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Shirdi's Sai Baba temple closed for darshan till further orders

Shridi's Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust (SSST) has closed the doors of the famous Sai Baba Mandir amid the rising COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra. According to the trust, the temple will remain closed till April 30, 2021. ..

Mizoram churches demand change in the by-poll election date

In Mizoram, the Serchhip by-poll and counting of votes are scheduled to be held on April 17 and May 2 respectively. However, the Seventh Day Adventist Church along with other Christian denominations urged the poll panel to defer the polling and counting dates as both the days fall on Saturday and Sunday, which are sacred and important for the Christians, Nenow reported. ..

Officials run in to save MP's ancient Jain temple from jungle blaze

There was a huge fire set in the Satpura mountains in Madhya Pradesh. Officials and authorities ran to save the 12th Century Digambar Jain Siddha Kshetra of Bawan Gaja from the forest blaze...

Land allotted to TTD for Tirupati temple construction in J&K

The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthnam, that is responsible for the management of Tirupati's Balaji temple in Andhra Pradesh, will now also be setting up a temple complex in the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir that would also include spiritual and meditation center, residential quarters, along with medical and educational facilities in the temple area...

Coronavirus pandemic: Mumbai Diocese issues guidelines for the followers

After Maharashtra Government declared weekend lockdown, Mumbai Diocese issued guidelines for church followers. Archdiocese of Bombay announced that churches will be closed till April 30...

Suit seeking ‘restoration’ of Hindu and Jain temples in Qutub Minar complex to be heard on April 27

A Delhi Court will on April 27 take up hearing of a civil suit filed on Quwwat-Ul-Islam Masjid situated within the Qutub Minar complex in Mehrauli. The suit wasfiled on behalf of Jain deity Tirthankar Lord Rishabh Dev and Hindu deity Lord Vishnu. He had alleged that the Masjid was built in place of a temple complex and thereby seeking restoration of the temple complex comprising of 27 temples...

2,100-year-old Buddhist relics unearthed in Guntur village

Ancient Buddhist relics were found at Vaikuntapuram in the Thullur Mandal of Guntur district. Locals discovered the relics during diggings at Bhavaghni Ashram in the village...

Kerala Christians express concern over conversion through interfaith marriages

‘Love jihad’ is a term used for a conspiracy by Muslim men to convert non-Muslim girls in the guise of love. In January last year, the Syro-Malabar Church, one of the largest church bodies in Kerala, issued a statement raising concerns about Christian women being “targeted” through ‘love jihad’...

CM Soren asks to withdraw Pathalgadi movement cases on protesters including Christian missionaries

Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren has asked the officials to withdraw all cases registered during the Pathalgadi movement. CM Soren has cleared a proposal to withdraw criminal cases related to the movement. The Jharkhand Police had registered cases against protesters including some Christian missionaries and the churches for their alleged role in the instigation of the Pathalgadi movement...

Philippines: No 'Easter' celebration due to surge in COVID-19 cases

Amid rising in COVID-19 cases, the Philippines, a Catholic majority country, will not be celebrating Easter as normal this year. A strict lockdown has been imposed in the capital and nearby provinces due to a spike in COVID-19 cases. ..

No direct kiss to 'crucifix' on Good Friday due to Covid 19 pandemic

Experiencing the rise in the cases of Covid 19, Catholic Churches decided to disallow the followers to directly kiss the crucifix on Good Friday. Bishop Theodore Mascarenhas, auxiliary bishop of Ranchi, said that we will abide by all Covid regulations, Times of India reported...

ASI recovers 36 antiques including of Jain community from the UK, US, Australia

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has retrieved 36 antique items from the UK, the US, and Australia over the last five years, the Union Ministry of Culture and Tourism has said. Minister of State for Culture and Tourism Prahlad Patel shared the details about the recovered antiquities in Parliament and said all the items recovered were given voluntarily by the museums and related authorities. Few of them included were of Jain community...

Registration of pilgrims for Amarnath Yatra begins on 1st April 2021

In the major development, the registration for the pilgrims of Shri Amarnath Ji Yatra is going to start from April 1, 2021. The registration will be through 446 designated bank branches of Punjab National Bank, Jammu & Kashmir Bank, and YES Bank, all over the country..

'Need to revive and relive such passion', Sadhguru's stand for Meenakshi Amman temple

Up in the drive to free Tamil Nadu temples, Sadhguru Vasudev Jaggi today tweeted about the Meenakshi Amman temple and called for reviving and reliving the cultural passion. "A Temple that finds mention in Sangam literature dating back 2000 years; a Temple of 33,000 sculptures that overwhelms us with the outpouring of devotion. #FreeTNTemples. Tamil people must revive & re-live such Passion", he tweeted...

Muslims demand not to extend lockdown ahead of Ramzan

Muslims in the Aurangabad district of Maharashtra demanded not to extend lockdown in the wake Coronavirus pandemic ahead of the Ramzan festival. However, experts reports claimed that religious congregation on the festivals is also one of the reasons for the rise of Coronavirus cases in Maharashtra...

Covid-19 fear: Roman Catholic Church cancels Palm Sunday procession

Roman Catholic Church of Ranchi district in Jharkhand cancelled the Palm Sunday procession in view of rising Coronavirus pandemic cases. The Church decided to shorten the 1-km walk however later decided to cancel the procession. ..

Amid corona rise, Bawangaja Siddhakshetra in MP closes for devotees again

As the Coronavirus cases are increasing again, Bawangaja Siddhakshetra in Madhya Pradesh's Barwani district, a popular pilgrimage of the Jain community, has been closed. The Bawangaja Siddhakshetra trust has decided to close its temple from Saturday while suspending routine activities till further notice. The decision has been taken to protect its volunteers, visitors, and local communities who visit it...

Change in Darshan time of Sai Baba of Shirdi, Temple open for devotees from 7.15 am to 7.45 pm

In view of the increasing prevalence of Corona in the state, the state government of Maharashtra has issued new guidelines on March 28, 2021 regarding Covid-19. Sai Baba Sansthan has informed that Shri Sai Prasadalaya will be open from 10 am to 7.30 pm...

Trimbakeshwar Temple in Maharashtra's Nashik bans entry for devotees amid COVID-19 case spike

Amid rising coronavirus cases, Maharashtra government ordered for the indefinite closure of Trimbakeshwar Temple, one of the 12 Jyotirlingas built in Nashik. After 8 pm on Tuesday night entry of devotees in the temple will not be allowed. This decision was taken by the Trimbakeshwar Devasthan Trust. ..

Case registered for hurting the religious sentiments of Muslims in Maharashtra

In the Beed district of Maharashtra, a case has been registered against a Hindu youth for hurting the religious sentiments of Muslims. The youth is identified as Sujit Krishna Yadav. Local Muslims claimed that a video shared by the accused on the WhatsApp group was insulting the Islamic beliefs. According to them, the accused made a video having abusive words about the local masjid; however, the video is not available. The accused is the admin of that WhatsApp group...

Indonesia Police identify Muslim couple who carried out a suicide attack on the Church

Minority communities in Muslim dominated Indonesia once again been targeted. The Indonesian police have identified a Muslim couple who attacked the Sacred Heart of Jesus Cathedral in Makassar, the capital of Indonesia’s South Sulawesi province. In this attack, more than 20 people were injured, while both attackers died. ..

Sadhguru storms Twitter to free Tamil Nadu temples from government control

Spiritual leader Sadhguru launched a ‘100 tweets’ Twitter campaign on Wednesday to bring people’s attention to the dilapidated condition of temples in Tamil Nadu. Soon after, several people tweeted in support of the ‘Free Tamil Nadu’s Temples’ campaign. ..

Security guards arrested for stealing valuables and cash from Jain temple

Dahisar, Mar 26: Two security guards were arrested by Dahisar Police for stealing valuables and cash from the Jain temple. The duo was held from Pune and police made a 100 percent recovery of the stolen booty. Both accused have been booked under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code for theft. ..

Police recovers stolen Buddha idols from Ranchi

In a major development, Hazaribag police has recovered the two ancient sculptures of Gautam Buddha that were stolen from the excavation site in Hazaribag. Police have recovered idols from Ranchi and they have also arrested five persons in this connection. Hazaribag superintendent informed about the news during the press conference...

Sadhguru leads the push to ‘free Tamil Nadu temples’, says ‘temples unfortunately have become cash cows’

A day after Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) promised in its manifesto to hand over the administration of Hindu temples in Tamil Nadu to a separate board comprising Hindu scholars and saints, spiritual leader Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev on Wednesday reiterated his concern over the dire state of shrines in the southern state...

HC extends protection to a girl who turned Hindu and married a Hindu boy

Delhi High Court (HC) extended the police protection provided to a couple belonged to different religions. The girl belonged to Muslim while the boy belonged to the Hindu religion. A single bench of Justice Anu Malhotra sought a status report from the police on an incident in Delhi wherein a couple's house was allegedly attacked by a Muslim mob following their marriage...

Christian nuns detained for attempt to religious conversion in UP

Christian nuns detained in Uttar Pradesh (UP) for an attempt to forceful religious conversion during the train journey. The nuns are from Kerala. Some co-passenger alleged that the nuns were taking away the youth to forcefully convert to Christianity...

Complaint filed for alleged wrong translation of Quran verses

A complaint has been filed against Suresh Gawli regarding the translation of Quran verses. The complainant alleged that the accused published a wrong translation of 26 verses of the Quran on social media. The complaint has been filed by Akram Shaikh in Dharur city located in Beed district of Maharashtra. ..

Afzal turns Rajiv, pressurizes for sex, circumcision of children and conversion to Islam

In Uttar Pradesh's capital Lucknow, a Muslim man turned Hindu to marry a Hindu girl and put pressure on her for conversion to Islam after marriage. The victim married Rajiv, who told her that he does not have any family. After marriage, the victim came to know that his real name is Mohammad Afzal Siddiqui...

Dr Mohan Bhagwat meets Jain Shwetambar Acharya Sri Mahashramanji

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Sarsanghchalak Dr Mohanrao Bhagwat called on Jain Shwetambar Acharya Sri Mahashramanji here at Dr Hedgewar Smriti Bhavan. He expressed his happiness over the Jain Acharya visiting Dr Hedgewar Smriti Bhavan and addressing the swayamsevaks. ..

Sri Lanka to conduct the final rites of its most eminent Buddhist monk at Independence Square on March 25

Sri Lanks's most venerable Aggamaha Panditha Kotugoda Dhammawasa Thero, passed away in the morning on March 22 at the age of 88. Thero was receiving medical treatment at a private hospital in Colombo at the time of his death. The final rites of Late Most Ven. Aggamaha Panditha Kotugoda Dhammawasa Thero will be conducted at Independence Square on Thursday (Mar. 25) with full state honors...

France to ban 'halal' slaughtering of poultry animals

Muslims opposed the new rule of the France Government against the Islamic way (Halal) of slaughtering. The rule is widely criticized by Muslim leaders ahead of the holy month of Ramadan. The new rule says the Islamic slaughter of poultry animals will be banned in France from July 2021...

Muslims to take Corona vaccine after approval from the religious body

Dar-ul-Ifta Pakistan, one of the county’s top seminaries, has declared vaccination against the novel Coronavirus ‘legal’ and ‘permissible’ under Islamic law..

Muslim outfits protest against the petition on Quran verses

Twenty Muslim organizations staged a protest in Jamshedpur city in Jharkhand. They demanded immediate action against the former chairman of Uttar Pradesh (UP) Shia Central Waqf Board, Waseem Rizvi, for his stand on the Quran...

HC reserves judgement on the land dispute in the Kashi Vishwanath-Gyanvapi Masjid case

Allahabad High Court (HC) Justice Prakash Padia reserved the judgment on land dispute in the Kashi Vishwanath-Gyanvapi Masjid case. The suit filed by the temple’s trust in 1991 in Varanasi district court. Anjuman Intazamia Masazid, Varanasi had challenged the case in the court...

Continuation of Tirupati Devasthanam's 'Kalyanamastu' in Andhra Pradesh

The Andhra Pradesh government has revived the older ‘Kalyanamastu’, a programme that the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam had started almost 15 years ago. The scheme was discontinued 10 years back. The Kalyanamastu programme offers benefits to newly-wed brides...

NIA Court refuses bail plea of Jesuit priest father Stan Swamy

National Investigation Agency (NIA) Court rejected the bail application of Jesuit priest father Stan Swamy. He is accused in the Bhima Koregaon case. NIA arrested Jesuit priest Swamy for his alleged involvement in Bhima Koregaon violence. Bhima Koregaon is located in the Pune district of Maharashtra. ..

Mumbai Archbishop to distribute blessed 'holy oils' to their parishes

The Chrism Mass was held on Thursday 18th March at the Archdiocese of Bombay. During this mass, the priests, deacons, and representatives of the entire Archdiocesan community gather around their Archbishop, who blessed the 'Holy Oils' for use in the coming year. However, in the fear of Coronavirus pandemic, all guidelines have been followed during the mass...

Two Buddha statues stolen from the ASI excavation site in Hazaribagh

In the major development, two ancient sculptures of Gautam Buddha, which were unearthed during an excavation by Archeological Survey of India on foothills of Juljul hill at Sadar block of Hazaribagh district were stolen on March 20...

Indian Railways ease travels for pilgrims to visit Vaishno Devi

The Indian railways have planned to provide better travel options for pilgrims amidst the pandemic, for the ease of bhakts of Mata Vaishno Devi. In order to visit Shri Mata Vaishno Devi in Katra, the Indian Railways has decided to start two special trains for Katra. ..

Ancient Hindu shlokas to start the day of Utah’s North Ogden City Council on March 23

North Ogden City Council (Utah) will start its meeting on March 23 with Hindu prayers, containing hymns from world’s oldest extant scripture...

Christians demand the implementation of a 50% reservation for minorities in minority institutions

A Christian organization has demanded the implementation of 50% reservation for minority communities in minority institutions. Members of Maharashtra Alpasankhyank Khrity Vikas Parishad (MAKVP) met State President of Indian National Congress Nana Patole and State Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad for this demand...

UGC asks for details on Buddhism courses, Pali language to generate database

In order to contribute to preparing a comprehensive database on all Buddhism-related courses, the University and Grants Commission (UGC) has asked all the Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and Universities, including those in Tamil Nadu...

Delhi Women Commission prevents forced conversion and marriage of a minor girl

Forced conversion cases have been continued in the country. A similar case has emerged in the capital. Swati Maliwal, Chairperson of Delhi Women Commission prevented a 15-year-old girl's marriage and her conversion. ..

Two ancient temples, shivling unearthed in a river in Odisha

In a major development, remains of ancient temples and Shivling have been unearthed in the Baitarani River in Dasarathpur locality in Jajpur district. According to the reports, the huge white Shivling and two temples resurfaced during sand mining on the river bed near Siddheshwar temple...

Centre brings in special trains for Kumbh Mela

The Indian Railways does not operate train services on State wise basis as Railway network straddles across State boundaries. However, especially for the Kumbh Mela that extends from Jan – Apr 2021, at Haridwar, the Indian Railways has made adequate arrangements, keeping in view the concerns and suggestions of state govts, in view of the prevailing COVID 19 situation...

Lawyer announces Rs 11 lakh reward for beheading Waseem Rizvi

A Muslim lawyer allegedly announced an Rs 11 lakh reward for beheading Waseem Rizvi, Former Chairman of Uttar Pradesh Shia Central Waqf Board. The Lawyer is identified as Amirul Hasan Zaidi. ..

Christian priests cannot bless same-sex marriages, says the Vatican

The Vatican announces that Christian priests cannot bless same-sex marriages as such blessings “cannot be considered licit”, The Guardian reported. The announcement was approved by Pope Francis...

Construction for Ram Temple’s foundation begins with 'Vedic Poojan'

In a major development, work to lay the foundation for the construction of Sri Ram Mandir at Ayodhya began with Vedic Poojan at Sri Ram Janmabhoomi, on Monday. Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra's secretary Champat Rai, trustee Anil Mishra, Ayodhya DIG Deepak Kumar, and DM Anuj Kumar Jha were also present during the ‘Bhoomi Pujan’ at the construction site...

Jain relics found in Uttara Kannada district

Historians have discovered two more Nisadis (memorial stones) dating back to the 12th century at Hiregutti village in Kumta of Uttara Kannada district. This indicated the deep roots of Jainism. ..

Muslims protest against former Chief of UP Shia Waqf Board in Hyderabad

Muslim organizations protested in Hyderabad against Waseem Rizvi, former Chief of Uttar Pradesh Shia Waqf Board, over his petition which sought the removal of 26 verses from the Quran...

Jain idol found in Tamil Nadu's Tiruvallur

A four-foot-tall sculpture of Mahavira dating to 12th century AD was found abandoned in Meyyur, a village in Tiruvallur district. With basic stylistic features such as three umbrellas, Ashoka creepers and a halo around the head, scholars confirmed it a later period sculpture of Mahavira, the last Tirthankara of Jainism...

Dalai Lama prays for COVID-19 patients

Dalai Lama at home prays as he does every day for the happiness of all sentient beings. In particular, he spends some time praying that the suffering that has come from Covid-19 pandemic will soon come to an end and that those who are sick will make a complete and swift recovery...

Ram Setu Mahurat in Ayodhya

Actor Akshay Kumar will be heading to Ayodhya soon for the mahurat shot of his upcoming film "Ram Setu". The actor will reach Ayodhya on March 18 along with the film's director Abhishek Sharma and creative producer Dr. Chandraprakash Dwivedi. ..

Uttarakhand CM celebrates Phool Dei festival with children

Uttarakhand CM Tirath Singh Rawat celebrated Phool Dei festival with children at his residence in Bhagirathipuram, Dehradun. The festival, celebrated in the state, marks the beginning of spring season. ..

Afghan Bamiyan buddha returns virtually after 20 years

Twenty years after being destroyed by the Taliban, Bamiyan Buddhas were brought back to life using 3D projection in the event held in the Bamiyan Valley of Afghanistan. The event “A Night with Buddha” was held on the anniversary of annihilation. The projection filled the alcove that once housed Salsal, a 55-meter tall statue...

1.5 km queue at Mahakaleshwar temple in Indore

On the occasion of Mahashivratri, the temple was shining with glittering lights, where the devotees had started to arrive in the city as early as before a week of the festival. During the Mahashivratri darshan, devotees except for the VIPs walked over 1.5 km of distance to pay homage to Lord Shiva. ..

Former Waqf Board Chairman files petition in SC for removal of 26 verses of Quran

Syed Waseem Rizvi, former Uttar Pradesh Shia Waqf Board Chairman, has filed a petition in the Supreme Court of India (SC) seeking to remove 26 controversial verses provided in the Quran. In the petition, Rizvi said that these verses were added later after the compilation of the Quran. ..

Five Muslims attempt to rape a girl offering Namaz in the home

Five Muslim youths attempted to rape a 21-year-old girl when she was offering a Namaz in the home. The incident took place in Mahad taluk of Raigad district in Maharashtra. The victim alleged that the youths forcefully entered the house and beat her and her mother. ..

Kidnapped minor Hindu forcibly converted to Islam

A 13-year-old kidnapped Hindu girl named Kavita Oad was forcibly converted to Islam in Pakistan. A video of the conversion ceremony of the girl has gone viral after Pakistani journalist Nayla Inayat uploaded the video on her social media profile. In the video, the victim can be seen sitting on the ground and people around her recording the video of her conversion...

Woman activists attack, desecrate church in Mexico

A group of feminists taking part in a women’s rights march in Oaxaca City on Sunday attacked Ss. Cosmas and Damian parish, as well as other buildings, both public and private...

Christian organization finances reconstruction of Christian houses in Iraq

Christian organization Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) financed the reconstruction of the houses of Christian families which were desecrated by Islamic State militants in Iraq. ACN is a Pontifical Foundation, whose mission is to help persecuted and oppressed Christians worldwide...

Ladakh MP asks HRD to also collect Buddhist data from NGOs, Rinpoche

After UGC University Grants Commission (UGC) asked Universities to provide a database on Buddhism-related courses, Ladakh MP Jamyang Tsering Namgyal now asked the Human Resource Development Ministry to also collect data, from the non-governmental Buddhist institutions and associations across the country...

Major temples of Maharashtra to be developed for pilgrimages

According to the resent release of Maharashtra State Government, the state Finance Minister Ajit Pawar has announced that funds would be availed for the development projects of pilgrimage sites in and around Pune district. ..

Christian priest leaves the church to join a political party in Kolkata

Catholic priest Father Rodney Borneo joined Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) ahead of West Bengal's Assembly Elections. He has resigned from his position as Principal of Loyola High School in Kolkata. His resignation has been accepted by Archbishop Thomas D’Souza who is the head of the Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of Kolkata...

Kashi Vishwanath temple prohibits Shiv Bhakts on Mahashivratri due to COVID-19

Kashi Vishwanath temple has prohibited the entry of Shiv Bhakts on the Mahashivratri due to the COVID 19 protocol. According to the Divisional Commissioner Deepak Agarwal, devotees will not be allowed to enter the sanctum sanctorum of the Kashi Vishwanath temple. However, devotees will be given entry from three different points and those waiting in the queue will be able to watch the live telecast of the rituals performed inside the 'Garbhagriha' on LED screens...

Kumbh Mela all set to welcome pilgrims on Mahashivratri

On the occasion of Mahashivaratri on 11 March, the first royal bath of the Kumbh Mela will take place on the akhadas. The Kumbh Mela is to start from Apr 1, however, the SOP for COVID rescue at Kumbh have been implemented for the first royal bath...

Pope Francis meets embattled Iraqi Christians

Pope Francis visited northern Iraq to meet Christians who have survived the brutality under Islamic State rule. Pope Francis landed early on March 7, at the airport in the Kurdish regional capital of Arbil, targeted just a few weeks ago by rockets that killed two people. ..

Hindu man claims his wife hid religion, demands HC to void their marriage

Justice R Subramanian observed that a plethora of documentary evidence is available in the case on hand to support the claim of the appellant that the woman was a Christian by birth and was practising Christianity throughout her life. This is evidenced by indisputable documents in the form of educational records. ..

Amarnath yatra schedule may be announced on March 13

The board will have to issue a special SOP this year regarding the COVID-19 protocol in the Amarnath Yatra. Other rules will also be issued along with the announcement of the travel date in the meeting that is planned to be held on Mar 13. ..

2019 Easter bombing: Christians dress in black on Sunday mass in Sri Lanka

Christians in Sri Lanka attended Mass dressed in black on Sunday (March 7) to remember victims killed in an Islamic terrorist attack on Easter Sunday two years ago. On April 21, 2019, at 8:45 a.m., the bombs were detonated almost simultaneously at two Roman Catholic churches and a Protestant church during Easter services. In this attack, more than 260 people, including 171 from the two Catholic churches, were killed in the attacks...

"CAA is a big issue for us," says AIUDF chief Ajmal

Talking about the upcoming Assembly Election in Assam, All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) chief Maulana Badruddin Ajmal said that Citizenship Amendment (CAA) Act is a big issue for them. He claimed that the party aims to bid farewell to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from Assam. Ajmal represents the Dhubri Parliamentary constituency of Assam...

His Holiness the Dalai Lama gets vaccinated in Dharamshala

Buddhist Spiritual leader the Dalai Lama received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in Dharamshala, on Mar 6. He received the dose at Dharamshala's Zonal Hospital early morning. Regular post vaccination procedure was followed and he was kept under observation for about half an hour. His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who is 86-year-old was, had self-quarantined himself since Jan 2020, and it was only during the vaccination that he had come out of his residence, after over a year...

MLA Lodha expresses concern about the safety of Hindus living in the Malvani constituency

Mangal Prabhat Lodha, Member of Maharashtra Legislative Assembly, expressed concern about the safety of Hindus living in the Malvani constituency in the Mumbai. During the speech in Maharashtra Assembly, MLA Lodha said that we have heard stories of Hindu atrocities and their fleeing from Assam, Kairana, and Kashmir. But now similar incidents are happening in Chhatrapati Shivaji's Maharashtra...

UGC plans ambitious database on courses, scholars and researchers to promote Buddhism

The University Grants Commission (UGC) plans to create a database pertaining to Pali and Buddhist studies to promote India as a global hub for Buddhist heritage and tourism...

UK Parliamentarian raises questions on the suspension of FCRA licenses of Indian Christian groups

Rob Butler, Member of UK Parliament, has raised questions in the Parliament on the suspension of Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) licenses of Indian Christian organizations by the Indian Government. He said that some Christian charities in India have been banned from using overseas funding. So what steps the Church of England is taking in India, he asked...

Jain Acharya Vishudh Sagarji Maharaj reaches Kundalpur with 65 Sadhus

Jain Acharya Vishudh Sagarji Maharaj visited Kundalpur with 65 Sadhus of Sangh and saw Lord Mahavir's birthplace Kundalpur (Nalanda). He, along with the entire Sangh, saw the statue of Lord Mahavira at Lord Mahavir's birthplace Kundalpur-Nalanda, who was seated...

Police arrest two Muslim youth for an attempt to kill Hindu accused in Delhi riot

Delhi Police exposed the conspiracy of the killing of imprisoned Hindu accused in the Delhi Riot. The police arrested the two Muslim youths involved in this conspiracy. They are identified as Shahid and Aslam. According to Delhi Police, Shahid, prisoner in Tihar Jail and Aslam from outside the jail hatched this conspiracy. ..

Report: At least 10,000 abuse cases occurred after 1950 in the French churches

The commission had received more than 8,000 victim testimonies since June 2019 in response to a public appeal..

Puri's Jagannath Temple now to be resembled in the UK

UK's Shri Jagannath Society had proposed the construction of the temple on the outskirts of London. The proposed idea has also been supported by Odisha state Assembly Speaker Surjya Narayan Patro. According to Assembly Speaker Patro the Jagannath culture is spreading rapidly around the globe. The construction of the temple in London will be a material representation of universal appeal for Bhagwan Jagannath...

Nara Pagoda opens after its first renovation in over 100 years

After its first renovation in more than 100 years, Japan's most famous Buddhist temple pagoda was partially opened to the public on March 1 in the morning. The temple is listed as a World Heritage Site in Nara...

Ujjain Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga soon to provide the facility of a tour guide

The Mahakaleshwar temple of Ujjain, in Madhya Pradesh is an important religious city, being one of the 12 most important jyotirlingas worshiped across the horizons of the country. Thus, the large tourism that the city attracts is centred mainly to worship Mahakaleshwar. In order to organize the tourism and enhance it further, the devotees and tourists visiting the Mahakala will start getting the facility of guides. In this direction, efforts have been started at the level of administration...

Over 150 monks test positive for COVID-19 at Gyuto Buddhist monastery

Himachal Pradesh govt has declared Gyuto Tantric monastery as a containment zone, after more than 150 Buddhist monks tested positive for COVID-19 in the monastery...

MP Police arrests two Muslim youth under anti-conversion law

Two Muslim youths have been booked under Madhya Pradesh (MP) Dharm Swatantra Adhiniyam 2020 for allegedly hiding their real identity and forcing two teenage girls to marry them...

Church complex built on seventh century-old cave temple

A Twitter profile Reclaim Temples claimed that a Church complex has been constructed on top of the 7th-century Thirumalapuram cave temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The site is located in the Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu. ..

Building of a huge Christian cross on a Hindu site sparks row in Andhra

Hindus in Andhra Pradesh expressed displeasure after a huge cross constructed on a Hindu site by local Christians. The site was located at Edlapadu town of Guntur district. The site was identified as Sita Paduka. Local Hindus have been performing marriages on this site for the last many years. ..

"Being Muslim raises fundamental problems," says leader of Danish People's Party

The Deputy leader of the Danish People’s Party (DPP) Morten Messerschmidt has raised the question on increase in Islamic fundamentalism and immigration from Muslim countries in Denmark. He said that for many people being Muslim raises some fundamental problems with living a Danish life. Whether that is views on women or views on law and democracy...

Muslim's money cannot be spent on building Hindu temples, says Jamaat-e-Islami

During the press conference in Pakistan, Muslim cleric Sirajul Haq said that the money of Muslim citizen cannot be spent on the construction of Hindu temples. Sirajul Haq is a chief of Jamaat-e-Islami of Pakistan. ..

Buddhist temple in LA vandalized

A man jumped the security fences and vandalized a Buddhist temple in the Little Tokyo section of downtown Los Angeles. Metal lanterns were knocked down at the entrance of Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple...

Indian Army assures safety in summer for Amarnath Yatra

Based on previous experiences, it is expected that militants are used to create threat mainly with the use of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). Ever since 2019, i.e. after the abrogation of article 370, the prevailing security condition in South Kashmir can be termed as stable, which is a serious improvement...

Church priest's supporters manhandle, harass a Christian man in Kerala

Member of St Thomas Church located in Kannur district of Kerala alleged that he was manhandled, harassed and forced to tender a public apology by supporters of the parish priest Fr Augustine Pandyamackal. The Christian mad identified as Jilson Unnimackal...

Fearing the expected Lockdown, Bhakts crowd Trimbakeshwar temple

Nashik, Feb 27: Due to increase in COVID 19 cases and thus an expected lockdown, a sudden rise in the number of devotees coming to Trimbakeshwar has been observed in the last week. This has resulted into a serious problem for the Lodging businesses as well, which is why they are needed to take extra care and maintain the precautions necessary to control the spread of COVID 19...

Pope to visit churches destroyed by Islamic State followers in Iraq

Pope Francis has decided to visit the churches destroyed by followers of the Islamic State in Mosul during his historic Iraq visit. Mosul and Akra's Chaldean Archbishop Najeeb Michaeel has confirmed the visit of Pope Francis. ..

Anand Katira in Australia raises Rs 75,500 for Ram Mandir

While people in India are making contributions to the construction of Ram Mandir at Ayodhya, a shop in Australia collecting amounts for Ram Mandir by narrating the 500 years old Lord Rama's and Ayodhya's history has grabbed out and out attention...

Acharya Mahashraman gives insights on Jainism discourse

Acharya Mahashraman of Jain Shwetambar Terapant Dharm Sangh reached Bhansali Marriage Palace for Jainism discourse. In the discourse held here, Acharya Sri spoke about attaining freedom from the bondage of deeds...

Pakistani MP apologises for his controversial tweet against Hindus

Amir Liaquat Hussain, Member of Pakistan's Parliament belonging to Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party apologized for his controversial tweet mocking Hinduism. He tweeted an image of a Hindu deity to mock opposition leader Maryam Nawaz, the daughter of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. ..

MEA joins hands with a Buddha university for a course

For the first time, the Ministry of External Affairs has joined hands with the Gautam Buddha University to conduct a three-day course for Asian countries on India's Buddhist heritage. The name of course is ‘Engaged Buddhism: A joint way forward for India and ASEAN' and meant for diplomats, civil servants, and academics in ASEAN, officials said...

Ministry of Education to make a comprehensive database of Buddhism-related courses

Ministry of Education is in the process to make a comprehensive database of Buddhism-related courses offered by various universities in India. It will comprise information about Buddhist scholars, Pali scholars, alumni and annual conferences, seminars, and conclaves on Buddhism organized by universities. ..

Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion Bill passed in UP Assembly

Uttar Pradesh Assembly passed a Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion Bill 2021 by a voice vote. The bill will now be sent to the UP legislative council for its approval before it becomes an Act after a formal nod by the Governor. ..

No UPI, barcode donations to be accepted for Ram Mandir

The Ram Bhaktas and India at large seem excited for the Ram Mandir Nirman at Ayodhya. While the donations are being accepted for the same, Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust has decided to accept no more donations through UPI code or barcode. This is after the Trust observed monetary frauds happening in the name of the donations. ..