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Thousands gather for the foundation stone-laying ceremony for Abu Dhabi’s first Hindu temple

The seven emirates of the UAE would be represented by the seven towers of the temple in Abu Dhabi

The history of the Anglican Church that everybody should know

A few months ago the Church of South India’s Bishop Thomas K Oommen wrote a scathing letter about the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) rule and claimed that life is “miserable” under the NDA rule.

Notre Dame deserves to be mourned, but spare a thought for India’s own temples that bore the onslaught of invaders

When a historical monument is harmed, it is not just the damage to the structure, but a massive blow to the culture, heritage and sometimes to even the civilization.

India’s ‘Constantine moment’: Our choice now will decide the fate of our civilisation

While everyone knows about the persecution of Christians between 200-400 CE (mainly), few know about the violent suppression of the “pagan” gods in the 15 or so centuries thereafter. This is why no one even bothers to ask “why were no temples to Apollo, Jupiter, or Athena built in the last millennium?”

The history of the Notre Dame: From a Pagan Temple to Gothic Cathedral

In a tragic event, the historic medieval Cathedral in Paris, Notre Dame, was ravaged by fire recently that caused colossal damage to the structure.

Ayodhya Dispute: Feasibility of mediation around religious conundrums

It would be ignorant and offensive to deny that the dispute revolves around faith and dignity of faith for all the parties involved matter equally.

Operation Meghdoot on the Baisakhi in 1984 : A tale of valour of Indian Armed Forces at Siachen Glacier

In the year 1699 on the day of Baisakhi, the tenth Guru of Sikhs, Guru Gobind Singh had formed the Khalsa Panth of warriors to protect the people from religious persecution by Muslim rulers.
Protests after Sabarimala verdict

BJP Manifesto promises to secure and protect faith, traditions and rituals related to Sabarimala

BJP promises to secure constitutional protection on issues related to faith and belief in its manifesto

Bengaluru: Art exhibition titled ‘Nude with Mangalsutra’ draws severe criticism, complaint lodged against organisers

The controversial art exhibition titled ‘Nude with Mangalsutra’ was scheduled to be held from March 22-31 at the Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath in Bengaluru.

‘Borrowing from ISIS playbook’: Into the mind of the Christchurch terrorist

In a terrible terrorist attack in New Zealand, two terrorists opened fire at two mosques which resulted in the death of at least 49 people thus far and injured many others. The mass shootings took place at the Al Noor Mosque next to Hagley Park and another at the Linwood Mosque in the suburb of Linwood.

Here is why Muslim petitioners won’t budge on Ayodhya dispute

Most believe that the Supreme Court-mandated mediation process in the Ayodhya dispute has little chance of succeeding.

Getting lost and finding oneself at Kumbh

So much has been written and talked about Kumbh and yet it seems so little

Khajuraho, Islamic invaders and Mahatma Gandhi

One thing which strikes you about Khajuraho is extreme Islamic vandalism it has suffered.

Prime Minister Modi and the Hindu symbolism behind the air strikes against Pakistan

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a Shakti Upasaka, like the great Chhatrapati Maharaj and under current circumstances, every move he makes assumes a greater significance.

The World and Hinduism: 33 stamps that depict the glorious roots of Hinduism, while we dabble in ‘secularism’

Stamps present just the opportunity to showcase the glorious heritage of Hinduism

Banned by Mughal ruler Akbar 450 years ago, Panchkosi Parikrama restarted at Prayagraj Kumbh

The three-day long yatra involves the darshana of various ancient religious places starting from Akshayvat to the Ashram of Hrishi Bhardvaj.

Inspired by Indian Railways, Japan set to engrave ‘Madhubani’ art on its trains

Japan authorities have requested the Piyush Goyal-led Railway Ministry to send a team of Mithila artists so that Japan can emulate the art form on its trains. 

Hashtag: The social media summit, a social media and youth conclave by Incredible Bharat Foundation

OpIndia is the digital partner in the English media space for the event.

This year’s Kumbh saw thousands abjuring lucrative vocations like Engineering, Management to become Naga Sadhus

More than 10000 people are expected to renounce the world and embrace the Naga sect in this year's Kumbh
How Rani of Jhansi escaped the Nehruvian hammer of oblivion

How Rani of Jhansi escaped the Nehruvian hammer of oblivion

Rani of Jhansi herself was a subject of great attention by the Colonial authors, historians and missionaries.

A history of India as it happened: Not as it has been written

The revisionism of India’s history books has gained ground in recent decades. Among many such soldiers of truth is Francois Gautier, a foreign French journalist who loved India so much that he stayed put in this country since 1971.

The art of propaganda: The articles associating Kumbh Mela with unemployment is the latest step in a civilizational war

Business Standard recently published an article associating Kumbh Mela to unemployment

Business Standard bigotry: After Kanwar Yatra, the Kumbh Mela gets linked to ‘unemployment’

The Business Standard's bigotry towards Hindu festivals is scarcely ever hidden.

Ayyappa Bhaktha Sangamam: Kerala sees one of the largest congregations of Hindus against Communist govt’s desecration of Sabarimala

Mata Amritanandmayi said the root cause of the problem at Sabarimala was 'lack of knowledge about temple traditions'.

Kumbh Mela will generate six lakh jobs and Rs 1.2 lakh crore revenue to the Uttar Pradesh government: CII

The Uttar Pradesh government led by Yogi Adityanath has allocated Rs 4,200 crore for the 50-day Kumbh Mela this time

President Kovind becomes the first President since Rajendra Prasad in 1953 to visit the Kumbh Mela

President Kovind's visit was organised on a day when the authorities expected less of a rush. He performed Ganga Pujan at the banks of the Triveni Sangam.

Kumbh Mela 2019: First Dalit head of Juna Akhada calls for ‘Gharwapsi’ of those who have converted to other faiths

Giri further stated that he wants politicians to stop using the word Dalits and call the members of his community SCs, STs and OBCs as mandated by the Constitution. He asserted that he has faced casteist comments himself but wants Gharwapsi of people to Hinduism.

Kumbh Mela: Kinnar Akhada joins Juna Akhada, takes part in Shahi Snan for the first time

The Kinnar Akhara has officially joined the Juna Akhara but has not merged with it to maintain its independent identity.

Festival of Sanatan: Spectacular images of the first Shani Snan at the Kumbh Mela 2019

Kumbh is the largest religious and spiritual congregation on the earth and is declared as 'intangible cultural heritage' by UNESCO.

Makar Sankranthi, Bihu, Pongal or Lohri: India celebrates the festival with many names and vibrant traditions

The transition of the sun into the Capricorn (Makar) constellation marks the end of winter and is celebrated across India by many names.

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