Hindus of Greater Houston was founded in 1990 with a unique concept to bring together the entire community at one place and celebrate the most popular festival, the birth of Lord Krishna. The festival is to showcase the the rich traditions and culture and bring out the core tenets of the Hindu faith that reinforces love towards all living beings, reverence towards planet Earth and a peaceful coexistence among all. Over the years Hindus of Greater Houston collectively organized community volunteer driven events throughout the year. We celebrate our youth who are the future leaders of the community and appreciate their dedication to carry the Hindu values forward and make this world a better place for all
Spectacular Sri Krishna Janmashtami 2017, Tues., Aug. 15th
Hindus of Greater Houston & ISKCON of Houston
For further information, please contact Vijay Pallod at 713-562-1920
Houston, TX. – Hindus of Greater Houston(HGH)& ISKCON celebrate this year’s auspicious Krishna Janmashtami (birthday of Lord Krishna) at ISKCON’s state of the art temple at 1320 West 34th St., Houston, on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 from 6pm till midnight. For the first time in years the HGH-sponsored event will be observed at a venue other than the George Brown Convention Center bringing the best from 28 years of celebration from HGH and 39 years for ISKCON.
The premiere community-wide festival—observed on the actual divine astrological evening—is free and open to all, a perfect event to invite neighbors and colleagues to showcase the rich Hindu culture which contributes to Houston’s diversity.
The evening runs on two simultaneous tracks: cultural programs in the Gauranga Community Hall, and continuous kirtan (chanting of the Holy Names of God in call-and-response fashion) in the temple. The cultural festivities commence with a children’s costume contest, followed by Odissi dance, a fusion number by Gaura Klein & friends, and a drama by ISKCON youth.
In the temple, traditionally decorated with a multitude of fresh flowers, will be kirtan, spectacular darshan (audience) of the Lord, 3 aratis (worship ceremonies) at 7:00, 9:00 & midnight, and a discourse on the import of Janmashtami. The midnight arati draws more than 1,000 people, who chant & dance ecstatically to welcome the Lord dressed in His new outfit. Guided tours of the temple will be available.
In addition, there will be opportunities to perform abhishek (ceremonial bathing of the Deity), jhulan (swinging the Lord), guided mantra meditation around the sacred basil (tulsi) plant, anointing with tilak (sacred clay) and children’s activities. Vendors will offer literature & other items. Nila Madhava’s Boutique in the temple building offers Indian musical instruments & CDs, art, clothing, jewelry, books & a variety of snacks.
Although the delicious free vegetarian dinner is always a crowd favorite, attendees also have the option to dine at Govinda’s, ISKCON’s popular new vegetarian restaurant, right on the temple property.
A special attraction will be gou puja—honoring Mangala, the cow—recently acquired and cared for by ISKCON, demonstrating Hindus’ reverence for all life. The cow is particularly revered as a mother, since she supplies sustenance in the early years of one’s life.
Free and convenient parking and shuttle service from Northwest Mall. No parking at available at temple.
Tulsi Gabbard the only Hindu US Congresswoman
United States Representative for Hawaii’s 2nd congressional district Message on Janmashtami Day 2017
Thursday, August 10, 2017
When someone has a birthday, we try to please the person whose birthday we are celebrating. Maybe we may buy them some presents or bake them a cake. We try to do something for them that will make them happy.
Likewise, on this very wonderful day celebrating Lord Sri Krishna’s appearance, we should consider what we can do that would be most pleasing to Him. The Supreme Lord is the owner and controller of everything. There is nothing that He is lacking. He doesn’t need anything from us. But there is one thing that He wants from us. Our love. This is the one thing we have to offer that makes Krishna very happy.
But our love can only be offered as an expression of free will. Love can’t be taken or forced. That’s not the nature of love.
5000 years ago, Krishna appeared on this planet in His original form. He came for many reasons. He came so we could come to know of the absolute reality of His existence. He came to display His wonderful pastimes and loving exchanges with His devotees. He came to speak the Bhagavad-gita, which is His personal and direct instructions to each of us.
And as we hear about Sri Krishna, and His wonderful pastimes, and become more attracted to Him, something wonderful happens. The love that we begin to experience for the Supreme Lord attracts Him to us. And He begins to reveal Himself to us more and more. This is the ultimate truth that Sri Krishna reveals to us in the Bhagavad-gita.
So today on Janmashtami, and every day, let us be prayerful of how we can use our lives to be pleasing to God and grow our love for Him. This is Sri Krishna’s birthday wish. If this is our heart’s desire, then our love for God will forever grow. Krishna will be more and more pleased, and we will experience true happiness and peace.
Best wishes and aloha to you all.
Jaya Sri Krishna”
7th Annual Hindu Youth Awards Gala
Chapter 3 Verse 9
यज्ञार्थात्कर्मणोऽन्यत्र लोकोऽयं कर्मबन्धन: |
तदर्थं कर्म कौन्तेय मुक्तसङ्ग: समाचर || 9||
yajñārthāt karmaṇo ’nyatra loko ’yaṁ karma-bandhanaḥ
tad-arthaṁ karma kaunteya mukta-saṅgaḥ samāchar
Selfless service to others and diligently work without any attachment to fruits of action is the best way to attain liberation.
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To provide guidance and function as a support as an umbrella organization protecting the needs of all the Hindus in the Greater Houston area and beyond.
To inspire Hindus the splendor of our convictions and traditions.
To propagate understanding and dispel misinformation about our faith.
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To build a strong community that continues to thrive amongst unity in diversity.
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Hindus in America need a forum to forge distinctly an identity and be tightly woven into national fabric of USA. To keep up with the spiritual needs of Hindu community in Houston we have built many Hindu Temples and Institutions that will provide an atmosphere to recreate a religious setting for our next generation. Only through the united effort undertaken by The Hindus of Greater Houston we can help create better awareness of our faith and expel misconception in the main stream and and accomplish enviable legacy of success along with unity of purpose. The richness of Hinduism was introduced by Swami Vivekananda to USA in 1893, bringing the world attention to both tolerance and universal acceptance.
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