Hindus Join Muharram Processions In Orissa

December 28, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Thaindian News


Demonstrating communal harmony, hundreds of Hindus Monday joined Muslims’ Muharram processions in Orissa as part of their years-long tradition.

The Hindus joined the processions at several places to mourn the martyrdom of Imam Hussain, grandson of Prophet Mohammed.

Dozens of Muslim youth slashed their bodies with sharp weapons at Jatani town in the district of Khordha, some 20 km from here, while some walked on burning coals and many inserted iron pins in their tongue, cheeks, chest and back.

In the western town of Sambalpur, the tazia (replica of the Imam Hussain’s shrine) was carried out by a Hindu family.