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Worshippers gather at the Grand Mosque in Islam's holiest city of Mecca for the Umrah pilgrimage (File Photo / AFP)

Pakistan among 9 countries barred by Saudi Arabia for Umrah, claims minister

By hindustantimes.com, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 11, 2021 12:28 PM IST
Saudi Arabia has given conditional permission to devotees to enter the country for the Umrah pilgrimage.
TOPSHOT - Pilgrims arrive at the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand mosque in the holy city of Meccca, at the start of the Hajj season, on July 17, 2021. - Saudi Arabia hosts another downsized hajj from July 17, with only residents fully vaccinated against the coronavirus permitted and overseas Muslim pilgrims barred for a second year. The annual ritual is a central pillar of Islam and a must for able-bodied Muslims at least once in their lifetime.(AFP)
TOPSHOT - Pilgrims arrive at the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand mosque in the holy city of Meccca, at the start of the Hajj season, on July 17, 2021. - Saudi Arabia hosts another downsized hajj from July 17, with only residents fully vaccinated against the coronavirus permitted and overseas Muslim pilgrims barred for a second year. The annual ritual is a central pillar of Islam and a must for able-bodied Muslims at least once in their lifetime.(AFP)

Hajj 2021: Date, history, significance of Muslims pilgrimage and Day of Arafah

By Zarafshan Shiraz
UPDATED ON JUL 19, 2021 01:21 PM IST
  • Hajj 2021: Here’s all you need to know about the date, history and significance of the Muslims pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia and the importance of the Day of Arafah ahead of Eid-ul-Adha or Bakra Eid
Uttarakhand: Plans to develop Chota Kailash as major pilgrimage site(Twitter/TrippyGram/msbmotovlogs)
Uttarakhand: Plans to develop Chota Kailash as major pilgrimage site(Twitter/TrippyGram/msbmotovlogs)

Uttarakhand: Plans to develop Chota Kailash as major pilgrimage site

PTI |
UPDATED ON FEB 26, 2021 05:30 PM IST
Amid speculations over Kailash-Mansarovar Yatra due to Covid-19 spike, Chota Kailash or Adi Kailash in Uttarakhand proposed to be developed as major pilgrimage site and to promote it as a destination for religious tourism
To avoid heavy rush, only less than a thousand pilgrims would be allowed to enter Sivagiri daily, Mutt officials said in a meeting, chaired by additional district magistrate VR Vinod at the Collectorate, on Friday.(REUTERS (Representative Image))
To avoid heavy rush, only less than a thousand pilgrims would be allowed to enter Sivagiri daily, Mutt officials said in a meeting, chaired by additional district magistrate VR Vinod at the Collectorate, on Friday.(REUTERS (Representative Image))

Kerala’s Sivagiri to host virtual pilgrimage due to Covid-19

Varkala, Kerala | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON DEC 12, 2020 01:07 PM IST
With less than 1000 pilgrims daily, online speeches and classes by dignitaries and no usual mass meetings and programmes, the 88th edition of the pilgrimage would be celebrated fully in adherence with the Covid protocols and guidelines.
Jewish New Year celebrations upset by coronavirus,Hasidic pilgrims face restrictions(Twitter/Belsat_Eng)
Jewish New Year celebrations upset by coronavirus,Hasidic pilgrims face restrictions(Twitter/Belsat_Eng)

Jewish New Year celebrations upset by the coronavirus,Hasidic pilgrims collide with Covid-19 restrictions

Uman, Ukraine | By Agence France-Presse | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz
UPDATED ON SEP 19, 2020 10:41 AM IST
Unlike previous autumns, this year the Jewish New Year and Jews’ pilgrimage to Uman tomb of Rabbi Nahman, founder of the Breslov Hasidic movement, has been restricted by coronavirus pandemic
44-year-old Gorey Lal from Mainpuri in Uttar Pradesh.(HT Photo)
44-year-old Gorey Lal from Mainpuri in Uttar Pradesh.(HT Photo)

Arduous pilgrimage: 44-yr-old devout walks for 29 days to reach Vaishno Devi from UP

Hindustan Times, Jammu | By Ravi Krishnan Khajuria
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2020 11:45 AM IST
Gore Lal, of Mainpuri in UP, had embarked on the pilgrimage on August 5 and reached Katra on September 2
They have been living in Rishikesh for the past six months and went for the pilgrimage with the help of a travel company. (Ajay Lal/ HT Photo )
They have been living in Rishikesh for the past six months and went for the pilgrimage with the help of a travel company. (Ajay Lal/ HT Photo )

Stranded foreign pilgrims visit Badrinath as Char Dham shrines open

Hindustan Times, Dehradun | By Suparna Roy
UPDATED ON AUG 26, 2020 06:04 PM IST
This is likely the first shrine out of the Char Dham shrines to welcome foreigners this year.
Madhya Pradesh government says it is battling a financial crunch.(ANI Photo)
Madhya Pradesh government says it is battling a financial crunch.(ANI Photo)

MP government cancels pilgrimage for 4000 old age residents without giving a reason

Hindustan Times, Bhopal | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON FEB 14, 2020 09:49 PM IST
The first out of the five trains booked for the pilgrimage was to depart from Bhopal for the Vaishno Devi shrine with 800 passengers on February 15, as per the earlier schedule before the cancellation was announced.
A view of pilgrims at the Sabarimala Sannidhanam or the main temple complex in Pathanamthitta district, Kerala.(HT PHOTO.)
A view of pilgrims at the Sabarimala Sannidhanam or the main temple complex in Pathanamthitta district, Kerala.(HT PHOTO.)

Sabarimala devotees fear pilgrimage to shrine will not be trouble-free

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | By Ramesh Babu
UPDATED ON NOV 14, 2019 07:30 PM IST
Most residents of Pathanamthitta district where the famous temple is located share the traders’ anxiety that peace will be shattered if women enter Sabarimala again.
Vikram Sampath(Photo: Sanjeev Nair)
Vikram Sampath(Photo: Sanjeev Nair)

‘The Cellular Jail should be a place of pilgrimage’

Hindustan Times | By Navneet Vyasan
UPDATED ON OCT 02, 2019 04:42 PM IST
Says author Vikram Sampath, whose new book charts Vinayak Damodar Savarkar’s journey from a small village in Maharashtra to the heart of the Indian independence movement
Every year, lakhs of pilgrims trek to the oval-shaped Manimahesh lake, located at a height of 13,500ft above the sea level, to catch a glimpse of Mount Kailash.
Every year, lakhs of pilgrims trek to the oval-shaped Manimahesh lake, located at a height of 13,500ft above the sea level, to catch a glimpse of Mount Kailash.

57-year-old Delhi man dies during Manimahesh pilgrimage in Himachal Pradesh

Hindustan Times, Dharamshala | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 25, 2019 12:00 PM IST
The deceased has been identified as Harvinder Singh, a resident of Moti Nagar in west Delhi.
The uphill journey starts from Hadsar, a small hamlet, which is about 12km from Bharmour town that serves as a base camp of the annual pilgrimage.
The uphill journey starts from Hadsar, a small hamlet, which is about 12km from Bharmour town that serves as a base camp of the annual pilgrimage.

Manimahesh pilgrimage begins; 30,000 take holy dip in lake

Hindustan Times, Dharamshala | By HT Correspondent, Dharamshala
UPDATED ON AUG 24, 2019 11:05 PM IST
Every year, lakhs of pilgrims trek to the oval-shaped lake, located at a height of 13,500ft above the sea level, to catch a glimpse of Mount Kailash, believed to be the abode of Lord Shiva, and offer prayers.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will meet all pilgrims on Thursday, July 4, at Delhi Secretariat.(Amal KS/HT Photo)
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will meet all pilgrims on Thursday, July 4, at Delhi Secretariat.(Amal KS/HT Photo)

CM Kejriwal to launch free pilgrimage for Delhi’s senior citizens on July 12

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON JUL 04, 2019 11:31 AM IST
The pilgrimage will be launched from the Safdarjung Railway station as part of the government’s ‘Mukhyamantri Tirth Yatra Yojana’ – a scheme that was announced by the AAP government in January 2018.
Jammu, India - June 29, 2019: Sadhus wait to get themselves registered for an annual pilgrimage on the first day of registration for Amarnath Yatra at Ram Mandir Base Camp, in Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir, India, on Saturday, June 29, 2019. The 40-day pilgrimage yatra to the cave shrine at an altitude of 3,880 metre in the south Kashmir Himalayas will commence from both the routes from July 1. (Photo by Nitin Kanotra / Hindustan Times)
Jammu, India - June 29, 2019: Sadhus wait to get themselves registered for an annual pilgrimage on the first day of registration for Amarnath Yatra at Ram Mandir Base Camp, in Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir, India, on Saturday, June 29, 2019. The 40-day pilgrimage yatra to the cave shrine at an altitude of 3,880 metre in the south Kashmir Himalayas will commence from both the routes from July 1. (Photo by Nitin Kanotra / Hindustan Times)

First batch of Amarnath Yatris leave Jammu to begin pilgrimage

Jammu | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 30, 2019 03:28 PM IST
The cave shrine is located at 3,880 metres in South Kashmir Himalayas.
PM Modi said the it stood out from other polls as it was being fought by the people and not the party alone.(AFP File Photo)
PM Modi said the it stood out from other polls as it was being fought by the people and not the party alone.(AFP File Photo)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Campaign was like a pilgrimage, says PM Narendra Modi

Press Trust of India | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON MAY 22, 2019 01:17 PM IST
PM Modi made these remarks at a meeting of ministers of his government at the BJP headquarters where he thanked them for their work, Union minister Narendra Singh Tomar said.
File photo of devotees at Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala.(PTI)
File photo of devotees at Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala.(PTI)

Damaged Sabarimala infrastructure being repaired at brisk pace to ensure smooth pilgrimage

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 03, 2018 11:30 PM IST
Pilgrims have to cross a pedestrian bridge over the river before trekking to the shrine. Slush and uprooted trees had buried the bridge at Triveni. Gushing flood waters washed away many buildings and uprooted power and communication towers at the base camp.
Rahul Gandhi is leaving for Kathmandu on August 31 for onward journey to Kailash Mansarovar, and is expected to return on September 12, a Congress leader said.(PTI)
Rahul Gandhi is leaving for Kathmandu on August 31 for onward journey to Kailash Mansarovar, and is expected to return on September 12, a Congress leader said.(PTI)

Rahul Gandhi to leave for 12-day pilgrimage to Kailash Mansarovar on Friday

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 29, 2018 08:46 PM IST
Addressing a ‘Jan Aakrosh’ rally at Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan on April 29, Congress president Rahul Gandhi had announced his intent to take a 15-day break from politics to enable him to go on pilgrimage.
The flags of India and Pakistan.(HT File)
The flags of India and Pakistan.(HT File)

Indian woman who married Pakistani national while on pilgrimage gets visa extension

Hindustan Times, Islamabad | By Imtiaz Ahmad, Islamabad
UPDATED ON APR 24, 2018 09:32 PM IST
Kiran Bala married Muhammad Azam, whom she reportedly befriended on social media, while in Lahore and said she did not want to return to India.
The flags of India and Pakistan.(Representative photo)
The flags of India and Pakistan.(Representative photo)

Indian on pilgrimage fails to return home from Pakistan

Hindustan Times, Islamabad | By Imtiaz Ahmad
UPDATED ON APR 22, 2018 08:47 PM IST
Amarjit Singh, 24, was part of a Sikh Jatha that returned on Saturday.
The woman, Kiran Bala, who left for Pakistan on a pilgrimage as part of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) delegation on April 12, reportedly went missing on April 16.(HT File)
The woman, Kiran Bala, who left for Pakistan on a pilgrimage as part of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) delegation on April 12, reportedly went missing on April 16.(HT File)

Sikh woman on Pak pilgrimage embraces Islam, marries Lahore man

Indo Asian News Service, Chandigarh | By HT Correspondents, Garhshankar (hoshiarpur)/amritsar
UPDATED ON APR 19, 2018 08:48 PM IST
Kiran Bala went to Pakistan on her Indian passport with Pakistan visa valid till April 21.
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