Tonsuring to please the Lord is a centuries-old ritual at this Vaishnavite temple.
The Green Nazi is more like military ordnance than what in Britain we quaintly call a "banger".
India has always been known as the home of spirituality and mysticism to visitors from all over, especially the foreigners, and sustaining this image are the humble ashrams.
The bitter public feud between the Tata family, which controls India’s most respected conglomerate, and its now ousted chairman Cyrus Mistry has created an unwelcome stir in the tiny Parsi community to which both sides belong.
The South African saga of Deepavali provides us the instance where the festival of lights reveals its dimension as the festival of freedom.
Diwali, the biggest Hindu festival is often called "India's Christmas".
In the pantheon of Gujarati snacks, the crunchy, calorie-laden mathiya is the Diwali deity.
Festivals are transcending borders and traditions, triggering surge in spending on brand new segments like packaged food and beverages, grooming and travel.
The trust that runs Mumbai's Haji Ali mosque told the Supreme Court it will rescind a ban on women entering the shrine as ordered by the high court.
The US Postal Services has released a postage stamp on Diwali, the first state-sponsored recognition of the "joyous annual Hindu festival".
At a convention organized by Indian Americans supporting Trump, movies, politics and Modi are part of the conversation
The apparent history of this "auspicious" day is associated with the tale of queen Veervati and her penance to keep her husband alive.
Some of India's dying Christian communities who are trying to preserve their identities in rapidly changing times.
In Kolkata, pujas are an annual upsurge and celebration of quirky art. This year, the city seems to have outdone itself when it comes to creativity.
Indian police are investigating the parents of a 13-year-old girl who died last week after undertaking a religious fast for 68 days.
Far-right nationalists have forced Bollywood star Nawazuddin Siddiqui to cancel his performance in a Hindu festival "because he is a Muslim".
Underneath contemporary trappings and irrational excesses, Durga Puja has more intimate connotations, best understood, perhaps, at a ‘Bonedi Barir Pujo’
Every year when Durga Puja approaches, a certain Kumortuli in Kolkata is thrown into frenzy.
The fig tree has shaped humanity in profound and mysterious ways—and none is as awesome to behold as the banyan.
India's dying Christian communities who are trying to preserve their identities in rapidly changing times.
Hinduism is a religion of vast diversity with different philosophical views and religious practices.
Mama's Boys is a modern take on the curious tale of Draupadi's five husbands, although it remains faithful to the narrative of the original story.
When police in northern India recently began checking dishes of mutton biryani to ensure that they did not contain beef, critics said it was another example of what they are calling "food fascism".
As borders shrink in an increasingly globalized world, some unique communities are nearing extinction. The Jews of Calcutta are one of them.
British police arrested 55 people and seized their kirpan, a ceremonial Sikh dagger, at a Gurdwara on Sunday, following a protest against a mixed marriage.
Not many people would associate India with beef. Spirituality yes, perhaps even vegetarianism, but certainly not beef.
Mother Teresa should have been made a saint without having so-called miracles associated with her name.
When Brahmachari Vrajvihari Sharan led his first worship service in his new job as a Hindu chaplain Sunday, he knew his audience.
Three Indian-origin Muslim siblings have claimed that they were hauled off a plane at an airport in London and questioned on the tarmac by British policemen after a passenger accused them of being ISIS supporters.
Floods in India's holy city of Varanasi in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh have forced a halt to cremations along the banks of the river Ganges
Britain’s Indian community is among the best performing communities on several social indicators, according to a major report on race relations
A week after a Sikhs' holy book was desecrated in the US, a similar incident has been reported in the UK.
How an unexpected hit in the 1970s catapulted a minor local goddess to national fame
To be a good or patriotic Indian one does not have to be a Hindu by birth, religious practice, or cultural affiliation. One does not need to know or speak Hindi, either. And one does not even have to hate Pakistan.
The 'gau rakshaks' may have come under scanner for their vigilantism in recent past, but away from all the limelight, a non-resident Indian (NRI) is quietly working to protect the cows.
The temple belongs to Neeb Karori Baba, a magnet to tech honchos like Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs.
Praveena Solomon is challenging tradition and winning hearts by taking on the traditionally male role at Chennai's busiest funeral ground.
Anger among Dalits in Gujarat has been mounting in recent weeks.
The Vatican has established a new eparchy or leadership structure for the Syro-Malabar community with an ancient church in north England as its cathedral, marking a new high in the little known history of Indian Christians in Britain that began with Goan “lascars” arriving in the 16th century.
Millions of devotees visit Tirumala Tirupati temple in southern India every year.