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Tuesday 04 May 2010
Hindu pilgrims carrying holy water from the River Ganges make their hurried way to a sacred temple near Allahabad in India's north west. There the pilgrims, wearing saffron dyed clothes and known as Kanwarias, will offer the water to Shiva, the Hindu deity.
Monday 26 April 2010
Amongst a throng of bodies daubed with sacred mud, a young Hindu boy raises his hands in quiet prayer. He is smothered in grey gloop – all that remains of a dried-up pond, which is believed to have healing powers.
Friday 16 April 2010
Thursday 15 April 2010
During the last two months the world's greatest religious gathering has been taking place at Allahabad also known as Prayag in the state of Utter Pradesh in India. Kumbha is a Sanskrit word for a round pot with no handles, Mela means "a gathering", or a fair.
Friday 19 March 2010
Monday 22 February 2010
Wednesday 10 February 2010
It took four years of complex legal wrangling, nearly bankrupted an ailing Hindu guru and has cost the tax-payer tens of thousands of pounds. But in the end open air cremations were legal all along.
Monday 18 January 2010
A Hindu fighting for the right to be cremated on a traditional funeral pyre took his case to the Court of Appeal today.
Saturday 16 January 2010
Wednesday 13 January 2010
A childless Indian man sliced off his tongue as an offering to the god Shiva in the hope of becoming a father.
Wednesday 13 January 2010
As millions of Hindus prepare to descend on the holy city of Haridwar, the authorities have urged people to avoid dirtying the Ganges – India's most sacred river yet one of its most heavily polluted.
Monday 28 December 2009
Lenore Kandel: Beat poet whose 'The Love Book' fell victim to one of San Francisco's longest ever court cases
Friday 11 December 2009
Much like Leonora Carrington was to the Surrealist movement, the visionary poet and counter-culture activist Lenore Kandel was a peer and a participant, not a moll, muse or girlfriend. She helped to set the bar higher, bridged the Beat and hippie eras, was a presence in Kerouac's Big Sur and had a cameo in Kenneth Anger's film Invocation of My Demon Brother. Yet in spite of Kandel's influence and cause célèbre status, her poetry was lost for decades.
Wednesday 25 November 2009
An Indian government investigation released yesterday reportedly implicates dozens of Hindu nationalist politicians – including a former prime minister – in the 1992 demolition of a mosque which sparked deadly communal riots.
Friday 20 November 2009
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