wealth, power, physical comforts, academic achievements, worldly fame, significant relationships, and so on. Often, we wonder why our efforts do not yield that lasting sense of happiness. In her pravachan in Chinmaya […]

Unity and Togetherness at Diwali

Unity and Togetherness at Diwali

STAFFORD: Diwali is that time where neighbors, friends and families come together to forget and forgive by wishing each other joy and prosperity. A celebration when we teach our young about the festivities and stories of Diwali. A young baby marvels at the spectacular wonderment of twinkling lights and extravagant decorations arranged in the Mandir’s […]

Grand Diwali and Annakut at ISKCON of Houston

Grand Diwali and Annakut at ISKCON of Houston

  HOUSTON: ISKCON of Houston extravagantly celebrated Diwali, or Dipavali, on October 19th showcasing their magnificent deities, Sri Sri Radha Nilamadhava. This festival commemorates the return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya after valiantly defeating the demon, Ravana, saving the people of Lanka from his reign of terror. The altar was decorated by hundreds of candles […]

Chinmaya Dipavali Shines With Sacred Festivities

Chinmaya Dipavali Shines With Sacred Festivities

By Satchitananda HOUSTON:  Hinduism is marked with numerous festivals, occasions and events throughout the year. Yet none come close to Dipavali, also called Diwali, in its colorful splendor, rich meaning, and cheerful spirit of celebration. Etymologically, Dipavali stands for a “row of lamps.”It marks the return of Sri Rama to Ayodhya,  signals the  liberation from […]

HTW Diwali Mela 2017: A True Carnival of Lights!

HTW Diwali Mela 2017: A True Carnival of Lights!

By Priya Subramanian THE WOODLANDS:  Tamasoma Jyotirgamaya – these immortal words were the guiding inspiration for the vibrant Diwali celebrations of The Hindu Temple of The Woodlands (HTW) Diwali Mela 2017. The mela was held on Saturday, October 14, at the temple’s premises and had about 4,000 visitors. Many were local residents who came with […]

Grand Diwali Bazaar Celebrations at Sri Meenakshi Temple on Saturday October 14

Grand Diwali Bazaar Celebrations at  Sri Meenakshi Temple on Saturday October 14

By MTS Board members PEARLAND: Diwali (Deepavali) festival was celebrated at Sri Meenakshi Temple Society (MTS), Pearland on October 14, 2017 in a grand manner. With an estimated attendance of over 5,000 people of all ages from around the Houston metro area and over 42 vendor booths, the visitors came throughout the day in a […]

Houston Durga Bari Puja: Bringing Bengal to Space City – Puja 2017

Houston Durga Bari Puja: Bringing Bengal to Space City – Puja 2017

By Partha Sarathi Chatterjee HOUSTON: Houston’s Durga Bari’s Durga Puja is one of the largest Pujas in North America. It won the very first Best Puja in the international category from Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Durga Bari has decided to donate $10,000 from Puja to Mayor’s Harvey Relief Fund. Consul General Of Houston, Dr. Anupam […]

Navratri Celebrations at the Gauri Siddhivinayak Temple

Navratri Celebrations at the Gauri Siddhivinayak Temple

HOUSTON: Navratri is a nine nights (ten days) Hindu festival, celebrated in the autumn every year. It is observed for different reasons and celebrated differently in various parts of India. In the eastern and northeastern states of India, the Durga Puja is synonymous with Navratri, wherein goddess Durga battles and emerges victorious over the buffalo […]

Bajagovindam and Sri Venkateswara Kalyanam Celebrated on October 8

Bajagovindam and Sri Venkateswara Kalyanam Celebrated on October 8

By Kamala Raghavan PEARLAND: The celebration of Sri Venkateswara Kalyanam appropriately titled “Bajagovindam” is one of the traditions at most South Indian temples during the month of “Purattasi”, and here in Sri Meenakshi Temple Society in Pearland we follow the same tradition The purpose of such festivals is believed to shower all of God’s creations […]

Diwali Mela 2017 in The Woodlands

Diwali Mela 2017 in The Woodlands

  By Beth Kulkarni THE WOODLANDS: The Hindu Temple of The Woodlands (HTW) is very busy preparing for its annual Diwali Mela to be held on the temple grounds on Saturday, October 14, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Each year the Mela gets bigger and better, attracting many of the area’s non-Hindu residents who […]

Record Crowds Attend first Durga Puja of the Season Organized by VSGH

Record Crowds Attend first Durga Puja of the Season Organized by VSGH

By Sanchali Basu HOUSTON: In the aftermath of the havoc created by hurricane Harvey, Houstonians were looking up to God for help and relent. What better way than to pray to Mother Durga for forgiveness, for all the abuse and atrocities that we are inflicting on Mother Nature relentlessly on a daily basis! As is […]