Cyclone Amphan: Kolkata devastated as cyclone kills scores in India and Bangladesh

The eastern Indian city of Kolkata has been devastated by a powerful cyclone which has killed at least 84 people across India and Bangladesh.  Amphan made landfall on Wednesday, lashing coastal areas with ferocious wind and rain. The storm is weakening as it moves north into Bhutan. Thousands of trees were uprooted in the gales, […]

Yoga Day 2015 in Kolkata, India

The Girls of the Philanthropic Society of the Orthodox Church in Kolkata, India participate in the celebration of the International Yoga Day 2015.

10million Hindu Pilgrims Bathe Naked in the Ganges for Kumbh Mela Festival

Millions of Hindus followed naked holy men into the cold waters of the Ganges today as part of the world’s largest gathering of people.
The ceremony in the Indian city of Allahabad came on the most auspicious day of the Maha Kumbh Mela, a 55-day religious festival which is expected to attract well over 100million bathing pilgrims.

A top festival official said nearly 3million people had bathed by late morning and 11million were expected to enter the frigid water by the end of Monday.