It's called the world's bloodiest festival. Every five years, Hindu devotees gather for the Gadhimai festival in Nepal - a religious event where thousands of animals are sacrificed to a Hindu goddess. But it's a controversial practice.
Mahatma Gandhi, the man who led India to independence from British rule, was assassinated on 30 January 1948. This documentary shows how the ethnic and religious conflicts that divided the Indian subcontinent still shape it today.
In Nepal, 'Chitrakar' families create depictions of gods for religious celebrations. But as modern technology makes mass production of their distinct art easy and inexpensive, their numbers are dwindling. One couple is trying to save their art form.
Authorities in Pakistan are investigating whether two sisters were abducted, coerced into converting to Islam and forced to marry Muslim men. The case grabbed public attention after several videos related to the case went viral on social media.
The Indonesian island of Bali is observing "Nyepi," or the day of silence, on Thursday. Internet, mobile services and airports will be shut down as the Balinese dedicate themselves to a day of self-reflection.
Two women broke an ancient Hindu taboo which had kept females of child-bearing age out of temples dedicated to Ayyappa, a celibate god. Hindu traditionalists responded with outrage and the protests soon turned deadly.
In Nepal, it's a centuries-old tradition. Little girls are chosen to be Kumari, living goddesses, worshipped by Buddhists and Hindus alike. So what's it like for a normal child to have her world turned upside-down?
Millions of Hindus have gathered at the Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal to celebrate the annual Shivaratri Festival which takes place in honor of Shiva, who is one of the three major deities of Hinduism.
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Plants and animals play a huge role in spiritual practices around the world. They are often worshipped because of the mainly positive qualities attributed to various species. But long standing traditions also matter.
Indian Hindus and Jains flock to the city of Varanasi, or Banaras, to die on the banks of the holy Ganges River. Doing so, they believe, releases their soul from the damnation of reincarnation.
In Berlin's Neukölln district, a Hindu community has had the city's first Hindu temple built. The 6,000 followers of Hinduism in Berlin can now attend six daily devotional services in Sanskrit.
Switzerland's image took a hit in 2009 after voters decided to ban the construction of minarets. Since then, religious groups and government officials have tried to embrace initiatives that promote tolerance and inclusiveness. One group seeing the fruit of that work is the Hindu community. They now have their first stand-alone temple as Tony Ganzer reports.
On this week's programme: The UK considers greater surveillance powers after Woolwich - Franco-German strategy for youth unemployment - Just what exactly are Austrian values? - The Roma raise their profile through music - Will Bosnian farmers run up against EU hygiene laws - Hinduism has a temple to call home in Switzerland - Linguistic protectionism in Italy - A fluid approach to French liquidity
Religious life in Germany's industrial Ruhr region is colorful and diverse. German photographer Brigitte Kraemer captured scenes of devotion and worship for an exhibition in Bochum.
The Danda Nata festival has its origins in Orissa. 'Danda' means a pole or a stick, and 'Nata' means dance. Devotees celebrate it to honor Lord Shiva, the Hindu god of destruction.
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