Where two religions co-exists...
Story of a place where two religious places coexists peacefully. More
“Mazhab Nahi Sikhata Aapas Mein Bear Rekhna”. Yes it is the part of the lyric of our favorite song Sare Jahan Se Achha Song. Obliviously it means no religion teaches us to keep hatred between us. May I know practically how many of us follow it? This reminds me of a legendary story of ancient Kerala.
It revolves around the renowned south Indian temple ‘Sabarimala’. If one happens to visit the Temple of Lord Ayyappa, in the forest surrounded village in Kottayam District you will be greeted by an unusual sight. A Mosque and a Temple face to face. No, this is not the unusual sight I meant. But the flow of Hindu Pilgrims to this Mosque during the pilgrim season between October and January. This visit to mosque is prior to the visit to the temple. The pilgrims pay their obeisance to the Muslim Saint Vavar and move towards the Sabarimala Temple.
This is the symbol of long lasting friendship between Lord Ayyappa and Vavar which sans religion. The starting point of journey towards Sabarimala begins from Erumeli. Thousands of pilgrims especially the ones on maiden journey compulsorily visits the mosque. The Pilgrims continues the journey after receiving the holy water and sandal paste from the temple facing Temple and offerings to the Mosque. The pilgrims are blessed by the Imams of the Mosques. This custom is going on for centuries. Even most of the pilgrims sleep overnight in the Mosque courtyard without offending anyone in the process.
If such communal harmony and peace prevailed since ancient period why today’s civilized lots disregard it?
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