Pilgrims

  • 4 pilgrims killed in a head-on collision of two jeeps; 7 others injured August 8, 2014

    Four pilgrims, including a child, were killed and seven injured when two jeeps collided head on in Nagaur district of Rajasthan in the wee hours on Friday, police said. The incident took place near Budel village when a jeep carrying 12 people to Ramdevra temple in Jaisalmer district collided with another...
  • BJP MLAs demand safe return of Rajasthan pilgrims from Amarnath July 19, 2014

    BJP MLAs demanded that the Rajasthan government ensure the safe return of pilgrims from the state who were stranded in Kashmir following clashes at Amarnath Yatra base camp near Baltal. BJP MLA Gyandeo Ahuja sought attention of the Speaker and said that nearly 100 people who had gone to the pilgrimage...
  • Kanwar yatra: Delhi-Haridwar highway closed for traffic July 18, 2014

    With a view of ensuring smooth and peaceful transit of Kanwar pilgrims, traffic plying on Delhi-Haridwar national highway has been diverted till July 25 to prevent any untoward incident. The traffic from Delhi to Dehradun, Rishikesh, Roorkee and Haridwar highway has been shifted to alternative routes, SSP HN Singh told reporters. The...
  • First flight from Bhopal carrying Haj pilgrims on September 17 July 17, 2014

    The first flight from Bhopal to Saudi Arabia for Haj pilgrims will take off from here on September 17. "A total of five flights will take off from Bhopal's Raja Bhoj airport to Saudi Arabia for the annual pilgrimage during  September 17-21. A total of 1200 pilgrims will fly from here...
  • Over 1.5 lakh pilgrims make Amarnath Yatra July 10, 2014

    Srinagar: More than 1.5 lakh pilgrims have finished the Amarnath Yatra that started here June 28. An official statement on Wednesday said: "As many as 12,345 devotees paid their obeisance before the ice lingam on Wednesday amid chanting of prayers. With this, a total of 155,855 pilgrims have paid obeisance at...
  • Railways to launch special pilgrim services July 8, 2014

    New Delhi: Railway Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda on Tuesday proposed to boost domestic tourism with special pilgrim and eco tourism services and encourage private participation in the sector. Also, the minister said, the Indian Railways is planning to take up eco-tourism and education tourism services in the northeastern States. Presenting the railway...
  • J&K: Three more pilgrims die en-route to Amarnath shrine July 3, 2014

    Srinagar: Three more pilgrims including a Sadhu on Thursday died en-route to the 3,880-metre-high holy cave shrine of Amarnath in Jammu and Kashmir, taking the death toll in the ongoing yatra to eight, officials said. A 59-year-old sadhu, hailing from Tamil Nadu, died at Baltal base camp hospital in Ganderbal...
  • Shiv Khori shrine attracts large number of devotees June 28, 2014

    Jammu: The Shiv Khori shrine situated in the serene Reasi district of Jammu division has attracted over 11 lakh pilgrims from across the country since the beginning of this year. About 5,000 to 6,000 pilgrims have been visiting the holy shrine everyday and over 11 lake pilgrims have visited it...
  • Ground report: Heavy snow blocks Pahalgam route on Amarnath Yatra June 28, 2014

    7,500 pilgrims have embarked on the Amarnath Yatra amidst tight security. Heavy snow has blocked the traditional Pahalgam route and pilgrims are now using the Baltal route. CNN-IBN's Mufti Islah gets a ground report. ...
  • Pilgrims embark on Amarnath yatra amidst tight security June 28, 2014

    Around 7,500 pilgrims have embarked on the annual Amarnath yatra amidst tight security. Heavy snow has forced the authorities to change the traditional Pahalgam route but the yatra is on from the Baltal route. There is 4-5 feet deep snow in some stretches especially at the Mahagunus top and Sheeshnag...
  • Amarnath Yatra begins, snow likely to make trek difficult June 27, 2014

    Baltal: The Amarnath Yatra has begun in Jammu and Kashmir with 1160 pilgrims leaving for the holy site in the first batch. However, snow accumulation in the Himalayas is making the trek difficult. The good news is that the pilgrims going on this year's Amarnath pilgrimage will get darshan...
  • Train to Vaishno Devi set for launch before Rail Budget June 22, 2014

    New Delhi: After missing several deadlines, Indian Railways has finally got the mandatory safety clearance from the Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS) to commission the much-awaited train service to Katra, the base camp of Mata Vaishno Devi shrine, before the Rail Budget 2014-15. The 25-km long Udhampur-Katra rail section in Jammu...
  • 200 pilgrims, businessmen from Uttar Pradesh trapped in violence-hit Iraq June 19, 2014

    More than 200 people from various parts of Uttar Pradesh are stuck in violence-hit Iraq, officials said on Thursday. Of these, 150 are pilgrims who are in Karbala for 'ziyarat' during the holy Muslim month of Shabaan, while three dozen people from Lucknow are caught up in Tikrit, Karbala, Najaf and...
  • Gun and suicide attack kills 23 near Pakistan- Iran border June 9, 2014

    Quetta: At least 23 people including several Shiite pilgrims were killed in a gun and suicide attack on the restive Pakistan-Iran border late on Sunday night, officials said. The attack came when a bus carrying Pakistani pilgrims returning from a visit to holy Muslim sites in Iran stopped at a...
  • 23 Shia pilgrims killed in Pakistan June 9, 2014

    Quetta: Militants have killed 23 Shia Muslim pilgrims in the Taftan area of the troubled Baluchistan province, officials said. Four of the attackers had also been killed by the levies forces after heavy exchange of fire, Home Minister, Mir Sarfaraz Bugti, said. The attack took place on Sunday when ten...
  • Nepal: 18 Indian pilgrims killed, 53 injured in bus accident June 3, 2014

    At least 18 Indian pilgrims were killed and 53 others injured when an overloaded bus carrying them veered off a mountain road and rolled about 100 meters before plunging into a river in western Nepal, officials said on Tuesday. "All 18 people who died in the accident were Indian nationals, mostly...
  • 62,000 pilgrims from India and abroad undertake Char Dham Yatra May 26, 2014

    Over 62,000 pilgrims from the country and abroad have so far undertaken the Char Dham yatra, which had a low key opening this season due to bad weather. Speaking to reporters in Dehradun, Uttarakhand Chief Minister's media in-charge Surendra Kumar said arrangements made by the state government has ensured that the...
  • 62,000 pilgrims from India and abroad undertake Char Dham Yatra May 26, 2014

    Over 62,000 pilgrims from the country and abroad have so far undertaken the Char Dham yatra, which had a low key opening this season due to bad weather. Speaking to reporters in Dehradun, Uttarakhand Chief Minister's media in-charge Surendra Kumar said arrangements made by the state government has ensured that the...
  • Haj pilgrims to get 5-star level facilities at 'Rubaat' in Saudi Arabia May 7, 2014

    About 250 Haj pilgrims of the then Bhopal royal estate will get five-star like facilities this year at Rubaat (guest house) in Saudi Arabia on pilgrimage. Late Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi's daughter Saba Sultan, who is the Mutawalli (custodian) of Auqaf-e-Shahi (royal properties), had recently de-centralised its work and formed a...
  • Char Dham yatra begins a year after massive calamity May 2, 2014

    A year after the 'Char Dham' yatra was marred by massive flash floods that had left hundreds of people dead and many others stranded, the annual pilgrimage today began with the reopening of the sacred portals of the Himalayan shrines of Gangotri and Yamunotri for devotees. Amid extensive arrangements to ensure...
  • Char Dham Yatra to begin in May; Uttarakhand government assures safety April 24, 2014

    The Uttarakhand government has assured pilgrims of facilities and safety measures during the "Char Dham" and "Hemkund Sahib Yatra" in the hill state as it restarts May this year. This is the first time that pilgrimage is being allowed to religious places in Uttarakhand after last year's natural disaster in June...
  • Officials fear 2013 calamity will affect the number of devotees visiting shrines April 23, 2014

    Despite government endeavours to ensure safety of pilgrims and completing infrastructure development before the Char Dham yatra begins, officials feel that the fear psychosis of last year's calamity will affect the flow of visitors to Kedarnath and other Himalayan shrines this year. "Safety of visitors is our top priority and all...
  • Six people from UP go missing after a boat capsized in Bihar March 29, 2014

    Six persons from Uttar Pradesh have gone missing after a boat capsized in Karmanasa River near Khajuri Ghat under Nuwaon block, official sources said on Saturday. The boat carrying over 60 pilgrims was coming from Akhani village, where a religious Urs fair is going on, when it sank late night on...
  • Cultural programme enthrals pilgrims during Holi celebration March 13, 2014

    Dance and musical performances on Wednesday night enthralled thousands of tourists and pilgrims who gathered in the Brij Bhumi region in Mathura to witness Holi festival. "Security forces had to struggle hard to control pilgrims for over two hours however no untoward incident has taken place," District Magistrate Vishal Chauhan said. The...
  • 11 Ramdev followers killed in a road accident near Jodhpur December 11, 2013

    Eleven pilgrims were killed in a road accident when their vehicle collided head-on with a truck, police said. All the victims belong to Gujarat and were heading for Ramdevra in Jaisalmer district to pay obeisance to Ramdev.  An MUV, carrying 20 pilgrims including driver, had left from Panchmal district of Gujarat...
  • SIMI planned to strike pilgrim train, Shia mosque in Lucknow: Police November 28, 2013

    Suspected Students' Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) operative Umer Siddhiqui, who was recently nabbed in Raipur, had planned to attack a Delhi-Bodh Gaya special train and the Shia mosque at Lucknow, police said. Police added that along with the recent Patna blasts accused Haider Ali alias 'Abdulla', Siddhiqui (35), had also...
  • Portals of Badrinath shrine to close today for 6-month winter break November 18, 2013

    Gates of the famous Badrinath shrine will be closed for devotees from Monday, ending this year's 'Char Dham' yatra which was marred by the June rain fury and remained suspended for nearly three months. The shrine's doors will be closed at 7.38 pm on Monday for winter, according to Badrinath-Kedarnath committee...
  • HC directs govt-appointed 'Nazim' to take charge of offerings at Ajmer Dargah November 14, 2013

    In a landmark judgement, Rajasthan High Court on Wednesday directed the government-appointed 'Nazim' (administrator) of Ajmer dargah to take charge of collection and distribution of offerings at the shrine. The court also said that the 'Diwan' (descendant of sufi saint Moinuddin Chishti) and his followers will not be restricted from entering...
  • Badrinath to close for 6-month winter break starting November 18 October 15, 2013

    The "kapat" (doors) of the Sri Badrinath Shrine would be closed for devotees on November 18 for six months, officials said on Tuesday. A decision on this was taken on Dussehra by the management committee of the Badrinath shrine after seeing the auspicious timing in the almanac. Officials said the doors would...
  • 239 pilgrims visit Kedarnath since resumption of yatra after Uttarakhand floods October 12, 2013

    Braving vagaries of the weather, altogether 239 devotees have paid obeisance at Kedarnath since resumption of the yatra to the Himalayan shrine earlier this month after its protracted suspension in the wake of the June calamity, a senior official said on Saturday. The higher reaches of the mountains surrounding the revered...