July 10, 2011
On her first trip to Bali in April, Clodagh Smith visited a Hindu temple in the village of Tampaksiring. Inside, she came across a group of boys and men bathing in a sacred pool. Intrigued by this glimpse of everyday life, Smith took this photo. "What made this special for me was the opportunity to witness a ritual that was not designed for tourists but was an authentic expression of village religious life in contemporary Bali," the Sacramento resident said. View past photos we've featured . To upload your own, visit our reader travel photo gallery . When you upload your photo, tell us where it was taken and when.
February 8, 2011 |
Cambodia asked U.N. peacekeepers Monday to intervene to help end fighting along the Thai-Cambodian border after a fourth day of gunfire killed at least five people near a disputed 11th century temple. The wrangling over the 2-square-mile complex, a World Heritage Site, has fueled fears of a protracted border conflict between the wary neighbors. Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen requested a U.N. "buffer zone," adding that the conflict threatened regional stability. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on both sides to exercise maximum restraint.
October 18, 2010 |
Ritual celebrations and heated tempers proved a deadly combination, police said Sunday, as 10 people were killed in a stampede at a Hindu festival in northern India. The incident happened late Saturday when between 30,000 and 40,000 people brought their goats to a small private temple in Tildiha, a village in Bihar state, to sacrifice the animals and offer up prayers to the goddess Durga on the last day of a 10-day festival. People started pushing, and tempers were short because most people had been fasting all day, said Aadesh Chitarmare, a district magistrate for the area.
October 1, 2010 |
In a long-awaited decision that raised fears of sectarian violence, an Indian high court ruled Thursday that a disputed religious site tied to deadly rioting in the early 1990s should be divided between Hindus and Muslims. As the complex decision was announced, India hoped it had moved beyond the religious violence of a generation ago, when a mosque at the site was destroyed, sparking riots that left 2,000 dead. Hours after the verdict, there were no immediate reports of unrest amid heavy security.
September 23, 2010 |
When Muslims and Hindus went on a rampage in the early 1990s after a mosque in the northern Indian town of Ayodhya was demolished by extremist Hindus, the violence sent political shock waves across India. On Friday, in one of the most anticipated decisions in memory, the Allahabad High Court is set to issue a ruling on a legal dispute that began 60 years ago over who owns the underlying property, which could lead to the Babri Masjid being rebuilt or a Hindu temple erected. In the run-up, hard-line Hindu groups have organized awareness campaigns and hymn programs to Hanuman, the monkey god and associate of Rama, a deity who many Hindus believe was born at the site in Ayodhya.
September 30, 2008 |
At least 80 people were crushed to death and more than 100 were injured today when thousands of pilgrims stampeded at a Hindu temple in this historic town in western India, according to authorities. Jodhpur Police Supt. Malini Agarwal said severe overcrowding apparently caused the crush as more than 12,000 people gathered to celebrate a Hindu festival.