India Religion Blog

What's going on in the world of Indian religion? This India Religion Blog shares past and present news and basic details on India's many faiths. Whether you're searching for the light or simply want a better understanding of India's more prominent religions, thank you for visiting!

Three Kings Day in Mumbai & Goa

January 6 is the day many Christians celebrate Epiphany, or Three Kings Day. Although technically they were wise men/magi and not necessarily kings, we do know they followed a star to give three gifts to a little king who would lead a humble life and sacrifice all to give grace and freedom to all who come to him. This is what the celebration looks like for some Christians in India.

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Only Once Every 12 Years...

Krishna Pushkaralu comes only once every twelve years! Main festivities are in the city of Vijayawada. Read on to learn more about the origins of this festival. Also, happy (late) Raksha Bandhan!

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Mary Kom, Indian Boxer

Boxer Mary Kom is tough stuff. Find out how this tiny Christian girl from Manipur, India, fought poverty and custom to win an Olympic bronze & 5 world championships.

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Happy Independence Day!

India celebrates its 70th independence day. Here's a little on the history and significance.

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Guru Purnima Coming Up...

Hindus celebrate Guru Purnima as the birthday of Guru Vyas, believed to be the author of many vedas and puranas. But Buddhists and Jains also celebrate this holiday for different reasons. Find out why!

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Vesak / Buddha Purnima May 21

Buddha Purnima / Vesak celebrates Gautama Buddha's birth, enlightenment, and death. This offers a fair description of how it's celebrated in many places in India and describes the symbolism.

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Christian Recordings in the Languages of India

For anyone who's interested, this links to audio and video recordings matched to various areas of India. The site as a whole offers Christian materials in around 6,000 different languages from around the world.

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Akshaya Tritiya / Akha Teej

A great day for new ventures, this Hindu holiday is often chosen for weddings and buying gold (not going so well this year...).

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Happy Ascension Day (One Day Late)!

The 40th day after Easter marks the day of Jesus' ascension into Heaven. Although not universally celebrated by Christians, this little-known holiday is about a big idea: the filling of the whole universe with His light and life.

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Buddhist Holidays & Dates

Nirvana Day has nothing to do with the band! Learn more about Buddhist holidays & religion.

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No Reservations for Dalit Christians & Muslims?

Do you stop being Dalit when you become a Christian or Muslim? By this policy, Indian government says yes. But the reality for many Dalits is quite different.

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Indian Nun Challenges Theologians

According to Sister Shalini Mulackal, Christian theologians will have no credibility unless they are willing to share 'the minimum amount of suffering with the poor.' Are theologians who fall short willing to hear and live up to that challenging standard for love of their neighbors?

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It's Hanuman Jayanti...

This year Sri Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated 21 April 2016. Learn more about the meaning and rituals that are a part of this Hindu holiday.

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Jesus Film in Hindi

To understand the basic beliefs of Christians, here is a version of the Jesus film produced in Hindi language.

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Worship of Country?

To "Bharat Mata Ki Jai" ya nahiN...that is the question.

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Hindu Holidays & 2016 Dates

From Diwali's festival of lights to the burning of a demon-king, come see the Hindu holidays of 2016 and beyond!

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Jain Holidays and Dates

During which holiday do some Jains fast for as long as a month? Learn about Jain holidays!

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Jews of India Seek Government Recognition

Jews have been part of the Indian society for 2,300 years now. Yet they still lack official government recognition as a minority group and are not counted as such in the official census.

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Coming up for Jains...Jnan Panchami!

Jnan / Gyan Panchami is the last day of Diwali celebrations for Jains. A recipe for kesar sandesh sweets is included along with information on the types of jnans (knowledge) honored on this special day.

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6 Things About Diwali

Happy Diwali! This week marked India's festival of lights, Diwali, celebrated by Hindus around the world, as well as many Jains, Buddhists, and Sikhs. Here are a few facts you may not know about it.

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Raksha Bandhan

Celebrate Rakhi 29 August! This links to short legends and information on the changing face of Raksha Bandhan, the celebration of love and devotion between a brother and sister.

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Onam Festival

The Onam Festival is coming up soon! It's a harvest festival in Kerala for people of all faiths. Check out the legend of the asura king behind it, as well as the dances and celebrations that are part of this huge carnival.

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Trends in Religious Restrictions

Pew Report showing trends in religious restrictions (social and governmental) worldwide. Although India's official restrictions don't rank high on this report, it shows the second-highest incidence of religion-related social hostilities. Globally speaking, Christians were the most frequently harassed faith group.

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Eid al-Fitr Photos

These are Times of India photos of Muslims across the country celebrating the end of Ramadan.

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Girl Pursued by Police After Converting to Wed

When a 20-year-old girl converted to Sikhism to marry a friend against their wishes, her parents didn't take it casually...

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Church/Elderly Nun Attacked by West Bengal Gang

So sad when fear and hate lead some to use violence and rape to tear apart those who believe differently. Indian Christians should feel free to worship as they believe without fearing some of their neighbors or government officials.

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Eid al-Fitr: End of Ramadan

Also coming up is Eid-al-Fitr, the breaking of the fast of Ramadan. Learn more about the prayers, services, and meals and gifts of celebration.

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Weight Gain During Ramadan?

Curiousy, many Muslims gain weight during the holy fasting month of Ramadan. Why?

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Puri Rath Yatra 2015

The HIndu festival Puri Rath Yatra in Orissa...coming up on 18 July. Here's what it's about and how it's celebrated.

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The Anglo-Indian Dialect

Jhaap, blessed, boozard, abli... This 15-minute clip shows quirks and dialects of the Anglo-Indian community around the world. (Made from outtakes of the documentary End of the Raaj by Anglo-Indian-Australian Paul Harris.)

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Sundar Singh: Sadhu Missionary, Christian Visionary

Is Christianity a Western faith imposed on India? Better question: How many Westerners wander as a yellow-robed sadhu with a begging bowl to make Christ known? Meet Sadhu Sundar Singh.

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Karna's Curses

Karna’s curses and promises aligned to defeat him at the critical moment. What were they?

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Karna

Karna — Son of the Sun, this lost demigod warrior is spurned by Draupadi. He does not know who he is, but he’ll leave a legacy the world can’t forget.

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350th Foundation Day of Sri Anandpur Sahid

The Punjab Chief Minister focused on compassion and the oneness of mankind in his commemorative speech celebrating 350 years since the founding of this "city of bliss."

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Salim Ali: The Bird Man of India

Salim Ali (1896 - 1987) was the Indian ornithologist known as the bird man of India.

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