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Ludhiana man held for raping 17-year-old on pretext of rituals

Threatened to kill victim’s family using his ‘powers’ should she reveal the sexual abuse
The accused, Vicky Sai, 36, of Dharampura, also threatened to kill her family using his ‘powers’ should she reveal the sexual abuse.
The accused, Vicky Sai, 36, of Dharampura, also threatened to kill her family using his ‘powers’ should she reveal the sexual abuse.
Updated on Dec 06, 2020 12:17 AM IST
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Annual Manimahesh Yatra comes to symbolic end with priests performing rituals, taking holy dip

Last year, more than 3 lakh people had visited the holy lake in Himachal Pradesh’s Chamba district, but this time the number was not more than 100 amid the Covid-19 pandemic
Manimahesh Lake with Mount Kailash in the backdrop. Manimahesh Yatra, which began on August 12, was held symbolically this year due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Pilgrims trek to the oval-shaped lake at a height of 13,500ft to catch a glimpse of Mount Kailash, the abode of Lord Shiva, and offer prayers.(Ht file photo)
Manimahesh Lake with Mount Kailash in the backdrop. Manimahesh Yatra, which began on August 12, was held symbolically this year due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Pilgrims trek to the oval-shaped lake at a height of 13,500ft to catch a glimpse of Mount Kailash, the abode of Lord Shiva, and offer prayers.(Ht file photo)
Published on Aug 26, 2020 04:17 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Dharamshala | ByHT Correspondent, Dharamshala

Three-day vedic rituals begin at Ram Janmabhoomi ahead of bhoomi pujan

Twenty-one priests started three-day rituals at 9.30 am which continued for two hours. Eight priests from Ayodhya, five each from Varanasi and Delhi, and three from Kamikochi, Tamil Nadu performed Vedic rituals.
Artists in costume at Karsevak Puram ahead of the foundation stone laying ceremony of the Ram Janmabhumi temple in Ayodhya on Monday .(Deepak Gupta/HT PHOTO)
Artists in costume at Karsevak Puram ahead of the foundation stone laying ceremony of the Ram Janmabhumi temple in Ayodhya on Monday .(Deepak Gupta/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Aug 03, 2020 09:24 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Lucknow | ByPawan Dixit | Edited by Sabir Hussain

14-year-old kills minor in Bengal, offers him as ‘sacrifice’ in black magic ritual

Hours after seven-year-old Rudra Nayak went missing, he was found in a pool of blood inside the house of his neighbour, a 14-year-old boy. Doctors at Kharagpur State Hospital declared Rudra dead on arrival.
The incident triggered a furore with villagers staging an agitation outside the local Sadatpur police outpost in Bengal’s Niranjanbar village on Sunday.(GETTY IMAGES.)
The incident triggered a furore with villagers staging an agitation outside the local Sadatpur police outpost in Bengal’s Niranjanbar village on Sunday.(GETTY IMAGES.)
Updated on Sep 22, 2019 04:58 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Midnapore | ByKoushik Dutta

11 MP tigers killed by poachers for rituals since 2018

Most of those arrested are tribals from buffer zones and corridor areas of wildlife sanctuaries, Madhya Pradesh’s wildlife department officials said on Saturday.
An Indian tiger and her three cubs wade in a rocky water hole. Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh(Stanley Breeden & Belinda Wright/National Geographic/Getty Images)
An Indian tiger and her three cubs wade in a rocky water hole. Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh(Stanley Breeden & Belinda Wright/National Geographic/Getty Images)
Published on May 18, 2019 11:28 PM IST
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Congress leader Shashi Tharoor injured during religious ceremony, hospitalised

As part of Thulabharam -- a religious ritual where offering equivalent to one’s weight is made to the deity -- the Congress candidate was sitting on weighing scales at a temple in Thiruvananthapuram when it collapsed injuring his head.
Congress leader and candidate from Kerala’s Thiruvananthapuram Lok Sabha constituency Shashi Tharoor received head injuries on Monday in an accident at a temple.(ANI photo)
Congress leader and candidate from Kerala’s Thiruvananthapuram Lok Sabha constituency Shashi Tharoor received head injuries on Monday in an accident at a temple.(ANI photo)
Updated on Apr 15, 2019 03:15 PM IST
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Baisakhi 2019: Significance, history and rituals of this harvest festival

Baisakhi is a spring harvest festival celebrated in Punjab. Baisakhi falls on 14 April this year and it commemorates the formation of the Khalsa Panth, under Guru Gobind Singh in the year 1699.
Baisakhi also known as Vaisakhi marks the Punjabi and Sikh New Year and is a spring harvest festival celebrated in Punjab and Northern India.(HT Photo)
Baisakhi also known as Vaisakhi marks the Punjabi and Sikh New Year and is a spring harvest festival celebrated in Punjab and Northern India.(HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 13, 2019 01:05 PM IST
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Delhi bride shot in celebratory firing, returns from hospital to complete rituals

A 19-year-old woman was accidentally shot in her leg during a celebratory firing at her wedding in east Delhi’s Shakarpur. The woman was rushed to a government hospital where she underwent treatment for four hours and returned to the venue to continue with the rituals.
Pooja, with her right leg heavily bandaged, limped around the ritualistic fire seven times (saat phere), to complete her wedding rituals in the presence of over 100 guests.(AFP/Picture for representation)
Pooja, with her right leg heavily bandaged, limped around the ritualistic fire seven times (saat phere), to complete her wedding rituals in the presence of over 100 guests.(AFP/Picture for representation)
Updated on Jan 19, 2019 07:51 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByKarn Pratap Singh

Cows made to walk on fire as a ritual in Karnataka’s harvest festival

The age-old Kicchu Hayisuvudu ritual is believed to bring good fortune and keep cows, which are sacred to Hindus, and other livestock and crops from harm’s way.
Devotees led decked-up cows over burning hay to celebrate the Hindu harvest festival in a ritual, called Kicchu Hayisuvudu, seeking good fortune and protection from harm.(ANI Photo/Twitter)
Devotees led decked-up cows over burning hay to celebrate the Hindu harvest festival in a ritual, called Kicchu Hayisuvudu, seeking good fortune and protection from harm.(ANI Photo/Twitter)
Published on Jan 16, 2019 08:20 PM IST
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Bangalore | ByAgencies

10-year-old girl undergoes genital mutilation during ritual in Sierra Leone, dies

Female genital cutting is widely practised in the West African nation as part of girls’ initiation into secret societies which wield significant political clout. Nine in 10 women have been cut in Sierra Leone which has one of the highest rates of FGM in Africa, according to United Nations data.
A 10-year-old girl has died after undergoing female genital mutilation (FGM) during an initiation into a secret women’s society in Sierra Leone, police said on Wednesday, sparking renewed calls for the practice to be banned.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
A 10-year-old girl has died after undergoing female genital mutilation (FGM) during an initiation into a secret women’s society in Sierra Leone, police said on Wednesday, sparking renewed calls for the practice to be banned.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Dec 20, 2018 09:14 AM IST
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Dakar | ByReuters

Ranveer Singh-Deepika Padukone Konkani wedding: All you need to know about the customs and rituals

Ranveer Singh-Deepika Padukone Konkani Wedding: We give you details about the various Konkani traditions and other rituals that will take place today.
The pre wedding rituals include various practices such as Nandi puja, Edur Kansani and Phool Muddi.(AFP)
The pre wedding rituals include various practices such as Nandi puja, Edur Kansani and Phool Muddi.(AFP)
Updated on Nov 14, 2018 02:03 PM IST
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On Diwali, man kills barn owl in black magic ritual to attain wealth, arrested

A man in Delhi’s Sultanpuri killed an owl in a black magic ritual to attain wealth and prosperity , police said.
The Delhi Police on Sunday arrested a 40-year-old man for allegedly killing a barn owl as part of a “black magic ritual” in outer Delhi’s Sultanpuri.(Getty Images/File photo)
The Delhi Police on Sunday arrested a 40-year-old man for allegedly killing a barn owl as part of a “black magic ritual” in outer Delhi’s Sultanpuri.(Getty Images/File photo)
Updated on Nov 13, 2018 09:55 AM IST
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