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The silver city of Cuttack is famous for its craftsmanship on the ‘Puja Pandals’ in the form of silver tableaux during Durga Puja celebrations. People from all across India flock Cuttack city to witness these grand silver tableaux and to offer prayers to the goddess. Adorned with gold and silver jwellery, the idol of goddess Durga bedazzled all visitors. More than 250 to 500 kilograms of silver and around 20 kilograms of gold was put to construct the glittery backdrop of the idol. According to the locals, the idol alone adorned jewellery of about 50 kilograms, with the crown weighing about 20 kilograms. The grand and glittery celebration of Durga Puja in Cuttack is not just limited to Hindu religion. In Dargah market of Cuttack, Hindu- Muslims have been celebrating this festival for last 25 years. The people from various faiths donate generously for designing and decorating these mega tableaus on the occasion of Durga Puja. Although the numbers of Hindus in this region are lesser than the Muslims, the people celebrate all festivals with same fervour. The festival of Muharram falls around the same time with the festival of Dussehra. But the Muslim brothers keep sanctity of Hindu festival Dussehra as high as they observe Muharram
Oct 04, 2017, 19:07 IST
A three-year-old girl Trishna has been named the new Kumari of Nepal’s capital Kathmandu after her predecessor retired when she reached puberty, continuing an ancient tradition that sees young girls worshipped as ‘living goddesses’. The ceremony took place on the eighth day of the two-week-long Dashain festival. She was among four final contestants from the Shakya clan for the position of living goddess, called Kumari. The ‘Kanya’ or Kumari Puja is a ritual of worshipping a girl aged between six and twelve years, symbolizing the Kanya Kumari (virgin) form of the Goddess Durga Devi. Hindu devotees perform the Kanya Puja in front of an idol of the Goddess Durga and believe that a Kanya is a living impersonation of the goddess.
Sep 30, 2017, 11:50 IST
Hundreds of devotees offered a ‘maha aarti’ to Goddess Durga on the eighth day (ashtami) of Navratri in Gujarat’s Surat on Thursday night. A huge sea of devotees was witnessed at the famous Umiyadham Temple as the premises echoed with chants of holy rhymes
Sep 29, 2017, 10:42 IST
A number of people, including children, performed garba carrying dustbins in their hands, to spread the message of cleanliness in Gujarat’s Vadodara on Thursday night. It was the eight day (ashtami) of Navratri Festival.
Sep 29, 2017, 10:16 IST
Keeping their fingers crossed their Ma Durga will fulfill their deeds, devotees in large numbers thronged Mumbai-based famous Mumba Devi Temple and performed aarti on early Thursday morning. It’s the eighth day of nine-day-long Navratri Festival. The religious festival marks the victory of Goddess Durga over a demon named Mahishasura and epitomises the victory of good over evil. The festival is also significant for new beginnings and making investments.
Sep 28, 2017, 10:51 IST
The gateway of a Durga Puja pandal collapsed due to a storm followed by strong winds in West Bengal’s East Midnapore on Wednesday. The incident which took place in Tamluk area, was captured in a mobile footage
Sep 28, 2017, 09:56 IST
In a bustling street of Kolkata, some women are busy offering prayers to goddess Durga, while others sit beside it on a makeshift counter handing out flyers and accepting whatever small donations come their way. These are the sex workers of Sonagachi. Ostracised by the society, the sex workers have managed to erect a marquee after five years to ensure that they celebrate ‘Durga Puja’ with gusto and not amid prejudice. ‘Durga Puja’ is an annual four-day-long festival dedicated to goddess Durga, synonymous with power and feminine force. ‘Durga Puja’ marks the victory of Durga over Mahishasura. It is believed that during the festival the goddess descends on earth to rid it of demons and bless her devotees with happiness and prosperity.
Sep 27, 2017, 20:49 IST
'Navratri' fever ran high in parts of Surat as revelers, dressed in traditional finery, danced to the tunes of folk songs and offered prayers to goddess Durga. 'Navratri' is a nine-day-long festival which celebrates the victory of Durga over Mahishasura
Sep 26, 2017, 08:48 IST
Parts of the nation are drenched in the frenzy of Durga Puja. Devotees in large numbers thronged temples and offered their prayers on the first day of Navratri on Thursday early morning. The auspicious festival is celebrated for nine consecutive days.
Sep 21, 2017, 11:51 IST
A woman named Monika Pal from West Bengal’s Midnapore has been making Durga idols for livelihood for the last 22 years. Initially, she started idol making to support her husband's cancer treatment in 1996, but after he died, she started it as a full-time work to support her family. Monika has won many prizes for making the best Durga idols in the Midnapore area. She makes around 15 to 16 idols every year
Aug 21, 2017, 20:46 IST
Director Anurag Basu has made films on various genres in Bollywood. On his birthday, let's take a look at some interesting facts about Anurag's films. Watch this video
May 08, 2017, 13:38 IST
Director Anurag Basu recently organized Durga Pooja which was attended by Katrina Kaif, Aditi Rao Hydari, Pritam and many others. Watch this video…
Feb 05, 2017, 16:51 IST
Devotees in various parts of the country thronged temples and marquees of Hindu goddess Durga to offer prayers on the occasion of Ram Navmi during the ongoing Hindu festival of Navratri on Friday.
Apr 15, 2016, 11:07 IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi released a unique, illustrated version of Shri-Durga-Saptashati, an illustrated book of the glory of the Goddess.
Jan 22, 2016, 11:18 IST
The Northeast region is in the grip of festival season. The markets and temples are alive with the spirit of Durga Puja. In Agartala, the streets bore a festive look with colorful lights, intricately designed marquees and people beating drums.
Oct 27, 2015, 13:11 IST
Bollywood singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya on Friday denied the molestation charges being levelled against him and alleged that he has fallen prey to a plot.
Oct 23, 2015, 16:13 IST
A woman has accused singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya of abusing and molesting her, following which an FIR was slapped against him at the Oshiwara police station in Mumbai.
Oct 23, 2015, 11:17 IST
Devotees in various parts of India thronged temples and marquees of Hindu goddess Durga to offer prayers on the occasion of Maha Ashtami during the ongoing festival of Navratri on Wednesday.
Oct 21, 2015, 14:54 IST
A committee organising Durga Puja in Kolkata city has decided to showcase the life in enclaves in their marquee for the Hindu festival, as India and Bangladesh successfully began the exercise of exchanging land enclaves under the land boundary agreement in June this year.
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