Setting an example of communal harmony, Muslim residents of Kursari Panchayat in Doda in Jammu and Kashmir joined forces with Hindus to move giant idols to an ancient temple here.
Six idols, each weighing between 500kg and 700kg and made of granite, were purchased in Rajasthan to be installed at the newly renovated Shiv temple in Kursari, located on a hilltop three kilometers from the Bhaderwah-Doda highway. .
The Shiv Mandir committee was caught in a difficult situation due to the non-availability of a road, making transportation of the idols a daunting task.
Sensing the difficulty, Kursari Panchayat sarpanch Sajid Mir not only allocated Rs 4.6 lakh from the capital expenditure budget for the urgent construction of a road, but also asked 150 villagers in his community to help him.
“It is our culture and it is our values that we have inherited. That is why we have never fallen prey to the evil designs of those who try to divide us on the basis of religion. Today, we again showed that we are united,” Mir told PTI.
For four days, volunteers from both communities used machines and ropes to transport the idols to the temple, where they will be installed in a religious ceremony on August 9.
“It is really encouraging to see the attention we are getting… The local army unit, road construction companies and civil administration have also come forward and given their full support,” said Mr.
The Shiv Mandir committee is full of praise for its Muslim neighbors for their gesture and enthusiasm in completing the work.
“It is heartwarming to see the love and affection from our neighbors who have given us strength. We have worked hard over the past four days to manage the transport of the idols, which at one time seemed like a task. impossible,” said Ravinder Pardeep, chairman of the temple committee. said.
“I am really happy to see that our young people carry the ethos of communal harmony and mutual brotherhood beautifully, which shows that we have succeeded in transmitting the values to them,” said Haji Abdul Gani Mastana (75) , a local resident.
The army’s Rashtriya Rifles unit based in Bhaderwah has dispatched men and machines to help the villagers as a sign of goodwill.
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