New Delhi: Setting an example of religious harmony, Hindu and Muslim devotees in Mumbra village of Thane district in Maharashtra come together to celebrate their respective festivals Ganesh Chatuthi and Muharram under the same roof. “We (Hindus and Muslims) are sharing the same mic and loudspeaker and organisers are coordinating the timings for the respective rituals which are scheduled to be conducted throughout the day,” a devotee told ANI. Also Read - Maharashtra: MNS Leader Jameel Shaikh Shot Dead in Thane
The residents of the village gave a message of communal harmony by conducting Ganesha aarti and the azaan for Muharram in the same pandal, set up by the Ekta Mitra Mandal. Also Read - Fact Check: Did Muslims Raise Slogans of 'Islam Zindabad' in Kolkata? Here's The Truth Behind The Viral Video
Another devotee present inside the pandal said, “There is no rivalry between Hindus and Muslims and it is the politicians who instigate people and try to create a rift between us just before the elections in order to get the mandate. Everybody in our village, irrespective of caste, likes to participate in such events together.” Also Read - Mumbai: NCP Worker Kidnapped, Thrown Into Creek; 2 Held
Lauding the initiative, Ramesh Dhumal, Assistant Commissioner of Police said,”Such programmes will only strengthen the relationships between the two communities and will send out a positive message of communal harmony to the outside world.”
Earlier this month, Hindus, and Muslims of Agra’s Kheriya Mod locality celebrated the festival of Janmashtami. With the theme of Hindu-Muslim unity, the banners put up for the occasion of ‘Janmashtami’ had featured Lord Krishna on one side and the Islamic symbol of crescent and star on the other.
(With inputs from agencies)