Lakshmi Narayan Mandir Of North Houston
Lakshmi Narayan Mandir commonly referred to as the “Northside Mandir” originated from very humble beginnings. As families migrated from the Caribbean region mainly Trinidad and Guyana and settled in Houston there was a deep desire to continue the religious practices and cultural traditions that was an integral part of life in the respective home countries. Through the dedication and philanthropy of a few families a parcel of land was purchased and a small building was built to provide the community with a sacred place to gather in prayer and observe all the traditional hindu festivals. Today over two plus decades later the mandir is not only a place of worship, but it has become an important focal point for the Hindu community to meet and interact. Through the years the building has constantly been upgraded and devotees now have a more comfortable environment to develop their spiritual consciousness and understanding of Sanatan Dharma and Vedanta whilst maintaining culture and tradition.
The shrine is adorned with beautiful Murtis imported from India. The mandir is home to the murtis of Shree Ganesh, Saraswati Mata, Lord Shiva and Jagadamba Mata, Shree Vishnu and Lakshmi Mata, Shree Krishna and Radha Rani, Shree Hanuman Ji, the Saguna aspect of Lord Shiva in the form of the Lingam and Shri Satya Sai Baba. The Praan Pratishtha ceremony was performed in June 2010 for the Shri Raam Darbar.
The shrine is now complete. The mandir offers congregational worship opportunities twice weekly under the guidance of our Houston pundits who diligently volunteer their services each week and as required. Through the medium of Puja, bhajans, kirtans, havan and aarti devotees can make that spiritual connection to the deity of their choice. All major festivals and monthly Satyanarayan Vrat Katha are observed. In addition the mandir have hosted many distinguished pundits and hindu scholars of diverse backgrounds in an attempt to expose the community especially the younger generation to a broad spectrum of interpretation of our diverse scriptures. From Guyana, the late Pt Prakash Gossai Ji, Shree Bankim Gossai, Pt. Rajin Balgobin. From Trinidadian heritage Pt Baldath Maharaj, Pt. Abhedanand Persad Sharma, Dr. Surujrattan Rambachan, Pt. Jeewan Maharaj, Pt Atma Maharaj, Pt Narendra Maharaj, Pt Arun Gossai, Pt. Latchmidath. From the Global Organization for Divinity Sri Ramanujam Mukundagiri and Kumari Poornima Kumarasami.