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Indian holy site prays for closure after court battle

Nov 10, 2019 - 8:01 PM

'It is finally over. Now there won't be any more security lockdowns or sleepless nights,' says a Hindu resident in Ayodhya

CELEBRATION. Local residents light candles and earthen lamps outside their home as they celebrate the Indian Supreme Court's verdict on the disputed religious site awarded to Hindus, in Ayodhya on November 9, 2019. Photo by Sanjay Kanojia/AFP

Indian Supreme Court clears way for Hindu temple at disputed site

Nov 09, 2019 - 4:19 PM

'My appeal to the people of India is that our priority is to ensure the verdict strengthens the values of peace, equality and goodwill of our country,' says Prime Minister Narendra Modi

VERDICT. A man walks past a police road block fence with barbed wire on top in Ayodhya on November 9, 2019, ahead of a Supreme Court verdict on the religious site, contested for centuries by Hindus and Muslims, which in 1992 sparked some of the deadliest sectarian violence since independence. Photo by Sanjay Kanojja/AFP

55 million devotees for busiest days of Hindu megafestival

Feb 05, 2019 - 11:10 PM

The Mauni Amavasya – or new moon day – is the most auspicious day of the 48-day Kumbh Mela festival

India's flashpoint temple, off limits to women

Nov 18, 2018 - 3:30 AM

Those wishing to visit undergo a 41-day period of introspection and detachment – vratha – abstaining from sex, meat, intoxicants, and even shaving

TEMPLE. Indian Hindu devotees are pictured at the Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala in the southern state of Kerala on November 16, 2018. Photo by Arun Sankar/AFP

Delhi's toxic air spikes after Diwali firework frenzy

Nov 10, 2018 - 3:00 PM

Frenzied nights of fireworks to celebrate the Hindu festival of Diwali turns the air in New Delhi to toxic 'airpocalypse' levels

Commuters travel amid heavy smog in New Delhi on November 8, 2018. Air pollution in New Delhi hit hazardous levels on November 8 after a night of free-for-all Diwali fireworks, despite Supreme Court efforts to curb partying that fuels the Indian capital's toxic smog problem. Money SHARMA / AFP

Indian government considering death penalty for child rapists

Apr 20, 2018 - 11:14 PM

Demonstrations across the country, after the release of horrific details of the murder of the Muslim girl by a group of Hindu men, has increased pressure on the government to take action on sexual crimes

PROTEST. Indian supporters of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Chaudhary Lal Singh, who resigned from the state cabinet over the Kathua rape and murder case of an eight-year-old girl, hold placards during a rally in support of a new probe led by the federal Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), in Jammu on April 19, 2018. Photo by Sajjad Hussain AFP

FOTO: Warga Bali rayakan Galungan di tengah ancaman letusan Gunung Agung

Nov 02, 2017 - 10:02 AM

Warga yang semula tinggal di pengungsian sempat pulang ke rumah untuk beribadah

TRADISI. Umat Hindu berkeliling wilayah desa dalam Tradisi Ngerebeg saat Hari Raya Galungan di Desa Adat Penglipuran, Bangli, Bali, Rabu, 1 November. Foto oleh Fikri Yusuf/ANTARA

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

Sep 28, 2017 - 5:01 PM

Wearing a red dress, Trishna Shakya is taken from her home to an ancient palace in the Nepalese capital's historic Durbar Square where her initiation begins with a short ceremony

Mass grave of 28 Hindus found in Myanmar – army

Sep 25, 2017 - 12:55 AM

The deaths of the Hindus found in a mass grave in Rakhine are being blamed on Muslim Rohingya militants

Warga Hindu dan Muslim membaur dalam pawai takbir di Bali

Jun 25, 2017 - 11:31 AM

Warga dari kedua agama saling mengisi jika ada kegiatan agama masing masing

PAWAI TABKIR. Raja Ida Cokorda Pemecutan XI (tengah menggunakan peci hitam) dan tokoh Kampung Islam Kepaon Haji Ishak Ibrahim (kiri menggunakan peci putih) saat menjelang pelepasan pawai takbir, Sabtu, 24 Juni. Foto oleh Bram Setiawan/Rappler

Memahami makna di balik lawar bersama Gusti Nyoman Darta

Jun 03, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Gusti Nyoman Darta telah memelajari makanan seremonial Bali sejak ia berumur 7 tahun

DEMO MASAK. Gusti Nyoman Darta menunjukkan proses pembuatan lawar kepada pengunjung Ubud Food Festival 2017. Foto oleh Matt Oldfield/Ubud Food Festival.

FOTO: Pura Tri Hita Karana yang dikagumi warga Berlin

May 12, 2017 - 11:40 AM

Pemkot Berlin menghabiskan biaya 4 5 juta Euro untuk renovasi Taman Bali menjadi lebih luas

TAMAN BALI. Salah satu pelinggih di dalam rumah kaca Taman Bali di Berlin. Foto oleh Gendhis/Rappler

FOTO: Umat Hindu Cilacap dan Banyumas mulai ritual Nyepi dengan Melasti

Mar 27, 2017 - 6:09 PM

Melasti menjadi momentum untuk menyatukan umat Hindu dari Kabupaten Cilacap dan Banyumas Sebelumnya mereka melakukan aktivitas ini di wilayah masing masing

LARUNG SESAJEN. Pemangku melarung sesajen ke laut selatan. Foto oleh Irma Mufilikah/Rappler

Hindu temple volunteer hacked to death in Bangladesh

Jul 01, 2016 - 12:15 PM

50 year old Shyamananda Das is the latest member of a religious minority to be killed

Bangladesh court rejects scrapping Islam as state religion

Mar 28, 2016 - 7:10 PM

The Jamaat e Islami party calls the decision a victory of 160 million people but secular activists say it is a sad day for minorities

Bangladeshi Islamist leaders flash victory signs after the Bangladesh High Court rejected a petition challenging Islam as thr state religion in Dhaka on March 28, 2016.  Bangladesh's high court on March 28 rejected a petition by secular activists to scrap Islam's status as the state religion in the wake of nationwide protests by hardline Islamist groups. / AFP / Munir UZ ZAMAN

Saling mengerti antar pemeluk tiga agama di dusun lereng Gunung Lawu

Mar 08, 2016 - 4:54 PM

Berbeda keyakinan tidak berarti tak rukun Di sebuah desa di lereng Gunung Lawu pemeluk tiga agama hidup harmonis sejak ratusan tahun lalu

Pemeluk Hindu bersembahyang di Candi Cetho, Karanganyar. Foto oleh Ari Susanto/Rappler

Toleransi umat Hindu dan Islam saat Nyepi di Malang

Mar 07, 2016 - 9:36 PM

Umat Hindu tetap Nyepi umat Islam melakukan salat wajib dan sunah dengan suara pelan

Ogoh ogoh berbentuk raksasa di Dusun Karang Tengah Desa Glanggang Pakisaji Kabupaten Malang Senin, 7 Maret. Foto oleh Dyah Ayu Pitaloka

Saat Nyepi, umat Islam di Bali diizinkan salat gerhana

Mar 07, 2016 - 5:20 PM

Ada syarat yang harus dipatuhi umat Islam jika ingin salat gerhana pada Hari Raya Nyepi di Bali

Persiapan menjelang Nyepi di Bali. Foto oleh Yulius Satria Wijaya/Antara

Pakistan's untapped resources empowered by e-commerce boom

Feb 28, 2016 - 2:30 PM

Traditional Pakistani products are now reaching a wider base as Internet access grows

TO GO WITH 'Pakistan-Economy-Internet-Commerce' FOCUS by Masroor GILANI This photograph taken on November 19, 2015 shows Pakistani employees of online marketplace company Kaymu at work in Karachi. Women are seeing the benefits, but e-commerce presents potentially an even greater opportunity for young people in a country where roughly two thirds of the population -- of around 200 million -- are estimated to be under the age of 30. A recent economic survey by the finance ministry singled out the challenges facing youth in Pakistan, including "limited job search expertise, a mismatch between education, aspirations and employers' requirements and a lack of mobility, among other factors". AFP PHOTO / ASIF HASSAN / AFP / ASIF HASSAN

Umat Hindu rayakan hari suci Galungan

Feb 10, 2016 - 12:06 PM

Hari Suci Galungan memperingati kemenangan Dharma kebaikan melawan Adharma keburukan

Umat Hindu membawa sesajen saat persembahyangan Hari Raya Galungan di Ubud, Bali, pada 10 Februari 2016. Foto oleh Nyoman Budhiana/Antara

Kisah umat Hindu dan Buddha di Bali berbagi tempat ibadah

Feb 06, 2016 - 9:15 PM

Klenteng Nusantara merupakan perwujudan simbol Dewa Siwa dan Buddha sehingga kedua pemeluk agama tersebut bisa saling berbagi tempat ibadah

Salah satu sudut di Griya Kongco Dwipayana. Di samping klenteng, terdapat pelinggih di mana kerap digunakan oleh umat Hindu untuk beribadah. Foto oleh Bobby Andalan/Rappler

Scores injured as powerful quake jolts Afghanistan, Pakistan

Dec 26, 2015 - 8:16 PM

A pregnant woman is killed while 50 others are injured

INJURIES. Pakistani relatives tend to an earthquake survivor as he is treated at a hospital in Peshawar on December 26, 2015. A Majeed/AFP

1 killed in rare attack on Bangladesh Shiites

Oct 24, 2015 - 8:52 AM

UPDATED Police say it is believed to be the first time Bangladesh s tiny Shiite Muslim community has been targeted

Indonesian uproar as gay couple weds in Bali

Sep 17, 2015 - 9:14 PM

Indonesia was awash with mixed reactions after photos of a same sex wedding in Bali spread online

LOVE WINS. Pasangan Joe Tully dan Tiko Mulya dikabarkan telah menikah diNew York, Amerika Serikat, 26 Juni 2015. Foto dari Facebook/Bailly Photography

FOTO: Ritual Yadnya Kasada di Bromo

Aug 02, 2015 - 1:41 PM

Suku Tengger mempersembahkan sesaji ke kawah Gunung Bromo warga lain memungutnya

Mempersembahkan sesaji ke kawah Bromo. Foto: EPA/FULLY HANDOKO

Menyiapkan diri untuk menikmati Nyepi di Bali

Mar 20, 2015 - 7:14 PM

Bukan rahasia lagi jika warga Bali sedang memperingati hari Nyepi tak ada aktivitas berarti Blogger Rappler di Denpasar berbagi cerita tentang pengalamannya di hari Nyepi

Umat Hindu di Bali membawa 'Pratima' yakni simbol Tuhan dalam sebuah festival penyucian diri bernama 'Melasti' di Pantai Sanur, 2 Maret 2011. Foto oleh Made Nagi/EPA

Once-shunned Indian PM starts US tour

Sep 27, 2014 - 10:35 AM

Modi gets to business quickly meeting New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and discussing disease treatment with the director of the National Cancer Institute Nobel laureate Harold Varmus

In this August 16, 2014 file photo, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves as he leaves after the commissioning of the Indian Navy's newly-commissioned warship INS Kolkata in Mumbai. Punit Paranjpe/File/AFP

India road accidents kill 33

Jul 29, 2014 - 10:35 PM

India has one the world s worst road safety records with figures showing around 140 000 people are killed each year – which works out at 16 an hour

Prime minister-elect wants '21st century to be India's century'

May 17, 2014 - 1:01 AM

In a combative speech the prime minister elect pledges to make good governance and development cornerstones of his administration

Cameron invites once-boycotted Modi to visit Britain

May 16, 2014 - 10:03 PM

India s Narendra Modi accepts an invitation from Prime Minister David Cameron to visit Britain in the wake of his election win

India anti-graft crusader to be Delhi chief minister

Dec 23, 2013 - 10:01 PM

Kejriwal pledged in its manifesto this month to send corrupt politicians to jail and end the VIP culture of Delhi s political elite

ANTI-GRAFT.  India's Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader and Delhi's Chief Ministerial candidate Arvind Kejriwal (L), comes out after meeting with Lt. Governor of Delhi, Najeeb Jung (not pictured) in New Delhi, India, December 23, 2013. Photo by STR/EPA

IN PHOTOS: Indians celebrate heritage in PH

Nov 30, 2013 - 6:30 PM

Celebrating Diwali Indians in the Philippines show their rich heritage

Hindus in PH mark Festival of Lights

Nov 04, 2013 - 9:34 PM

Hindus around the world celebrate Diwali the festival of lights In the Philippines up to 3 000 people gather to mark the victory of good over evil

Eat, dive, love: 4 days in Bali

Aug 15, 2013 - 11:13 AM

Count me in as one of thousands of people from all over the world inspired by Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat Pray Love

MUCH-NEEDED GETAWAY. Inspired by Elizabeth Gilbert's 'Eat Pray Love,' Rachel and husband Carlos Santamaria go on a 4-day trip to Ubud. All photos courtesy of Rachel Alejandro

Ganjuran: Javanese Catholic church in Jogja

Jun 27, 2013 - 3:34 PM

Ganjuran Church is considered off the beaten path in Jogja s tourist trail

FIT FOR A SULTAN. Ganjuran Church's interiors will easily fit into the Sultan's palace

Bali mulls 'no sex' signs, couple caught in temple

Mar 08, 2013 - 1:45 PM

Police took the pair in for questioning after they were found by youth leaders who had gone to check up on repairs at the temple in the village of Saraseda

Crossing cultural borders to Siem Reap

Oct 26, 2012 - 2:10 AM

A Bangkok based Pinoy expat tells us about his day trip in Cambodia and his visit to Siem Reap’s Angkor temples

CARVING OF YAMA, THE Hindu god of death, at the Terrace of the Leper King in Angkor Thom, Siem Reap. All photos by Nico Marco

Passage to Yogyakarta

Sep 22, 2012 - 7:33 PM

If you re thinking of a pilgrimage site to visit next Yogyakarta in Indonesia may just be the place for you

INDONESIAN KIDS PREPARING FOR the cultural show at Prambanan Temple. All photos by Gael Hilotin