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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, "the eternal way" 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.'


Devotees flock to Delhi's Bankhandi Mahadev Temple on 1st Monday of 'Sawan' month [Video]

Devotees flock to Delhi's Bankhandi Mahadev Temple on 1st Monday of 'Sawan' month

Prayers were offered at Bankhandi Mahadev Temple in Delhi's Chandni Chowk on the first Monday of 'sawan' month. Precautionary measures are being taken by temple authorities in view of COVID spread...

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Muslim man in MP develops contactless sensor bell for a Hindu Temple [Video]

Muslim man in MP develops contactless sensor bell for a Hindu Temple

Harmonious coexistence and regards for other religions is an integral part of Indian ethos. And as a result, examples of communal harmony can be witnessed in every nook and corner of the country. One..

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Silent protest held outside UN highlighting the plight of Christian persecution in Pakistan [Video]

Silent protest held outside UN highlighting the plight of Christian persecution in Pakistan

A silent demonstration was held infront of the United Nations Office in Geneva alongside Broken Chair to raise a voice in solidarity to eradicate the malicious blasphemy law and forced conversions in..

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Attacks on Hindu funeral procession, church portray plight of minorities in Pakistan: India at UNHRC [Video]

Attacks on Hindu funeral procession, church portray plight of minorities in Pakistan: India at UNHRC

Vimarsh Aryan, First Secretary, India's permanent mission to United Nation's Office at Geneva (UNOG) exercised India's Right of Reply to Pakistan at 43rd Session of UNHRC in Geneva. Aryan said, "It's..

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US welcomes nation's tallest statue of Hindu deity Hanuman in Delaware [Video]

US welcomes nation's tallest statue of Hindu deity Hanuman in Delaware

The United States got its tallest Lord Hanuman statue, built in Delaware. The 25-feet tall statue, weighs around 45 tonnes and costs more than $100,000 for construction and logistics. It has been..

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A Hindu and a Muslim man in Kanpur come together to help migrants [Video]

A Hindu and a Muslim man in Kanpur come together to help migrants

As the Indian government is busy battling coronavirus pandemic, the citizens too are not behind in extending their support and making sure that the poor survive even through these hard times. People..

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Centuries-old Hindu-Muslim bond continue to inspire people in Rajkot [Video]

Centuries-old Hindu-Muslim bond continue to inspire people in Rajkot

India displays an amazing characteristic of mutual tolerance and peaceful coexistence. Examples defining this unique identity of the country are to be found at its every nook and corner. So, today we..

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Sacred Indian river flows again as pollution subsides [Video]

Sacred Indian river flows again as pollution subsides

One of India's holiest rivers is able to breathe again after a 10-week lockdown that temporarily stopped the discharge of toxic waste into its waters. Gloria Tso has more.

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In Alappuzha, people across faiths come to the aid of an ailing man on Eid [Video]

In Alappuzha, people across faiths come to the aid of an ailing man on Eid

The streets of Vattayal locality in Kerala's Alappuzha district were lying almost barren this Eid-ul-Fitr due to coronavirus lockdown. As Muslims in the area didn't go for any grand celebrations this..

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Hindu Shrine prepares sehri, iftari for the quarantined Muslims amid Ramadan [Video]

Hindu Shrine prepares sehri, iftari for the quarantined Muslims amid Ramadan

Epitomising communal harmony, the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board was working overnight to provide sehri and Iftari to around 500 Muslims quarantined at Aashirwad Bhawan in Katra. Sehri is a small..

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Ganga Dussehra: Ghats remain deserted in Varanasi due to COVID-19 pandemic [Video]

Ganga Dussehra: Ghats remain deserted in Varanasi due to COVID-19 pandemic

Ganga Ghats remained deserted on the occasion of Ganga Dussehra in Uttar Pradesh' holy city Varanasi on June 01. The gathering of devotees is restricted to prevent the spread of coronavirus and police..

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Ganga Dussehra: Social distancing norms flouted at Prayagraj's Sangam Ghat [Video]

Ganga Dussehra: Social distancing norms flouted at Prayagraj's Sangam Ghat

Amid coronavirus pandemic, devotees flouted social distancing norms and gathered at Sangam Ghat in Praygraj on June 01. They gathered in large numbers at the Ghat to celebrate Ganga Dussehra...

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Women offer prayers on occasion of 'Vat Savitri Pooja' in UP's Prayagraj [Video]

Women offer prayers on occasion of 'Vat Savitri Pooja' in UP's Prayagraj

Several married women offered prayers on the occasion of 'Vat Savitri Pooja' in Uttar Pradesh's Prayagraj on May 22. 'Vat Savitri Pooja' has great significance and this auspicious day falls on Amavasya..

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