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India arrests 750 in flashpoint temple clashes

Women are barred from a handful of Hindu temples in India

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January 4, 2019


Thailand arrests senior monks in temple raids to clean up Buddhism

Thai police raided four Buddhist temples on Thursday, arresting several prominent monks and worshippers in the year’s biggest such operation amid a crackdown on illegal financial dealings by temples. The raids are the military government’s latest bid to reform Buddhism, which is followed by more than 90 percent of Thailand’s population of 69 million, but…

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May 24, 2018


Sonu Nigam: I mentioned temples and gurdwaras as well but only azan comments were highlighted

NEWS DESK: Indian singer Sonu Nigam made headlines for his comments on the use of loudspeakers for azan (Muslim prayers) earlier this year. Now, however, the Bollywood singer said that back then he even mentioned temples and gurudwaras but his comments on azan alone were highlighted, reported Times of India. According to him, religion was…

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October 27, 2017


Taj Mahal sits on stolen property, says BJP leader

NEW DELHI: Bharatiya Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy on Wednesday said he has access to documents that suggest the property where Taj Mahal was built was stolen by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan from kings of Jaipur, reported Times of India. “There is evidence on record that Shah Jahan forced the Raja-Maharajas of Jaipur to sell…

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October 20, 2017


Watch: There are no Jains in Sindh but their glorious mandir has survived

NEWS DESK: An ancient temple of the Jain community has survived in Nangarparkar even though there are no Jains in the region. Watch this report:

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October 4, 2017


Five wanted over India temple disaster surrender to police

KOLLAM: Five men wanted over a massive explosion during a banned fireworks display that killed more than 100 people in southern Indian surrendered to police early Tuesday, a senior officer said. The blast ripped through concrete buildings at a Hindu temple complex in Kerala state where thousands had gathered on Saturday night to watch the…

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April 12, 2016


India police detain five over temple firework disaster

  KOLLAM: Police on Monday detained five workers from a temple in southern India where a massive explosion during a fireworks display killed more than 100 people. Thousands had packed into the Hindu temple in Kerala state’s Kollam district on Saturday night for the show when a stray firework apparently landed on a stockpile, triggering…

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April 11, 2016


Rawalpindi’s Hindu temple in tatters

The sole Shamshan Ghat (cremation ground) and an affiliated temple of Hindu community of Rawalpindi are in bedraggled state. Concerned departments were variously approached with multiple applications for the uplift of place. Watch Umar Asif’s report.

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March 8, 2016


Floodwater inundates historic temple in Sukkur

A historic temple of Sadhu Belo located in an island in River Indus has come under water due to fresh high flooding. Thousands of Hindu devotees from Pakistan and India throng this island every year. Watch this report by Samaa correspondent Arbab Chandio.

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August 5, 2015


Temple built in India to worship Modi

NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said he was appalled that some of his fans had built a temple to deify him, adding that such an act contradicted tradition. Hundreds of his followers in Rajkot donated funds for a temple that features a seated statue of Modi and is topped out with…

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February 12, 2015


Temple stampede kills 10 in India

NEW DELHI: A stampede at a Hindu temple in central India killed at least 10 people and injured scores, the latest in a string of deadly accidents at religious events, an official and reports said. Hundreds of pilgrims were gathering early at a holy hill in Chitrakoot area of Madhya Pradesh state when some tripped…

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August 25, 2014


Sword fight at India's Golden Temple on raid anniversary

AMRITSAR: Clashes broke out between sword-wielding Sikhs on Friday at the Golden Temple in northern India on the 30th anniversary of a notorious army raid on the site. At least two people were wounded in the violence, according to an AFP photographer at the temple in the city of Amritsar, which is the holiest shrine in…

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June 6, 2014


Motorcycle Temple in India

A motorcycle temple in India is famous for safe journey. The people in Rajasthan worship the motorbike and his dead owner.

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May 5, 2014


India: Death toll from temple stampede up to 115

BHOPAL, India: The toll of dead from a stampede at a temple in Ratangarh rose to 115 on Monday, police said, as a search ended for more victims of the second deadly crush at the site in seven years.Nearly 150,000 pilgrims had gathered at the temple in Madhya Pradesh on Sunday to celebrate the end…

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October 14, 2013


India: 60 killed, 100 injured in stampede at Madhya Pradesh temple

Staff ReportNEW DELHI: At least 50 Hindu pilgrims were killed and over 100 injured in a stampede which occurred during a religious festival in Madhya Pradesh state of India, SAMAA reported on Sunday.India media report said that the tragedy was caused by a rumour in a temple where thousands of pilgrims were attending a religious…

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October 13, 2013


Illegal rooftop temple prompts unholy ire in Chinese city

BEIJING: An elaborate temple-like structure perched on an apartment block in southeastern China is an illegal hazard that should be torn down, residents say. But they may not be as lucky as opponents of a lavish rooftop villa in Beijing.The temple in Shenzhen is believed to have been on the roof for about seven years…

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August 22, 2013


Indian govt says ‘terror' attack after blasts at Mahabodhi Temple

BODH GAYA: A series of explosions in and around Buddhism's holiest shrine in Bihar injured two persons early on Sunday, in what the government described as a “terror” attack.The Mahabodhi Temple complex is located in Bodh Gaya, the place where the Buddha is believed to have attained enlightenment.“It is a terror attack … no outfit…

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July 7, 2013


Nine blasts rock Indian temple town in Bihar, one killed

Staff ReportNEW DELHI: Nine serial explosions on Sunday rocked the internationally renowned temple town of Bodh Gaya, injuring two monks in the blasts suspected to be engineered by some terrorist organisation.The Mahabodhi Temple is frequented by Buddhist pilgrims from Sri Lanka, China and Japan and the whole of southeast Asia.While four blasts took place this…

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July 7, 2013


Rock band Stone Temple Pilots to go on without ex-singer

LOS ANGELES: The remaining members of Stone Temple Pilots will not disband despite former singer Scott Weiland asking a court to force them to do so, and it was their legal right to kick him out because of his “destructive behavior,” their lawyer said on Tuesday.”He's out of the band,” Skip Miller, the attorney for…

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June 4, 2013


Sikh temple ‘Gurdawara Panja Sahab’ in Hassan Abdal

Lubna Tasawwar shows us historical Sikh temple ‘Gurdawar Panja Sahab’ in Hassan Abdal.

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April 14, 2013


Young girls, boys visit Katas Temple for photography in Chakwal

Atiq-ur-Rehman shares with us details of young girls and boys’ visit to Katas Temple in Chakwal for photography.

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February 19, 2013