Durga Puja gets UNESCO tag: What is intangible cultural heritage and how new status will help in its protection and promotion

The Ministry of Culture has implemented several schemes for providing financial assistance to artists and institutions for the promotion and preservation of the cultural heritages. Kolkata’s iconic Durga Puja that arrests tourists from all over the world and is celebrated with great zeal by Bengalis all over the world who mark the time of the … Read more

After Durga Puja celebrations, Bengal reports steady Covid surge for third consecutive day

Although the state’s positivity rate improved from 2.52% on Thursday, at 2.10%, it is still higher than the national average. (File) West Bengal’s Covid-19 caseload surged for a third consecutive day as the state recorded 846 fresh cases and 12 fatalities in the past 24 hours, the health department said in its daily bulletin. Experts … Read more

India’s Covid-19 task force chief sounds alarm bell over festival crowds, says vigilance ‘critical’

For the past week, the daily caseload addition has fallen below 20,000 — a situation similar to late February and early March before the second wave hit. (IE) The chief of India’s Covid-19 task force has issued a warning of a surge in case amid visuals on social media of crowds throning the popular Sarojini … Read more

Dussehra 2021: Know the Shubh Muhurat, Pujan Vidhi and Special Mantras for Vijayadashami Puja

On Vijayadashmi, devotees who celebrate Durga Puja do special prayers and rituals at their temples and homes. By Pankaj Khanna,  Dussehra 2021 Shubh Muhurat Vijaya Dashami or Dussehra starts on 14th October, 2021 at 6:52pm and ends on 15th October, 2021 at 6:02pm. The puja in the after of 15th October is from 1:15pm to … Read more

Dussehra 2021: How will be your horoscope according to your zodiac or rashi?

Check your horoscope this Dussehra. By Pankaj Khanna,  Dussehra, also known as Vijaya Dashami, is a Hindu holiday that commemorates the triumph of good over evil. It falls on the tenth day of Shukla Paksha in the month of Ashwin. This year, Dussehra falls on the 15th of October, 2021, and is considered a new … Read more

Durga Puja 2021: Durga Puja date, puja vidhi, history, theme, significance, Covid protocols this year and more

The day celebrates the victory of Goddess Durga over Mahishasura, the buffalo demon. The victory depicts the triumph of good over evil (Photo: IE) Durga Puja 2021 date: The five-day festival of Durga Puja is celebrated with much zeal and pageantry across the country, particularly in West Bengal. This festival is said to be one … Read more

Happy Navratri 2021: Quotes, wishes, images that you can send to your family and friends

On Ashtami, the eighth day, and Navami, the ninth day, devotees invite young girls to take part in Devi Prasad and Kanya Pujan. (File) Navratri 2021 Date and Time: Dedicated to Goddess Durga’s nine forms, Navratri is celebrated in Ashwin, the lunar month. Shardiya Navratri this year commences today and will continue till October 15. … Read more

Backpacker hostel bookings surge ahead of Durga Puja, Diwali! How to find affordable accommodation this festive season

Staying at a backpacker hostel in Europe became the turning point for Pankaj Parwanda, Co-founder of goSTOPS, as he sensed the opportunity to solve an important need for the market – bringing backpacker hostels to India. (Image: goSTOPS, Bir) Big boost in travel confidence among young backpackers in India! The demand for backpacker hostels this … Read more

No ‘pandal hopping’ this year: Bengal’s Durga Puja pandals declared ‘no entry zones’ amid surge in Covid cases

About 37,000 Durga Pujas are being organised across West Bengal this year. (Photos: ANI/The Indian Express) In a major order that would directly impact nearly 40,000 Durga Puja pandals across West Bengal, the Calcutta High Court on Monday directed the authorities to treat the community venues as ‘no entry zones’ in wake of the ongoing … Read more