From working for equal voting rights and employment opportunities for the transgender community to promoting communal harmony, the past few years have witnessed heartwarming stories from across Kerala.
Setting yet another example, in the holy month of Ramadan, a Vishnu Temple in Kottakkal, Malappuram, is hosting a mass Iftar dinner for their local Muslim brethren.
From vegetarian biryani to snacks, fruits, juices and special Ramadan drinks, the Lakshmi Narasimha Moorthy Vishnu Temple at Punnathala, near Vettichira, will serve over 700 people.
This also incidentally falls on the same day as the Prathishta Dinam (Consecration Day), the second day of the temple festival.
Speaking to The Times of India, Mohanan Nair, the Secretary of the Temple Management Committee, said, “The event is being organised with the support of all the local residents in the Muslim-majority village, irrespective of their caste, religion or politics. The committee has invited everyone to the event, and we expect over 700 people to attend it,” Mohanan said.
The purpose of this beautiful Iftar dinner is to disseminate the message of peace and harmony among the younger generation. The dinner party will have important personalities from the Panchayat in attendance too.
Mohanan added, “We cannot serve non-vegetarian food as the event is being held as part of the temple festival. At a time when communal forces have been misusing even temple premises to implement their agenda, it is our duty to organise such events.”
The chairman of the Iftar Organising Committee, K Mammu, revealed how the temple had organised a similar event during Ramadan last year, which had a turnout of over 500 people. The temple is now considering making it an annual event to promote communal harmony.
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(Edited by Shruti Singhal)