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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
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
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
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.
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Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan raises questions on electronic media, asks for more transparency and positivity in news
Dec 10, 2015, 19:47 IST
In a veiled dig at continuing protests in the Parliament by the Congress, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed 'sorrow' over fresh disruptions in the Upper and Lower House and asserted that democracy cannot function at the 'whims and fancies' of anyone.
Dec 10, 2015, 17:23 IST
Speaking at the 9th conclave of the Jagran Forum, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal said while every political party demands full statehood for Delhi during polls but forgets about it afterwards, but he's going to ask the Centre to give Delhi full statehood.
Dec 10, 2015, 17:10 IST
While speaking at 9th conclave of the Jagran Forum, Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari said the Centre will solve all of Delhi's traffic problems in next 2 years.
Dec 10, 2015, 16:46 IST
While speaking at the 9th conclave of the Jagran Forum, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said Samajwadi Party have work hard and people of UP are with them
Dec 10, 2015, 16:31 IST
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Dec 10, 2015, 16:13 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
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.
Oct 17, 2015, 14:56 IST
Durga Puja, also referred to as 'Durgotsava' or 'Sharadotsav', is an annual Hindu festival that celebrates worship of Hindu goddess Durga.
Oct 14, 2015, 11:35 IST
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