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Lessons on religious unity from a K’taka village: Temple Chief donates land to mosque

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[h=1]Lessons on religious unity from a K’taka village: Temple Chief donates land to mosque[/h]


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The mosque committee in Olemundovu was facing shortage of land for the extension of the dargah and the temple president stepped in.

While Dakshina Kannada is often in the news for violent communal incidents, a temple administration’s president’s gesture to donate his own land to help a nearby mosque in Olemundovu village has brought cheer in the district.

Mohan Rai, president of the board which manages the Eliya Sri Vishnumurthy Temple, donated 12 cents of his land to a masjid located next to his property at Olemundovu. "The mosque is adjacent to our land and we consider them close neighbours. Even my ancestors held them in high regard. When they requested for the land, we considered it and decided to give it to them," said Mohan Rai speaking to TNM.

The benevolent gesture is also in stark contrast with the ongoing Ayodhya dispute, with Hindu and Muslim bodies now battling at the Supreme Court over the land.

For Rai, it was a straightforward decision to give part of his land to help his neighbours, yet it has sparked interest in the local media. "The phone has been ringing non-stop and we have stopped answering it. I don't know why this is considered news," said Rai. In fact, he was bemused that his decision to part with the land is being viewed as a benevolent gesture. "Every little event of coexistence between communities is now celebrated," he added.

Read more at: https://www.thenewsminute.com/artic...illage-temple-chief-donates-land-mosque-73401
 
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