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  • Kids’ Bhagavatam Program Gives Children Taste for the Spotless Purana

    Beginning as simple home sessions, a program designed to teach young children the Srimad-Bhagavatam will soon be offered internationally via Zoom video conference. The resources are already being shared with parents everywhere on the lightofgodhead.com website and WhatsApp Group. Eventually, the full curriculum will be presented as a book.

  • Kirtan Fest Houston 2019

    ISKCON of Houston is organizing a Kirtan Fest 2019 during Labor Day Weekend (August 31 – September 2) at the beautiful temple in Houston, TX. It will be a combination of kirtan, entertainment and philosophy.

  • Spiritual Immersion Week at ISKCON of Houston

    ISKCON of Houston has planned something for everyone during spiritual and cultural extravaganza this upcoming Labor Day weekend, as well as a special cultural event on Friday, September 7th, 2018.

  • ISKCON Hosts Interfaith Day of Prayer for Harvey Victims

    In the wake of Hurricane Harvey’s unprecedented flooding and devastation, Texas Governor Greg Abbott proclaimed Sunday, Sept 3rd as a Day of Prayer in Texas—which happened to coincide with the birth anniversary of Bhaktivinoda Thakur, a 19th century Vaishnava Hindu saint and theologian who envisioned people from all nations coming together harmoniously through the blissful chanting of the holy names of God.

  • Houston Devotees Safe During Hurrican Harvey, Feeding Victims

    Hurricane Harvey has caused major destruction in Houston and throughout Texas in the last several days. 21 trillion gallons of rain fell on the Houston area, causing 51 inches of flooding in the worst hit places. Thirty to forty thousand homes were destroyed by floodwaters just in and around Houston; 39 people died, and 13 million were directly affected.

  • Japa Retreat 2017 at ISKCON Houston

    Last weekend (March 3-5), 150 devotees from Houston, Dallas, Chicago, Oklahoma City and New Orleans had a joyful and spiritual Japa Retreat (Chanting of Holy Names) with Romapada Swami and Bada Hari Das at Greater Houston area, ISKCON Houston. This Japa Retreat is an annual event and for this year the theme of the Japa Retreat was "Taking Shelter of Holy Name – Saranagati."

  • Houston’s Goswami Academy to Hold Open House This March

    ISKCON Houston’s Goswami Academy, an elementary school from pre-K to fifth grade, is already a success, teaching students from its own large congregation as well as ISKCON children from other states. But now the school, established in 2014, is also hoping to attract students from the broader Houston community to avail of its values-based education.

  • Houston Govinda’s to Receive Grand Opening in March

    The new Govinda’s restaurant at the ISKCON temple complex in Houston, Texas is set to receive a grand opening on March 11th, just before Gaura Purnima, with local TV channels, newspapers and radio stations to get a free meal and tour. Govinda’s already had its “soft opening” back in July 2016, launching with no fanfare or advertising. But according to manager Shyamasundara Das it’s been a success from day one, often packing out the large 130-person capacity space, and drawing a 4.6 rating from 121 reviews on Yelp and a 4.7 rating from 71 Google reviews. 

  • Kirtan Fest 2017 at ISKCON of Houston

    To kick off the World Holy Name Week, ISKCON of Houston, Texas, USA, has announced the launch of Kirtan Fest 2017 this upcoming Labor Day weekend (Sat-Mon Sept. 2nd - 4th) at ISKCON’s fabulous new state-of-the-art Houston, Texas temple. This inaugural festival will kick off what will be an exciting, on-going flagship event every year.

  • Entry.title: Houston’s Four-Day ISKCON 50 Celebration a Grand Success
    Entry.type: 'Meditation'
    Entry.tags: [gala] [houston] [texas]
  • “Best Ever” Leaders Meetings Highlight ISKCON 50

    Many of the more than sixty temple presidents and GBCs attending this year’s ISKCON North American Leaders Meetings called the event “the best ever.” 

  • Houston Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Prabhupada’s U.S. Arrival

     Houston’s Hare Krishna Dham temple held a massive “ISKCON 50 Festival” to celebrate last weekend.

  • Safe Temple Awards to Show ISKCON’s Unified Commitment to Child Protection

    As part of its ongoing efforts for child safety, ISKCON’s North American Child Protection Office will kick off 2016 with its first annual “Safe Temple” awards.

  • 4th Annual Gita Camp Held at Houston Hare Krishna Temple

    "Our children need to be engaged in our ever blissful spiritual culture and values. The only way, they can experience this bliss, is by engaging in pure spiritual connection with the process of Bhakti Yoga.  Engaging their intelligence, mind, and senses in the devotional service to the Lord." This was the essence of the just concluded successful Children’s 4th Annual Gita Camp, held at Houston Hare Krishna Temple from July 7 – 13.

  • ISKCON Houston Grand Opening Draws 11,000

    An incredible 11,000 people from the US and around the world attended the grand opening of ISKCON Houston’s brand new Vedic temple from May 16th to 18th this spring. The Hon. Consul General of India, Mr Parvathaneni Harish, also attended with his wife Nandita and warmly appreciated the devotees of ISKCON for their sincerity and commitment to the path of Bhakti.

  • ISKCON Houston Deities Move Into Their Grand New Home

    On April 4th, the presiding Deities of ISKCON Houston, Texas, were moved into Their beautiful new home. Construction began on the 24,000 square-foot Orissan-style temple  in 2004. The official opening festival, on May 17th and 18th, will draw an estimated 15,000 people and mark the culmination of many years of hard work.

  • Grand New Houston Temple to Finally Open this May

    From May 17th to 18th this year, ISKCON Houston will finally celebrate the grand opening of its brand new Vedic temple. The temple was originally set to open in November 2010, then later in 2011, but was delayed by multiple challenges. Amongst them were city permit and structural issues, as well as the shocking theft of small utsav deities Sri-Sri Radha-Giridhari on October 6th 2010.

  • North American Leadership Conference Inspires Both New and Senior Devotees

    This year’s ISKCON North American Leadership Conference, held at Hare Krishna Dham in Houston, Texas from January 9th to 12th, presented many developments that inspired both new and seasoned devotees alike. Seventy-five devotees attended in total and were housed at ISKCON Houston’s recently built residential apartments.

  • ISKCON Reaches out to Wider Community with ‘Earthdance’

    On September 21st, at midnight Greenwich Mean Time, groups all over the world will participate in the annual Earthdance Global Peace Party. The largest synchronized event of its kind, the party has been held in 600 locations in 80 countries since its inception in 1997. ISKCON devotees will be organizing and catering the Houston, Texas event.

  • ISKCON Houston’s Self Discovery Programs Celebrated “Festival of Love and Trust”
    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.
  • Summer Trip Inspires Houston Youth to Carry on Prabhupada’s Mission
    In recent years, ISKCON’s next generation—its youth—have begun to take more and more of an active role in Srila Prabhupada’s movement. Now, youth groups are cropping up at every major temple to help the local devotees. One of these is Jiv Jago in Houston, Texas, which took a spiritual road trip this summer to inspire its members.
  • Thousands Celebrate the Rath Yatra at Houston`s India House
    Houston Rath Yatra was organized by Orissa Culture Center (OCC) partnered with ISKCON and joined by Sita Ram Foundation and other similar minded organizations of greater Houston.
  • Hare Krishnas Popularize Indian Vegetarian Cuisine in Houston
    The Houston Hare Krishna Temple’s vegetarian food booth, named “Art of India” by the Bayou City Art Festival organizers, was featured this spring at the prestigious, bi-annual festival held at Memorial Park on March 25-27. Festival-goers purchased 4800 samosas, 140 lbs of curried rice, 17 buckets of vegan BBQ “Tandoori” tofu, and 1325 glasses of mango lassis at the booth.
  • ISKCON Houston Still Positive in the Face of Tough Challenges
    Within the span of just a few days, ISKCON Houston's opening date for its new Vedic-style temple was postponed, then, shockingly, its small presiding deities, Radha-Giridhari, were stolen.
  • Grand Vedic-Style Temple to Open in Houston, Texas
    An estimated 20,000 devotees, congregational members, and well-wishers including local politicians and celebrities are expected to visit ISKCON’s new Vedic-style temple in Houston, Texas for its grand opening from Thursday November 4th through Sunday November 7th this year.
  • Gaura Purnima at the Houston Zoo
    In observance of the 524th anniversary of Lord Chaitanya's advent, devotees in Texas organized a chanting party on Saturday, Feb 27 at the Constitution Circle near the entrance to the Houston Zoo. Giriraja Swami joined about 25 local devotees to sing the holy names, sell books and dance in joy, waving colorful banners decorated with the Maha Mantra or depictions of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu with His associates.
  • Hare Krishnas Strike a Soft Tone in Houston
    Dr. Hansa Medley wakes up at 3:30 a.m. once a week and walks to the Hare Krishna Temple just around the corner from her small bungalow in northwest Houston. There she joins her mother, sister and three other devotees to prepare the temple's nine deities for the day. Before the first Arati ceremony at 4:30 a.m., they carefully lay out special outfits for eight statues, choosing coordinating jewelry and face paint.