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Fresh clashes in deadly India- Kerala temple dispute

Clashes erupted between Hindu hardliners and police in the southern state of Kerala for a second day Thursday, after two women defied traditionalists to enter one of India's holiest temples. Violence across Kerala on Wednesday left one person dead and 15 injured after news spread that the two women, escorted by police and dressed in black, had sneaked into the Sabarimala temple and prayed before dawn. This was the first time that women of menstruating age -- deemed as those aged between 10 and 50 -- had set foot in the…

Tens of thousands protest in India over flashpoint temple

NILAKKAL: Tens of thousands of women formed a human chain across a southern Indian state on Tuesday, in support of a court order overturning a partial ban on women entering one of Hinduism's holiest temples, witnesses said. The 'Women's Wall' rally was backed by the communist government in Kerala state where the court order on Sabarimala temple has triggered weeks of protests by opponents and supporters of the ban. Media reports and supporters of the initiative claimed hundreds of thousands of women formed a human…

Hindu hardliners step up campaign to block Indian temple to women

KERALA: Hindu hardliners blocked intersections, threatened drivers, threw stones at buses and ordered a 12-hour strike on Thursday as they stepped up their campaign to bar women from one of India's holiest temples. The Lord Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala in the southern state of Kerala was meant to allow women from Wednesday following an order by India's highest court last month. But hundreds of traditionalists, throwing stones at baton-wielding police, defied the order -- surrounding and shouting at any woman attempting…

Myanmar Buddhist temple now a nirvana for snakes

MYANMAR: Crossing a bridge to the middle of a lake in Myanmar's Yangon region, pilgrims arrive at a temple to pin their hopes on the pythons slinking across the temple's floors and draped across windows. "People come here because they believe that their prayers will be fulfilled when they ask for something," said Sandar Thiri, a nun residing at the Baungdawgyoke pagoda –- dubbed the "snake temple" by locals. "The rule is that people can only ask for one thing, not many things," she said. "Don't be greedy." Many…

Carving of modern bicycle found inside of a 2,000-year-old temple

A carving of a modern bicycle has been found on the wall of an ancient 2,000-year-old temple. The founders of Panchavarnaswamy Temple, which was built during India's ancient Chola period, may have predicted the arrival of the bike by hundreds of years if these images are correct. Praveen Mohan, who found the carving and posted about it on his YouTube channel, said: "In a dark corner on one of the walls we can see this amazing carving of a man riding a bicycle. "Historians tell us the bicycle was invented in the 1800s,…

Climbing Mount Everest easier than entering Mandir, says India’s top female mountaineer

LUCKNOW: Indian first woman amputee who climbed the Mount Everest, Arunima Sinha, also a prestigious Padma Shri award winner, was barred from entering a temple in Ujjain for "wearing clothes inappropriate for entering the temple” prompting her to share the ordeal on Twitter. Arunima, 29, a resident of Lucknow, said she was wearing a long jacket, T-shirt and loose track pants on December 24 when she went to Mahakal temple. She was visiting the state as a guest of Indore's minister for women and child development Archana…

VIDEO: Woman cop badly thrashes devotee over dress objection at Indian temple

A shocking video is doing the rounds on the social media showing female cop brutally thrashing a woman devotee at a tample when the latter objected to her entering a temple in a gown. The cop took serious offense to this and started thrashing the woman devotee at the temple in Kalyan city in the Thane District of Maharashtra state. The hapless woman is no match for the lady cop and is thrown to the ground. Even then, the sub-inspector doesn't stop and continues to hit the devotee. The temple authorities recently…