On Tuesday, 13 September, Muslims the world over celebrated Eid al-Adha or the "Feast of Sacrifice", which is held to commemorate Prophet Ibrahim's willingne to sacrifice his son before God intervene...
Kashmir burst into a conflagration following the shooting death of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in a brief encounter in Kokernag, Anantnag district. So far, more than 1500 people have suffered injuries and around 30 protesters have lost their lives after the forces fired at them. It is a time of mourning in the state, and one of simmering anger as well.
They are all bearing torches--the men, women and children. The flames cast the surroundings in a fiery hue, as the congregants gather at a shrine perched on a hillock. They are observing, with fervour and festivity, the urs of the 15th-century saint Zain-ud-Din Wali.
Built in the 8th century, the Martand Sun Temple should be a marvellous testament to the architectural achievements of Kashmir's ancient Karkota Dynasty. Instead it lies forgotten and in shambles 8km from Anantnag in south Kashmir.
There was a time when thousands of people in the small city of Jewar, Uttar Pradesh, depended on the art of pottery making to make a living. Each generation would pass on the baton to the next one and life was good. Everything has changed now and the age-old craft in this city is in its death throes. Among 150 families, only five remain engaged in their traditional profession.
The temple town of Vrindavan in Uttar Pradesh witnesses widows breaking away from centuries-old shackles over three days of Holi revelry, in which colours, flowers, dance and music are an affirmation of life.