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Annakut Mahotsav and Govardhan Puja

By Ashish Agrawal HOUSTON: Govardhan Puja is the celebration of one of Lord Krishna’s most memorable pastimes.  During his descent on this earth, Lord Krishna, as a cowherd boy, lifted Govardhan Hill on one pinky finger in order to protect the residents of Brajdham from the wrath of the Demigod Indra.  Indra was upset because […]

Grand Diwali and Govardhan Puja Celebrated at ISKCON

By Ravinder Yerram                       HOUSTON: ISKCON of Houston, Hare Krishna Dham witnessed grand celebrations of Diwali and Govardhan Puja (New Year) during the past weekends. Festivities for Diwali began last Sunday and more than 1,000 guests started streaming in for the occasion to celebrate Diwali […]

Sri Meenakshi Temple New, Unique, Granite Ganesh Temple

By Dr. Venugopal Menon PEARLAND: Sri Meenakshi Temple is celebrating the renovation of its original Ganesh Temple with the newly constructed granite sanctum and facility.  As dictated by the traditional religious mores of ‘Agama Sastras’, consecration and sanctification of the new ‘Sannidhi’ will be dedicated through the ritualistic grandeur of the Kumbabhishekam.  The festivities are […]

Deepavali Celebrations at Durgabari

By Jaya Ghosh HOUSTON: Houston’s enthusiastic Bengali community celebrated Kali Puja along with deepavali at Houston Durgabari on November 1 and 2, with great devotion and joy.  Kali Puja celebration is the second most important festival after Durga Puja among Bengalis all over the world and celebrated usually on the Amavasya or the no moon […]

Chinmaya Prabha Shines with Dipavali Prayers

By Padmashree Rao HOUSTON: Lamps, Prayers, Dipavali wishes. Chinmaya Prabha Houston shone bright on November 3, when over 800 families gathered to celebrate the always-awaited grand Hindu festival of lights. Every year, as the expanding Chinmaya family in Houston convenes in the festive atmosphere of Dipavali, the excited smiles and wishes, the vibrant colors, and […]

Tucked Away in Plain Sight, Ismaili Jamatkhana Opens Up to Welcome IMAGH

By Jawahar Malhotra SUGAR LAND: For many people driving by on a Jumah (Friday) night, it is a square brick building with contemporary battlement design along the water’s edge by the weir of Colony Lakes where hundreds of cars drive in and out of in the late evenings onto the tree-lined First Colony Boulevard. When […]

Deepavali Celebrations at Sri Meenakshi Temple

By Chandana Golla PEARLAND: The day’s celebrations kicked off with an inauguration event of the 18th Annual Free Community Health Fair.  In attendance were the Southeast Memorial’s CEO Erin Asprec, the Mayor of Pearland Tom Reid, and Texas House Representative Ed Thomson. “This is a free service. It’s for the community, so we bring not […]

Children’s Diwali Celebrated at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir

HOUSTON: The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Houston, held a unique event to showcase the fun aspects of Diwali. On October 26, family and friends gathered at the Mandir to celebrate the “Festival of Lights” with a distinct focus on youngsters. Diwali is the mostly widely celebrated Hindu festival, marking the victory of good over […]

Outdoor Ram Leela Packs Stadium with a Religious Revival of Culture, Pageantry, Food

  Click here for Collage   By Jawahar Malhotra SUGAR LAND: At the end of the Ram Leela, just as Ravana lay dead on the stage, a cheer went up through the thousands strong audience seated in the stadium; a cheer to mark their appreciation of the production of the epic story of the victory […]

Diwali & Govardhan Puja at ISKCON, Hare Krishna Dham, Houston

HOUSTON: In the Sanskrit language, “Deepawali” means a row or array of lights. Symbolizing the victory of good over evil, light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, Deepawali (also known as Diwali) is celebrated all over the world with slightly different flavors. The ultimate message of the Lord’s unconditional mercy, grace, and love in protecting His […]

Navratri Dhamaal by Gujarati Samaj of Houston

By Malay Vyas HOUSTON: October Fest for Indians is very much in vogue. Starting with Navratri, the next two months take us across cooler climates and festive atmosphere. The Sanskrit word Navaratri (loosely translated as nine nights) represents the celebration of nine forms of “Shakti devi”. The tenth day is called Vijayadashami or more popularly, […]

Durga Bari Celebrates “Unity Through Respect” at Durga Puja

By Sanchali Basu HOUSTON: Autumn is the season when every Bengali’s heart goes pitter patter in anticipation of the upcoming Durga Puja festivities, the biggest celebration of the year when Bengalis behave like Christians behave during Christmas. The spirit of camaraderie, brotherhood and friendly love is steeped in the air and every Bengali tries his […]

Navarathri – Celebrating the Feminine Divine at Sri Meenakshi Temple

By Ranjana Narasiman PEARLAND: This is the season to celebrate, divinity in the feminine form.  Each year, during the month of October, starting on the new moon day and for nine nights, Devi, the Goddess manifestation of the ultimate Divinity, is celebrated in a variety of cultural ways all over India.  The Hindu diaspora continues […]

Vijaya Dashami Celebration by the Nepalese Community

HOUSTON: Nepalese from the greater Houston area celebrated the 10 day festival of Dusshera at Taj Hall on Friday, October 11. The annual event was organized by the Nepalese Association of Houston (NAH). Dusshera, or “Dashain” as known in Nepali, is the greatest festival for Nepalese people that is celebrated for 10 days. Dashain commemorates […]

Golu Festivities Around Town

Below are few experiences of our readers about their Golu celebrations. Rahitha Ram KATY: Kolu or Golu in Tamil means Divine Presence. It’s an artistic display of dolls during the Navrathri feastival. Kolu is adorned with dolls – predominantly with that of the gods and goddesses depicting mythology. The dolls( mostly wooden but can also […]

5th Year of Durga Puja Celebrations at VSGH

By Sanchali Basu HOUSTON: It was a beautiful autumn morning on Oct 5 and the day was perfect for the auspicious Durga Puja ceremony at the VSGH Center in Houston. The day reminded one of the grand Durga Puja festivities back home in Bengal and brought back nostalgic memories. This year, VSGH celebrated it with […]

Ram Leela: A Great Indian Epic Story, at Skeeter’s Stadium on Oct. 19

By Dr. Nik Nikam   Part 2: AYODHYA KAND: After Ram’s marriage, King Dashrath had made plans to crown Shri Ram as the next King of Ayodhya. On the eve of the coronation, Kaikeyi’s wicked maid servant Manthara, ignites jealousy in Kaikeyi’s mind and convinces her that her son Bharat should be made the King of […]

Governor Quinn Proclaims Swami Vivekananda Day in Illinois

By Nand Kapoor CHICAGO: Illinois Governor Pat Quinn proclaimed  Saturday September 28, as Swami Vivekananda Day in Illinois  to mark the celebration of 150 birth anniversary of  this great spiritual  leader who conquered America a century ago. The Proclamation acknowledged, Swami Vivekananda was a great scholar and a person committed to make  world a better […]

Vedanta Society of Greater Houston Celebrates Durga Puja

By Sanchali Basu HOUSTON: The autumn season is here. The weather will soon start to cool down, the children before long will begin to prepare for the Halloween costumes and families will plan the Thanksgiving Dinner. In India, the autumn season heralds the season of festivities. Not only the nature puts on new fresh garb […]

Balavihar Reopens with Ganesha Puja

By Padmashree Rao HOUSTON: Auspiciousness marked the start of another Bala Vihar year in Chinmaya Prabha Houston when over 800 children, from toddlers to teenagers, performed a Ganesha puja with signature Chinmaya spirit on September 8, Sunday. The celebrations of Ganesha Chathurti continued through the week and culminated with a joyous Ganesha Visarjan on Sep.15, […]