When he was requested by mosque authorities, the temple chief happily agreed to offer 12 cents (486 sq m) of his land for the extension.
A dargah and mosque in a Puttur village in Dakshina Kannada district, Mangaluru, needed an extension to accommodate more people to pray.
Next to the darga, Mohan Rai, chief of Sri Vishnumurthy Temple in Olemundovu village, had an undeveloped property.
When he was requested by mosque authorities, he happily agreed to offer 12 cents (486 sq m) of his land for the extension.
This comes at a time when communal tensions in the country are on the rise.
However, Olemundovu village, which falls under Keyyur gram panchayat limit, is a little different. Its inhabitants are people from different communities, living in complete harmony, reports The New Indian Express (TNIE).
Mohan is highly regarded by the Muslim community here, He is also said to regularly take part in the annual Urs of the dargah.
“For me, God is one and he should be respected irrespective of the forms in which he is worshipped. God has given everything to me and I have just returned a part of it to Him. People should not fight on the basis of religion as it helps none,” he told TNIE.
K R Hussain, convenor of Renjiladi Islamic Centre added that their community was indebted to Mohan and that it was a very memorable day for the entire district. He stressed on the importance of harmony in the country, which was shown to them by the temple trustee.