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Hindu temple: Muslim women as deity

Ahmedabad (Jhulasan): Sunita Williams, the American astronaut of Indian origin, born of a Gujarati father, in Jhulasan (40 kms from Ahmedabad), did not respond to frantic efforts of the state government for a meeting with CM Narendra Modi.

Jhulasan has a rare distinction in the country where a Muslim woman is worshipped in a temple by Hindus. An unknown Muslim woman died 250 years ago while fighting aggressors. A temple was erected by grateful Hindus in her memory as "Dola Mata" Mandir. It has now been renovated at a cost of Rs. 4 crores. There is neither an idol nor any picture. An instrument is worshipped in her memory.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 May 2013 on page no. 14

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