Come and Celebrate Janmashtami with HGH


HOUSTON: Multitudes of people, with their friends, families and neighbors, will be celebrating the birth of Lord Krishna at the George R. Brown Convention Center on Saturday, September 07. This celebration, sponsored by Hindus of Greater Houston (HGH), a non-profit organization, is joyously anticipated as the first community wide celebration post summer holidays every year.

Krishna Janmashtami is a major Hindu function where Houston Hindus join together in the festivities in perhaps the largest such celebration in North America, continually creating new traditions.

For the past 23 years in Houston the festival of Janmashtami has been observed with pomp and pageantry, bringing together, all under one roof, a variety of joyous activities for young and old alike. The event is open to the public, free of cost. It is celebrated to share the richness of Hindu culture and traditions.

Keeping up with the motto of “bringing Hindus together” Hindus of Greater Houston this year will be hosting the Dharma and Yoga Fest celebrating the 150th year anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, a great philosopher and well renowned Hindu Monk.

Hindu Swayamsewak Sangh (HSS) coordinator Achalesh Amar said “What better offering to Swamiji than educating people about the four paths of Sadhna (Yoga) he propagated: Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Gyan Yoga and Raj Yoga”. He added “We are grateful to the Houston Hindu community for the tremendous response we are getting in putting together this unique program. So far we have had the confirmations from 28 organizations for taking an active part in preparations/organizing this noble endeavor and we are in communication with 22 others and expect to get their confirmations soon.

The function will begin at 2 PM with all 4 yoga tracts (Bhakti yoga, Raj yoga, Gyan Yoga & Karma Yoga) running in parallel. There will be speech contests for middle & high school kids and panel discussions where you could meet powerful Hindu leaders of Houston.

From 6 pm onwards there will be a spectacular line up of children’s costume contest, mesmerizing children dressed as Radha, Krishna, Meera and Sudhama as well as Swami Vivekanada with both individual and group categories, professionally choreographed performances presented by dance schools with variety of traditional Indian dances from all over India. Also among the special attractions will be the powerfully enacted skit on the life of Swami Vivekananda by several organizations within Houston. There will be community booths and a variety of foods that will keep everyone entertained and amazed through midnight.

All are invited to dance to the live Khelaiyya style Garba/Dandiya Raas music to the thrilling beats of Darshak Thakkar and specially flown in female singer Shivangini. One can enjoy the beautifully decorated booths and temple displays and certainly not miss the grand Rangoli decoration by Sangeeta Bhutada, Kid’s Corner with loads of fun activities and culmination  midnight Krishna Janma Maha-Aarti.

This celebration is brought to you by Hindus of Greater Houston … bringing Hindus together, which invites Hindus and their friends and neighbors to participate.

 For further information visit Or contact Chairperson Partha Krishnaswamy (713-962-8523) for event details, Achalesh Amar (713-357-8216) Sharad Amin (713-854-0633) for sponsorship / donation opportunities, Richa Dixit (832-451-7206) for volunteer opportunities, Sheetal Rathi (281-597-8794) for costume contest, Niyati Vaidya (832-607-3615) for speech contest , Swapan Dhairyawan  (832-260-0524) for booth information.

Save the date and plan to attend Janmashtami and Dharma and Yoga Fest 2013 on Saturday, Sept 07 from 2 PM through midnight at hall B3 at the George R. Brown Convention Center.