Notice on loudspeakers leave religious preachers tense

Police said that places of worship did not need permission to use loudspeakers before. Shivaskanda stands calmly in front of the Balambika temple in the heart of bustling Shivajinagar. The area, known for its noisy markets, has a variety of temples, mosques, and churches. He is the third generation in his family to take care […]

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Karaga festival to be a grand affair this season

In the midst of communal tensions in Bangalore, the 300-year-old Karaga Utsava is ready to return. Bangalore’s Karaga festival in Dharamaraya Swamy Temple will be back in full splendor after a two-year gap owing to Covid-19. “The festivities will begin on April 8 which will stretch for 11 days. The Karaga will be carried by […]

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Temples face a revenue decline after reopening

People are not visiting temples as frequently as they were pre-Covid which is impacting the income of priests and vendors. Several temples have seen a drop in revenue to below Rs. 25 lakh a year due to the pandemic. Hence, several group- ‘A’ temples have become group- ‘B’ temples. “Pandemic has caused most of the […]

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