Makar Sankranti

  • FTP: Modi's Salman moment: Will the photo-op benefit Modi? January 15, 2014

    Actor Salman Khan was on Tuesday seen flying kites with BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on the occasion of Makar Sankranti. Was that just a photo-op or a clever political move that will no doubt benefit Modi? ...
  • 10-year-old girl's throat slit by kite-thread on Makar Sankranti; dies January 14, 2014

    The kite-flying tradition on Makar Sankranti on Tuesday proved fatal for a 10-year-old girl, who died after her throat was slit by a sharp kite-string outside her house in Tonk Road area in Jaipur. Chanchal was rushed to hospital bleeding profusely and she was declared brought dead by the emergency unit...
  • Watch: Salman Khan flies kites with Narendra Modi on Makar Sankranti January 14, 2014

    Salman Khan was on Tuesday seen flying kites with Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP PM candidate Narendra Modi on the occasion of Makar Sankranti. When asked whether Modi should become the PM in 2014, Salman said Modi should get what he deserves. ...
  • Makar Sankranti celebrations: Sky lanterns dot the sky January 14, 2014

    Sky balloon lanterns were the special attraction on Makar Sankranti on Tuesday with colourful kites dotting the skyline of Pink city and people getting atop their roofs to enjoy the festival. However, the kite battles pose a threat to birds and NGOs rescued several winged creatures injured by 'manjhas' (strings) this...
  • Rajasthan gets respite from cold as temperature rises January 14, 2014

    Icy winds abated in Rajasthan and temperatures rose, bringing relief to residents of the desert state after the harsh cold wave sweeping the region claimed several lives in the last few days. "However, two trains were rescheduled and 11 delayed due to mist or foggy conditions in parts of Rajasthan. Temperatures...
  • Nation celebrates Makar Sankranti, Pongal January 14, 2014

    New Delhi: Two major harvest festivals, Makar Sankranti and Pongal are being celebrated across the country on Tuesday. While it is known as Makar Sankranti in northern regions of India, down South, the festival is celebrated by the name Pongal in Tamil Nadu. Makar Sankranti marks the beginning of the...
  • 'Modi', 'Kejriwal' kites to fight it out in Indore skies on Makar Sakranti, 'Rahul' missing January 6, 2014

    Lok Sabha elections may be four months away, but Narendra Modi and Arvind Kejriwal would be fighting it out in the Indore skies much before that. Ahead of the Makar Sankranti festival, kite makers in Indore have come out with Modi and Kejriwal brands of kites. No 'Rahul brand' kites are to be seen. "We have...
  • Kumbh ends with last bathing on Maha Shivratri March 11, 2013

    Allahabad: The curtain came down on Sunday on the Kumbh 2013, the biggest religious congregation on earth, with over 70 lakh people taking a holy dip at Sangam on Maha Shivratri. Lakhs of devotees flocked to Sangam, the confluence of the Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati rivers. The Kumbh began January...
  • Nearly 3 lakh people missing in Kumbh Mela February 11, 2013

    New Delhi: The proverbial story of brothers and families getting separated and lost during the Kumbh Mela in Bollywood potboilers is taking place in Allahabad. The Maha Kumbh Mela is the biggest festival and takes place every 12 years in Allahabad. With a massive crowd at the Mela, several people...
  • The sights and sounds of the Maha Kumbh Mela are infectious even for the not so religious: Shreya Dhoundial January 14, 2013

    More than 10 million pilgrims gather at Allahabad for the Maha Kumbh Mela. Shreya Dhoundial joined IBNLive readers from Allahabad and shared her experience. Q. How is the Mela this time.. Asked by: Krishy A. It is my first time at the Maha Kumbh & so far it's...
  • 5 lakh take holy dip at Gangasagar on Makar Sankranti January 14, 2013

    Sagar Islands: Around 5 lakh pilgrims on Monday took a holy dip at Gangasagar, the confluence of Ganga with Bay of Bengal, on the occasion of Makar Sankranti. Calcutta High Court Chief Justice Arun Mishra along with relatives and West Bengal Industries Minister Partho Chatterjee and his family also took...
  • Maha Kumbh Mela begins in Allahabad on Monday January 14, 2013

    Allahabad: Maha Kumbh Mela, often described as the greatest show on earth, begins on Monday with millions of people from across the country and world expected to attend the religious gathering in Allahabad. The Mela, held every 12 years, will go on for next two months and will conclude on...
  • Maha Kumbh Mela 2013: Stage set for the biggest religious meet January 13, 2013

    After 12 long years, the Maha Kumbh Mela is back and the city of Allahabad is teeming with pilgrims as they prepare for the first of the holy baths at the Sangam on Makar Sankranti on Monday. ...
  • Maha Kumbh Mela: Around 10 cr people expected to visit Allahabad January 13, 2013

    After 12 long years, the Maha Kumbh Mela is back and the city of Allahabad is teeming with pilgrims as they prepare for the first of the holy baths at the Sangam on Makar Sankranti on Monday. ...
  • Allahabad: Countdown for Sangam Maha Kumbh begins December 19, 2012

    Lucknow: The countdown for Maha Kumbh 2013, beginning on Jan 14, has started, as hundreds of religious seers and followers of the Juna Akahada, Agni and Avahan Akahadas entered the Mela premises near the Sangam in Allahabad on Tuesday. The Sangam, the spot near where the Maha Kumbh occurs, is...
  • Kerala govt files affidavit on Sabarimala tragedy January 21, 2011

    New Delhi: The Left Front government in Kerala, headed by VS Achuthanandan, on Friday, filed an affidavit in the High Court on the Sabarimala tragedy that happened last week. In its affidavit, the government said that it will bring into effect a permanent system to ensure the safety of the pilgrims....
  • Kerala police submits Sabarimala stampede report January 18, 2011

    New Delhi: The Kerala police on Tuesday submitted its report on what sparked the Sabarimala stampede. According to the investigating officer IGP B Sandhya, an autorickshaw parked on top of the hill toppled, triggering the stampede. There were 11 policemen on the spot, and the report says the police did their...
  • Sabarimala: a tragedy was waiting to happen? January 17, 2011

    New Delhi: Kerala High Court on Monday came down heavily on Kerala government and its various departments, saying that lack of coordination among them caused the tragic stampede in Idukki district which resulted in the death of over 100 pilgrims and injuries to 50 others. Solutions were offered by a judicial...
  • India celebrates the harvest season January 15, 2011

    In different parts of the country, people are celebrating Pongal, Makar Sankranti, Bihu and Uttaraayan. ...
  • Sabarimala stampede spot: a habitat of tigers January 15, 2011

    Vandiperiyar: The spot where the stampede broke out leaving over 100 dead has been a traditional forest trekking path used mostly by devotees from Tamil Nadu to reach the hill shrine of Lord Ayyaappa. The area is known as 'Pulmedu' as it is a large stretch of grassland in Periyar Wildlife...
  • Sabarimala stampede: bodies sent for postmortem January 15, 2011

    Bodies recovered from the stampede site near Sabarimala were being taken to the health care centre for postmortem. ...
  • Eyewitness account of the Sabarimala tragedy January 15, 2011

    Eyewitnesses speak about the turn of events of the accidents near Sabarimala, that left more than 100 dead. ...
  • Sabarimala tragedy: Death toll crosses 100 January 15, 2011

    Vandiperiyar (Kerala): In a major tragedy in Kerala's Idukki district over 100 pilgrims died and 50 others injured, seven of them seriously, in a stampede that occurred at Uppupara near Vandiperiyar on Friday evening. The accident occurred near at 8.30 PM on Friday evening. Sabarimala spokesperson Rahul Easwar said that 109...
  • Bollywood wishes fans on Makar Sankranti January 14, 2011

    New Delhi: Be it Holi, Diwali or Makar Sankranti - the film fraterntiy makes it a point to wish its fans on every occasion. For Sankranti and Pongal, they told fans to enjoy the harvest festival by gorging on gur (jagery) and flying kites. "One of my favorite festivals as a...
  • India celebrates Makar Sankranti and Pongal January 14, 2011

    New Delhi: Makar Sankranti is being celebrated across the country on Friday. The festival marks the entry of the Sun in Capricorn and signifies the arrival of the spring and the beginning of the harvest season. The festival also is an opportunity where thousands take a holy dip in river...
  • Watch: India celebrates the harvest time January 14, 2010

    Its been called the short cut to Nirvana. A single act of faith that could cleanse the sins of a thousand lifetimes. A unique kaleidoscope of colour and motion - the sacred and the surreal - the Kumbh. ...
  • Watch: Ahmedabad gears up for Kite fest January 12, 2010

    Gujarat: The 20th International Kite festival is on in Ahmedabad. The festival concludes on Makar Sankranti, which sees the participation of hundreds of kite flying enthusiasts. ...
  • Harvest Hungama: India celebrates the harvest season January 15, 2009

    New Delhi: It's Pongal in Tamil Nadu and Makar Sankranti in many other parts of the country. Here is a look at the Harvest Hungama from all over India. ...
  • On a high: Emraan flies kites to promote Raaz 2 January 15, 2009

    Mumbai: Emraan Hashmi and filmmaker Mohit Suri were on a high of a different kind while joining street kids at a kite flying event at Mumbai's Versova beach on Wednesday morning. A promotional drive for their forthcoming release Raaz - The Mystery Continues, the occasion gave Emraan a crash course...
  • Pilgrims flock to Ganga Sagar on Makar Sankranti January 14, 2009

    Ganga Sagar: With the Kumbh not happening this year, pilgrims braved terror threats to flock to Ganga Sagar in West Bengal for their holy bath on Makar Sankranti. Makar Sankranti is the last day of the Bengali month of Poush and thousands of devotees believe that a dip in the Ganga...