Religions around the world - The New Indian Express

Religions around the world

  • Rabbi Yehuda Teichtal, right, and rabbi Shmuel Segal stand in fron of the Brandburg Gate in Berlin Tuesday Nov. 26, 2013 where a giant Hanukkah Menorah was installed at the launch of the eight-day Jewish Festival of Lights, named Hanukkah. (AP Photo/dpa,,Ole Spata)
  • In this undated but recent photo released by National Geographic, archaeologists Robin Coningham, second from right, of Britain's Durham University and Nepalese archaeologist Kosh Prasad Acharya, right, direct excavations within the Mayadevi Temple, uncovering a series of ancient temples contemporary with the Buddha as Thai monks meditate in the background. Buddha, also known as Siddhartha Gautama, is generally thought to have been born in about the sixth century B.C. at the temple site. (AP Photo/National Geographic, Ira Block)
  • In this photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis and Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, shake hands after exchanging gifts on the occasion of their private audience at the Vatican, Monday, Nov. 25, 2013. Putin presented Francis with an image of the icon of the Madonna of Vladimir, an important religious icon for the Russian Orthodox faithful. After they exchanged the gifts, Putin asked Francis if he liked it, and Francis said he did. Putin then crossed himself and kissed the image, and Francis followed suit. They met privately for 35 minutes Monday evening in the pope's private library. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, ho)
  • Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama greets the audience before his religious speech in Tokyo, Monday, Nov. 25, 2013. The Dalai Lama is in Japan for a 12-day visit to deliver speeches.(AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
  • In this Friday, Nov. 22, 2013 photo, an Indian Muslim man prays at the 15th century Sarkhej Roja mosque during the World Heritage Week celebrations in Ahmadabad, India. The mosque is an example of the earlyIslamic architectural culture of the region, which combined Islamic stylistic influences from Persia with indigenous Hindu and Jain features to form a composite “Indo-Saracenic” architectural style. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)
  • Cambodian Buddhist monks walk near the site of a stampede at Koh Pech in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Friday, Nov. 22, 2013. Buddhist monks, relatives of the victims and others gathered Friday at Koh Pech to mark the third anniversary of the stampede which killed more than 350 people who were attending a water festival in 2010. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)
  • An Indian folk artist wearing the mask of Indian Goddess Durga rests after a dance performance in a local carnival, in a carnival in the eastern Indian city Bhubaneswar, India, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013. Durga, theHindu goddess of power and strength, is one of the most important goddess of the Hindus and is worshipped all over India. (AP Photo/Biswaranjan Rout)
  • A Sikh devotee takes a holy dip during the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, the first Sikh Guru at a Sikhtemple in New Delhi, India, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)
  • Young Sikhs participate in a religious procession on the eve of the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak in Amritsar, India, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. The birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, the first Sikh guru, will be marked on Nov. 17. (AP Photo/Prabhjot Gill)
  • This photo taken July 29, 2013, shows The National Cathedral in Washington. Struggling to cover its costs, Washington National Cathedral has decided to begin charging an admission fee for tourists who visit the church beginning in 2014. Cathedral officials say they will charge a $10 fee for adults and $6 for children, seniors and military. Admission will be free on Sundays and for those who visit to worship or pray on weekdays. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)