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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.'


Shrine of Hazrat Baba in Shimla spreads communal harmony [Video]

Shrine of Hazrat Baba in Shimla spreads communal harmony

India has remained a land of great saints, assimilating in its fold various cultures and faiths from time to time. It is a land where Sufism has not only flourished in its true spirit but has also..

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Hindu man in Lucknow donates money for Ayodhya mosque [Video]

Hindu man in Lucknow donates money for Ayodhya mosque

Displaying mutual tolerance and having regards for each other's beliefs, this is what forms the foundation of Indian culture. Even today, several examples can be found across the nook and corner of the..

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'More grand than Ayodhya Ram temple...': LJP chief's Sita temple pitch [Video]

'More grand than Ayodhya Ram temple...': LJP chief's Sita temple pitch

Chirag Paswan sought a temple in honour of Hindu goddess Sita in Bihar's Sitamarhi. He said that the Sita temple should be more grand than the Ram temple currently under construction in Uttar Pradesh's..

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Hindu festival season scaled down due to coronavirus [Video]

Hindu festival season scaled down due to coronavirus

The colourful Hindu festivals of Durga Puja and Dussehra have been scaled down this year in India due to the coronavirus pandemic.View on euronews

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Protests held as India observes Black Day to mark Pak invasion of J&K in 1947 [Video]

Protests held as India observes Black Day to mark Pak invasion of J&K in 1947

Protests were held by PoJK refugees in Jammu as India observed black day to mark Pakistan’s invasion of Jammu and Kashmir In 1947. The protesters slammed the Pakistan government and said that their..

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#BoycottErosNow trends after pervy Navratri posts; when naughty turns raunchy [Video]

#BoycottErosNow trends after pervy Navratri posts; when naughty turns raunchy

Eros Now has stirred a massive controversy with raunchy social media posts around the Hindu festival of Navratri. The posts, which have now been taken down, have created a massive furore on social..

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Cycle race in Srinagar spread message of peace, togetherness [Video]

Cycle race in Srinagar spread message of peace, togetherness

India is a country that carries in its abode, incredible stories of peace and brotherhood. Visuals of a Muslim celebrating Diwali and a Hindu observing Eid often make rounds on social media here...

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'Mathura temple case has nothing to do with RSS or VHP,' says lawyer Hari Shankar Jain [Video]

'Mathura temple case has nothing to do with RSS or VHP,' says lawyer Hari Shankar Jain

Hari Shankar Jain, counsel for the petitioners in Mathura temple case slammed All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), chief Asaduddin Owaisi over his tweet against Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh..

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Nepal's idol makers get low sales ahead of annual Hindu festivals amid pandemic [Video]

Nepal's idol makers get low sales ahead of annual Hindu festivals amid pandemic

Made with clay and hay straws, these life-like Durga idols are the product of days of hard labour of the idol-makers. The idols-makers start in much ahead of the biggest festival Durga Puja in the..

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Mahant Balak Das slams Congress's Udit Raj over tweet against Kumbh Mela spending [Video]

Mahant Balak Das slams Congress's Udit Raj over tweet against Kumbh Mela spending

The Peethadheeshwar of Patalpuri Math, Mahant Balak Das slammed Congress leader Udit Raj over his tweet against 'Kumbh Mela'. "Nowadays, new trend is going around leaders to be secular. These kinds of..

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Watch: Tanishq store alleges threat calls over TV ad, made to write apology [Video]

Watch: Tanishq store alleges threat calls over TV ad, made to write apology

A Tanishq store in Gujarat's Kutch allegedly received threat calls over its latest advertisement. The store is Gandhidham had put up an apology note on its door over the TV ad. The handwritten note in..

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Locals to celebrate 'virtual' Dussehra this year in Bengaluru [Video]

Locals to celebrate 'virtual' Dussehra this year in Bengaluru

Amid COVID-19 pandemic, people decided to celebrate Dussehra from their homes in Bengaluru and due to this, the sales of idols have hit by nearly 50% in the city. Earlier, idol sellers were facing..

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COVID-19: Indian American Trump supporters outside Walter Reed Hospital call for prayers as President is being treated [Video]

COVID-19: Indian American Trump supporters outside Walter Reed Hospital call for prayers as President is being treated

A prayer vigil was held on Sunday evening for President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump by the Indian American community to wish them a speedy recovery. His supporters not only gathered outside the..

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UN must intervene to protect minorities from persecution in Pakistan, asks woman activist [Video]

UN must intervene to protect minorities from persecution in Pakistan, asks woman activist

A rights activist from Pakistan, Anila Gulzar has requested the United Nations to intervene and protect minority rights in Pakistan as they have been facing persecution foe the past seven decades...

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