Latest Hinduism News

Indian court acquits 4 Hindus in blast on train to Pakistan

Mar. 20, 2019 11:23 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — An Indian court on Wednesday acquitted four Hindus charged with triggering explosions on a train heading to India's border with Pakistan 12 years ago, killing 68 people, mostly Pakistani citizens. Defense attorney Mukesh Garg said the court in the northern Indian town of Mohali ruled that...

India's top court orders mediation in Hindu temple dispute

Mar. 8, 2019 2:50 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's top court set up a mediation team Friday to try to settle a land dispute between Muslims and Hindus over plans to build a Hindu temple on a site where hard-liners demolished a 16th century mosque. Attorney Vishnu Jain said the court gave the three-member team four weeks to submit...

No flights or internet during Bali's sacred Day of Silence

Mar. 6, 2019 3:34 AM EST

DENPASAR, Indonesia (AP) — Bali's airport will close for 24 hours, the internet will be turned off and streets emptied as the predominantly Hindu island in Indonesia observes its New Year with an annual day of silence. "Nyepi" begins at 6 a.m. Thursday, clearing beaches and all public spaces of people...

Pakistan minister quits over remarks against minority Hindus

Mar. 5, 2019 11:58 AM EST

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — A spokesman says a provincial Pakistani minister has resigned after criticizing the country's minority Hindu community in the wake of heightened tensions between Pakistan and India over Kashmir. Shahbaz Gill, a government spokesman, says Fayyazul Hassan Chohan, information minister...

Brewery apologizes for beer sharing name with Hindu deity

Feb. 27, 2019 2:57 PM EST

SALEM, Va. (AP) — A Virginia brewery has apologized for a beer that shares its name with a Hindu deity. Olde Salem Brewing Company said in a statement to WSLS-TV that it was making a musical reference when it named its Spanish milk stout "Hanuman." The brewery says it was unaware of the religious...

AP Photos: Naked pot-smoking sect grows at Indian Hindu fest

Feb. 11, 2019 8:35 PM EST

PRAYAGRAJ, India (AP) — At the world's largest pilgrimage in Prayagraj in northern India, tens of millions of Hindu faithful travel to the sacred sangam — the confluence of three holy rivers — to take a dip. The Kumbh Mela, or pitcher festival, is a series of baths by Hindu sadhus and...

Pakistani PM orders probe into attack on Hindu temple

Feb. 6, 2019 12:09 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has ordered an investigation into this week's attack on a Hindu temple in the southern town of Kumb, where assailants set fire to statues and holy books of the Hindu minority before fleeing. Khan went on Twitter Tuesday night, saying the government of...

Indian Prime Minister Modi defends citizenship bill at rally

Feb. 2, 2019 4:52 AM EST

KOLKATA, India (AP) — India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised a controversial citizenship bill pending in Parliament at a rally Saturday, kick-starting his Hindu nationalist party's campaign to retain power in general elections due by May. In a speech broadcast live from the rally in West Bengal...

Police arrest juvenile in vandalism of Hindu temple

Feb. 1, 2019 11:48 AM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Police in Kentucky say a juvenile suspect has been charged with burglary and criminal mischief in connection with vandalism at a Hindu temple. Louisville Metro Police Detective Russell Montfort told news outlets the 17-year-old suspect was arrested Thursday after police received a...

Police: Kentucky Hindu temple vandalized in hate crime

Jan. 31, 2019 6:56 AM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Police in Kentucky say a Hindu temple in Louisville has been vandalized in a hate crime, its windows broken and walls covered in hateful messages. Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad tells The Courier Journal that "repugnant messages of hate" were spray-painted on its walls...