Indian participants await the dahi handi (curd pot) celebrations of “Janmashtami”, which mark the birth of Lord Krishna. India’s top court on August 17 banned children from taking part in a popular but potentially dangerous religious festival in the country’s west that sees young boys scale human pyramids. The Supreme Court barred children aged under 18 from scaling the pyramids and restricted their height to 20 feet following a string of accidents in recent years.
Annual monsoon rains have progressed to parts of western and central India, easing fears of millions of desperate farmers after two straight years of drought, the weather department said. Farmers rely on the monsoon rains, which hit the Kerala coast every year and then sweep across the country, to water their crops and replenish dams and reservoirs. The arrival of the monsoon is always keenly watched in India, but even more so this year as much of the country reels from the drought. However, dozens of people have been struck by lightning and killed during the rains, disaster management officials said.
Muslims throughout the world are marking the month of Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar during which devotees fast from dawn till dusk.
Indian rescue personnel worked at the site of an explosion at a chemical factory in Dombivli, in the outskirts of Mumbai, India, Thursday, May 26, 2016. The powerful explosion shattered windows in buildings near the factory. According to the Associated Press, at least two people were killed and 120 injured in the explosion.
Hindu devotees celebrated the festival of Ram Navami, the birth anniversary of Lord Rama, on April 15, which also marks the end of the nine-day long fasting and Navaratri festival. Three days each of Navratri are devoted to the worship of the goddess of valor Durga, the goddess of wealth Lakshmi, and the goddess of knowledge Saraswati.
Locals and Indian Hindu widows throw participated in Holi celebrations at the Gopinath temple, 180 kilometres (112 miles) south-east of New Delhi, India, on Monday. A few years ago this joyful celebration was forbidden for Hindu widows. Like hundreds of thousands of observant Hindu women, they would have been expected to live out their days in quiet worship, dressed only in white, their very presence being considered inauspicious for all religious festivities.