Religion

India Top Court Lifts Ban on Jains' Santhara Death Fast

India's Supreme Court has suspended an order of the Rajasthan high court banning santhara - the controversial Jain ritual of fasting unto death.

Irony Behind the Anger of Patels

The demand for job reservations by the Patels of Gujarat is an ironic consequence of uneven distribution of social capital between communities, even within communities.

India's Patel Community Rally Over Caste Quotas

More than 300,000 members of India's Patel community have staged a rally in Gujarat demanding better access to jobs and education.

0.7 Per cent Fall in India’s Hindu Population

India’s Hindu population has fallen by 0.7 per cent in the past decade, making it less than 80 per cent of the nation’s total population.

Should India's Jains be Given the Choice to Die

A court in India creates a flutter by outlawing a centuries-old religious practice of fasting to death by the Jain community.

Radhe Maa’s Outlandish Red

Her bizarre look doesn’t make her a criminal. But till the charges against her are established, we can only question her fashion choices

Prayag Kumbh Much Better Organized Than Fifa World Cup

Maha Kumbh 2013 was far better organised than Fifa World Cup in Brazil and Commonwealth Games in New Delhi,

UAE to Allot Land For Temple in Abu Dhab

Indian expatriates comprise 30 percent of the UAE's population and are the largest nationality group.

Faith And Traffic

The Kanwar Yatra is an annual pilgrimage undertaken by Shiva devotees to places of worship.

Twitter Trolls Self-styled Godwoman

Self-styled godwoman Radhe Maa might have denied the allegations against her and claimed that she is 'pure and pious' but it seems people on Twitter are not convinced.

Caste Order: The Patel is The New Shudra

Patels want to be OBCs because their children cannot get into colleges. They have never been backward or helpless.

Gandhi on Religion, Cow and Caste

It is very dangerous to inject religion into politics in our subcontinent. However, our ‘Mahatma’ thought that was the only way to get mass support.

Why Stampedes Occur Again and Again in India

India is vulnerable to stampedes, especially at large religious gatherings, because of poor implementation of the NDMA crowd management guidelines

Goddess Kali on New York's Empire State Building

In a breathtaking spectacle, Goddess Kali was projected on the Empire State Building in New York.

Maa, Baba And Mess Galore.

Various avatars of self-styled spiritual gurus

Story of Guru Gobind Singh Ji’s Disappearance

Guru Gobind Singh Ji left his physical body in 1708, at Abchal Nagar, Hazoor Sahib (in Nanded, Maharashtra, India).

Sai Baba Decision to Never Leave Puttaparthi

When Sathya Sai Baba came into this world, he was the second part of what is known as the “Triple Avatar” in Hindu scriptures.

Let Sikhs Play With Turbans

As many as 39 US lawmakers have asked the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) to change a policy requiring Sikhs and other players to remove their articles of faith

How India Makes Parsi Babies

The Parsis of India are a unique community, but their numbers are declining fast.

Oldest Koran Found in Birmingham University

What may be the world's oldest fragments of the Koran have been found by the University of Birmingham.

Sikh Kitchens Are Becoming The New Food Banks

By taking the traditional concept of the “langar”, or shared meal, out of the temple and onto the street, these community kitchens have extended the idea of service.

Sikh Wins Turban Battle with Disney

A Sikh postman at Disney World has won his fight over claims he had been made to work away from customers so they would not see his beard and turban.

Eternal Hanuman

Legend has it that Hanuman is immortal because he was blessed that he would be available to the devotees of Rama for as long as Rama’s names and stories were on people’s minds and lips

The Gourmet Guide to Iftar

From Lucknow to Hyderabad via Delhi, Mumbai and more, the best Ramzan food you can get this month.

Gazing at a Dying God

This is a god who has lived a full life and will continue to do so when he is reborn, and is ready to ride his chariot once again a month later.

Ashram Where Beatles Learned to Meditate

In 1968 the most famous pop band of the time, The Beatles, stayed in an ashram in the Indian town of Rishikesh to learn a form of meditation.

Inside India's 4,000-year-old Transgender Community

While for centuries they were sought after to perform blessings and ceremonies, their long-standing religious respect has not protected the hijra from modern-day discrimination.

China Opens New Route for Indian Pilgrims

China inaugurated a new land crossing into Tibet on Monday for Indian pilgrims who wish to visit one of the holiest sites in both Hinduism and Buddhism

Rajneeti Asana Day

Yoga without the ‘surya namaskar’ is like Karate without punches

Non-Hindus Need Permit to Visit Somnath Temple

Now non-Hindus will have to take permission from office of general manager of Shree Somnath Trust before entering into Somnath Temple for darshan.

Hindu Group Wants River Rafting Ban

A hardline Hindu nationalist group has demanded a ban on river rafting at a popular tourist destination in northern India, saying it leads to 'objectionable activities'

Shocking Mysterious Cases of Hindu Temples

The unearthing of Hindu temples all across the world is not just shocking but also surprising.

Delhi Billionaire Becomes Monk

Delhi's 'plastics king', Bhanwarlal Raghunath Doshi, gave up his business empire to embrace Jain monastic life at an extravagant ceremony.

Modi’s Note Stumps Monks

Li said that Modi wrote in Gujarati to honour Dharmagupta, a fellow Gujarati who lived at the temple during the Sui Dynasty (581-618).

Hindu Temple Vandalised in United States

This is the third such incident in three months. Two temples were vandalised in Washington State in February.

The Nanda Devi Mystery

Fifty years after deadly plutonium was lost on India’s second highest mountain, the enigma continues

Ravidas Temple in Houston Gutted

Guru Ravidas Temple in Houston city of Texas state of the US was destroyed in fire on April 14.

Rich Temples May Open Gold Vaults for PM Modi

Govt is planning to launch a scheme in May that would encourage temples to deposit their gold with banks in return for interest payments

Bodh Gaya Bodhi Tree in Good Health

Plant scientists from India's Forest Research Institute have been examining the sacred tree at Gaya in Bihar state, following reports of fungal infection.

Yoga is Secular, Not Gateway to Hinduism

Ruling that yoga taught in elementary schools is not a gateway to Hinduism and does not violate religious freedoms, a California appeals court has allowed it to continue.

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