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Celebrating the victory of good over evil.

This Dussehra, pioneers from different realms hope for goodness to prevail

By Etti Bali and Sanchita Kalra | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON OCT 26, 2020 02:30 PM IST
Be it gratitude for Covid-19 warriors, or the eradication of hatred, these celebs hope to reinstate faith in goodness.
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Some denizens say they are cutting a Ravana cake as a green alternative to burning an effigy.
Some denizens say they are cutting a Ravana cake as a green alternative to burning an effigy.

Dussehra’s eco-friendly avatar: Delhi-NCR residents say won’t burn effigies but will cut cake

By Mallika Bhagat | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 25, 2020 06:33 AM IST
Denizens in the capital have decided to usher in Dussehra in eco-friendly ways amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Rama ho ya Ravana, everyone needs a sanitiser, say Ramlila actors in the Capital.
Rama ho ya Ravana, everyone needs a sanitiser, say Ramlila actors in the Capital.

Ramlila 2020: Ravana might be scared of Rama, but for corona there’s sanitiser!

By Mallika Bhagat (With inputs by Naina Arora) | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 25, 2020 06:18 AM IST
Thermal screening, usage of masks, regular sanitisation and social distancing norms are all in place as Ramlila troupes take centre stage in Delhi-NCR amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Hundreds of artists, gigantic stage and thousands of audience make Ramlilas in Delhi-NCR a spectacle that can only be witnessed to be believed.(Photo: Sonu Mehta/HT)
Hundreds of artists, gigantic stage and thousands of audience make Ramlilas in Delhi-NCR a spectacle that can only be witnessed to be believed.(Photo: Sonu Mehta/HT)

Ramlila tradition to pause due to Covid-19? Actors, organisers in despair

By Mallika Bhagat | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 09, 2020 01:02 PM IST
Delhi witnesses hundreds of Ramlilas every year, but this year due to the pandemic, the permission to allow organisation of these, is still awaited, leading to disappointment among actors and organisers.
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HT Smartcast’s Jai Bajrangi is a podcast series that revolves around the love and devotion He had for Lord Rama.
HT Smartcast’s Jai Bajrangi is a podcast series that revolves around the love and devotion He had for Lord Rama.

HT Smartcast’s Jai Bajrangi becomes India’s top podcast with 4.5 lakh listens in May

By HT Entertainment Desk | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 09, 2020 01:59 PM IST
HT Smartcast brings to you its flagship podcast offering, Jai Bajrangi. It lets you be a part of Lord Hanuman’s stories and His divine adventures from the comfort of your home.
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Hanuman Jayanti celebrates the birth anniversary of the Hindu God, Hanuman.(Unsplash)
Hanuman Jayanti celebrates the birth anniversary of the Hindu God, Hanuman.(Unsplash)

Hanuman Jayanti 2020: Wishes, messages, SMS, WhatsApp, Facebook messages to send to friends and family

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 08, 2020 08:15 AM IST
Hanuman Jayanti 2020: Wishes, messages, SMS, WhatsApp to send to friends and family.
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Dussehra train tragedy: GRP’s SIT seeks ‘action taken’ reports against 7 MC officials

By anil.kumar@htlive.com | Hindustan Times, Amritsar, Amritsar
PUBLISHED ON FEB 16, 2020 10:17 PM IST
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The popular digital Ramlila at Kavi Nagar ground, Ghaziabad on October 02, 2019.(Sakib Ali/Hindustan Times)
The popular digital Ramlila at Kavi Nagar ground, Ghaziabad on October 02, 2019.(Sakib Ali/Hindustan Times)

Epic catharsis: Mahmood Farooqui on staging the Ramleela in Tihar jail

By Mahmood Farooqui | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 18, 2019 08:00 PM IST
Inmates of the country’s largest prison, drawn to Ram’s infinitely forgiving self, participate enthusiastically in the enactment of his life and struggles
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Students sang Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram.(HT Photo)
Students sang Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram.(HT Photo)

Pupils of AKSIPS Chandigarh stage the Ramlila

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 09, 2019 03:37 PM IST
Important or interesting events that took place in Chandigarh schools recently.
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Chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar addressing the media in Karnal on Tuesday.(HT PHOTO)
Chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar addressing the media in Karnal on Tuesday.(HT PHOTO)

BJP heading for a comfortable win: Khattar

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Karnal, Karnal
PUBLISHED ON OCT 08, 2019 11:22 PM IST
Dismisses criticism over cancellation of diring of 80 SDOs in Vidhyut Prasaran Nigam; says can’t stop eligible candidates from applying for the jobs
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Anuj Pandey (left, standing) with other characters of Ramlila being organised in Rajguru Nagar on Monday.(HT PHOTO)
Anuj Pandey (left, standing) with other characters of Ramlila being organised in Rajguru Nagar on Monday.(HT PHOTO)
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Dussehra 2019: Dussehra is a vibrant festival celebrated by all, throughout the country with high spirits. Lord Ram’s long battle to rescue Sita culminated on this day as he defeated Ravana.(Nitin Kanotra/HT Photo)
Dussehra 2019: Dussehra is a vibrant festival celebrated by all, throughout the country with high spirits. Lord Ram’s long battle to rescue Sita culminated on this day as he defeated Ravana.(Nitin Kanotra/HT Photo)

Happy Dussehra 2019: Wishes, Quotes, Messages, Images, Facebook and Whatsapp Status for Vijayadashami

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 08, 2019 07:35 AM IST
Dussehra 2019: Dussehra falls on Vijayadashmi which is considered to be the day Maa Durga defeated Mahishasura.
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Happy Dussehra 2019: In the North, on the eve of Dussehra, magnificent fairs are organized where in people throng in huge numbers.(HT Photos)
Happy Dussehra 2019: In the North, on the eve of Dussehra, magnificent fairs are organized where in people throng in huge numbers.(HT Photos)

Happy Dussehra 2019: Significance, important rituals and celebrations across India

By Neharika Prakash | Hindustan Times, Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 08, 2019 07:02 AM IST
Happy Dussehra 2019: On the eve of Dussehra, magnificent fairs are organized where people throng in huge numbers. The famous Ramlila, a play depicting the story of how Ravana had kidnapped Sita and the struggle Lord Ram and his brother Laxmana had to face while forming an army to fight Ravana and rescue his wife, is performed.
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Members of the Chaturvedi clan from Mathura in their costumes ahead of their first Ramlila performance this year at the Ramlila ground in Sector 27, Chandigarh, on Saturday.(SANJEEV SHARMA/HT)
Members of the Chaturvedi clan from Mathura in their costumes ahead of their first Ramlila performance this year at the Ramlila ground in Sector 27, Chandigarh, on Saturday.(SANJEEV SHARMA/HT)

Four generations of Mathura clan are cast & crew of Ramlila

By Rajanbir Singh | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON SEP 28, 2019 11:55 PM IST
The act is being directed by a 26-year-old accountant, who left his high-paying job in Dubai to pursue his family business
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This week’s HT picks includes a short history of the brahmin colonisation of Kerala, a novel about the run-up to a riot, and a moving diary of a terminal illness.(HT Team)
This week’s HT picks includes a short history of the brahmin colonisation of Kerala, a novel about the run-up to a riot, and a moving diary of a terminal illness.(HT Team)

HT Picks: The most interesting books of the week

By HT Team | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON SEP 14, 2019 01:01 PM IST
This week’s good reads include a counter narrative from Kerala, a novel about today’s India, and a cancer diary.
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The Shiv Sena on Wednesday called for a ban on the use of the burqa as it threw its weight behind a similar plan being mulled by the Sri Lankan government in the wake of the Easter terror strikes which claimed over 250 lives.(FILE PHOTO)
The Shiv Sena on Wednesday called for a ban on the use of the burqa as it threw its weight behind a similar plan being mulled by the Sri Lankan government in the wake of the Easter terror strikes which claimed over 250 lives.(FILE PHOTO)

Shiv Sena demands ban on burqa in public places, cites Sri Lanka

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAY 01, 2019 12:52 PM IST
The Sri Lankan government banned the burqa, niqab or any kind of face-covering veil across the island nation following Easter Sunday’s serial blasts that killed over 250 people.
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RLD chief Ajit Singh has mounted fresh attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi alleging that he makes incorrect claims about the achievements of the BJP-led government.(ANI)
RLD chief Ajit Singh has mounted fresh attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi alleging that he makes incorrect claims about the achievements of the BJP-led government.(ANI)

‘Would claim to have slain Ravana’: Ajit Singh’s ‘cunning’ dig at PM Modi

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh
UPDATED ON APR 04, 2019 11:08 AM IST
RLD chief Ajit Singh has made some stinging remarks against PM Modi at an election rally in Uttar Pradesh’s Baghpat from where his son Jayant Chaudhary is contesting.
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Unitech Harmony is a housing complex located in sector-50 near Nirwana country, in Gurugram(Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)
Unitech Harmony is a housing complex located in sector-50 near Nirwana country, in Gurugram(Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)

A Gurugram condominium true to its name

By Kankana Roy Jain | Hindustan Times, Gurugram
PUBLISHED ON MAR 24, 2019 03:43 AM IST
The amenities already present in the condominium include a two-storey club house that contain a fully equipped gym, yoga room, table tennis court and squash court. Outside, there is a basketball court, a badminton court, two children’s park and gardens and sitting spaces.
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A photo from French photographer Vasantha Yoganathan’s exhibition(Jhaveri Contemporary)
A photo from French photographer Vasantha Yoganathan’s exhibition(Jhaveri Contemporary)

In poll season, we seek wisdom in art

By Deepanjana Pal | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON MAR 23, 2019 11:47 PM IST
These works explore ideas that occupy important positions in politics and offer perspectives on the current socio-political scenario
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Fans interact with a person dressed as the eponymous protagonist from alan Moore’s graphic novel, V for Vendetta.(Aalok Soni)
Fans interact with a person dressed as the eponymous protagonist from alan Moore’s graphic novel, V for Vendetta.(Aalok Soni)

From DC to Marvel to Ravana, Mumbai Comic Con 2018 is a most ambitious crossover event

By Ramakrishnan M | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON DEC 23, 2018 12:36 AM IST
Will Conrad, an artist who has worked with two legendary comic houses, and Cosplay Queen Yaya Han are the international stars this time
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Jalandhar divisional commissioner B Purushartha (left) with cops inspecting the accident site in Amritsar on Thursday.(HT Photo)
Jalandhar divisional commissioner B Purushartha (left) with cops inspecting the accident site in Amritsar on Thursday.(HT Photo)

Amritsar train tragedy: Dussehra organisers, railway officials among 20 summoned

By Anil Sharma | Hindustan Times, Amritsar, Amritsar
UPDATED ON OCT 26, 2018 10:13 AM IST
Magistrate yet to call Navjot Kaur for questioning; 51 witnesses record statements
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Navjot Singh Sidhu also offered to take up the matter with Chief Minister Amarinder Singh for any help from the state government in this regard.(HT File Photo)
Navjot Singh Sidhu also offered to take up the matter with Chief Minister Amarinder Singh for any help from the state government in this regard.(HT File Photo)

Navjot Singh Sidhu writes to Piyush Goyal, seeks high fencing, CCTVs along rail tracks

By Press Trust of India | Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON OCT 25, 2018 09:07 PM IST
Navjot Singh Sidhu also offered to take up the matter with Chief Minister Amarinder Singh for any help from the state government in this regard.
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Security personnel at Jaura Phatak in Amritsar on Monday.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)
Security personnel at Jaura Phatak in Amritsar on Monday.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)

Amritsar train accident: ADGP forms SIT to probe role of cops at mishap site, get details of train speed

By Anil Sharma | Hindustan Times, Amritsar, Amritsar
UPDATED ON OCT 23, 2018 10:21 AM IST
Sahota said the SIT will probe the role of the policemen present at the event, railway employees, and the function organisers.
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There is nothing like a hot cup of chai to warm up a cool winter day.(Getty images)
There is nothing like a hot cup of chai to warm up a cool winter day.(Getty images)

Of beautiful beginnings, happiness and warmth

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 21, 2018 08:51 AM IST
The sharp whistle of the tikkiwala on late foggy winter evenings, the grey hand knit shawl wrapped around mother, the ageless hot water bottles getting refilled every now and then also evoke happiness.
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The Jatayu sculpture is the world’s largest bird sculpture
The Jatayu sculpture is the world’s largest bird sculpture

Jatayu in Kerala, safe as a rock!

By Yamini Nair | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON OCT 21, 2018 12:03 AM IST
A giant sculpture in Kerala of the mythical bird Jatayu symbolises the protection of women
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Priests taking the palanquin of Lord Raghunath to his temporary abode at Dhalpur, Kullu, on the occasion of world-famous Kullu Dussehra.(HT Photo)
Priests taking the palanquin of Lord Raghunath to his temporary abode at Dhalpur, Kullu, on the occasion of world-famous Kullu Dussehra.(HT Photo)

Week-long Dussehra festival in Kullu begins amid tight security

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Mandi, Mandi
UPDATED ON OCT 20, 2018 01:39 PM IST
More than 225 deities from various parts of Kullu are participating in the festival.
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The site of a train accident near the venue of Dussehra festivities, at Joda Phatak in Amritsar.(PTI Photo)
The site of a train accident near the venue of Dussehra festivities, at Joda Phatak in Amritsar.(PTI Photo)

Amritsar train accident updates: 40 of dead identified, 36 bodies cremated, say officials

By HT Correspondent | Liveblog
UPDATED ON OCT 20, 2018 06:47 PM IST
Amritsar train accident: Tragedy struck at a Dussehra celebration in Amritsar on Friday when a speeding train ran over a festive crowd that spilled on to the tracks while watching the customary burning of a giant Ravana effigy.
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Navjot Kaur Sidhu further said that she did not expect such an incident to take place when the police were present all around the area.(ANI Photo)
Navjot Kaur Sidhu further said that she did not expect such an incident to take place when the police were present all around the area.(ANI Photo)

Amritsar train accident: Navjot Kaur Sidhu hits back at critics, says people politicising issue should be ashamed

By Agencies | Amritsar
UPDATED ON OCT 20, 2018 01:25 AM IST
Former MLA Navjot Kaur Sidhu, who was the chief guest at the Dussehra celebrations in Amritsar where over 61 people were killed in a mishap.
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People mourn the death of their relatives in a train accident in Amritsar on Friday.(Sameer Sehgal/Hindustan Times)
People mourn the death of their relatives in a train accident in Amritsar on Friday.(Sameer Sehgal/Hindustan Times)

It was dark, couldn’t hear train coming because of crackers: Eyewitnesses

By Surjit Singh | Hindustan Times, Amritsar
UPDATED ON OCT 20, 2018 01:01 AM IST
Eyewitnesses of the train accident at Amritsar said normally the Ravan effigy is burnt earlier but this time it was delayed.
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“Extremely saddened by the train accident in Amritsar. The tragedy is heart-wrenching,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted.(AP)
“Extremely saddened by the train accident in Amritsar. The tragedy is heart-wrenching,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted.(AP)

‘Heart-wrenching’: PM Modi condoles Amritsar train tragedy

By Agencies | New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 19, 2018 10:13 PM IST
Several people were mowed down by a passing train when they were standing across railway tracks in Amritsar to watch burning of Ravana effigy as part of Dussehra celebrations.
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