PUJA

  • IAF's Pooja Thakur 'feels good' to be appreciated by Obama January 27, 2015

    New Delhi: Surprised at receiving a compliment from Barack Obama on Tuesday, Wing Commander Pooja Thakur, who led the Inter-Service Guard of Honour inspected by the US President at Rashtrapati Bhavan, said "it feels good". Addressing a Town Hall function here this morning, Obama said the sight of "incredible" Indian women...
  • Obama visit: Wing Commander Puja Thakur becomes the first woman officer to lead guard of honour January 25, 2015

    New Delhi: In a first, a woman officer from the Indian Air Force, Wing Commander Puja Thakur led the ceremonial guard of honour for US President Barack Obama at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Sunday. Thakur was seen giving commands, which was followed by the national anthems of the US and India. The...
  • In a first, female officer leads guard of honour ceremony for Barack Obama January 25, 2015

    For the first time a female officer led the guard of honour ceremony for US President Barack Obama. Wing commander Puja Thakur accompanied President Obama as he inspected the guard of honour at Rashtrapati Bhavan. She said, "I am very proud of being guard of honour for the US President....
  • Scores of Indian-Americans celebrate Chhath puja in US October 31, 2014

    Washington: Scores of Indian-Americans, some even driving a few hundred miles, gathered on the banks of the historic Potomac river in the suburb of the US capital and celebrated the ancient Hindu festival of Chhath. Into its sixth year, the celebration of Chhath which was initially started by one Kripa Shankar...
  • Jharkhand elections: 1st phase poll notification today October 28, 2014

    Ranchi: The Election Commission has effected a minor reschedule by notifying the November 25 first phase Assembly polls on October 28 instead of October 29, as was decided earlier, election office said. The change was made because of a holiday to mark the Chhath festival. There will not be any change in...
  • Jharkhand Assembly elections: Date of notification changed to October 28 for phase 1 October 27, 2014

    New Delhi: The notification date for phase one polls for the 81-member Jharkhand assembly has been changed to October 28 from October 29 due to Chhath puja. Jharkhand will vote in five phases between November 25 and December 20. The first phase of voting takes place on November 25. The...
  • Delhi BJP demands deployment of additional forces for Chhath October 26, 2014

    New Delhi: Delhi BJP on Sunday demanded deployment of additional police force and disaster management squads at railway stations and Chhath puja ghats to manage people's rush and prevent occurrence any accident. This comes a day after one person was killed and another injured while trying to board a train...
  • Railways facing difficulty to cope up with heavy rush in trains October 26, 2014

    Death of a man a near-stampede situation on Saturday at the New Delhi railway station led to a chaos at railway stations due to the heavy rush ahead of Chhat Puja. The chaos continued on Sunday as lakhs of migrant labourers return to their home towns in Bihar and Jharkhand...
  • Man dies while trying to board a moving train at New Delhi railway station October 25, 2014

    New Delhi: A man died at the New Delhi Railway station trying to board a moving train. There was heavy rush at the station ahead of Chhat Puja. The man was trying to board a reserved compartment but the door was locked and he could not hold onto the railing...
  • Kali Puja, Diwali celebrated across West Bengal October 23, 2014

    Kolkata: Kali puja and Diwali, festivals of lights, were celebrated with fun and frolic across West Bengal, with people bursting crackers and exchanging sweets with family and friends. Devotees thronged Kali temples, including the famous ones at Kalighat, Dakshineswar and Tarapith. People in large numbers were seen visiting Kali puja...
  • Delhi Congress requests arrangements for Chhath Puja October 16, 2014

    New Delhi: In view of Chhath Puja festival, Delhi Congress on Thursday urged Lt Governor Najeeb Jung to ensure adequate arrangements at Yamuna River's ghats in the national capital. In a letter to Jung, DPCC chief Arvinder Singh Lovely said that taking into consideration the interest of lakhs of Poorvanchalis...
  • Kolkata: Durga Puja festival comes to an end with immersion of the idols of Goddess Durga October 4, 2014

    Bengal's four-day-long extravaganza, the Durga Puja festival, came to an end on Saturday with immersion of the idols of Goddess Durga and her progeny as people celebrated Vijaya Dasami. ...
  • Durga Puja festival comes to an end in West Bengal October 4, 2014

    Kolkata: Bengal's four-day-long extravaganza, the Durga Puja festival, came to an end on Saturday with immersion of the idols of Goddess Durga and her progeny as people celebrated Vijaya Dasami. The immersion of idols in the city at the ghats of the Hooghly was made amidst tight security, police said. The immersion...
  • Bengali women celebrate Sindoor Khela on Dashami October 4, 2014

    As 10-day long Durga Puja draws to an end today, married Bengali women celebrated Sindoor Khela. ...
  • Hindu-Muslim girls unite to organise Durga Puja October 3, 2014

    Kolkata: As a symbol of Hindu-Muslim unity, a group of girls from both the religions are organising a Durga Puja inside a shelter home for trafficked women. Rescued earlier this year after being trafficked to Mumbai from West Bengal's Murshidabad, two Muslim girls are not only taking part in the festivities...
  • Delhi revels in the spirit of Durga Puja October 3, 2014

    This year, Ashtami and Navami overlapped and celebrations peaked on Thursday evening. CNN-IBN gets you a glimpse of the evening aarti at the Matri Mandir in Delhi's Safdarjung Enclave. ...
  • Durga Puja with global panorama in Patna October 3, 2014

    Patna: Want to take an inexpensive trip around the world! Just land in Patna and leave the rest to over 1,200 Durga Puja 'pandals' with dazzling decorations put up across the length and breadth of the city. They will fulfill your wishes of visiting the White House just like Prime...
  • Kolkata puja organizers join the chorus for saving ecology October 3, 2014

    Kolkata: Ecology is the dominant theme with the top notch puja organizers this time in the city, which is famed for turning the festival into a veritable art exposition. Organisers of Dumdum Park Sarbojonin, which has won several awards in the past, seeks...
  • Clean India drive launched in Bengal amid Durga Puja revelry October 2, 2014

    Kolkata: President Pranab Mukherjee Thursday flagged-off the Swacch Bharat mission in West Bengal by administering the pledge to students and others while a citizens' movement ensured cleanliness at various Durga Puja committess in Kolkata during the ongoing festive season. Mukherjee launched the mission at Kirnahar Shib Chandra High School in Birbhum...
  • Delhi: Durga puja pandal put up at Matri mandir made from recycled garbage October 2, 2014

    During the festivities of durga puja an eco-friendly pandal put up at Matri mandir in Delhi is a major highlight. The pandal has been made from recycled garbage and thrown away material. Most of the decoration has been picked up from garbage dumps and rag pickers. ...
  • Durga temple in Patna where holy flame is burning for 101 years October 2, 2014

    Patna: In a small Durga temple, tucked in a narrow lane in the heart of Patna, an oil lamp burns unwaveringly and devotees throng to pray near it. After all it is no ordinary flame. It it claimed that it has been burning continuously for the past 101 years and...
  • Dhakis face uncertain future in West Bengal October 2, 2014

    Kolkata: 'Dhakis' are integral to almost all festivities in Bengal but the art of playing the huge barrel-shaped membranophone instrument is dying a slow death. Most of the 'dhakis' or men who play the 'dhak' hail from humble rural backgrounds of Murshidabad, Hooghly, Malda, Bankura, Malda and Purulia districts of...
  • Tripura buzzing with festive fervour this Durga Puja October 2, 2014

    Agartala: With around 2,500 Durga pujas across the state, Tripura is buzzing with festive fervour. What is drawing people to the various pandals are the thematic displays and thought provoking messages put up by the organisers and clubs who are sparing no efforts to put up grand celebrations. The Oikatan...
  • Durga puja on wheels for cancer patients in West Bengal October 2, 2014

    Kolkata: While thousands rush to the pandals to catch a glimpse of goddess durga, there are some who can't make it to the durga puja pandals. It's the biggest carnival for the people of West bengal,but at the Barasat cancer hospital, it's anything but celebration. For the patients fighting for...
  • Durga Puja, not just the time for pandal hopping but also family reunions October 1, 2014

    Durga Puja is not just the time to flaunt new dresses, pandal hopping or eating out, it is also about home coming and grand family reunions. Away from the frenzy of the community pujos of Kolkata, runs a strong, parallel, equally old if not older tradition, of family pujos...
  • From Mangsher Singara to Nimki and Roshogullas: 10 Bengali food items you have to try during Durga Puja October 1, 2014

    Durga Puja kicks off the festive season in style with the most important element of Indian festivals - food! From Shukto to Macher Jhol, a Bengali meal is a delight for a hardcore foodie. It's not just the fish and curries though, the syrupy roshogullas and sandesh ensure your meal...
  • Vidya Balan to shoot 'Humari Adhuri Kahaani' in Kolkata September 30, 2014

    Mumbai: After "Kahaani", actress Vidya Balan will return to the city of joy Kolkata to shoot "Hamari Adhuri Kahaani" in the midst of a Durga Puja pandal. The first shot of the movie will be canned on auspicious day of Ashtami - the eighth day of the nine-day Hindu festival of...
  • Kolkata: Artists from US collaborate with Indian craftsmen to install street art at puja pandal September 29, 2014

    At a time when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in the US to strengthen the Indo-US bilateral ties, a Durga Puja Pandal in South Kolkata is trying to do the same. This pandal has become the venue of art collboration between artists from India and the US. ...