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Kerala temple opens doors to Muslim to offer Eid prayers as mosques flood

  • News Desk, bdnews24.com
    Published: 2018-08-23 14:49:34 BdST

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A Hindu temple in Kerala’s Thrissur district in Kerala opened its doors to Muslims to offer prayers on Eid-ul-Azha on Wednesday as the nearby mosque was flooded, reports The Indian Express.

Authorities at the Purappillikkav Rakteswari temple at Eravathur near Mala allowed a hall attached to the building to be used for Eid ul Azha prayers after the nearby Kochukadav Mahal mosque flooded.

The Muslims in the area were looking for a place to conduct the Eid prayers when Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana Yogam or SNDP, which runs the Purappullikkavu Ratneswari temple, offered the hall to them. The temple is already operating as a flood relief camp.

“The temple hall has already been set up as a relief camp, as we realised there is no place for the devotees to conduct prayers, the youth here came forward to arrange the hall as a temporary Eidgah or prayer premise,” said Abinav, who was coordinating relief works in the area.

Twitter/Sunil Ananthapuri

Twitter/Sunil Ananthapuri

“People cutting across religious divides volunteered to set the makeshift prayer hall by collecting prayer mats from nearby houses and making other arrangements,” he said, adding over 300 people attended the Eid prayers and the speech that followed.

In a video that is now going viral on Facebook, a man is seen saying that the temple authorities wholeheartedly offered them the place to offer Eid prayers and they are “delighted” by the gesture. “It’s a heartwarming gesture as most mosques in Mala are submerged,” the man said.

Eravathur has been among the places worst hit by the floods in Thrissur district where over 3,000 people are still living in flood relief camps and nearby houses. Three relief camps have been set up at Eravathur.

The Eid prayers at the temple hall were led by Jaseer Darimi and special prayers were conducted for those affected by the floods.