Over 2 mn Muslims, including 1.3 lakh Indians, begin Haj tomorrow

 Over two million Muslims, including 136,000 Indians, will begin Haj when they assemble in the valley of Mina as Saudi authorities said preparations have been completed for the world's largest annual gathering after the city underwent a multi-billion overhaul.

Hajj pilgrims denounce IS `virus` but doubt US-led war

As they gather in Saudi Arabia`s holy city of Mecca for the annual hajj, some pilgrims have denounced atrocities by Islamic State group jihadists as "a virus" threatening the world.

But many also expressed concerns about the US-led air war against them.

Six pilgrim special trains to start from Oct 25

To promote rail tourism especially for the pilgrims, railways will launch six pilgrim special tourist trains from October 25.

8 Kerala pilgrims, stranded in J&K, brought to Delhi

 The last batch of Keralites stranded in Jammu and Kashmir due to flood were safely evacuated to Delhi, state Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala said here.

Kedarnath yatra resumes, over 150 pilgrims pay obeisance

 More than 150 pilgrims paid obeisance to Lord Shiva at Kedarnath today as the yatra to the Himalayan shrine resumed after a five-day suspension.

Vaishnodevi Yatra suspended for third consecutive day

 Yatra to Mata Vaishnodevi cave shrine has been suspended for third consecutive day today in view of heavy rains in Jammu and Kashmir as authorities said the pilgrimage would be resumed only after the weather improves.

12 pilgrims killed in Bihar's Aurangabad district

At least 12 pilgrims, five of them women, were killed and 22 others injured when a speeding container ran over them on the New Delhi-Kolkata NH 2 in Bihar's Aurangabad district early Friday.

Four Srikhand pilgrims die; yatra suspended due to bad weather

Four pilgrims died due to health problems and high-altitude sickness in the last leg of the Srikhand yatra, which was suspended due to bad weather and rains, officials said.

Chardham yatra remains suspended for fourth consecutive day

With the wet weather continuing and roads to Himalayan shrines blocked by debris from landslips at several points, the chardham yatra remained suspended for the fourth consecutive day today.

Pilgrim dies en route Amarnath shrine, death toll mounts to 14

A 65-year-old pilgrim died after suffering cardiac arrest en route Amarnath shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas on Wednesday, taking the death toll in the ongoing pilgrimage to 14.

Pilgrim count at Amarnath cave crosses 1-lakh mark, 2 more die

The number of pilgrims who have paid obeisance to the holy ice lingam at Amarnath shrine in South Kashmir Himalayas crossed the one-lakh mark today.

Another batch of devotees leave for Amarnath shrine

Amid tight security, a fresh batch of 2,234 pilgrims on friday, left for the Amarnath cave shrine in South Kashmir Himalayas from the base camp here.

Pilgrims continue Amarnath Yatra despite bad weather

Despite inclement weather and snow-covered tracks, the Amarnath yatra is going on with full fervour.

Pawan Hans service from Saturday for Amarnath Yatra pilgrims

Pawan Hans Helicopters Limited would launch daily services from this Saturday to fly pilgrims for the Amarnath Yatra.

Govt promises to improve facilities for Haj pilgrims

Government today promised to bring in significant improvement in facilities for Haj pilgrims and request Saudi Arabia to withdraw 20 per cent cut in India`s quota for the annual pilgrimage.

SASB `apprehensive` about Amarnath yatra commencing next week

With the entire route to Amarnath shrine still buried under a thick blanket of snow, SASB authorities said they have "serious apprehensions" about the commencement of the annual pilgrimage which is scheduled to begin next week.

First batch of Kailash Mansarovar pilgrims arrive in Almora

The first batch of 56 pilgrims have arrived in Almora, Uttarakhand, for their annual pilgrimage to Kailash Mansarovar in Tibet, the water of which is believed to cleanse Hindus of all of their sins.

Najeeb Jung flags off first batch of Kailash Manasarovar yatra pilgrims

The first batch of Kailash Mansarovar pilgrims comprising of 56 persons, was flagged off by Delhi Lt Governor Najeeb Jung today.

Substandard lodges in pilgrim centres asked to shut down

Cracking down on substandard lodges in this town attracting devotees and tourists from the country and abroad, Rameswaram Municipality has ordered closure of 10 lodges and directed households not to function as "boarding premises".

Hemkund Sahib opens for pilgrims

The portals of the famous Hemkund Sahib Gurdwara located in snow-capped Garhwal Himalayas were thrown open to pilgrims on Sunday.