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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.

Columbia University recognizes Sushruta’s contribution to Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery

In its History of Medicine series, the Columbia University Irving Medicine Center confirmed that the roots of modern cosmetic surgery go back over 2500 years

A Grand Narrative for India: The Last Bastion of Polytheism

It's not unsurprising that India hasn't been able to come up with its own Grand Narrative as the intellectual corridors of the country continues to be dominated by people of a liberal or Marxist bent
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History created as transgenders take out a procession in Kumbh Mela

In a first, transgenders took part in the religious royal entry procession called 'Peshwai' on 6th January for the 'Kinnar Akhara'
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Patna roads get a makeover: Mithila and other art forms adorn the streets of the historical city

Various historical and religious events are depicted on the walls of Patna streets.

Attention Faye D’ Souza: For a lesser ‘communal’ tweet, a star chef was sacked in Dubai

Utter joy, as Faye D’ Souza, must have seen, at the “stupidity” of Hindus who stand fighting for their right to worship as they please at Sabarimala

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