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Piercings and prayer: Malaysian Hindus celebrate Thaipusam

The event commemorates the day when the goddess Parvathi gave her son Lord Murugan a powerful lance to fight evil demons

India at 75: Hindu faith bottled and home-delivered

Since winning elections in 2014, Modi has put Hinduism front and center of his government in the officially secular nation of 1.4 billion

Kashmir violence dampens celebrations at Hindu festival

The annual gathering takes place at the Kheer Bhawani temple, a short drive from the city of Srinagar

Tens of thousands of Hindu devotees take holy plunge in Ganges

Hindu ascetics known as Naga sadhus, many naked apart from a coating of ash and carrying swords, led the bathers at the Kumbh Mela

Plan to shutter Islamic schools in Indian state sparks minority fears

Critics say move is latest step to undermine secular foundations of country

Understanding Hinduism

Aside from being expected to conform to one’s caste, each individual is also expected to live in a particular way corresponding to his or her current stage of life

Giant Jesus statue not welcomed by Hindu hardliners in India

Church leaders believe religious divisions being exploited by govt for political gain

India’s Christian ‘untouchables’ place their hopes in Supreme Court outcome

1950 presidential decree gives certain rights to Dalits that are Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists, but neglects those who are Christians and Muslims

Age-old caste system prevails in India’s educational institutions

Some Indians deemed higher caste oppose improved access to education for those at the bottom end of society

Temple devotees ‘flex their muscles’ over scarce land in India

Hindus make up 80 percent of India's 1.3 billion population, and hundreds of thousands of temples dot the country

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