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  • Nepal has new living goddess after Kumari Puja ritual for goddess Durga

    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

  • Watch: Glimpse of maha aarti at Umiyadham Temple

    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

  • Watch: Garba with dustbins to spread message of 'Clean India'

    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

  • Watch Video: Aarti of Goddess Durga on 8th day of Navratri

    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

  • Kolkata sex workers fight prejudice, celebrate Durga Puja

    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' special garba fever runs high in Surat

    '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

  • PM Modi, bullet train tattoos hit among youngsters during Navratri festival

    Craze for tattoos of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and country’s first bullet train is trending among youngsters in Surat, during the celebrations of Navratri festival. A major religious festival of Hindus, Navratri is celebrated for a period of nine days to worship Goddess Durga. It is believed that during the festival, goddess Durga descends on earth to rid it of demons and bless her devotees with happiness and prosperity

    Sep 22, 2017, 18:46 IST

  • Devotees throng temples on commencement of Navratri

    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

  • Best of Bollynews Fatafat: Tantalising Bollywood gossip of the week

    Akshay Kumar will charge 1 crore for 1 day! Whose career did Salman Khan ruin? Kangana Ranaut becomes Goddess Lakshmi. What angered Ekta Kapoor and Riteish Deshmukh?

    Aug 13, 2016, 13:37 IST

  • Kangana Ranaut is on a brand new mission

    Kangana Ranaut promotes ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan’. At the launch of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan video, Kangana talked about her new avatar and shared the mantra to please Goddess Lakshmi

    Aug 11, 2016, 15:56 IST

  • Angry Indian Goddess Tannishta Chatterjee is back with Rough Book!

    National Award winning director Ananth Narayan Mahadevan's worldwide applauded film Rough Book that features Tannishta Chatterjee, Aman Ali and Ram Kapoor recently released its trailer. The film revolves around sensitivity of kids education in contemporary India.

    Jun 22, 2016, 14:24 IST

  • Man on fast expecting Goddess to appear

    A devotee based in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, has claimed that he has been told by goddess Sharda to take ‘Samadhi’, a state of meditative consciousness or trance. Sudhakar Shukla has been fasting since April 8 in the hope of seeing the goddess. He believes the goddess will appear before him on April 17.

    Apr 16, 2016, 12:53 IST

  • Preparation in full swing for Lathmar Holi

    The preparations for the Lathmar Holi in Uttar Pradesh's Barsana town are on full swing. Lathmar Holi is a local celebration of the Hindu festival Holi, celebrated few days before Holi.

    Mar 16, 2016, 13:09 IST

  • 'Angry Indian Goddesses' gives new gal-pals to B'Town

    Lead actress of upcoming bollywood drama'Angry Indian Goddesses', Sandhya Mridul, Anushka Manchanda, Sarah-Jane Dias, Rajshri Deshpande & Pavleen Gujral were in the National Capital to promote their film.

    Dec 04, 2015, 20:29 IST

  • People from all faiths celebrate Diwali, setting an example of communal harmony

    The festival of lights, Diwali, serves to strengthen communal bonds across India. Setting an example of communal harmony, a Christian body in Kochi, Kerala, organised an event to celebrate Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights.

    Nov 17, 2015, 12:31 IST

  • Stone-pelting festival in Himachal to appease Goddess Kalii

    Thousands of devotees converged in Dhami village of Himachal Pradesh to celebrate a bizarre stone-pelting festival to appease Hindu goddess of power, Kali. Divided in different groups, devotees hit each other with stones until they start bleeding.

    Nov 13, 2015, 17:57 IST

  • Exclusive chat with 'Angry Indian Goddesses'

    When five women of substance - Sandhya Mridul, Anushka Manchanda, Pavleen Gujral, Sarah-Jane Dais and Rajshri Deshpande - visited the mid-day office recently for a no-holds barred chat, it turned out to be one amusing conversation.

    Nov 12, 2015, 10:06 IST

  • Goddess' idol adorned with rupees Rs 2.5 crores worth cash, gold

    A temple in Andhra Pradesh decorated an idol of goddess Vasavi Kanyaka Parameswari with Indian and foreign currency notes and gold ornaments worth rupees Rs 2.5 crores during the Navratri festival.

    Oct 22, 2015, 13:44 IST

  • Girls dance on broken glass pieces to appease Goddess Adhya Shakti

    In a bizarre ritual, girls in Junagadh, Gujarat, performed the traditional Garba dance on broken glass pieces to appease the Goddess Adhya Shakti during the ongoing festival of Navratri.

    Oct 22, 2015, 12:07 IST

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