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Do-it-yourself temple waits to move into Indian holy site

Ayodhya - Huge slabs of pink Rajasthan stone, carved pillars and bricks from across India are already waiting to form a Hindu temple to be built on the site of a demolished mosque at the centre of decades of deadly turbulence.

Indian holy site prays for closure after court battle

Ayodhya - Residents of Ayodhya scrambled for emergency food when India's Supreme Court warned it would soon hand down a final verdict on a holy site that provoked some of the country's worst sectarian violence.

Final millions bathe at India's Kumbh megafestival

Allahabad - India's Kumbh Mela religious megafestival wraps up Monday with some 10 million pilgrims expected to take a final holy plunge, taking the final tally towards 250 million, officials said.

Pakistan's Mithi, an oasis of Muslim-Hindu tolerance

Bharo - Cows roam freely in the Pakistani city of Mithi, as in neighbouring India. Considered sacred animals among Hindus, they embody the religious tolerance of this community in conservative Muslim Pakistan, where minorities face heavy discrimination.

Pakistan's Mithi, an oasis of Muslim-Hindu tolerance

Bharo - Cows roam freely in the Pakistani city of Mithi, as in neighbouring India. Considered sacred animals among Hindus, they embody the religious tolerance of this community in conservative Muslim Pakistan, where minorities face heavy discrimination.

Famed Malaysian Hindu temple complex gets technicolour paint job

A famed Malaysian Hindu temple complex has had its steps painted in a dazzling array of colours, sparking excitement from some visitors but angering officials who oversee heritage sites.

Three-year-old anointed as 'living goddess' in Nepal

Kathmandu - A three-year-old girl was anointed the new "living goddess" of Kathmandu by Hindu priests on Thursday and taken to a palace in the historic centre of the Nepali capital where she will remain until she reaches puberty.

Nepal names 3-year-old as new 'living goddess'

Kathmandu - A three-year-old girl has been named the new Kumari of Nepal's capital Kathmandu after her predecessor retired when she reached puberty, continuing an ancient tradition that sees young girls worshipped as "living goddesses".

Hindu refugees from Myanmar find sanctuary in Bangladesh

Cox's Bazar - In a small village in southern Bangladesh, hundreds of Hindu refugees from neighbouring Myanmar are being handed plates heaped with dal and rice, less than a mile from where desperate Muslim Rohingya beg for food and shelter.

Seven killed in India after truck rams into festival crowd

New Delhi - At least seven people have been killed and eight more injured after a truck rammed into a crowd near a busy Hindu temple in central India, police said Monday.

Indian state to spend $37 mn on hunt for 'life-saving' plant

New Delhi - A northern Indian state will soon begin a multi-million dollar search in the Himalayas for a mythical plant believed to hold life-saving properties, a local minister said Thursday.

Indian Hindu temple lifts ban on women devotees

New Delhi - A Hindu temple in western India on Friday lifted a centuries-old ban forbidding female devotees from entering, after a court said women had a fundamental right to worship.

New Hindu temple set to open in Indianapolis

Indianapolis - A new temple being built will be formally established and opened to public on June 3, in Indianapolis, after an elaborate ceremony called the Maha Kumbhabhishekam.

Philanthropist funds library of ancient Indian texts

A new initiative and literary project, helmed by noted Sanskrit scholar Sheldon Pollock and published by Harvard University Press, will make several ancient Indian classics easily and widely available.

Bardot's call to end 'greatest collective sacrifice of animals'

Paris - Former film star turned animal rights activist, France’s Brigitte Bardot, issued a call this week for the President of Nepal to ban what she termed was “the greatest collective sacrifice of animals in the world”.

Indian filmmakers planning documentary on mudras

The Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts (IGNCA) in New Delhi, India is joining hands with the Kerala Kalamandalam to make a documentary film on mudras.

World's first 'green' temple opens in London

London - A Hindu temple, claimed to be the first "eco-temple" in the world with solar panels and a rainwater harvesting system, opened in northwest London.

World's largest Hindu temple under construction in New Jersey

The first phase of a 162-acre temple complex, possibly the world's largest, in Robbinsville, New Jersey was opened over the weekend.

Indian comics revamping India's gods and goddesses

Indian comics are undergoing a revolution, and are beginning to depict Hindu deities such as Shiva, Rama and Vishnu as muscular super-heroes with six packs and bulging biceps.

India's religious take to tech-savvy blessings

India is a $30 billion religious and spirituality market of gods, temples and pilgrimages, and now that the 21st century is here, tech companies are jumping onto the bandwagon.

Reema Abbasi's latest book: 'Historic Temples in Pakistan'

Pakistani author Reema Abbasi recently launched in Delhi her latest book "Historic Temples in Pakistan - A Call to Conscience" in New Delhi, India. The book documents Hindu temples and pilgrimage sites in Pakistan, and includes 400 photographs.

Meghnad Desai seeks the author of Bhagavad Gita in new book

Meghnad Desai or Baron Desai, the Indian-born, British economist and Labour politician explores the question of the Bhagavad Gita's authorship in his new book "Who Wrote The Bhagavad Gita - A Secular Enquiry Into a Sacred Text."

Devotees visit Shiva temples on sacred month of Shravan

New Delhi - Devotees across the northern part of India visited temples of the god Shiva on July 14, to mark the first Monday of the holy month of Shravan.

Asia Society Texas Center hosts exhibition on Hindu deities

Houston - Asia Society Texas Center is hosting an exhibition entitled "Transcendent Deities of India: The Everyday Occurrence of the Divine," featuring artwork by painter Raja Ravi Varma, photographs by Manjari Sharma, and drawings by novelist Abhishek Singh.

Buddha Purnima celebrated around the world

Buddha Purnima, one of Buddhism's most sacred festivals, which marks the birth, enlightenment and the departure of Buddha from this world, was celebrated last week in several countries.

Op-Ed: Kids believe in immortality, regardless of culture

Boston - Very young children, aka the part of the human race who aren’t plagued with educated lack of imagination, believe in immortality, despite coming from very different cultures. A new study has found that human belief in immortality is “intuitive”.

Review: ‘The Story of the Swastika’ Special

Neasden - This half hour BBC documentary covers the Hindu roots of the swastika, one of the oldest and most misunderstood symbols on the face of this planet.

Op-Ed: Cremation yes or no? Religions, traditions, and modern times Special

Among the variety of funerary practices observed in various cultures and countries, burial and cremation are the most common. Some religions prefer the one and ban the other, sometimes both are 'allowed.' Even today, cremation occurs in only 31 nations.

Op-Ed: Westernized women and Kali Yuga? Indian law vs. 21st century?

Sydney - The trial of alleged murderers/rapists responsible for the death of an Indian woman some weeks ago has produced an astonishing array of ancient, misogynistic cultural excuses for rape. Apparently “Westernized” women are to blame for assaults.

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.
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