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Balaram Purnima, Appearance Day of Lord Balaram

HOUSTON: On the auspicious occasion of Balarama Purnima let us meditate upon the advent of Lord Baladeva, the first plenary expansion of the Supreme Lord Sri Krishna! In the Nectar of Devotion (Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu) by Srila Rupa Gosvami, the all-attractive beauty of Lord Balarama is described thus: “Let me take shelter of the lotus feet of […]

Bahuda Yatra (Return Ratha Yatra) Celebrated at Durga Bari

HOUSTON: Bahuda yatra or return ratha yatra is the return journey of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra from their Aunt’s house (Gundicha Temple) to the main temple. It is significant in the sense that it completes the ratha yatra.  Like last year, Char Dham Hindu Temple along with Houston Durga Bari Society and […]

Gita Camp 2013 Held at ISKCON, Hare Krishna Dham

HOUSTON: A fun-filled Gita Camp was held the week of July 8 at the Hare Krishna Dham (ISKCON) temple. There were over 55 children, ages three to thirteen, from all across the greater Houston area in attendance for each of the five full-days. The camp combined activities with traditional Vedic learning and values. There were […]

Ratha Yatra at Durga Bari: Southern Sun Can’t Stop an Eastern Tradition

By Parth Dwivedi HOUSTON: The Ratha Yatra, or Chariot Festival, was celebrated at the Houston Durga Bari in Houston on Saturday, July 13. The event was organized to bring the festivities of the original Ratha Yatra held in Puri, Orissa every year closer to home. Traditionally, the festival is celebrated on the second day of […]

Rath Yatra Draws in the Multitudes at VPSS

Rath Yatra Draws in the Multitudes at VPSS

By Manu Shah HOUSTON: It was a monumental day last Sunday, July 14 at the VPSS premises for the organizers and volunteers of the Orissa Culture Center who in partnership with the Shri Sita Ram Foundation organized a rath yatra.  Thanks to their combined efforts and dedication, the well-organized event was a resounding success with […]

Grand Opening of Sri Govindaji Gaudiya Math Temple

Grand Opening of Sri Govindaji Gaudiya Math Temple

HOUSTON: On July 13, the International Gaudiya Vedanta Society (IGVS) of Houston celebrated the grand opening of the new Sri Govindaji Gaudiya Matha temple with the installation of beautiful Deities of Sri Gaur Nitai, Sri Radha Govindaji and Sri Sita Rama Laxman Hanumanji. This Vedic educational and cultural center will be dedicated to the philosophy […]

Arya Samaj of Greater Houston Hosts Fifth Annual HAVAN Conference Organized by VHPA

HOUSTON: World Hindu Council of America (VHPA) conducts fifth annual HAVAN Conference in Houston. The event was hosted by Arya Samaj of Greater Houston. Around 200 plus Hindus participated along with an eminent panel of speakers  and many active Hindu community leaders.  The Hindu American Vanaprasthi Network (HAVAN) is launched to serve the self-development and […]

Hindu Temple of The Woodlands Honors Flood Victims

THE WOODLANDS: Atma Shanti Puja and Bhajan program was held at the Hindu Temple of The Woodlands on Sunday, July 7, honoring the victims of the recent North Indian flood victims. The opening prayer was by recent high school graduate,Yarlini Vipulananda.  Bhajans were by UH sophomore Srikar Vedula.  Additional bhajan singers included a number of […]

MTS Celebrates 35th Anniversary as “Founders’ Day”

PEARLAND: Thirty five years ago Sri Meenakshi Temple Society was formed and its humble beginning was marked by the installation of its first deity, Prasanna Vinayakar, at the northwest corner of the current temple complex.  The founders could not have imagined that only three years later, a huge main temple with three presiding deities came […]

Greater Houston Ratha Yatra at Discovery Green

HOUSTON: Hare Krishna Dham Houston and Char Dham Temple are delighted to extend invitation to all Houstonians to attend Lord Jagannath’s Rath Yatra Festival and Parade, also known as Festival of Chariots, in downtown Houston @ Discovery Green on Saturday, July 13 from 5PM – 8PM. Jagannath means “The Lord of the Universe” and is […]

Tamal Krishna Goswami’s Vyasa Puja Celebrated at ISKCON Houston

By HG Sarvabhauma Das HOUSTON: On Saturday June 29, 150 devotees gathered to honor the Vyasa Puja (Appearance Day) ceremony of His Holiness Tamal Krishna Goswami [1946-2002] at ISKCON Houston’s Hare Krishna Dham. Goswami served as secretary to ISKCON Founder-acarya A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, was an initiating guru with disciples in India, America, Philippines, Fiji, […]

Sri Govindaji Gaudiya Matha — Temple Inauguration & Deity Installation

HOUSTON: Houston is a fortunate city with so many beautiful temples. And now Houston will have a new temple – Sri Govindaji Gaudiya Matha (SGGM), which will be inaugurated during a four day festival from July 11 – July 14. SGGM is part of the International Pure Bhakti Yoga Society (IPBYS) founded by His Divine […]

Eminent Scientist, Professor G. Venkataraman, Talks about Sathya Sai Baba’s Divine Life

HOUSTON: The Sri Sathya Sai Centers of Houston organized a special talk by Dr. G Venkataraman, an eminent scientist, recipient of the C.V. Raman Centenary Award, the Padma Shri award from the Government of India, author of numerous books and articles, and the current head of Radio Sai Global Harmony. Over 300 people attended the […]

Deva Snana Celebrated at Durga Bari

HOUSTON: With much pomp and ceremony, Deva Snana, bathing ceremony of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra was celebrated at Durga Bari on Sunday, June 23. Deva Snana is the day the deities are bathed with 108 pitchers of water brought from the well in the precincts of Puri Jagannath temple. After the bath, […]

Sri Sri Radha Govinda to Appear in Houston on July 13

HOUSTON: By the causeless mercy of our Srila Gurudev, Bhaktivedanta Narayan Goswami Maharaj and their Lordships, we are pleased to announce the deity installation ceremony for Sri Sri Radha Govindaji, Gaur Nitai and Ram Darbar. Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur, a great vaishnava saint writes “Love (priti) is a very sweet word. When it is spoken, a […]

The Chariot Festival (Shree Jagannath Rath Yatra – 2013)

HOUSTON: Orissa Culture Center (OCC) and Shri Sitaram Foundation cordially invite the people of Houston and surrounding cities to the sixth chariot festival of Houston. For the last six years the festival has been providing a ground for spreading the message of peace and universal brotherhood among the people of Houston. The venue for this […]

Avdhoot Baba Shivanandji Visits Houston in June

HOUSTON: His Holiness Avdhoot Baba Shivanandji, “The Father of Indian Healing” and Master of Eastern Vedic Sciences will be conducting a 7-day workshop at Unity Church, 2929 Unity Drive Houston, Texas-77057, beginning June, 26 2013 to July 3 2013. The shivir is designed to initiate participants into meditation and helping empower one of one’s own […]

ISKCON’s Self Discovery Programs Celebrated “Festival of Love and Trust”

By Ravinder Yerram   HOUSTON: On Saturday, May 18, as Part of “Self Discovery” programs all over the Houston conducted by ISKCON, the Hare Krishna Dham, devotees grand celebrated annual event called “Festival of Love and Trust” (FOLT) at Gauranga Hall. This year, the theme of FOLT was “Nama Ruchi (Attraction towards Mantra meditation) – […]

Narasimha Chaturdashi Appearance Day of Lord Nrsimhadev

By Seshadri Veeraraghavan HOUSTON: The Supreme Lord Sri Krishna, in one of the most memorable verses in the Bhagavad Gita (4.7), assures Arjuna that: Whenever and wherever there is a decline in religious practice, O descendant of Bharata, and a predominant rise of irreligion–at that time I descend Myself. In one such manifestation, He appeared […]

Sri Sita Rama Kalyana Mahotsvam at Sri Meenakshi Temple

By Nalini Sadagopan PEARLAND: “Seetha kalyana vaibhogame; Rama kalyana vaibhogmae” – with the auspicious rendering of these lines, devotees cheerfully assembled to celebrate the Sita Rama Kalyanam entered the wedding hall of Sri Meenakshi Temple in Pearland,  carrying the seer varisai – an array of delicious sweets and savories, on May 11 around 9 AM. […]