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Hinduism: Religion and way of life
Hinduism is an Indian religion and dharma, or way of life. It is the world's third-largest religion, with over 1.25 billion followers, or 15–16% of the global population, known as Hindus. The word Hindu is an exonym, and while Hinduism has been called the oldest religion in the world, many practitioners refer to their religion as Sanātana Dharma, which refers to the idea that its origins lie beyond human history, as revealed in the Hindu texts. Another, though less fitting, self-designation is Vaidika dharma, the 'dharma related to the Vedas.'

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‘Love & jihad don't go hand-in-hand’: TMC MP Nusrat Jahan slams BJP [Video]

‘Love & jihad don't go hand-in-hand’: TMC MP Nusrat Jahan slams BJP

Trinamool Congress’ Lok Sabha MP Nusrat Jahan has spoken on the ‘Love-Jihad’ law that has been proposed by some BJP ruled states. ‘Love is personal. Love and jihad can't go hand in hand. Who I..

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Watch: Indian-Americans celebrate Chhath Puja in different parts of US [Video]

Watch: Indian-Americans celebrate Chhath Puja in different parts of US

Indian-Americans celebrated Chhath Puja to worship the Sun God at various places in the US. People gathered in small numbers due to Covid pandemic at various water bodies. Devotees performed Chhath..

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'Love jihad a cancer': Union minister wants law in Bihar like UP, MP, others [Video]

'Love jihad a cancer': Union minister wants law in Bihar like UP, MP, others

Union minister Giriraj Singh commented on the issue of 'love jihad' and the plans of many states to formulate laws against it. 'Love jihad' is a conspiracy to convert Hindu women, alleged by some..

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Hindus in India mark end of sun god festival [Video]

Hindus in India mark end of sun god festival

Hindu devotees across northern India offered prayers to the Sun God as marked the end of the "Chhath" festival on Saturday, amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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Watch: Chhath Puja concludes, devotees offer prayers to the rising sun [Video]

Watch: Chhath Puja concludes, devotees offer prayers to the rising sun

Devotees gathered to offer morning prayers to the rising sun on last day of Chhath Puja. Most people stuck to the traditional practice of offering prayers at river banks. Devotees flouted the..

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Watch: Devotees offer 'argha' to rising sun to conclude Chhath festivities [Video]

Watch: Devotees offer 'argha' to rising sun to conclude Chhath festivities

Devotees flocked to ghats in Patna to offer 'argha' to Sun God on the last day of Chhath puja. It is the four-day long Hindu festival which is mainly observed by the people of Bihar, Jharkhand and..

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Watch: New 'cow cabinet' in Madhya Pradesh, after 'love jihad' law plan [Video]

Watch: New 'cow cabinet' in Madhya Pradesh, after 'love jihad' law plan

The Shivraj Chouhan-led government in Madhya Pradesh has decided to set up a 'cow cabinet' for the 'protection and promotion' of cattle in the state. Chief Minister Chouhan tweeted about the decision,..

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Four-day long Chhath Puja commences today [Video]

Four-day long Chhath Puja commences today

Chhath Puja started on November 18. This is the four-day long Hindu festival which is mainly observed by the people of Bihar, Jharkhand and eastern Uttar Pradesh. Today, people observe 'Nahai Khai'..

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Muslim woman in Aligarh makes clay lamps for Hindu festival [Video]

Muslim woman in Aligarh makes clay lamps for Hindu festival

Having mutual tolerance and regards for each other's beliefs is the characteristic of Indian society. Keeping it alive are a few Muslim families in the Aligarh city of Uttar Pradesh who light up the..

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Shrine of Ghazi Miyan in Bahraich attracts people of all faiths [Video]

Shrine of Ghazi Miyan in Bahraich attracts people of all faiths

An epicentre of faiths, a place where brotherhood and bonhomie between many religions have flourished and prospered, the Dargah of Hazrat Syed Salar Masood Ghazi situated in a small town in Uttar..

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Pakistani Hindus celebrate Diwali with zeal and zest in Karachi [Video]

Pakistani Hindus celebrate Diwali with zeal and zest in Karachi

'Festival of lights' Diwali was observed on November 14. On the festival, streets of Paksitan's Karachi got illuminated. Pakistani Hindus celebrated the festival with great pomp and show. They visited..

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Smog thickens in New Delhi on day of Diwali [Video]

Smog thickens in New Delhi on day of Diwali

On the day of Diwali, one of the most important festivals for Hindus, New Delhi continued to remain under a thick blanket of smog on Saturday.

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Cardi B apologises for cultural appropriation after Hindu-themed photoshoot [Video]

Cardi B apologises for cultural appropriation after Hindu-themed photoshoot

Cardi B has apologised after being accused of cultural appropriation with a Hindu-themed photoshoot.

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Communities join hands for Deepotsav in Ayodhya [Video]

Communities join hands for Deepotsav in Ayodhya

As Ayodhya gears up for Deepotsav celebrations, arrangements are being done in full swing. Hindus and Muslims are working together to make this Deepotsav grand. Deepotsav will be held in Ayodhya for..

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Not enemy of nation but BJP's: Farooq Abdullah [Video]

Not enemy of nation but BJP's: Farooq Abdullah

Jammu and Kashmir National Conference (JKNC) president on Nov 09 said that he is not "enemy" of the nation but is of BJP. Farooq Abdullah said, "We are not nation's enemies. We are enemies of BJP. They..

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