Muslim villagers in Bihar host Hindu seers to open temple after donating land, money

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 08 Jul 2018 09:00:03


By Imran Khan,


AFTER Mansoor Ansari donated land and Mokhtar Alam donated money to build a temple while other Muslims helped in its construction. The villagers also got together to play host to Hindu seers and devotees at inauguration of the temple here earlier this week.
Budhupur is largely a Muslim-populated village with less than a dozen Hindu families.

At a time when hate crimes are increasing, many see it as a shining example of communal harmony. Cousin brothers Mokhtar and Mansoor had come forward to help build the temple to Goddess Durga. Other Muslims joined them by contributed in different ways.
Mansoor donated 2.5 katha land (One Katha is 750 sq ft, at least) for the temple and Mokhtar gave Rs 3.5 lakh for construction.

Both are resident of Budhupur. After helping build the temple under Ghatera Panchayat in Guraru block in Gaya district, mostly Muslim villagers welcomed Hindu seers and hundreds of devotees from neighbouring villages as guests during a “Yagna” to mark the inauguration of the first temple in the village. “We had played hosts to Hindu seers and devotees earlier too when “Chandi Yagna” and special prayers were offered,” Mokhtar told IANS here.

Mokhtar recalled that his family had also donated land for a madarasa and a mosque in the village. Mansoor said they had been living together with the Hindus for for years and taking care of each other.

The villagers used the madarasa as a guest house for the invitees and the mosque acted as a service centre. Dozens of Muslims in this village donated foodgrains, milk, edible oil and LPG cylinders for the the week long rituals.
The temple was opened for prayers and worship after installation of the idol of Goddes Durga following the “Yagna” which concluded on Thursday. Hindu villagers have been lauding and praising the Muslim villagers for their act. “It was not possible without their help,” Umesh Manjhi, a Dalit villager, said.

He was particularly impressed that the youth worked as volunteers and women chipped in to help.
Kailash Yadav said earlier they would offer prayers and performed rituals on a platform under the open sky. “Contribution of Muslims is something historical for us,” he added.  The head of the village body, Ranvijay Das said the temple had now become a “matter of pride” for them.