In India and Nepal, devoted Hindus dress up in elaborate costumes to celebrate Maha Shivrati or the Great Night of Shiva in reverence of Lord Shiva, lord of destruction.
The recent brouhaha over a book on religion has Vishakha Desai worried that Indian cultural discourse is being "hijacked by narrow-minded interests."
This year, Diwali will be celebrated on November 3, 2013. Here's a look at how Hindus around the world celebrate the festival of lights.
The 2011 Festival of Lights, Diwali, captured in photos and tweets from around the world.
Karva Chauth goes 21st century with a new mobile application by jewelry firm Tanishq.
Joseph Lelyveld discussed his controversial new Gandhi biography at the Asia Society in New York on April 7.
The Hindu festival of Thaipusam is celebrated by some two million ethnic Indians in Malaysia.
Chhat festival is dedicated to Lord Surya (Sun), Agni (fire) and Lord Kartikeya or Muruga.
An Indian Sikh devotee takes a dip in the holy sarover (water tank) at the Sikh Shrine Golden Temple in Amritsar on November 5, 2010.