A Hindu Temple Where Muslims Also Pray

July 19, 2009

Author: Asit Srivastava

Source: Thaindian News


A temple dedicated to Hindu god Shiva in a village here counts many Muslims among its devotees. Not only do they take part in some rituals but also donate for community feasts during every festival.

The Pataleshwar temple is in Bambhrauaa village of Rampur district, some 270 km from state capital Lucknow. Muslims constitute almost 95 percent of the 3,500 residents of the village.

Built on land donated by Raza Ali Khan, the ruler of Rampur in the days of the British Raj, both Hindus and Muslims helped construct the temple.

“We feel proud and privileged to have a temple that spreads the message of communal harmony and brotherhood,” Habeeb Ahmad, 60, a farmers’ leader and resident of the village, told IANS.

Muslims take part in the ‘arti’, a sacred ritual, at the temple. They also queue up with their Hindu brethren for the consecrated ‘prasad’ or holy offering.

“This temple truly reflects the Ganga-Yamuna tehzeeb (etiquette) in today’s time in real sense,” said Guddu Khan, who runs a medical store in the Panwariya area of the village.