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A couple offering prayers at the Brajeshwari Temple in Kangra on Thursday morning. Temples in Una, Bilaspur and Hamirpur districts were also opened after five months.(HT Photo)

Temples open in Himachal Pradesh but Covid scare keeps devotees away

By Naresh K Thakur | Hindustan Times, Dharamshala, Dharamshala
PUBLISHED ON SEP 10, 2020 10:23 PM IST
FAITH BECKONS Shrines reopened after five months but wore a deserted look with only a few local devotees offering prayers
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Artists colouring Kasba Ganapati Idol at a studio in Katraj.(Ravindra Joshi/HT PHOTO)
Artists colouring Kasba Ganapati Idol at a studio in Katraj.(Ravindra Joshi/HT PHOTO)

Mandal to distribute 121 ‘Kasba Ganpati’ idols among devotees; organise online programmes

By Dheeraj Bengrut | Hindustan Times, Pune
UPDATED ON AUG 07, 2020 08:39 PM IST
The registration process for the same has already begun and till now more than 3,000 people from across the state and country have registered
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Considered as part and parcel of the social, religious and cultural ethos of the people of Odisha, the annual sojourn of Lord Jagannath and his siblings to the Gundicha Temple in their chariots is inconceivable without devotees.(HT Photo)
Considered as part and parcel of the social, religious and cultural ethos of the people of Odisha, the annual sojourn of Lord Jagannath and his siblings to the Gundicha Temple in their chariots is inconceivable without devotees.(HT Photo)

‘God’s will’: How the 12-day-long Rath Yatra was held without devotees

By Debabrata Mohanty| Edited by Meenakshi Ray | Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar
UPDATED ON JUL 05, 2020 07:46 AM IST
On June 18, a three-judge bench of the Supreme Court headed by chief justice SA Bobde had stalled the festival viewing that the possible congregation of 10-12 lakh people in Puri on Rath Yatra day may not be appropriate in the interests of public health and safety of citizens.
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The chariots of Lord Jagnnath, Lord Balabhadra and Goddess Subhadra at the Gundicha temple before staring the journey back to the Jagannath temple in Puri(HT PHOTO)
The chariots of Lord Jagnnath, Lord Balabhadra and Goddess Subhadra at the Gundicha temple before staring the journey back to the Jagannath temple in Puri(HT PHOTO)

Chariots of Lord Jagannath and siblings return to main temple without devotees

By Debabrata Mohanty | Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar
PUBLISHED ON JUL 01, 2020 03:13 PM IST
There were no devotees in line with a Supreme Court order of June 22 in view of the Covid-19 pandemic.
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The chariots of the Hindu deities Balabhadra, Subhadra and Jagannath at the Gundicha temple during the annual Rath Yatra festival, in Puri, Odisha on Tuesday.(Arabinda Mohapatra/HT PHOTO)
The chariots of the Hindu deities Balabhadra, Subhadra and Jagannath at the Gundicha temple during the annual Rath Yatra festival, in Puri, Odisha on Tuesday.(Arabinda Mohapatra/HT PHOTO)

Puri’s Jagannath Rath Yatra goes off smoothly without devotees

By Debabrata Mohanty | Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar
UPDATED ON JUN 23, 2020 10:10 PM IST
The Rath Yatra took place amid several restrictions because of the Covid-19 pandemic and no devotees were allowed to participate in line with a Supreme Court order.
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Talwandi Sabo gurdwara management urges devotees to pray from home

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Bathinda, Bathinda
PUBLISHED ON MAR 21, 2020 10:12 PM IST
Gurdwara manager Sant Singh said on Saturday the shrine management is following the guidelines issued by the state government in view of coronavirus pandemic. In the last 48 hours, there has been a substantial dip in the number of pilgrims
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Temporary dispensaries will be set up at all entrances of the Sikh shrine as a precautionary measure to combat the COVID-19 threat.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)
Temporary dispensaries will be set up at all entrances of the Sikh shrine as a precautionary measure to combat the COVID-19 threat.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)

SGPC to start screening of devotees at Golden Temple

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Amritsar, Amritsar
PUBLISHED ON MAR 17, 2020 05:10 PM IST
The decision was taken during a meeting held at the SGPC head office in Amritsar on Tuesday
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550th Parkash Purb: Women camping in Sultanpur Lodhi to serve langar to devotees

By Gagandeep Jassowal | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Sultanpur Lodhi
PUBLISHED ON NOV 04, 2019 10:12 PM IST
Women from nearby areas are offering sewa (service) from morning till late evening.
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Over the past few years, Ganesha idols have become increasingly buff.(HT FILE)
Over the past few years, Ganesha idols have become increasingly buff.(HT FILE)

Of kind Gods and fearful devotees

By Deepanjana Pal | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON SEP 08, 2019 01:24 AM IST
By imagining our gentler gods as figures of masculine, snarling strength, we manifest in them our own rage and frustration. We’re remaking them in our own image
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Mohanapuram Ganeshotsav Mandal at Mohanpuram Complex, Ambarnath, has designed a book-themed mandal this year. The arrangement has 3,000 books and an eco-friendly idol.(rishikesh choudhary/ht photo)
Mohanapuram Ganeshotsav Mandal at Mohanpuram Complex, Ambarnath, has designed a book-themed mandal this year. The arrangement has 3,000 books and an eco-friendly idol.(rishikesh choudhary/ht photo)

Devotees in Thane opt for green Ganpati celebrations

By Ankita G Menon | Thane, Thane
UPDATED ON SEP 08, 2019 01:26 AM IST
Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) along with NGO Samarth Bharat Vyaspeeth collects floral waste to convert them into fertilisers at a Kopri unit.
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The prices of flowers were in full bloom on the eve of Ganeshotsav starting in the city, much to the dismay of countless devotees who flocked to the market.(HT/PHOTO)
The prices of flowers were in full bloom on the eve of Ganeshotsav starting in the city, much to the dismay of countless devotees who flocked to the market.(HT/PHOTO)

Flower prices bloom ahead of Ganeshotsav, but devotees feel the pinch in Pune

By Shrinivas Deshpande | Hindustan Times, Pune
UPDATED ON SEP 02, 2019 04:59 PM IST
The prices of flowers including marigold, tuberose, chrysanthemum, dutch rose and aster saw an increase of 30 per cent on Sunday.
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While popular culture has ample representation of Ganesh Chaturthi and its vibrant celebrations, a little is known about the beautiful, elegant themed decorations that Maharashtrians do before welcoming Vignaharta to their homes.(Facebook/ Lalbaugcha Raja Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal)
While popular culture has ample representation of Ganesh Chaturthi and its vibrant celebrations, a little is known about the beautiful, elegant themed decorations that Maharashtrians do before welcoming Vignaharta to their homes.(Facebook/ Lalbaugcha Raja Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal)

Ganesh Chaturthi 2019: From Chandrayaan-2 to Baal Ganesha, devotees take up varied themes to welcome Bappa

By Asian News International | New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 02, 2019 10:26 AM IST
While popular culture has ample representation of Ganesh Chaturthi and its vibrant celebrations, a little is known about the beautiful, elegant themed decorations that Maharashtrians do before welcoming Vignaharta to their homes.
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The event, according to the organisers, is supported by the government agencies like GHMC, HMDA, Electricity Board, Police Department etc.(ANI image)
The event, according to the organisers, is supported by the government agencies like GHMC, HMDA, Electricity Board, Police Department etc.(ANI image)

India’s tallest idol of Lord Ganesh weighing 50 tonnes ready for devotees

By Asian News International | Hyderabad (Telangana)
UPDATED ON AUG 30, 2019 09:12 AM IST
The Ganesh idol weighs approximately 50 tonnes and will be open for worship from September 2 afternoon, post a grand puja (ritual) done in the presence of Governor ESL Narasimhan and the first lady of the state.
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A case was registered in this regard and one person was arrested, they said.(AFP file photo for representation)
A case was registered in this regard and one person was arrested, they said.(AFP file photo for representation)

German devotee accuses ‘babas’ of molestation in Varanasi

By HT Correspondent | Varanasi
UPDATED ON JUL 31, 2019 10:20 AM IST
In their complaint, the duo said the three accused reached the woman’s room and started touching her in an “indecent manner”.
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The senior Congress leader alleged that the Centre and the state were hand-in-glove for having worsened the Sabarimala issue(Amal KS/HT FILE PHOTO)
The senior Congress leader alleged that the Centre and the state were hand-in-glove for having worsened the Sabarimala issue(Amal KS/HT FILE PHOTO)

Congress says PM ‘cheated’ devotees on Sabarimala

By Press Trust of India | Thiruvananthapuram
PUBLISHED ON APR 15, 2019 01:37 AM IST
Hitting out at Modi and the BJP, AICC General Secretary (Organisation) K C Venugopal alleged that the party had “cheated” the devotees and “are sincere to Sabarimala only when it comes to election and voting”.
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Protesters forced two women in their 30s to turn back halfway from the hilltop shrine of Sabarimala in Kerala’s Pathanamthitta on Wednesday. (Photo by Amal KS/ Hindustan Times)(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Protesters forced two women in their 30s to turn back halfway from the hilltop shrine of Sabarimala in Kerala’s Pathanamthitta on Wednesday. (Photo by Amal KS/ Hindustan Times)(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

Sabarimala tense after 2 women, dressed as men, try to enter shrine

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2019 02:52 PM IST
Reshma and Sanila, residents of Kannur, covered almost half of the 5.5-kilometre trek to the hilltop shrine but were intercepted by angry devotees in the morning. They used the lean time in the early hours to dodge protesters and started trekking at 5 am.
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Sabarimala Temple Row: Two women in their early 30s, attempted to reach Lord Ayyappa temple in(HT Photo)
Sabarimala Temple Row: Two women in their early 30s, attempted to reach Lord Ayyappa temple in(HT Photo)

Sabarimala temple Highlights: The two women have been moved to an undisclosed location

By Ramesh Babu | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2019 01:46 PM IST

Two women in their early 30s, Reshma Nishanth and Shanila Sajesh, attempted to reach Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala on Wednesday morning. They had covered almost half of the 5.5 km trek when they were intercepted by angry devotees. As situation turned grave, police used force to remove the two women to Pambha. Police this time plead helplessness, saying it is beyond their control.

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Devotees say pollution has turned the Gomti river in Lucknow toxic.(ANI)
Devotees say pollution has turned the Gomti river in Lucknow toxic.(ANI)

Polluted Gomti river prevents devotees from taking a dip on Makar Sankranti

By Asian News International | ANI, Lucknow
UPDATED ON JAN 14, 2019 03:42 PM IST
The Gomti rive which is Lucknow’s lifeline is battling severe pollution as people continue to throw garbage in it.
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The Sabarimala foothills in Pamba on Sunday witnessed high drama as hundreds of devotees blocked paths and chased away a group of 11 women of menstruating age being escorted to the hill shrine by the police.(ANI)
The Sabarimala foothills in Pamba on Sunday witnessed high drama as hundreds of devotees blocked paths and chased away a group of 11 women of menstruating age being escorted to the hill shrine by the police.(ANI)

High drama at Sabarimala foothills as women, police face ire of devotees

By Ramesh Babu | Hindustan Times, Pamba
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2018 08:16 PM IST
Though the police team tried to arrest and remove a few of the devotees who blocked the traditional forest path and take the women members of Chennai-based outfit ‘Manithi’, hundreds of pilgrims rushed down to the valley to chase them away.
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An elderly woman on her way to Sabarimala Temple. Image for representation.(PTI file photo)
An elderly woman on her way to Sabarimala Temple. Image for representation.(PTI file photo)

Two women pilgrims aged less than 50 yrs stopped by devotees at Sabarimala

By Press Trust of India | Pamba
UPDATED ON DEC 02, 2018 12:08 AM IST
Three Ayyappa pilgrims, who were among those who protested, have been arrested in this connection.
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The BJP’s youth wing has come out with “Ram Dhun” to “effectively propagate the message about Ram temple construction in Ayodhya”.(HT File Photo)
The BJP’s youth wing has come out with “Ram Dhun” to “effectively propagate the message about Ram temple construction in Ayodhya”.(HT File Photo)

Bharatiya Janata Party’s youth wing develops ‘Ram dhun’ ringtone for devotees

By Press Trust of India | Ayodhya
UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2018 01:20 PM IST
Fervent appeals are being made to people to download the “Jai Jai Shri Ram” tune to their mobiles, he said. “More than 10,000 people have downloaded it in just a couple of days,” Mishra told PTI.
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Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan Monday justified police action in Sabarimala, saying those who tried to create trouble were arrested on Sunday night.(PTI)
Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan Monday justified police action in Sabarimala, saying those who tried to create trouble were arrested on Sunday night.(PTI)

They weren’t Ayyappa devotees’: Kerala CM justifies police action in Sabarimala

By Press Trust of India | Kozhikode(Kerala)
UPDATED ON NOV 19, 2018 05:18 PM IST
Asserting that his government was with the devotees, Vijayan said it was being targeted for trying to implement the Supreme Court order permitting entry of all women into the Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala.
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A sudden protest by devotees at the Sabarimala temple surprised the police as the heavy security deployment in the area has affected the pilgrim flow (HT Photo/Vivek Nair)(HT Photo)
A sudden protest by devotees at the Sabarimala temple surprised the police as the heavy security deployment in the area has affected the pilgrim flow (HT Photo/Vivek Nair)(HT Photo)

Midnight drama at Sabarimala as devotees hold sudden protest, court arrest

By Ramesh Babu | Hindustan Times, Sabarimala
UPDATED ON NOV 19, 2018 07:11 AM IST
The devotees, who shocked police by assembling suddenly at the spot despite the heavy security deployment, were asked to disperse but remained adamant. There was a heated argument between superintendent of police Yatish Chandra and the devotees, which led to a minor scuffle.
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Devotees arrive to pay obeisance at Lord Ayyappa Temple in Sabarimala even as protesters keep women aged between 10 and 50 away despite the Supreme Court order.(PTI Photo)
Devotees arrive to pay obeisance at Lord Ayyappa Temple in Sabarimala even as protesters keep women aged between 10 and 50 away despite the Supreme Court order.(PTI Photo)

Two more women headed for Sabarimala turn back as devotees block way

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Sabarimala
UPDATED ON OCT 21, 2018 05:54 PM IST
Two women from Andhra Pradesh, said to be in their 40s, were stopped at the Sabarimala base camp and decided to turn back as protesters continued to block women aged below 50 from the hilltop shrine
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Protestors block vehicles to scan for women at base camp Nilakkal on Wednesday.(Vivek Nair/HT Photo)
Protestors block vehicles to scan for women at base camp Nilakkal on Wednesday.(Vivek Nair/HT Photo)

Sabarimala temple row Highlights: Shrine opens, Section 144 imposed in surrounding area

By Ramesh Babu | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 17, 2018 09:23 PM IST

Sabarimala temple gates opened at 5 pm on Wednesday as protests against the entry for women devotees of menstrual age turned violent.Despite the Supreme Court order, no women turned up at the opening of the temple.Earlier in the day, clashes erupted as protesters tried to stop women the temple, with police waving batons charging stone-throwing protestors.The protesting group of devotees had been staging a sit-in chanting Ayyappa mantra in the shelter in protest against the Supreme Court order permitting women of all age groups to enter the shrine.Here are the highlights:

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Rudranath is the fourth Kedar in the pecking order of the Panch (five) Kedars in Uttarakhand and the face of Lord Shiva is worshipped at the temple.(HT PHOTO)
Rudranath is the fourth Kedar in the pecking order of the Panch (five) Kedars in Uttarakhand and the face of Lord Shiva is worshipped at the temple.(HT PHOTO)

Portals of Rudranath temple open for devotees

By Arvind Moudgil | Hindustan Times, Gopeshwar (Chamoli)
UPDATED ON MAY 19, 2018 10:19 PM IST
The procession carrying Utsav Doli (palanquin) of Rudranath started from Gopinath temple — the winter sojourn of the deity at Gopeshwar — on Thursday and had reached Rudranath on Friday evening.
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People pay homage to Chhatrapati Sambhaji Maharaj at his memorial in Vadhu, Pune(SANKET WANKHADE/HT PHOTO)
People pay homage to Chhatrapati Sambhaji Maharaj at his memorial in Vadhu, Pune(SANKET WANKHADE/HT PHOTO)

Chhatrapati Sambhaji Maharaj’s death anniversary draws thousands of devotees

By Shalaka Shinde | Hindustan Times, Pune
UPDATED ON MAR 18, 2018 12:10 AM IST
Cultural affairs and education minister Vinod Tawde took the opportunity to address the issue of the pending bridge over the confluence to connect Tulapur with Vadhu
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