PRAYAGRAJ, India (RNS) — A reality TV star-turned-transgender activist is using the ancient Hindu tradition of akharas to go beyond activism's limits to change religious attitudes toward her community.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (RNS) — Indian and Muslim groups are pushing MIT to disinvite a prominent Indian politician over his record of anti-Muslim remarks.
(RNS) — Indian and Hindu Kentuckians work with leaders across faith and cultural backgrounds to show a united front in the face of hate crime against Hindu temple in Louisville, Ky.
(RNS) — As Gabbard readies to launch her presidential race in early February, her connection to Indian Hindu political leaders is turning out to be one of her biggest obstacles.
KATHMANDU, Nepal (RNS) — Located on the banks of the Bagmati River in the Himalayan country's capital, the Pashupatinath Temple complex is the site of daily ritual cremations.
(AP) — In just over a year, the #MeToo movement has toppled powerful men around the world. Yet in most of the world's major religions, women are still relegated to second-tier status.
PURI, India (RNS) — Replacing their hereditary rights to perform temple rituals with salaried, merit-based priests, say the workers at the Jagannath Temple here, would corrupt a centuries-old practice.
BHUBANESWAR, India (RNS) — The uncertain fate of a 13th-century temple to the Hindu sun god has many demanding that the government re-examine its approach to cultural preservation.
LUCKNOW, India (AP) — Tens of thousands of Hindus gathered in northern India on Sunday, renewing calls to build a Hindu temple on a site where a 16th-century mosque was attacked and demolished by Hindu hard-liners in 1992.
KOLKATA, India (RNS) — Elaborately designed bamboo pandals have serious themes, from the trafficking of women to child labor at tea shops to the plastic surgery obsession among young adults.
NEW DELHI (AP) — The priests threatened to stop rituals and prayers in the Sabarimala temple in southern Kerala state if women ages 10-50 tried to enter the shrine.
NEW DELHI (AP) — Some 1,000 police officers cleared protesters from the vicinity of the Sabarimala temple in Kerala state on Wednesday, hours before the temple's doors were to open to females ages 10 to 50.
NEW DELHI (RNS) — Fearing censure, gay and transgender Indians have long kept away from mainstream religious spaces. But a Supreme Court ruling striking down a ban on homosexuality has galvanized many to practice their faith more openly.
LOMBARD, Ill. (RNS) — The congress came 125 years, nearly to the day, that Swami Vivekananda addressed the World Parliament of Religions in Chicago, emphasizing "tolerance and universal acceptance.” Not everyone saw the event as an echo of those ideals.
(RNS) — Pancasila, a set of founding principles including 'belief in the the One and Only God,' has historically demanded respect for the country's six formally recognized faiths.