NAVRATRI

  • From bestowing knowledge to overpowering the evil: The 9 forms of Goddess Durga worshipped during Navratri October 2, 2014

    The festive season of Navratri is all about devotion and is dedicated to the worship of Hindu goddess Durga. Navratri, which means 'nine nights' in Sanskrit, is the time when all the nine forms of Durga are worshipped on each of the days. There are different names by which the...
  • Gujarat: PM's US visit prompts garba enthusiasts to tattoo images of Modi, Obama September 28, 2014

    Ahmedabad: Prime Minister Narendra Modi's much hyped visit to the United States is reflected back home in the elaborate Navratra festivities in Gujarat. Navratri in Gujarat is about decorative clothing, exquisite jewelery and beautiful body paintings to flaunt at garba venues. This year though, garba enthusiasts want to reflect Prime Minister...
  • Narendra Modi wishes people on the occasion of Navratri September 25, 2014

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday greeted people on the occasion of the holy period of Navratri, saying may Maa Jagdamba keep inspiring us to serve the poorest of the poor. "As the auspicious festival of Navratri begins, I convey my warm greetings to everyone. We bow to Maa...
  • Muslims make dandiya sticks but barred from garba venues in Godhra amidst love jihad row September 25, 2014

    Godhra: Unease prevails in the town of Godhra in Gujarat as a pro-Hindutva outfit has convinced garba organisers not to allow Muslims into garba venues in the wake of the love jihad controversy. Muslims, too, have decided to stay away from garba venues to avoid confrontation. "Those who don't endorse our...
  • Gujarat: Man slaps Muslim cleric who called Navratri a 'festival of demons' September 24, 2014

    Anand: A Muslim cleric arrested for making controversial statements about the 'navratri' was on Wednesday slapped in Gujarat. The incident took place when the cleric Imam Mehadi Hasan was being taken to court after being arrested for allegedly hurting religious sentiments of a community by making a remark that navratri...
  • Bombay HC gives conditional nod to hold 'garba' in JVPD silence zone September 24, 2014

    Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Wednesday allowed organisers to hold 'garba' dance in Navratri festival, beginning on Thursday, at Juhu Vile Parle Development Scheme (JVPD) in suburban Juhu even though the area falls under 'silence zone'. The permission was granted to Carnival Media Pvt Ltd to hold the dance every...
  • Kheers, pakoras and parathas: 11 delicious 'vrat' dishes that can help you get through Navratri fasts September 24, 2014

    Navratri is here and so is that time of the year when you have to take the vegetarian route. The festive season is synonymous with sweets and Indian delicacies, but there are a few important ingredients that are going to be missing in your food - onion, garlic, and chicken....
  • PM Modi's navratri fast not an issue: White House September 24, 2014

    Washington: In view of Prime Minister Narendra Modi observing 'Navratri' fast during his US visit, the White House on Wednesday said this is unlikely to be an issue as they respectfully accommodate the practices of visitors. "We are aware of the Prime Minister's plans to fast during his visit to...
  • Modi won't break his Navratri fast even during US visit, say his friends and family September 23, 2014

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi's US trip coincides with the Navratri festival. For four decades now, he has been fasting during all the nine days of Navratri, a tradition he is unlikely to break even for this important trip. Meghdoot Sharon has more. ...
  • India indicates Modi's 'dietary preferences', US takes note September 23, 2014

    New Delhi: In view of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Navratri' fasts to be observed during his US visit which includes a private dinner by President Barack Obama, India has indicated the "dietary preferences" to the host and the preparations are being done accordingly. "It is normal diplomatic practice that when we...
  • PM Modi to observe strict fast during US trip, to only consume lemonade, tea September 23, 2014

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will observe a strict religious fast during his maiden trip to the United States, aides said on Monday, in a test both of the 64-year-old leader's stamina and of protocol in the Obama White House. Throughout a gruelling schedule that features the United Nations General...
  • Delhi: Infant abducted for sacrifice, rescued September 22, 2014

    Gurgaon: A sixmonthold girl, who was abducted from here for being sacrificed, was rescued from Delhi, police said on Monday. The infant was abducted Saturday from her house near Pataudi Chowk. "The minor was kidnapped by a 35yearold man who planned to sacrifice her during the upcoming 'Navratras'," a senior police officer...
  • Modi to take only limewater, fruit; observe 'Navratri' fast during US visit September 22, 2014

    New Delhi: It will be only "fruits and lime water" for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whether it is a dinner by US President Barack Obama or scores of other engagements including a breakfast with the leading American CEOs during his sixday visit to the US. The 64yearold leader has been keeping...
  • PM Narendra Modi's navratri fast may not allow White House to host him a dinner September 22, 2014

    Ahmedabad: Speculation is on whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi will consume anything except 'nimbu paani' (lemon juice) during his US visit later this week as it coincides with Navratri. For decades now, Modi has been fasting during Navratri. Will Prime Minister Narendra Modi break his decadesold practice of fasting during...
  • Muslim cleric's remarks on Navratri an attempt to malign Hinduism, says VHP; seeks his arrest September 21, 2014

    Ahmedabad: Vishwa Hindu Parishad on Sunday took strong objection to what it termed as "provocative" remarks on Navratri festival by Maulana Mehdi Hasan, saying it is a deliberate attempt to "malign" Hinduism and demanded his arrest. VHP has also called for a statewide movement in Gujarat to bar Muslim youths...
  • Madhya Pradesh: 89 killed, over 100 injured in temple stampede October 13, 2013

    Datia (MP): Eighty nine people, including 31 women and 17 children, were on Sunday killed and over 100 injured in a stampede during Navratri festivities near a temple in Madhya Pradesh's Datia district after rumours that a bridge the devotees were crossing was about to collapse. "89 people were killed in...
  • Evil goes up in smoke, gusto marks Dussehra festivities October 13, 2013

    New Delhi: Giant effigies of tenheaded demon king Ravana, his son Meghnad and brother Kumbhakaran went up in flames marking the triumph of good over evil as fervour marked Dussehra festivities across the country on Sunday. Crowds burst into cheers as the fire crackersstuffed effigies, dotting grounds and open spaces, crackled...
  • Maharashtra: 1 killed in stampede during Navratri prayers October 5, 2013

    Osmanabad: One person was killed in a stampede on Friday night at the Tuljabhavani temple in Osmanabad, Maharashtra. People from several villages had gathered for an annual ritual at the temple on Friday when the stampede occurred. Large crowds gather at the Tuljabhavani temple during Navratri. The situation has been brought under...
  • Akshay Kumar invited for Ram Leela celebrations in Delhi September 28, 2013

    Mumbai: Actor Akshay Kumar has been invited to participate in India's biggest Ram Leela celebrations in Delhi on the occasion of Dussera. He has received a special Invite from the organisers of LuvKush Ram Leela Committee. The LuvKush Ram Leela is one of the most celebrated events which takes place...
  • Festive spirit continues for the consumer durables market October 25, 2012

    The sales in consumer durables, auto and gold has seen a rise of 1520 per cent. ...
  • Navratri noise pollution: Mumbai residents under stress October 23, 2012

    It's that time of the year when Mumbai is soaked in celebrations. With political support, high decibel celebrations have become a norm among all big mandals across Mumbai. ...
  • Watch: Shilpa Shetty, Bappi Lahiri celebrate Navratri October 17, 2012

    Actor Shilpa Shetty was seen offering prayers to mark the Navratri celebrations. Musician Bappi Lahiri was spotted doing what he does best singing at a pandal in Thane, Mumbai. ...
  • Security tightened in Gujarat for Navratri September 28, 2011

    New Delhi: The 10day long Navratri festival starts on Wednesday.The Gujarat government has made elaborate security arrangements ahead of the festival. Besides Gujarat's capital, security in cities like Vadodara, Surat, Rajkot and other parts of the state has been increased. Gujarat is always on the alert as was witnessed during...
  • Muslim girl leads Navratra celebrations in J&K October 15, 2010

    Katra: This Navratra is special at Vasihno Devi shrine in Jammu and Kashmir. The festivities are being led by a 12yearold Muslim girl. Mahapara Mogul knows she is at the centre of celebrations as makeup artists get to work on her as she dresses up as Mata Vaishno Devi. Mahapara, a sixth...
  • Youngsters dance on skates during Navratri October 12, 2010

    Surat: The young in Surat have a new way of dancing this year on Navratri on wheels! Decked up in the traditional ghaghracholis and other garba outfits, the youngsters, all between eight and 18 years, have traded their dancing shoes for skates. Parth, a garba enthusiast said, We need...
  • Photogallery: Festivities, colours mark Dussehra and Durga Puja September 29, 2009

    As thousands of onlookers cheered, the effigies of Ravan were set ablaze amid a burst of fire crackers on Monday to celebrate Dussehra. The day also saw hundreds of idols of Goddess Durga being immersed as the Navaratri celebrations ended. ...
  • Enjoy Garba, folk music and find your love September 25, 2009

    Ahmedabad: If you know the Garba moves, you can be the lucky one to celebrate Valentine's Day for nine days! ''The festival gives me and my girlfriend a chance to be together for nine days. We meet daily and enjoy the dance till late. Each day is like Valentine's Day for...
  • Watch: Famous Ekdalia Evergreen Pooja of south Kolkata September 23, 2009

    The fifth day of Navratri marks the official beginning of Durga Puja. ...
  • Potatoes slice a hole in your wallet: Rs 30 per kg September 23, 2009

    New Delhi: It is Navratri season and time to dig into all your favourite potato treats, but wait! If onion prices made you cry earlier, it's potatoes that will slice a hole in your wallet. With preparations made from potatoes a staple for those on fast, the retail price of...
  • Jaipur royal family puts on its dancing shoes for dandiya October 9, 2008

    Jaipur: This Navratri Jaipur's former royals haven't just put on their dancing shoes but are also in the mood to dish out a garba lesson or two. With new age Garba melodies resounding in the 300yearold palace's courtyard, this is where the old and the new come together. And for the...