Everyday Harmony: Muslim family offers land for Shivpuran Katha in Maharashtra

Hindus and Muslims of Parbhani district attempt to erase communal tensions by gestures to acceptance and tolerance

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So that future generations inherit a peaceful and harmonious society, it only takes a small number of people to put an end to hatred and rekindle human connections.

In the Parbhani area of Aurangabad, Maharashtra a Muslim family’s kind offer to let a five-day Hindu religious celebration be held on 60 acres of their property is gaining admiration. It is pertinent to be noted that this news of harmony comes from a place where the administration is usually constantly on guard because of Parbhani’s history of inter-communal violence. 

The Syed family offered to lend their land for a few days and harvested a standing crop overnight to make room for the local Hindus to celebrate their festival when they learned that Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Jadhav was looking for an open, table land with an access road for organizing the Shivpuran Katha.

On January 15, the Shivpuran katha, or recitation of the ancient Shiva text, began on the Syed family’s property. The family is offering the land for free.

The family took the initiative to allow a Hindu religious gathering to take place on its property as a way to repay a similar favor the Hindus had rendered to the Muslims in the past. Only last month, Muslims and some of the Hindu brethren had donated their fields for the three-day retreat of Tablighi Jamaat Ijtema, which was attended by approximately three lakh people.

A 25-year-old member of the family, named Syed Shoaib, informed the media that sectarian divisiveness is the nation’s largest problem right now. He added that the goal of their action was to compassionately close the gap between adherents of different religions.

He had additionally stated that the land had ready-to-harvest moong lentils for the family’s consumption, not for sale. The locals even facilitated the family for this kind gesture.

He claimed that Parbhani had previously been the victim of inter-communal violence and that the purpose of this gesture was to reduce tensions between various groups.


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