Religion

Soil From The Land Of Prostitutes is Used To Make Idols of Durga Maa

Every year when Durga Puja approaches, a certain Kumortuli in Kolkata is thrown into frenzy.

The Majesty And Mystery of India's Sacred Banyan Trees

The fig tree has shaped humanity in profound and mysterious ways—and none is as awesome to behold as the banyan.

Fading Glory

India's dying Christian communities who are trying to preserve their identities in rapidly changing times.

Behind the God-Swapping in The South African Indian Community

Hinduism is a religion of vast diversity with different philosophical views and religious practices.

An Irreverent Take on India's Mahabharat

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.

India's Food Police Are Kicking up a Storm

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".

Jews in Kolkata Use Food to Keep Their Culture Alive

As borders shrink in an increasingly globalized world, some unique communities are nearing extinction. The Jews of Calcutta are one of them.

Dozens Arrested For Protest At UK Gurdwara

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.

The Indian State That is Obsessed With Beef Fry

Not many people would associate India with beef. Spirituality yes, perhaps even vegetarianism, but certainly not beef.

Why Attribute Irrational Miracles to Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa should have been made a saint without having so-called miracles associated with her name.

Georgetown First US College With a Hindu Priest As a Chaplain

When Brahmachari Vrajvihari Sharan led his first worship service in his new job as a Hindu chaplain Sunday, he knew his audience.

Indian-Origin Siblings Forced Off Plane Over ISIS Accusations

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 Stop Funerals in India Holy City

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

Indians Come Off Best in Grim UK Race Report

Britain’s Indian community is among the best performing communities on several social indicators, according to a major report on race relations

Sacrilege Incident Rocks UK Gurdwara

A week after a Sikhs' holy book was desecrated in the US, a similar incident has been reported in the UK.

Santoshi Maa: The Celluloid Goddess

How an unexpected hit in the 1970s catapulted a minor local goddess to national fame

Why India Cannot be a Hindu Pakistan

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.

Gujarati NRI Returns to Work for Gau Raksha

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.

Baba, The Magnet to World's Best Brains

The temple belongs to Neeb Karori Baba, a magnet to tech honchos like Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs.

The Chennai Woman Who Runs A Hindu Crematorium

Praveena Solomon is challenging tradition and winning hearts by taking on the traditionally male role at Chennai's busiest funeral ground.

Dalits in Narendra Modi's India Are Angry

Anger among Dalits in Gujarat has been mounting in recent weeks.

Pope Sets up New Eparchy For Indian Christians

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.

Inside One of India's Biggest Temple Kitchens

Millions of devotees visit Tirumala Tirupati temple in southern India every year.

Tasting India's Coveted Holy Sweet

To eat the famous holy sweet, given as an offering at one of India's holiest Hindu shrines, Tirumala Tirupati, you don't need to shell out a lot of money.

A Higher Power

Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali is winning friends, influencing customers, and scaring the hell out of big business players.

India Offers Ganges Holy Water by Post

The water, known as Gangajal, will be bottled at two spots along the river - its source at Gangotri and the popular pilgrim town of Rishikesh.

Tulsi Gabbard Asks California Board To Describe Hinduism Accurately

Tulsi Gabbard, the first ever Hindu elected to the US House of Representatives, has asked a Californian educational board to give Hinduism its due place in school text books and not to describe it inaccurately as 'religions of ancient India'.

10 Iconic Places Outside India Where Ratha Jatra Is Celebrated

Ratha Jatra of Lord Jagannath being one of the largest religious festivals of India, is not just limited to its borders but also hugely celebrated outside India.

Ramadan Charity Seeks to Free Innocent Indian Muslims

One of India's leading Islamic organisations is using the traditional "Zakat" (Ramadan donation) to give legal aid to Muslim youths languishing in jail on serious charges like terrorism.+

​F​requent Temple Desecration in Malaysia​ Upsets Hindus​

Hindus worldwide are highly concerned after reports of frequent desecration of Hindu temples in Malaysia recently.

India Has More Places of Worship Than Schools or Colleges

While India has made huge strides in building modern economic installations since its independence, religion still enjoys more importance than many other fields

Bollywood Actor Criticised Over Islam Remarks

Muslim clerics have criticised Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan over comments he made about the practice of animal sacrifice in Islam.

Life Sentences Over 2002 India Massacre

A court in India has sentenced 11 people to life in prison for their roles in a notorious massacre during the 2002 anti-Muslim riots in Gujarat.

Malaysia Varsity’s Module Depicts Hindus in India as Unclean

A teaching module published by a leading Malaysian university which depicted Hindus in India as unclean and dirty has generated a controversy and outraged the minority community in the Muslim-majority country.

Outrage Over Settlements For Displaced Hindus

Separatist groups in Indian-administered Kashmir are due to hold a silent march on Wednesday to oppose a government decision to resettle displaced Kashmiri Hindus in exclusive colonies.

2 Hindu Temples Vandalised in Malaysia

A Hindu temple was today vandalised in Malaysias Penang state by unidentified persons who damaged the deities, a top state official said, less than a week after a similiar incident in the area.

Did Thatcher's Government Help India's 1984 Sikh Massacre

On 5 June, thousands of Sikhs from the UK are expected to march through central London in protest against the British government's role in the 1984 Sikh Massacre that took place in India.

Inside Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali Empire

Baba Ramdev is parlaying his popularity as a yoga guru to build a consumer products empire that’s up against global giants like Unilever and Colgate.

US Senators Voice Concern Over Religious Freedom in India

The Senators raised concerns on some of the pressing issues of religious freedom from rising intolerance to prevailing anti-conversion laws.

Raj Temple Offers Paap-mukti Certificates

A Shiva temple in Rajasthan is different. Here, redemption comes with a certificate that qualifies one duly purged of all sin, or `paap-mukt'.

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