Religion

More than 1 lakh pilgrims touch Lord Kedarnath’s feet

Since the sacred Char Dham Yatra has opened its portals for darshan, the number of pilgrims visited is very impressive. In the last 12 days, the number of pilgrims who reached Kedarnath Dham has crossed one lakh. 10 to 15 thousand people are reaching every day. However, during the same period last year, one lakh 43 thousand passengers had arrived...

Marking birth anniversary of a prince who sacrificed everything to teach non-violence, peace, compassion and service to humanity ‘Lord Buddha’

A prince who left his home in search of peace and meditated for 49 days continuously is the 4th largest religion in the world. Buddha, also known as ‘The Awakened One’ or ‘The Enlightened One’ embarked on his beautiful journey to self-discovery after he witnessed human suffering in the world. As the world today celebrates Buddha Purnima to mark his birth anniversary, it is also that today he attained Nirvana under the Mahabodhi tree at Bodh Gaya. ..

Sacred Portals of Badrinath shrine opens today

Finally the Char Dham Yatra has started in full swing as the portals of Badrinath Shrine have been thrown open early this morning amid chants of Vedic Hymns after a six-month-long winter break. Governor Baby Rani Maurya performed Pooja Archana on the auspicious occasion...

With echoes of Har Har Mahadev, Kedarnath opens its portals

Today one of the twelve Jyotirlingas, Lord Kedarnath opened its portal after a six-month-long winter break for the devotees who come from every corner to have the glimpse of their dear Lord Shiva. The gates of the temple decorated with flowers opened at 6.15 am in the presence of priests and scores of devotees. The idol of Lord Shiva, which was moved to his winter abode Omkareshwar Temple at Ukhimath, was reinstalled at Kedarnath after performing Bhairavnath puja...

Char Dham opens its sacred portals today

Today the sacred portals of the world-renowned and much awaited Chardham yatra were opened. On the auspicious occasion of Akshay Tritiya, Gangotri and Yamunotri Dhams have been opened for pilgrims. Gangotri Dham's sacred portal was opened at 11.30 in the morning whereas Yamunotri Dham portal at 1.15 in the afternoon. A large number of devotees was present to witness the grand opening of the shrines and offered pujas. The doors of Kedarnath and Badrinath will be opened on May 9 and 10 respectively...

Vase of Auspicious omen: Akshay Tritiya

Today the whole country is celebrating, Akshay Tritiya or Akha Teej, a Hindu occasion that falls on the Lunar day (3rd Tithi) of Shukla Paksha of the Indian month of Vaisakha. Considered to be one of the luckiest days for Hindus, it has fallen on May 7 this year. As per the Hindu almanac, Akha Teej falling on a Rohini Nakshatra is even more auspicious. ..

Uttarakhand all set to welcome pilgrims for Char Dham Yatra

With just about a fortnight left for the Char Dham Yatra to commence, the state administrative machinery and medical department have started preparations to not just ensure the success of the annual pilgrimage but also to make sure that the number of deaths of pilgrims due to extreme cold conditions prevalent in the four shrine towns are minimised...

49-day long Kumbh Mela formally concludes in Prayagraj

In Uttar Pradesh, Kumbh 2019 the largest religious congregation in the world, concluded on Monday with over one crore devotees taking the holy dip at Sangam in Prayagraj on the occasion of 'Mahashivratri'...

Enlightening perspective to Mahashivratri: Sadhguru and followers to stay awake the whole night like our Jawans do

Giving an enlightened perspective to Mahashivratri, Isha foundation founder Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev connected with people with a message that ‘Staying awake and alert the whole night may be a new concept for you. But not for our brave jawans! This Mahashivratri night let us stay awake and meditate for eliminating the enemy within.’..

Sangam witnessing the last dip of the Kumbh Mela at Prayagraj

The Sangam is witnessing the last dip of the Kumbh Mela on the occasion of Mahashivratri at Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh today. The day symbolises the last holy bath of the Kalpvasis and is directly related to Lord Shiva...

From forceful conversion to silent persecutions, displaced Hindu from Pakistan asks ‘who am I?’

Highlighting atrocities of Hindu minority, a documentary by Prakash Jha ‘Who am I?’ rightly targets the plight of displaced Hindus from Pakistan. Forced conversion to Islam, especially targeting young girls have led tremendous fear among the people who are going through ‘silent’ religious persecution in Pakistan. The issue is big, as Hindu community of Pakistan, has been subjected to the gravest human rights violations in Pakistan and deprivation of basic amenities and lack of support...

Know the weather during Kumbh Mela via these stations

If you are the one who is going to visit Kumbh Mela which is going to be held from January 15 then you will be safe from weather side as a special weather service for Kumbh Mela has been launched...

Sabarimala issue for Dummies

Sabarimala devotion is holding Kerala Hindus together, where there is no caste or any other discrimination. They know the day they can break Hindu faith, Breaking India forces can have a free run, like it was done in Kashmir valley...

The story of Sahibzada Zorawar Singh and Sahibzada Fateh Singh

Some acts and deeds are so profound that they change the course of history! One such is the martyrdom of the two younger sons of the tenth master of the Sikhs, Guru Gobind Singh Ji! The young and innocent boys, Sahibzada (Prince) Zorawar Singh and Sahibzada Fateh Singh attained martyrdom on 26, December, 1705, when they were brutally murdered by Wazir Khan the Mughal Governor of Sirhind. ..

Swaminarayan Sansthan manages to transform 30 years old church into a Hindu temple

A 30-year-old church has recently been transformed into a Hindu temple in the Portsmouth, Virginia in the United States. The Swaminarayan Sansthan who has made this miracle happen will conduct the Pran-Prastistha or consecration ceremony for the idols once the church is restored as a temple. ..

Love, kindness, compassion and tolerance are qualities common to all...

Dalai Lama..

Sabarimala: Lord at the Mercy of Lordship

When faith gets pitted against the Constitution, one is bound to ask that if such a situation has aroused by choice or chance. The Sabarimala Temple in the state of Kerala has been at the eye of the storm that has torn the social fabric of the state. The recent Supreme Court judgement has changed the long-standing tradition of allowing only women below 10 and above 50 years to visit the shrine in the dense forests, at the Periyar Tiger Reserve. ..

Kerala govt favours 2 Days exclusively for women at Sabarimala Temple

The Kerala government is in favour of keeping two days exclusively for women pilgrims to offer prayers at the Sabarimala temple, a law officer of the state government told the High Court on Friday...

Chardham Yatra ends after closure of Badrinath temple gates for winters

The portals of Uttarakhand's Badrinath Shrine have been closed for winter season amid chants and hymns on today evening. The shrine has been decorated with flowers for the closing ceremony which will be witnessed by a large number of devotees gathered for the occasion from India and abroad...

Hajj pilgrimage opens digital gate; Online application begins, register now!

Announcing dates and schedule for Hajj 2019, Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi slated the dates for online application process to commence from October 18, Thursday. The Union Minister also noted that the offline application process will start from October 22, 2018. ..

Running away from any problem only increases the distance from the solution…

Gaur Gopal Das..

Hinduism should not be viewed through the narrow prism of Marxism

Tarnishing the image of Hinduism is the main goal of the Mainstream Media (MSM) and the intellectuals who view at it from Western angles...

Kerala women too protest SC verdict on Sabarimala entry

Ironically though, thousands of women and men on Tuesday marched in protest of the Supreme Court verdict removing the age restrictions and allowing entry to all the female devotees at the Sabarimala Temple in the state...

SC opens gates of Sabarimala Temple for women

The Supreme Court today paved the way for the entry of women of all ages into the Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala in Kerala. The five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, in its 4:1 verdict, said banning the entry of women into the shrine is gender discrimination and the practice violates rights of Hindu women. It said religion is a way of life basically to link life with divinity...

Outer peace is possible only when there is inner peace & the way to create inner peace is through meditation & an attitude of service…

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar..

We think that happiness is like some kind of commodity... No, when your life comes to ease, happiness is a natural consequence…

Sadhguru..

Knowledge is a combination of facts and concepts. Facts are not concepts.You can measure facts, not concepts…

Devdutt Pattanaik..

Jain Monk Tarun Sagar passes away at 51; Prez Kovind, PM Modi condoles

Jain Monk Tarun Sagar passed away on Saturday after a prolonged illness at the age of 51 years. Tarun Sagar took his last breathe at around 3 AM on Saturday at Radhapuri Jain temple in east Delhi’s Krishna Nagar area...

#DigitalIndia on religious path; now book darshan, ritual timing for Kashi Vishwanath Temple

Taking a Digital India Mission a further step ahead, the Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Uttar Pradesh has initiated a single window system from today for devotees. From now on any devotee can do advance booking of rituals related to Lord Shiva...

Despite OPEN and CLOSE being opposite words, we only OPEN our hearts to someone CLOSE to us...

Gaur Gopal Das ..

'Seva Bhoj Yojna' launched; lessening burden on religious institutions offering food free of cost

Union Ministry of Culture has launched a scheme to reimburse the central share of CGST and IGST on food, Prasad, langar or Bhandara offered by religious and charitable institutions on Wednesday...

Only when you begin to experience one as something more than a person, only then they will be your Guru, till then they may not…

Sadhguru..

Security Forces showed thumbs up by evacuating all stranded Mansarovar Pilgrims in U’khand

Our Security forces on Tuesday said “Mission Accomplished” when they evacuated all the stranded pilgrims of the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra in Uttarakhand's Gunji. And also the normal movement of Yatris has again started...

Sharia courts will be dangerous for Muslim women and the country; VHP demands dissolution of AIMPLB

The VHP says that the establishment of Sharia Courts in all the districts of the country will be detrimental not only for the Muslim women but the entire nation. ..

Millions dreams coming true! India’s first group of Kailash Mansarovar Yatris enters China through Nathula Pass

Close to the much awaited destination of Kailash Mansarovar, many dreams have about to come true. India’s first officially organized group of Indian pilgrims has entered China through Nathula Pass. The Tibet autonomous region welcomed the pilgrims on Wednesday...

Creating an air bridge, Indian Air Force airlifts Kailash Mansarovar pilgrim’s yatra through helicopter

Hindering the journey of many pilgrims to the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra due to landslide and unfavorable weather conditions, the Indian Air Force came in as a rescue squad. The Indian Air Force worked as an air bridge between Pithoragarh and Gunji in effort to airlift 1,080 registered passengers to Gunji for annual Kailash Mansarovar Yatra...

Har Har Mahadev! General V K Singh flags off first batch of Kailash Manasarovar Yatra

Hoping the pilgrims of the much awaited Kailash Manasarovar yatra 2018 conclude their journey smoothly, Union Minister of External Affairs general V K Singh flagged off the first batch comprising 60 yatris...

Kedarnath breaks its record: More than 5 lakh pilgrims seeks darshan in just one month

The fast-pious devotees who have reached the Kedarnath shrine in the last one month have been convinced that the number of pilgrims who reached Kedarnath Nath Dham this time will be much higher than the previous years...

This part of brain makes you experience ‘Spirituality’

Scientists have identified a possible neurobiological home for the spiritual experience—the sense of connection to something greater than oneself...

Giving relief to charitable trusts who provide free food, new scheme ‘SevaBhojYojna’ introduced

The Charitable trusts who provide Food/Prasad/Langar (Community Kitchen)/Bhandara free of cost without any discrimination to Public/Devotees, for them government has introduced a new scheme named ‘SevaBhojYojna’ in which envisages to reimburse the Central Government share of Central Goods and Services Tax (CGST) and Integrated Goods and Service Tax (IGST) on purchase of raw items such as ghee, edible oil, atta/maida/rava/flour , rice pulses, sugar, burra/jiggery etc which go into preparation of food/Prasad..

Difference between Religious Propagation and Conversion

I implore all patriots, if his or her religion happens to be Christianity, to look deep into the meaning and significance of the act of conversion; the convert learns to look down upon his parents’ religion and culture; the significance of conversion is divisive for the family of the convert and the society at large. ..

Lord Kedarnath extends his Darshan timings: 2 hours increased due to impressive increase in Yatris this year

Looking at the wreath of devotees in Kedarnath, time of observation has been extended in the afternoon. For the first time after the calamity of 2013, such a large number of passengers are reaching Kedarnath. Mangesh Ghildiyal, District Magistrate of Rudraprayag, said that after watching the number of passengers, Badrinath-Kedar in the afternoon, after the talk of the temple committee, the time of Darshan has been extended for more than one and a half hours...

When meditating, You change world with your vibes

Sri Sri Ravi shankar ..

Faith has no boundaries: Hindu festival Narasimha Chaturdashi celebrated with grace and devotion in Pakistan

Faith has no boundaries whether it may be physical or geographical; the true devotion towards religions makes any environment sacred. Something same happened on the land of Pakistan on April 28th as in Karachi celebrated a Hindu festival that is Narasimha Chaturdashi with grace and devotion...

Char Dham Yatra opens its sacred portals: U’khand fully prepared to facilitate the devotees

Much awaited Char Dham Yatra has been started for its devotees as the Two Dhams that is Kedarnath and Badrinath have opened their holy portals and now all the four temples are open for pilgrimage...

Juna Akhada designates a Dalit Sadhu as Mahamandaleshwar

A sanyasi from the ‘Dalit’ community will be designated as “Mahamandaleshwar” of the Juna Akhada for the first time in the history of this largest organisation of the sadhus...

Devotion goes online: Now offer donation to Badri-Kedar dham via Paytm

We have seen many things going online like shopping, entertainment etc but now even religion goes online as the Badri-Kedar Temple Committee has opened the option of worshiping this year for devotees online. Not only this, devotees can now send donations and offerings to these Dhams through Paytm from anywhere in the country and the world...

Shri Hanuman: Symbol of true devotion, true friendship and backbone of powerful soul

Today, worshippers will be seen queuing up carrying small, tiny vessels of oil to have a single glimpse of super strong, a symbol of strength deity, Hanuman. Full moon day of Chaitra month marks as the birth anniversary of Hindu Deity Hanuman. He is the symbol of true devotion, true friendship, and backbone of a powerful soul...

Last Tirthankara of Jainism Lord Mahavira: Take a vow on his birth anniversary to follow these 5 preaching

Mahavira Jayanti, a significant day for the Jain community across the world, is being celebrated today this year. The festival is considered to be the most important one for Jains and marks the birth anniversary of Lord Mahavira, the last and 24th Tirthankara...

Unfortunately, people consider Economy as today’s & Ecology as tomorrow’s issue. But time to understand that ecology is today's issue.

Sadhguru..

Har Har Bhole! Registration for annual Amarnath Yatra begins today

The registration of pilgrims for this year’s Amarnath Yatra began on Thursday through the notified bank branches. Notably, the 60-day long annual yatra to the holy cave shrine of Amarnath in South Kashmir Himalayas will commence on June 28 via both Baltal and Pahalgam routes and will last till August 26 of this year. This year's yatra will be longer by 20 days against last year's 40 days which has brought a joy to the devotees...

Malaysian federal Court unflurs the flag of Motherhood; nullifies M. Indira Gandhi's three children's unilateral conversion

The Federal Court in Putrajaya, Malaysia taking a historic decision on 28th January of this year had ruled that the unilateral conversion of M. Indira Gandhi’s three children to Islam is null and void...

Sikh devotees gather in Patna to participate in 351st birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Govind Singh

While devotees are immersed in birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Govind Singh, the 10th Guru of Sikhs, special trains to Patna Sahib in Bihar from various Punjab and Haryana railway stations have been flagged off. Patna, the capital city of Bihar is the birthplace of Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji and host city for 351st-anniversary celebrations...

All equal before God: No devotee will get ‘close-up’ darshan on monetary terms in Tamil Nadu

As we all are equal before God, no devotee will be offered ‘close-up’ darshan of the deity after paying money, ruled the Madras High Court.The Madras HC has ruled that while those willing to pay more can be allowed to cut the queue to get darshan faster, they cannot be taken closer to the deity. The court ordered that irrespective of paid or unpaid darshan, all devotees must witness and pray to the deity from the same spot...

Now only 50 thousand people can do Vaishno Devi Darshan in a day

While passing the new direction, the National Green Tribunal has fixed the number of those who visited Vaishno Devi. The NGT has said that Vaishno Devi will not have any new construction near it...

International conference on Ramayana Circuit and Mithila- Awadh relations inaugurated.

Under the Ramayana Circuit Scheme, a program for connecting the cultural heritage of Mithila and Awadh is being started by inauguration of a two day international conference in Janakpur of Nepal, today. The conference is organised by NGO Mithila Awadh Cultural Preservation Council. Experts of India and Nepal have participated in this international conference..

Devotees drowned in the Chhath Puja celebration; President, PM convey their greetings

On the occasion of auspicious Chhath Puja, the Hindu festival dedicated to the Sun, devotees in Bihar have gathered in various Sun temples in Aurangabad, Nalanda and Paliganj to observe the festival. President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have conveyed their wish to the devotees. The festival is dedicated to Suryadev and thanks him for rewarding earth with life...

Festival of worshiping the Sun: Chhhath Puja celebration starts across country

Continuing the month-long festive season of Dushera, Diwali, the celebration of Chhath Puja has started in Bihar. Though manly Bihar celebrates this ancient Hindu festival spectacularly, many other states like Jharkhand, Uttarapradesh and India capital Delhi also celebrate the festival. Dedicated to Surjya (the Sun), the eve is to seek the blessings of the Sun God Surya to live a long and healthy life. Starting from 24th October this year’s Chhath Puja will continue till 27th October...

Thirteen die in Islamic terror attack in Spain

At least 13 persons were killed in a terrorist attack allegedly carried out by the Islamic State (IS) on Thursday in the heart of this Spanish city. The police have arrested two persons in this connection...