Durga Puja

  • MP: Blame game intensifies as death toll in temple stampede reaches 115 14-10-2013 01:40 PM

    Bhopal: The blame game over the stampede at a temple in Ratangarh in Madhya Pradesh has been intensifying as politicians, authorities and pilgrims speak in different voices. The police said a rumour of the bridge collapsing sparked the stampede while eyewitnesses were blaming it on a police lathicharge. However, politicians...
  • Nitish Kumar greets people at 'Ravana Vadh' function in Gandhi Maidan 14-10-2013 09:14 AM

    Marking culmination of the nine-day long Durga puja festival, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday attended the ceremonial 'Ravana Vadh' function at the historic Gandhi Maidan amid incessant drizzle and windy weather condition. Kumar formally inaugurated the 'Ravana Vadh' function by lighting a lamp and releasing balloons in the...
  • Ratangarh stampede: Death toll reaches 90, over 100 injured 13-10-2013 01:58 PM

    At least 90 people have been confirmed dead and more than 100 others injured in a stampede on Sunday morning at Ratangarh temple in Datia, police said. Madhya Pradesh government announces compensation of Rs.1.5 lakh forRatangarh stampede victims. A large number of devotees had gathered at the temple, located around...
  • Choose good over evil this Durga Puja, say Bollywood stars 13-10-2013 01:34 PM

    New Delhi: On the festive occasion of Dussehra, Bollywood celebrities like Madhur Bhandarkar, Sridevi and Anupam Kher have emphasised on the importance to choose good over evil. Gearing up to celebrate the victory of good over evil on Dussehra, celebrities shared their thoughts via micro-blogging website Twitter. Here's what the...
  • Filmmakers can't ignore Durga puja: Mahesh Bhatt 12-10-2013 03:02 PM

    Kolkata: Describing Durga Puja as one enchanting background for films, director Mahesh Bhatt terms Ray classic Devi as one unforgettable film he will never leave behind. "I remember one film. Satyajit Ray's 'Devi' which has Durga Puja as background. It was captivating," the 'Saaransh' maker told PTI after inaugurating the...
  • President Pranab Mukherjee takes role of a priest, begins Durga puja 11-10-2013 10:27 PM

    Kirnahar (WB): President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday took the role of a priest and worshipped Durga idol at his ancestral home in Mirati, a village 200 kms from Kolkata. This is the second time he attended the Durga Puja at the Mukherjee House after being sworn in as the President...
  • Snapshot: Kajol celebrates Durga Puja with Nysa and Yug 11-10-2013 01:49 PM

    Bollywood stars are busy thronging the Durga Puja pandals this festive season and none other than Kajol was spotted at one of the pandals in Mumbai. She was also accompanied by her children, Nysa and Yug. Her 10-year-old daughter and three-year-old son stuck to their mother during the Puja. Along...
  • Durga Puja in Kolkata goes global this year 11-10-2013 11:11 AM

    Kolkata: It's Mahasaptami on Friday and festivities are on in full swing across the country. In Kolkata, puja pandals are going global with Pakistan and French connections that are hard to miss. A trio of artists from across the border have taken a break from painting Pakistan's colourful trucks to...
  • NGO takes widows from Vrindavan to Kolkata for Durga Puja 10-10-2013 10:18 AM

    Kolkata: A group of 50 women from Vrindavan, mostly widows, are in Kolkata to celebrate Durga Puja. Along with celebrations, they are also making a bold social statement. 91-year-old Maanu Ghosh returned to Kolkata, her birthplace, after two decades. Married at 11 and widowed at 40, Maanuma was abandoned by...
  • Cyclone threat: Odisha govt cancels puja holidays of employees 09-10-2013 01:35 PM

    With the Met department forecasting a cyclone in Odisha-Andhra Pradesh coast by Sunday, the state government on Wednesday cancelled puja holidays of its employees in 14 districts and ordered deployment of Disaster Rapid Force in all vulnerable points. "The state government has cancelled puja holidays of employees in coastal districts...
  • West Bengal: Slowdown forces budget cuts in Durga Puja this year 09-10-2013 10:59 AM

    Kolkata: Even as the country prepares and looks forward to the festive season, there is a slight dampener this time around. The economic slowdown seems to be having an impact on the Durga Puja celebrations. The Puja organisers of Kolkata are struggling to stay afloat despite drastic cuts in budgets....
  • WB: Dissident Trinamool MP Somen Mitra shares dais with state Congress chief 09-10-2013 07:27 AM

    Kolkata: Dissident Trinamool Congress MP Somen Mitra on Tuesday once again shared a dais with state Congress president Pradip Bhattacharjee, fuelling speculations of switching over to the Congress before the Lok Sabha polls. Mitra, a former state Congress president, was spotted with Bhattacharjee and other Congress leaders at several Durga...
  • Mamata Banerjee asks police to keep strict vigil during Durga Puja 08-10-2013 08:02 PM

    Kolkata:With Durga Puja festivities slated to begin from October 10, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday asked the police to keep a strict vigil so that there is no disruption of law and order. "During the Sarod Utsav (Pujas), I have asked the administration to keep a close...
  • Delhi: Durga Puja pandal worth Rs 1 crore being built at Panchkuian road 08-10-2013 11:56 AM

    A Durga Puja pandal in the national capital is being made on a whopping budget of Rs 1 crore ($162,000). A 16-feet tall and 12-and-a-half feet wide Buddha idol, a 20-feet Durga idol and a 64-feet Eiffel tower replica are part of a Durga Puja pandal at Delhi's Panchkuian Road....
  • King of Belgium invokes power of Durga in search for 'unity of purpose' 05-10-2013 12:34 PM

    Brussels: Even as India prepared to celebrate Durga Puja next week, the monarch in faraway Belgium, King Philippe, invoked the power of Durga to seek help in nations' search for "unity of purpose" and in taking up challenges of the times. A great lover of India, who has led four...
  • Muzaffarnagar fallout: District authorities impose restrictions on Durga Puja 04-10-2013 08:38 PM

    Agra: The Agra district authorities have imposed restrictions on Durga Puja celebrations as a fallout of the Muzaffarnagar violence. Police officer Shalabh Mathur said according to the new guidelines, those who want to organise Durga Puja celebrations at public places will have to take prior permission. "They will have to...
  • Durga Puja: Religious fest, sponsored programme or reality show? 04-10-2013 10:34 AM

    New Delhi: Once upon a time pujas meant an innocent celebration of joy and fun. New clothes. New movies. Eating out. Freaking out with friends and relatives for non-stop 'add'. " It was the one time in the year that you actually got to see, up close, the most breathtakingly...
  • World's largest Hindu temple to come up in West Champaran 02-10-2013 02:59 PM

    The world's largest Hindu temple, with a towering height of 405 feet and a hall with a seating capacity for 20,000, is to be built in Bihar, an official said on Wednesday. The construction of the temple is to start after Durga Puja in Bihar's West Champaran district, said an...
  • Kolkata: After Reliance, Airtel also rolling out 4G 13-09-2013 08:49 AM

    Two days after Reliance Jio signed an MoU with the Kolkata Municipal Corporation for laying out 4G network in the city, Airtel also followed suit on Thursday. Airtel's eastern region CEO PG Sharma signed an MoU with KMC to lay 400 km of optical fibre cable in the city. Sharma...
  • Bengal's Durga Puja industry to touch Rs.40,000 crore in 2015 09-09-2013 10:59 PM

    Kolkata:West Bengal's Durga puja industry is growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of about 35 percent and is expected to touch Rs.40,000 crore by 2015 from its current size of Rs.25,000 crore, according to an industry lobby Monday. "Despite falling rupee, rising inflation and slowdown in the economy,...
  • UP government may withdraw cases against riot accused 11-04-2013 03:54 PM

    Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh government has once again taken a decision which has raised question marks on the administration of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. The government has started the process to withdraw the cases against those accused in the communal violence in Faizabad. One the persons against whom the case...
  • Durga Puja ends in West Bengal with idol immersion 24-10-2012 08:36 PM

    Kolkata: Devotees across West Bengal tearfully bade goodbye to their beloved mother goddess Durga as her idols were immersed in ponds, lakes and rivers on Vijayadashami on Wednesday. The banks of the Ganga and other rivers wore a festive look, as puja organisers came in colourful processions to the accompaniment...
  • Demons meet fiery end as good triumphs over evil 24-10-2012 08:13 PM

    New Delhi: Towering effigies of 10-headed demon king Ravana, his son Meghnad and brother Kumbhakaran crackled in fiery splendour marking the triumph of good over evil as gusto and fervour marked Dussehra festivities across the country on Wednesday. Amid beating of drums, devotees, dancing frenziedly, also bid adieu to goddess...
  • President Pranab in West Bengal for Durga Puja 22-10-2012 08:21 AM

    Birbhum: The Durga Puja festivities are on in West Bengal and Birbhum has more than one reason to celebrate. President Pranab Mukherjee is at his village Mirati and will take part in the festivities for the next few days. This is his first visit to the village after being appointed...
  • WB: Mamata an inspiration for Durga Puja pandals 04-10-2011 08:38 AM

    Kolkata: Durga Puja celebrations are in full flow in West Bengal and the rest of the country on the of Mahaashtami. This year interestingly the pandals have been dedicated to 'Paribartan' in other words, to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. There are themes galore this Puja - from alumunium kettles and...
  • Kolkata: people throng pandals on Mahasaptami 03-10-2011 09:20 AM

    Kolkata: Monday is Mahasaptami and it begins the Durga pujo tour with the biggest durga idol ever made. Salt Lake has a 52 feet high fibre statue of Ma Durga and the organisers say the response is overwhelming. Organiser Sumit Chatterjee said," We can't count exactly but the last three...
  • Pranab celebrates Durga Puja in Birbhum 03-10-2011 08:25 AM

    Kolkata: Away from all the controversies concerning the government, Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukerjee is celebrating Durga Puja at his ancestral house in Birbhum in West Bengal. Mukherjee makes it a point to visit his village every year during the pujas. The Union minister arrived in Kolkata from Delhi on...
  • First in decades: WB ministers plunge into pujas 01-10-2011 11:39 AM

    Kolkata: For the first time in three-and-a-half decades, West Bengal's ministers have openly joined in organising Durga Puja celebrations, shedding the political diffidence of the previous leftist government, some of whose members were avowed atheists. Puja organising committees are witnessing the ministerial presence in a big way, with many legislators...
  • Kolkata gears up for Durga Puja 27-09-2011 08:09 AM

    Kolkata: It is Mahalaya on Tuesday, the day that formally marks the beginning of the Durga Puja. It is that time of the year again when the Durga Puja fever grips Kolkata for days. A community of more than 400 artisans in Kumartuli has been giving final touches to the...
  • Puja fervour at one of Kolkata's oldest pandals 15-10-2010 10:03 AM

    Kolkata: It's ashtami today -- the biggest and the most celebrated day of the pujas. While a lot of new pandals mushroom every year, there are some centuries-old traditional pandals also. Here’s the story. It was the year 1773 and Jagat Ram Mukherjee's daughter came back from her maternal uncle's...