Durga Puja

  • Durga Puja pandals in UP raise issue of crime against women 12 hours 30 minutes ago

    Lucknow: The Durga Puja pandals in Uttar Pradesh this year have chosen themes to raise voice against female foeticide and atrocities against women, issues which have been in focus after a string of such crimes in the state. Bondhu Mahal, a social organisation, has decided "Celebrate Girl Child" as its...
  • Kolkata taxi strike put on hold for festive season Yesterday

    Kolkata: In a temporary relief to commuters, taxi unions on Monday decided "put on hold" the ongoing taxi strike that began last week in view of the coming festive season. Called by Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), and All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), the strike resulted in hundreds of...
  • Widows to participate in Durga Puja festival in Kolkata Yesterday

    Mathura: It would be a homecoming experience for fifty widows from Vrindavan as they will celebrate Durga Puja festival during their weeklong visit to Kolkata, commencing from Thursday. Sulabh International, an NGO, working for the empowerment of the widows, is organising the visit. "The widows, who belong to West Bengal, would not...
  • Kolkata slum children to get 'Santa' gifts this Durga Puja 2 days ago

    Kolkata: In a unique initiative during the Durga Puja festivities, the 'Have Nots' will be showered with gifts by the privileged to make true the axiom "Joy shared Joy Doubled." Called 'Daan Utsav' (the festival of giving) the week will be Kolkata's contribution to the National Philanthropic Movement where 2,500...
  • Shopping, food, and 'pandalhopping': 14 reasons why every Bengali just cannot wait for the 'Durga Puja' to begin 1 week ago

    'Dhaak', shopping and food every Bengali in the world is anxiously awaiting the biggest celebration of the year. The Durga Puja is not just a time for prayers and festivities, but also a gastronomic delight as you feast on the traditional Bengali delicacies. The huge idols of goddess Durga...
  • Nepal importing 20,000 sheep, goats for Vijaya Dashmi September 14, 2014

    Kathmandu: Nepalese traders are set to import at least 20,000 sheep and mountain goats worth NRs 300 million from China this year for the Vijaya Dashmi festival. The traders, who have reached Dhongwasen in Tibet, have already acquired permission from the District Livestock Office in Mustang in northwest Nepal to bring...
  • MP: Blame game intensifies as death toll in temple stampede reaches 115 October 14, 2013

    Bhopal: The blame game over the stampede at a temple in Ratangarh in Madhya Pradesh has been intensifying as politicians, authorities and pilgrims speak in different voices. The police said a rumour of the bridge collapsing sparked the stampede while eyewitnesses were blaming it on a police lathicharge. However, politicians...
  • Nitish Kumar greets people at 'Ravana Vadh' function in Gandhi Maidan October 14, 2013

    Marking culmination of the nineday long Durga puja festival, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday attended the ceremonial 'Ravana Vadh' function at the historic Gandhi Maidan amid incessant drizzle and windy weather condition. Kumar formally inaugurated the 'Ravana Vadh' function by lighting a lamp and releasing balloons in the air...
  • Ratangarh stampede: Death toll reaches 90, over 100 injured October 13, 2013

    At least 90 people have been confirmed dead and more than 100 others injured in a stampede on Sunday morning at Ratangarh temple in Datia, police said. Madhya Pradesh government announces compensation of Rs.1.5 lakh forRatangarh stampede victims. A large number of devotees had gathered at the temple, located around 60km from...
  • Choose good over evil this Durga Puja, say Bollywood stars October 13, 2013

    New Delhi: On the festive occasion of Dussehra, Bollywood celebrities like Madhur Bhandarkar, Sridevi and Anupam Kher have emphasised on the importance to choose good over evil. Gearing up to celebrate the victory of good over evil on Dussehra, celebrities shared their thoughts via microblogging website Twitter. Here's what the stars had...
  • Filmmakers can't ignore Durga puja: Mahesh Bhatt October 12, 2013

    Kolkata: Describing Durga Puja as one enchanting background for films, director Mahesh Bhatt terms Ray classic Devi as one unforgettable film he will never leave behind. "I remember one film. Satyajit Ray's 'Devi' which has Durga Puja as background. It was captivating," the 'Saaransh' maker told PTI after inaugurating the...
  • President Pranab Mukherjee takes role of a priest, begins Durga puja October 11, 2013

    Kirnahar (WB): President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday took the role of a priest and worshipped Durga idol at his ancestral home in Mirati, a village 200 kms from Kolkata. This is the second time he attended the Durga Puja at the Mukherjee House after being sworn in as the President of...
  • Snapshot: Kajol celebrates Durga Puja with Nysa and Yug October 11, 2013

    Bollywood stars are busy thronging the Durga Puja pandals this festive season and none other than Kajol was spotted at one of the pandals in Mumbai. She was also accompanied by her children, Nysa and Yug. Her 10yearold daughter and threeyearold son stuck to their mother during the Puja. Along...
  • Durga Puja in Kolkata goes global this year October 11, 2013

    Kolkata: It's Mahasaptami on Friday and festivities are on in full swing across the country. In Kolkata, puja pandals are going global with Pakistan and French connections that are hard to miss. A trio of artists from across the border have taken a break from painting Pakistan's colourful trucks to pitch...
  • NGO takes widows from Vrindavan to Kolkata for Durga Puja October 10, 2013

    Kolkata: A group of 50 women from Vrindavan, mostly widows, are in Kolkata to celebrate Durga Puja. Along with celebrations, they are also making a bold social statement. 91yearold Maanu Ghosh returned to Kolkata, her birthplace, after two decades. Married at 11 and widowed at 40, Maanuma was abandoned by...
  • Cyclone threat: Odisha govt cancels puja holidays of employees October 9, 2013

    With the Met department forecasting a cyclone in OdishaAndhra Pradesh coast by Sunday, the state government on Wednesday cancelled puja holidays of its employees in 14 districts and ordered deployment of Disaster Rapid Force in all vulnerable points. "The state government has cancelled puja holidays of employees in coastal districts in...
  • West Bengal: Slowdown forces budget cuts in Durga Puja this year October 9, 2013

    Kolkata: Even as the country prepares and looks forward to the festive season, there is a slight dampener this time around. The economic slowdown seems to be having an impact on the Durga Puja celebrations. The Puja organisers of Kolkata are struggling to stay afloat despite drastic cuts in budgets....
  • WB: Dissident Trinamool MP Somen Mitra shares dais with state Congress chief October 9, 2013

    Kolkata: Dissident Trinamool Congress MP Somen Mitra on Tuesday once again shared a dais with state Congress president Pradip Bhattacharjee, fuelling speculations of switching over to the Congress before the Lok Sabha polls. Mitra, a former state Congress president, was spotted with Bhattacharjee and other Congress leaders at several Durga Puja...
  • Mamata Banerjee asks police to keep strict vigil during Durga Puja October 8, 2013

    Kolkata:With Durga Puja festivities slated to begin from October 10, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday asked the police to keep a strict vigil so that there is no disruption of law and order. "During the Sarod Utsav (Pujas), I have asked the administration to keep a close watch...
  • Delhi: Durga Puja pandal worth Rs 1 crore being built at Panchkuian road October 8, 2013

    A Durga Puja pandal in the national capital is being made on a whopping budget of Rs 1 crore ($162,000). A 16feet tall and 12andahalf feet wide Buddha idol, a 20feet Durga idol and a 64feet Eiffel tower replica are part of a Durga Puja pandal at Delhi's Panchkuian Road. This...
  • King of Belgium invokes power of Durga in search for 'unity of purpose' October 5, 2013

    Brussels: Even as India prepared to celebrate Durga Puja next week, the monarch in faraway Belgium, King Philippe, invoked the power of Durga to seek help in nations' search for "unity of purpose" and in taking up challenges of the times. A great lover of India, who has led four economic...
  • Muzaffarnagar fallout: District authorities impose restrictions on Durga Puja October 4, 2013

    Agra: The Agra district authorities have imposed restrictions on Durga Puja celebrations as a fallout of the Muzaffarnagar violence. Police officer Shalabh Mathur said according to the new guidelines, those who want to organise Durga Puja celebrations at public places will have to take prior permission. "They will have to give complete...
  • Durga Puja: Religious fest, sponsored programme or reality show? October 4, 2013

    New Delhi: Once upon a time pujas meant an innocent celebration of joy and fun. New clothes. New movies. Eating out. Freaking out with friends and relatives for nonstop 'add'. " It was the one time in the year that you actually got to see, up close, the most breathtakingly...
  • World's largest Hindu temple to come up in West Champaran October 2, 2013

    The world's largest Hindu temple, with a towering height of 405 feet and a hall with a seating capacity for 20,000, is to be built in Bihar, an official said on Wednesday. The construction of the temple is to start after Durga Puja in Bihar's West Champaran district, said an official...
  • Kolkata: After Reliance, Airtel also rolling out 4G September 13, 2013

    Two days after Reliance Jio signed an MoU with the Kolkata Municipal Corporation for laying out 4G network in the city, Airtel also followed suit on Thursday. Airtel's eastern region CEO PG Sharma signed an MoU with KMC to lay 400 km of optical fibre cable in the city. Sharma said...
  • Bengal's Durga Puja industry to touch Rs.40,000 crore in 2015 September 9, 2013

    Kolkata: West Bengal's Durga puja industry is growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of about 35 percent and is expected to touch Rs.40,000 crore by 2015 from its current size of Rs.25,000 crore, according to an industry lobby Monday. "Despite falling rupee, rising inflation and slowdown in the economy, the...
  • UP government may withdraw cases against riot accused April 11, 2013

    Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh government has once again taken a decision which has raised question marks on the administration of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. The government has started the process to withdraw the cases against those accused in the communal violence in Faizabad. One the persons against whom the case...
  • Durga Puja ends in West Bengal with idol immersion October 25, 2012

    Kolkata: Devotees across West Bengal tearfully bade goodbye to their beloved mother goddess Durga as her idols were immersed in ponds, lakes and rivers on Vijayadashami on Wednesday. The banks of the Ganga and other rivers wore a festive look, as puja organisers came in colourful processions to the accompaniment...
  • Demons meet fiery end as good triumphs over evil October 24, 2012

    New Delhi: Towering effigies of 10headed demon king Ravana, his son Meghnad and brother Kumbhakaran crackled in fiery splendour marking the triumph of good over evil as gusto and fervour marked Dussehra festivities across the country on Wednesday. Amid beating of drums, devotees, dancing frenziedly, also bid adieu to goddess...
  • Celebrating Durga: the mother to one and all October 24, 2012

    Watch the show defining the power of Ma Durga and celebrations across India with Bengali actor Parambrata Chatterjee. ...