A mosque visit Modi finds hard to pull off

The Cheraman Juma Masjid in Kodungallur, Kerala, believed to be the first mosque in India built in 629 A.D., is now part of the Muziris Heritage Project launched by the State govt A proposed visit of...

India’s religions by numbers

India’s Muslim population is growing slower than it had in the previous decades, and its growth rate has slowed more sharply than that of the Hindu population, new Census data show. The Registrar-Gen...

A reductive reading of Santhara

Santhara is a ritual act of purification which follows the most detailed of procedures. It cannot be an impulsive act or an egoistic one. The judgment, on the age-old practice on Santhara, has made b...

Brokering deals with god

Illustration Fear of the future makes people seek out spiritual gurus in search of reassurance. And that is why a thousand Radhe Maas flourish India is famous for Basmati rice, yoga, Gandhi and, of c...

Spirituality, Bollywood style

Self proclaimed god-woman, Radhe Maa in Mumbai.  Is the cult of Radhe Maa very different from the various strands of religiosity that have taken root in the past few decades? A long-standing perspect...

13 idols, pooja articles unearthed

The idols were found when a pit was dug up at a house   Thirteen idols of varying sizes, all believed to be made of panchaloha, were unearthed from a house at Vikrapandiyam near Kudavasal on Thu...

Three yuga, 13 linga and ten tirtha

A view of the Thiruppunnavasal temple. Renovation is on at this ancient temple. Tiruppunavasal, situated near Rameswaram, has been eulogised in the Thevaram verses. The place, according to legend, wa...