Navratri

  • Madhya Pradesh: 89 killed, over 100 injured in temple stampede October 13, 2013

    Datia (MP): Eighty nine people, including 31 women and 17 children, were on Sunday killed and over 100 injured in a stampede during Navratri festivities near a temple in Madhya Pradesh's Datia district after rumours that a bridge the devotees were crossing was about to collapse. "89 people were killed in...
  • Evil goes up in smoke, gusto marks Dussehra festivities October 13, 2013

    New Delhi: Giant effigies of ten-headed demon king Ravana, his son Meghnad and brother Kumbhakaran went up in flames marking the triumph of good over evil as fervour marked Dussehra festivities across the country on Sunday. Crowds burst into cheers as the fire crackers-stuffed effigies, dotting grounds and open spaces, crackled...
  • Maharashtra: 1 killed in stampede during Navratri prayers October 5, 2013

    Osmanabad: One person was killed in a stampede on Friday night at the Tuljabhavani temple in Osmanabad, Maharashtra. People from several villages had gathered for an annual ritual at the temple on Friday when the stampede occurred. Large crowds gather at the Tuljabhavani temple during Navratri. The situation has been brought under...
  • Akshay Kumar invited for Ram Leela celebrations in Delhi September 28, 2013

    Mumbai: Actor Akshay Kumar has been invited to participate in India's biggest Ram Leela celebrations in Delhi on the occasion of Dussera. He has received a special Invite from the organisers of Luv-Kush Ram Leela Committee. The Luv-Kush Ram Leela is one of the most celebrated events which takes place...
  • Festive spirit continues for the consumer durables market October 25, 2012

    The sales in consumer durables, auto and gold has seen a rise of 15-20 per cent. ...
  • Navratri noise pollution: Mumbai residents under stress October 23, 2012

    It's that time of the year when Mumbai is soaked in celebrations. With political support, high decibel celebrations have become a norm among all big mandals across Mumbai. ...
  • Watch: Shilpa Shetty, Bappi Lahiri celebrate Navratri October 17, 2012

    Actor Shilpa Shetty was seen offering prayers to mark the Navratri celebrations. Musician Bappi Lahiri was spotted doing what he does best - singing at a pandal in Thane, Mumbai. ...
  • Security tightened in Gujarat for Navratri September 28, 2011

    New Delhi: The 10-day long Navratri festival starts on Wednesday.The Gujarat government has made elaborate security arrangements ahead of the festival. Besides Gujarat's capital, security in cities like Vadodara, Surat, Rajkot and other parts of the state has been increased. Gujarat is always on the alert as was witnessed during...
  • Muslim girl leads Navratra celebrations in J&K September 16, 2011

    Katra: This Navratra is special at Vasihno Devi shrine in Jammu and Kashmir. The festivities are being led by a 12-year-old Muslim girl. Mahapara Mogul knows she is at the centre of celebrations as make-up artists get to work on her as she dresses up as Mata Vaishno Devi. Mahapara, a sixth...
  • Youngsters dance on skates during Navratri September 16, 2011

    Surat: The young in Surat have a new way of dancing this year on Navratri — on wheels! Decked up in the traditional ghaghra-cholis and other garba outfits, the youngsters, all between eight and 18 years, have traded their dancing shoes for skates. Parth, a garba enthusiast said, “We need...
  • Photogallery: Festivities, colours mark Dussehra and Durga Puja September 29, 2009

    As thousands of onlookers cheered, the effigies of Ravan were set ablaze amid a burst of fire crackers on Monday to celebrate Dussehra. The day also saw hundreds of idols of Goddess Durga being immersed as the Navaratri celebrations ended. ...
  • Enjoy Garba, folk music and find your love September 16, 2011

    Ahmedabad: If you know the Garba moves, you can be the lucky one to celebrate Valentine's Day for nine days! ''The festival gives me and my girlfriend a chance to be together for nine days. We meet daily and enjoy the dance till late. Each day is like Valentine's Day for...
  • Watch: Famous Ekdalia Evergreen Pooja of south Kolkata September 25, 2009

    The fifth day of Navratri marks the official beginning of Durga Puja. ...
  • Potatoes slice a hole in your wallet: Rs 30 per kg September 23, 2009

    New Delhi: It is Navratri season and time to dig into all your favourite potato treats, but wait! If onion prices made you cry earlier, it's potatoes that will slice a hole in your wallet. With preparations made from potatoes a staple for those on fast, the retail price of...
  • Jaipur royal family puts on its dancing shoes for dandiya September 16, 2011

    Jaipur: This Navratri Jaipur's former royals haven't just put on their dancing shoes but are also in the mood to dish out a garba lesson or two. With new age Garba melodies resounding in the 300-year-old palace's courtyard, this is where the old and the new come together. And for the...
  • J-K's Muslim actors take to Ram Leela stage October 7, 2008

    Talwara: Twenty-two-year-old Mohammad Sadiq is a walking contradiction. He is a devout Muslim as well as a Ram Leela enthusiast. It was his love for theatre that drew him to the Ram Leela at Talwara and the stage has been a part of his life for more than 11 years...
  • Madurai all dolled-up for Navratri celebrations September 16, 2011

    Madurai: It's Navratri, and the festival is at its colourful best in the Meenakshi temple in Madurai. The tradition of golu signifies that every home is a temple but for the people of Madurai, the temple itself is home, and it is there that they begin their golu arrangement. Every year...
  • Detectives do brisk biz on dandiya nights September 16, 2011

    Ahmedabad / Mumbai: Dandiya raas, colourfully dressed men and women and late nights - a heady concoction that has parents losing their sleep. To battle the Navratri nerves, parents have now found a unique way to keep an eye on their children. Parents in Gujarat and Maharashtra are hiring their friendly...
  • Pay Rs 500 and drive in to see the dandiya October 4, 2008

    Ahmedabad: The strict checking at dandiya venues this year may be a dampener, but one Garba organiser has found a way around it. He has created a drive-in dandiya where visitors who come to watch the Garba don't have to go through the strict checking that occur en-route to a...
  • Festivity and fear, the flavour of Navratri this season October 1, 2008

    Ahmedabad: For Purvi Soni, Navratri festival has always been nine nights of non-stop dandiya. But the blast at Modasa just a day before the festival has left her family worried, however Purvi says she will still go out and dance. “I am scared but I will still not miss it for...
  • Death toll rises to 147 in Jodhpur temple stampede September 30, 2008

    Jodhpur: At least 147 people have been killed and over 425 injured in a major stampede at the Chamunda Devi Temple in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, where devotees had gathered in large numbers on the occasion of the start of Navaratri. According to eyewitnesses there was a scramble on the narrow two-km path...
  • Security concerns wheel in drive-in Garba in Gujarat September 30, 2008

    Ahmedabad: Just a day before the beginning of Navratri, police recovered 17 crude bombs from a garbage bin in Ahmedabad's Kalupur area, reigniting concern about the security arrangements in Gujarat during dandiya season. "It is indeed a matter of concern. People visit plots in lakhs and no one knows who is...
  • Terror up in flames as PM marks Dussehra October 21, 2007

    New Delhi: Giant effigies of demon king Ravan, his son Meghnath and brother Kumbhkaran blazed and crackled in fiery splendour as Dussehra, symbolising the triumph of good over evil, was celebrated across the country on Sunday with gusto and traditional bonhomie. At sundown, the effigies stuffed with firecrackers went up in...
  • Navratri is music to ears for Chennai women October 19, 2007

    Chennai: It's Navaratri and in Chennai, it's the time when women, irrespective of whether they can sing or not are given a chance to perform. The evenings are spent sitting and watching the Golu - an arrangement of dolls on steps. And after chitchat, comes the singing where the old and...
  • HIV awareness on a rise during Navratri November 24, 2007

    Ahemedabad: Gujarat's conservative society isn’t too keen to discuss the topic of HIV awareness, at least not when it’s enjoying the festivities of Navratri. But Manoj Parmar, living with the HIV virus hasn’t let that stop him from playing garba to push forth HIV awareness among the youth. "Mahaaul mein...
  • Garba is all about getting the chemistry right September 16, 2011

    Ahmedabad (Gujarat): It is the Navratri season and it is the dancing duos that are making the most of it. Couples are cashing on the festival. ...
  • Chennai's all doll-ed up this festive season October 16, 2007

    Chennai: The Navaratri fever is spreading across the country. In Chennai, all the dolls are out to join the festivities. On the occasion of Golu, most households in the city display their doll collection. For the last 37 years, Sridharan has been putting up Golu with his wife. And the couple...
  • Garba gets a touch of Bollywood zing September 16, 2011

    Ahmedabad (Gujarat): A blend the traditional and the modern - that's the music one gets to hear at almost every garba. This year too, Ahmedabad's Navratri mandals are playing to the gallery with both Bollywood and folk songs to entertain the crowd. ...
  • As kids live it up on 9 nights, parents play spy games October 14, 2007

    Ahmedabad: Nine nights of dance and celebrations in Gujarat during the Navratras is also something that gets most parents concerned during the festive period. But youngsters spending the whole night out during the Navratras without any parental control, reports of burgeoning sales of condoms and an alarming rise in abortion...
  • Baroda University gears up for a low key Navratri fest November 24, 2007

    Vadodara: The nine-day Navratri festival at Maharaja Sayaji Rao's Fine Arts faculty is among the most popular and authentic Raas Garba in Gujarat. And even though preparations are on in full swing, students on campus still have the May 9 incident fresh in their memory - the day the faculty...