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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

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

1 dead, 15 injured after women enter flashpoint India temple

Jan 03, 2019 - 12:36 PM

Clashes are reported across the state after the two women activists, escorted by police, entered the Sabarimala temple in a surprise pre-dawn operation on Wednesday, January 2

INTERVENTION. India police intervene as members of Sabarimala Karma Samithi try to disrupt a celebratory meeting after two women entered Sabarimala Ayyapa temple, at the High Court Junction in Kochi in the Indian state of Kerala on January 2, 2019. AFP photo

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

Hindu temples attacked in Bangladesh over Facebook post

Oct 31, 2016 - 5:24 PM

Scores of people attack the places of worship after a local Hindu fisherman allegedly posts an edited photo on social media of a Hindu deity inside the black cube shaped Kaaba in Mecca Saudi Arabia

A look at religion in Indonesia 71 years since independence

Aug 17, 2016 - 6:15 PM

Indonesia is religiously tolerant relative to other countries but it has its own challenges to achieving religious harmony

RELIGIOUS HARMONY. Indonesia faces its own challenges in achieving religious harmony. File photo by EPA/MAST IRHAM

Mob kills Indian man over beef rumors – police

Sep 30, 2015 - 2:21 PM

Mohammad Akhlaq was dragged from his house on the outskirts of the capital and attacked by around 100 people on rumors he had eaten beef

#PugadBaboy: Conversion punchline 2

Sep 02, 2015 - 5:00 AM

#PugadBaboy: Conversion punchline 3

Sep 02, 2015 - 5:00 AM

#PugadBaboy: Conversion

Sep 02, 2015 - 5:00 AM

Carnival scenes as Malaysian Hindus mark Thaipusam

Feb 03, 2015 - 1:44 PM

Celebrations in the capital Kuala Lumpur centered as they have for 125 years on the spectacular Batu Caves complex on the city s outskirts

THAIPUSAM. Malaysia Hindu devotees make their way toward the Batu Caves temple to make offerings during the Thaipusam Festival on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur before sunrise on February 3, 2015. Mohd Rasfan/AFP

OMG! Did you say OM?

Nov 03, 2014 - 9:30 AM

A Catholic priest cautions us that the devil may be in yoga practice I suggest that the Devil has always been in our capacity to demonize people whose spiritual practice does not conform to our own

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

Prayer from a 'bouquet of flowers'

Oct 26, 2013 - 7:49 PM

To revisit a historic event in October 1986 members of different faiths gather to discuss love and forgiveness

Outrage in India as temple stampede toll hits 115

Oct 14, 2013 - 8:44 AM

UPDATED Outrage mounted over safety at the festival which was also the scene of a similar tragedy 7 years ago

STAMPEDE AFTERMATH. Bodies are pictured on a bridge following a stampede outside the Ratangarh Temple in Datia district, India's Madhya Pradesh state, on October 13, 2013. AFP/Stringer

Record 120 million pilgrims as Kumbh Mela ends

Mar 10, 2013 - 9:41 AM

The two month long Kumbh Mela Hindu festival is celebrated every 12 years at the conjunction of two sacred rivers on the outskirts of the northern Indian city of Allahabad

KUMBH MELA. Devotees walk into the waters at the Sangham or confluence of the Yamuna and Ganges river during day break at the Kumbh Mela celebration in Allahabad on January 13, 2013. AFP PHOTO/ROBERTO SCHMIDT

36 killed as stampede mars India's Kumbh festival

Feb 11, 2013 - 8:46 AM

UPDATED At least 36 people died in a terrifying stampede as pilgrims headed home from India s Kumbh Mela religious festival

Indian authorities carry the bodies of two travellers killed in a stampede at the railway station in Allahabad on February 10, 2013. AFP PHOTO/ ROBERTO SCHMIDT

Millions of Hindus bathe on Kumbh Mela's holiest day

Feb 10, 2013 - 8:23 AM

Organizers estimated some 30 million ash smeared saints devotees and visitors would take a dip in the swirling freezing river at the festival in Allahabad in northern Uttar Pradesh state

Photo wRap: Golden Globes, Kumbh Mela and Tubbataha

Jan 20, 2013 - 2:50 PM

We ve got some of this week s memorable images from the Tubbataha Reef in the Philippines to the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles in this edition of the Rappler Photo wRap

Pilgrims flock to the Ganges for world's biggest festival

Jan 14, 2013 - 8:05 AM

Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims led by naked ash covered holy men begin entering the sacred river Ganges on Monday January 14 at the start of the world s biggest religious festival

KUMBH MELA. Devotees walk into the waters at the Sangham or confluence of the Yamuna and Ganges river during day break at the Kumbh Mela celebration in Allahabad on January 13, 2013. AFP PHOTO/ROBERTO SCHMIDT