PILGRIMAGES

  • Saudi Arabia plans to ban children from performing Haj 4 days ago

    Jeddah: Saudi Arabia plans to ban children below 10 years of age from performing Haj taking into account their health and the rigorous strain during the annual pilgrimage, one of the world's largest gatherings. The issue came up for discussion during a recent meeting between the heads of pilgrim establishments...
  • 80 Indians died during Haj pilgrimage this year October 11, 2014

    Jeddah: Nearly 80 Indians have died during the Haj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia this year with most of the deaths due to illness or age-related ailments, a senior official said on Saturday. Of the 136,020 Indian pilgrims who performed Haj this year, 100,020 came through the Haj Committee of India....
  • Conservative Muslim clerics condemn #HajjSelfies as they flood social media October 6, 2014

    Mina (Saudi Arabia): Raising his arm, Yousef Ali hugs his elderly father in front of one of Islam's holiest sites as they grin for a selfie -- a craze that has hit this year's hajj. But not everyone is happy about young pilgrims from around the world constantly snapping "selfies", photographs...
  • Two BJP leaders to represent India at Haj pilgrimage September 28, 2014

    Jeddah: Two senior BJP politicians will represent India at this year's Haj where over 1.3 lakh Indian pilgrims are scheduled to take part. Arif Beg, a former federal minister who hails from Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh and Abdul Rasheed Ansari, National President of party's minority wing, of Delhi would arrive in...
  • First batch of Haj pilgrims from Kashmir departs August 27, 2014

    Srinagar: The first batch of pilgrims from Jammu and Kashmir for Haj 2014 left the summer capital of Srinagar on Wednesday on a direct flight to Madina in Saudi Arabia. The 275 pilgrims boarded the Air India flight from Srinagar to Madina at the Srinagar International Airport on Wednesday morning. This year,...
  • Now, statesponsored pilgrimage for differentlyabled in Chhattisgarh August 20, 2014

    The Chhattisgarh government has decided to sponsor trips to key pilgrimage centres across the country for differentlyabled people of the state. For this purpose, the Social Welfare Department has made amendments in the Chhattisgarh Mukhyamantri Teerth Yojna Act 2012 which was meant for aged people, an official release said in Raipur...
  • Bihar govt reviews preparations for 6,667 devotees going for Haj pilgrimage August 6, 2014

    As the start of annual pilgrimagefor Haj draws closer, the state government on Thursday reviewedarrangements for the 6,667 pilgrims from Bihar who will begoing to Mecca in Saudi Arabia this year. Presiding over the review meeting about preparations for the Haj pilgrimage, the Minority Welfare Affair Minister Naushad Alam directed officials...
  • Sikh pilgrimage circuit to be developed in Bihar: Jitan Ram Manjhi May 31, 2014

    Bihar will develop a Sikh pilgrimage circuit by connecting all places pertaining to the religion in the state. "The state government is eager to develop the Sikh circuit. This will be on the lines of Buddha circuit and Sufi circuit here. Takht Sri Harimandir Sahib in Patna is the second most...
  • Char Dham Yatra: Harish Rawat asks officials to stock enough ration April 22, 2014

    Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat has asked officials to supply 4-month ration in advance to places close to Himalayan shrines to meet any eventuality during the Yatra season beginning May two with the opening of Yamunotri and Gangotri Dhams. Rawat, who reviewed preparations for the Char Dham yatra late on Saturday...
  • Woman kidnaps 3 minor children from Mathura railway junction April 14, 2014

    A woman has allegedly kidnapped three minor children of a family on a pilgrimage to Kaliyar Dargah in Roorkee after befriending them at Mathura railway junction, police said on Sunday. The woman disappeared along with the children, Raj (5), Sana (2) and Saba (3), late Saturday night, and was yet to...
  • Wildfire continues to rage in Tirupati, efforts on to control it March 20, 2014

    Hyderabad: The forest fire continues to rage on the hills of Tirumala in the temple town of Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh. With authorities going all out to control it, Air Force choppers have been put on stand by to air spray water. The chief secretary and Governor have asked all...
  • Murakami's newest novel to be released in August 2014 February 20, 2014

    Murakami loyalists need not wait too long for another treat by the acclaimed author. His newest novel, Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage has been slated for release by Harvill Secker on the 12 August, 2014. The novel was released in Japan in April, 2013, and it sold about...
  • Rameswaram temple cloak room turns unsafe as devotees lose belongings December 6, 2013

    Rameswaram: Several devotees, including those on their annual pilgrimage to the Lord Ayyappa temple, have lost their belongings, including mobile phones, kept in the cloak room at the famous Sri Ramanathaswamy temple here, police said on Friday. Devotees who did not want to stay in the temple cottages in view of...
  • Kerala: Sabarimala pilgrimage gets underway November 16, 2013

    Sabarimala (Kerala): The holy hillock of Sabarimala has begun reverberating with the devotional chant of thousands of devotees as the twomonthlong annual pilgrimage season of the Lord Ayyappa temple got underway today at the dawn of the auspicious month of 'Vrishchikam' in the Malayalam calendar. The first leg of the pilgrimage,...
  • IndiaThailand road link by 2015 October 27, 2013

    The multibillion 1,632km IndiaMyanmarThailand trilateral highway, to be completed by 2015, would boost trade and business between the two Asian countries, Indian Ambassador to Thailand Anil Wadhwa said on Sunday. Speaking to agencies on the sidelines of a function to mark the arrival of the 10th international flight of SpiceJet from...
  • Char Dham Yatra hit by snowfall, rains; pilgrims forced to abort journey October 12, 2013

    The pious Char Dham Yatra in Uttarakhand, which began earlier this month after a gap of three months, has been hit by inclement weather, officials said on Saturday. The yatra to Badrinath and the Kedarnath shrines has been stopped briefly due to incessant snowfall and rains. More than four dozen pilgrims...
  • UP legislator's wife murdered in Delhi October 9, 2013

    An Uttar Pradesh legislator's wife was murdered at her home in Delhi on Wednesday morning, police said. Rehana, 40, wife of Haji Aleem, a legislator from Bulandshahr in Uttar Pradesh, was at her New Jafrabad home in east Delhi, while her husband was away for Haj pilgrimage, police said. The police suspects...
  • KedarnathBadrinath pilgrimage to restart on October 5 October 1, 2013

    Almost four months after flashfloods and heavy rains led to the halt of the annual "Char Dham Yatra" in Uttarakhand, the religious trip to Kedarnath and Badrinath shrines is scheduled to open for people on October 5, officials said on Tuesday. While small vehicles have been allowed right up to the...
  • Prefabricated houses to come up in Kedarnath for pilgrims September 25, 2013

    With pilgrimage to Kedarnath likely to resume next month, prefabricated houses with power and water connectivity have been built at the Himalayan shrine to accommodate 100 people. Chief Secretary Subhash Kumar, who visited Kedarnath yesterday to take stock of the arrangements there, said prefabricated houses fitted with power and water facilities...
  • Omar Abdullah reviews arrangements for Haj pilgrimage August 23, 2013

    With the first batch of Haj pilgrims scheduled to leave for Saudi Arabia next month, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Friday directed officials to ensure all facilities to the faithfuls to make their stay and travel hassle-free and comfortable. "All facilities should be ensured to the 'Aazmeen-e-Hajj' (Haj...
  • 44 pilgrims leave for Amarnath amid tight security August 18, 2013

    A small batch of 44 pilgrims left Jammu base camp on Sunday for Amarnath cave shrine in South Kashmir Himalayas. The batch, comprising 15 men and 29 sadhus left from Bhagwati Nagar base camp in Jammu at around 4.40 AM towards Amarnath to pay obeisance at the holy cave shrine, police...
  • Amarnath yatra suspended for second consecutive day August 16, 2013

    The ongoing pilgrimage to the cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir Himalayas remained suspended for the second consecutive day on Friday from Jammu following bad weather conditions. "Amarnath yatra has been suspended for second day today due to bad weather conditions," a police officer said at Jammu. No fresh batch...
  • Maharashtra govt to make travel insurance mandatory July 4, 2013

    Mumbai: In what's being seen as a fallout of the Uttarakhand tragedy, the Maharashtra government is likely to make travel insurance mandatory. This comes in the wake of the tragedy in Uttarakhand and the difficulties faced in collating a list of the missing. The Maharashtra government is proposing to making it...
  • Watch: Amarnath pilgrims complain about poor facilities June 28, 2013

    There are complaints about facilities and services as pilgrims head to Srinagar for the Amarnath Yatra that begins on Friday. 12,000 people are officially registered to trek to the icy cave shrine. ...
  • Uttarakhand: Congress takes a dig at Modi on his contribution June 21, 2013

    New Delhi: Congress on Friday took a jibe at Narendra Modi government's contribution of Rs two crore for floodaffected victims in Uttarakhand reminding it of the higher contribution made by other states. Party spokesperson Raj Babbar, however, caveated his response by saying that he was only trying to point out...
  • Uttarakhand floods: Volunteers lend helping hand to distraught relatives June 21, 2013

    Dehradun: As distraught relatives outside Jolly Grant airport and Sahasradhara helipad waited for news of their near and dear ones, they were attended to by scores of volunteers who handed out water bottles and served food. They were also in the streets, collecting donation for the Chief Minister's Fund, contributing...
  • Uttarakhand floods: AI, PHHL helping government in rescue operations June 21, 2013

    New Delhi: Air India and Pawan Hans Helicopters Limited (PHHL) have pressed into service additional resources to help in search, rescue and evacuation operations in the floodhit Uttarakhand. While PHHL has deployed three helicopters in rescue operation, Air India has started operating additional flights from Dehradun to bring back those...
  • 'Declare flood in Uttarakhand, HP national calamity' June 21, 2013

    New Delhi: The Standing Committee on Home Ministry on Friday unanimously recommended to the government that the devastation caused by floods in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh be declared a national calamity. In a meeting held on Friday, the Standing Committee agreed unanimously that the unprecedented nature's fury in Uttarakhand and...
  • Uttarakhand floods: BSNL to fix mobile towers in 3 days June 21, 2013

    New Delhi: Staterun telecom firm BSNL on Friday said it will restore within three days its mobile towers at places where most of the stranded people are located in floodhit Uttarakhand. "Our 270 BTS (mobile towers) were down till last evening across state. Out of these, we have restored 10...
  • BJP chief asks party to donate for Uttarakhand relief work June 21, 2013

    New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party on Friday expressed concern over the devastation caused by the floods in Uttarakhand with party president Rajnath Singh asking workers to donate funds for relief. After returning from a tour of the affected areas, Singh called for relief work on a large scale. "He...