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Rohingya militants massacred Hindus in last year's turmoil: Amnesty

Yangon - Rohingya militants massacred Hindu villagers during last year's uprising in Myanmar's Rakhine, Amnesty International said Wednesday in a report that sheds fresh light on the complex ethnic rivalries in the state.

Mass grave of 28 Hindus found in Myanmar: army

Myanmar's army said Sunday it had discovered a mass grave containing the bodies of 28 Hindus, including women and children, in violence-wracked Rakhine state, blaming the killings on Muslim Rohingya militants.

Mass grave of 28 Hindus found in Myanmar: army

Yangon - Myanmar's army said Sunday that a mass grave of 28 Hindus had been discovered in violence-wracked Rakhine state, blaming the killings on Muslim Rohingya militants.

Leading German scholar awarded in India Special

German scholar Dr. Annette Schmiedchen was awarded the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award in the country, last month. The award recognizes Dr. Schmiedchen’s work in the fields of Indology and Sanskrit studies.

India 'love jihad' claims fuel Hindu-Muslim tensions

New Delhi - When a Hindu woman tearfully claimed to national media recently she had been kidnapped, raped and forcibly converted to Islam, India's religious hardliners seized the chance to hike their "love jihad" fears.

First man-made underground cave temple opened in Australia

The Mukti-Gupteshwar Mandir Society has officially opened what they claim is the world's first underground man-made cave temple.

Indians celebrate Navratri

Indians began the celebration of the nine-day Navratri festival on September 25, and will continue the festivities till October 2.

Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple in India to undergo special audit

The Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple in the coastal South Indian state of Kerala will be audited to make a list of its inventory by former Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG), Vinod Rai.

India to get new route to Kailash in Tibet

Chinese President Xi Jinping on his recent three-day visit to India announced a new pilgrimage route from India to Mount Kailash in Tibet.

Oduvars, India's temple singers, in decline

The tradition of Oduvars began over 1,000 years ago, and they were once indispensable for rituals at temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. But today, they are a disappearing group.

Indian state government of Tamil Nadu to renovate 1,006 temples

Chennai - The government of the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu passed a resolution to renovate 1,006 temples over the course of the coming year.

Himalayan religious pilgrimages hit by rains, landslides

As rains continued to lash the north Indian Himalayan state of Uttarakhand in the past month, landslides and rivers in spate have blocked pilgrim access to many Himalayan temples.

Indian government taking precautions for Himalayan pilgrimages

Dehra Dun - The newly-elected Indian government has highlighted the safe conduct of the annual Chardham pilgrimage in the Himalayan mountains as an important priority.

Temple reverses decision to appoint non-brahmins as priests

Pune - A historic decision to break with a 900-year-old tradition and allow women and non-brahmins as priests in the Vitthal-Rukmini temple in Pandharpur, Maharashtra, India has been postponed.

Thousands of devotees take a dip in river Ganga

Thousands of devotees assembled at various places along the banks of the river Ganga in North India, to take a dip on the occasion of the festival Ganga Dussehra on June 8.

India's archaic law banning gay sex upheld by high court

In December of 2013, India's Supreme Court overturned the 2009 law decriminalizing gay sex. The ruling was met with outrage by gay-rights activists, who filed petitions challenging the ruling, asking for a review of section 377, an archaic 1860s law.

Religious composition of the US House & Senate revealed

The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life released a new analysis that says that the number of the 113th US Congress not identifying with a specific religions faith is larger than compared to the previous US Congresses.

Trailer released for Scorsese TV film about George Harrison

Martin Scorsese’s new documentary pic about former Beatles George Harrison is to be broadcast over two evenings in October, it’s been revealed.

Hindu mob attacks Christian women, police back mob

Davangere - Two Christian women were attacked by an angry Hindu mob in India after comforting a grieving neighbor who had lost her husband. One of the women was beaten, and both were detained by police.

Hillary Clinton: Religious freedom is under threat

Washington - Responding to the U.S. State Department’s Annual Report on International Religious Freedom, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says "religious freedom is under threat."

Happy Diwali to all Hindu readers

For almost 1 billion Hindus across the world, the 5 day celebration of Diwali is the most sacred time of the year and a time to rejoice and share gifts.

Op-Ed: Fire walking and rituals of faith in South Africa

Durban - It is not just a morbid fascination, it is something more than that. It's the esoteric mystery behind creating an obviously altered state of being that draws me back each year to watch the annual Hindu kavadi and fire-walking ceremony.

Rare Buddhist Flower Sprouts in Washing Machine

Would you like to get rich? For two consecutive years, Udumbara thought to bring good fortune blossomed in a clothes drying rack in China. The legendary tiny flower was also found sprouting in such places like Los Angeles, Australia and Korea.

UK citizen wants to be cremated in the open air

An ageing Hindu man, living in Great Britain, wants to be cremated in the traditional style used in South Asia - in the open air and using real fire. He's in court for the third time now to challenge the prohibition of this sacred ritual.

Animal rights groups aim to stop mass slaughter in India, Nepal

Animal rights activists are pressuring the Indian and Nepalese governments to ban a mass sacrifice by Hindus of goats and other animals after 50,000 were killed in one week in one city alone.

The Newest Living Goddess Was Appointed On Tuesday In Nepal

Matani Shakya, 3, of Nepal is the newest living goddess. The toddler was approved by priests and President Ram Baran Yadav in a centuries-old tradition on Tuesday.

Natalie Portman Asked to Apologize to Hindus

A Hindu group is requesting an apology from actress Natalie Portman after she appeared in the music video Carmensita. The group says that the actress using symbols of their religion was mocking it.

Solar Powered Hindu Temple Sets Sustainable Example

Hindu religious and cultural center in California has taken significant steps towards sustainability including running on solar power, reducing energy consumption and a plethora of planting trees.

Hindu man doused with petrol and set on fire in London 'for dating a Muslim girl'

A 20-year-old man is in serious condition after he was doused in petrol and set on fire east of London. It is believed he was targeted for dating a Muslim girl.

Indian School Really Believes In Monkey Business

The Sardar Bhagat Singh College of Technology and Management in northern India has named Hanuman as its official chairman. For those not up to speed on Hindu Gods Hanuman is the Monkey God.
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Reuters Pictures of the Year 2013: Devotees splash water on an idol of Hindu elephant god Ganesh as it is carried for immersion into the Arabian Sea during the Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai, September 18, 2013
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