Devotees

  • Bihar govt reviews preparations for 6,667 devotees going for Haj pilgrimage August 6, 2014

    As the start of annual pilgrimage for Haj draws closer, the state government on Thursday reviewed arrangements for the 6,667 pilgrims from Bihar who will be going 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...
  • 35 devotees injured in bus accident August 1, 2014

    At least 35 Kanwarias (Shiv devotees) were injured on Thursday when the bus they were travelling in overturned near Tarbasechu village in Hazaribagh district, police said here. They said more than a dozen women devotees were among the injured. The bus overturned and fell in a ditch. Condition of some devotees was...
  • Another batch of devotees leave for Amarnath July 30, 2014

    Jammu: Amid tight security, the 34th batch of pilgrims on Wednesday left for the Amarnath cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas. As many as 409 pilgrims, including 255 men, 55 women and two children left from the Bhagwati Nagar base camp in Jammu in a cavalcade of 12 vehicles at...
  • Spat between Shankaracharya, Sai devotees gets ugly, reaches court July 3, 2014

    New Delhi: The spat between Shirdi Sai devotees and Shankaracharya Swaroopanand Saraswati has turned uglier and reached the court. The Naga seers have now sided with Shankaracharya. The Nagas have said that if Shankaracharya is insulted, they will take to the streets in protest. The Naga sadhus have called this...
  • Annual Jagannath rath yatra begins across India amidst tight security June 29, 2014

    Puri: The annual rath yatra of Lord Jagannath begun across the country on Sunday amidst tight security. This is the 137th Rath Yatra that has begun in Ahmedabad with millions arriving in Puri for the grand event. More than one million devotees from around the world are expected to participate in...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Man drowns in Godavari river June 6, 2014

    Nashik: A 23-year-old devotee from Mumbai drowned in Godavari river here after he entered the waters for a holy dip, police said on Friday. The incident took place on Wednesday night when Bhavik Ashok Jain, a resident of Mazgaon in Mumbai could not judge the water level and was swept away...
  • Two idols, silver ornaments stolen from a temple; no arrests made yet May 22, 2014

    Two precious stone idols, silver ornaments and other valuables were allegedly stolen from a temple at a village in Bassi town in Jaipur, police said. The thieves entered the Laxminarayan Mandir at Chavndiya village on Wednesday after cutting the over-head iron net and escaped using the stairway with booty consisting of...
  • 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...
  • Kerala: Temple where devotees offer chocolate bars to Lord Muruga March 11, 2014

    Ever heard of a temple where mouth-watering chocolate bars are offered by devotees to the presiding deity? While devotees offer flowers, sandal paste and fruits to invoke divine blessing, the 'Thekkan Palani' Balasubramania temple differs as chocolate bars are offered in the sanctum sanctorum. Chocolate bars of a leading brand are...
  • Portals of Kedarnath to be reopened for devotees on May 4 February 27, 2014

    The sacred portals of the Himalayan shrine of Kedarnath will be thrown open for devotees on May 4 after a six month closure during winter when the area remains snowbound. The gates of the famed temple dedicated to Lord Shiva will be opened after an elaborate ceremony at 6 am on...
  • Mahashivratri celebrated across India, lakhs take bath in Ganga February 27, 2014

    New Delhi: The festival of Mahashivratri is being celebrated across the country. Temples are full of devotees on the occassion of Mahashivratri since early Thursday. On this auspicious occasion, devotees from different part of the country gather at Allahabad and Varanasi to take bath in the Ganga as they believe that...
  • Ensure no girls are offered as devotees, SC directs Karnataka February 13, 2014

    The Supreme Court on Thursday directed Karnataka's Chief Secretary to ensure that no girls are offered on Thursday night or Friday as devotees to temples in a practice known as Devadasis. The apex court bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam, while issuing notice to the Karanataka government directed the chief...
  • CBI begins probe in Ratangarh temple stampede December 2, 2013

    A CBI team has reached Datia to begin investigation into the Ratangarh temple stampede in October which claimed 115 lives. The three-member CBI team, led by Deputy uperintendent of Police AS Negi, reached Datia on Sunday and collected a copy of the FIR and other details from the police station. Madhya Pradesh...
  • Mahabodhi temple's dome gets a makeover, inlaid with 300 kg gold November 28, 2013

    The dome of Bodh Gaya's 1,500-year-old Mahabodhi temple, Buddhism's holiest shrine, has been inlaid with nearly 300 kg gold donated by devotees from Thailand -- giving the shrine a new look. "A team of technical experts from Thailand has completed work to gold-plate the dome and final touches were given to...
  • Bihar govt to provide free electricity for devotees during Chhath November 7, 2013

    Bihar government on Thursday announced to provide electricity free of cost in public areas during 'Chhath Puja', the most important festival in the state. The decision to supply free electricity for Chhath Puja by the power utility service has been taken as part of its corporate social responsibility, HR Panday, Deputy...
  • Devotees bid farewell to lord Ganesha with colour and fervour September 18, 2013

    The ten day Ganesh chaturthi festivities have come to an end with devotees gathering to bid farewell to lord Ganesha. Families offered final prayers to their Ganesh idols before submerging them in the sea amidst chants of Ganpati Bappa Morya. ...
  • Devotees throng Shiva temple on 'Sharavan Chaturdashi' August 5, 2013

    Over 30 lakh devotees paid obeisance to Lord Shiva at various temples in the state on "Sharavan Chaturdashi", which passed off peacefully amidst heavy security arrangements. Maximum number of 22 lakh devotees paid obeisance at Pura Mahadev temple in Baghpat, followed by 3.75 lakh and 3 lakh at Dudheshwar Nath...
  • Kanwariyas go on rampage after CBI officer's car hit devotees August 5, 2013

    A police personnel and two Uttar Pradesh home guards were injured on Sunday when a group of Kanwariyas indulged in stone pelting after some of the devotees were allegedly hit by a car of a CBI officer at Jassi Pura Crossing in Ghaziabad, police said. The incident took place on Sunday...
  • Unfazed by Uttarakhand tragedy, 'Kanwariyas' flock to Haridwar July 29, 2013

    Putting behind sad memories of the June calamity, Kanwariyas flocked to temples in Haridwar despite heavy rains  on the first Monday of the month of 'Sawan' today to offer holy waters of the Ganga to Lord Shiva. With Kanwariyas turning up in large numbers to the holy city to pay obeisance...
  • Lord Ganesha welcomed in households across the country September 19, 2012

    Celebrations were on in full flow across Maharashtra as devotees welcomed their favourite Lord Ganesha on Wednesday. ...
  • Move to mine gold attracts AP devotees' ire September 10, 2012

    Hyderabad: The state government is in a unique fix. On the one hand, it seems to be sitting right on top of a gold reserve in Tamballepalle Assembly constituency in Chittoor district, on the other hand, it is unable to mine it or even conduct a survey in the area...
  • Chennai: Thousands throng Vailankanni shrine August 30, 2012

    Chennai: As the hoisting of the flag marked the beginning of the 10-day annual fest at the Annai Vailankanni Shrine in Besant Nagar, thousands of devotees thronged the church to offer prayers on Wednesday. Sister Beed, who was holding guard of the Mother Mary shrine where devotees left their prayer...
  • Hyderabad: Sai Baba temple trustees clash August 14, 2012

    Hyderabad: Devotees ran helter-skelter when two groups of functionaries of Shirdi Sai Baba temple at Dilsukhnagar here clashed with each other and nearly came to blows on Monday. As tempers ran high, police had to be called in to restore order. The unsavoury incident took place when S.Jayaswamy, former chairman...
  • T'puram: Bogus priests take devotees for a ride July 19, 2012

    Thiruvananthapuram: It was a day of disappointment for several devotees who reached the Shangumugham beach on Wednesday to offer the ‘Karkidaka vavu bali’ ritual, thanks to the scores of fake ‘acharyas’ who lined up on the shores to guide the devotees to perform rituals dedicated to the spirits of their...
  • Bangalore: Disciple decides to stay with Nithyananda July 6, 2012

    Bangalore: The Karnataka High Court was witness to a heart-tugging petition, with a devotee of disgraced godman Nithyananda, who had joined his ashram after leaving behind a lucrative profession and his parents, refusing to go back to them. A Division Bench headed by Justice Dilip B Bhosale questioned the devotee...
  • Nithyananda gets bail in assault case June 15, 2012

    Ramanagar: Controversial self-styled godman Nithyananda was granted bail by the district executive magistrate today, a day after he was re-arrested on charges of disturbing peace. Ramanagar Deputy Commissioner Sriram Reddy, also the executive magistrate, passed orders granting bail to Nithyananda on furnishing a bond for Rs 1 lakh and two sureties...
  • Police begin search operation in Nithyananda's Ashram June 12, 2012

    Bangalore: Ramanagaram police on Tuesday began search operations in Swamy Nithyananda Ashram in Bidadi. Sources said that police has been directed to arrest to all those named in the FIR including Nithyananda. SP Ramanagaram, Anupam Agarwal, said "If we find Nithyananda we will arrest him for charges of assault and threat...
  • Nithyananda moves Karnataka HC against FIR June 12, 2012

    Bangalore: Lawyers of the the self-styled godman, Nithyananda, have moved the Karnataka High Court to quash the first FIR lodged against him, after his supporters clashed with a TV reporter. The self-styled godman remains missing 24 hours after the Sadananda Gowda government launched a manhunt for him. There has been no...