Temple for all

A Shiv temple in Barnala district of Punjab provides space for all religions. The temple is situated in Bhador town. Recently, Muslim ritual of ‘Fateha Khawani’ was performed at the temple. The temple administration not only provided space but also made arrangements for the ritual. This ritual was organised in the memory of Shaukat Ali who was killed in a road accident while his father has been in jail for the last three years. After 1990, the temple administration has permitted the rituals of other religions at its premises. A big hall within the campus of the temple was constructed three years ago to facilitate such rituals. The town has a population of 20 thousand, out of which 250 Muslim families live here. In December, three functions of Muslim community and 10 programmes of Sikh community were held in this hall. The manager of the temple said that they allow rituals of other communities at the temple premises to promote universal brotherhood and to break the boundaries between communities.

MG News Desk

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 January 2015 on page no. 3

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