A 500-year-old Shiva temple is a centre of attraction at the Rangamahal village in Guwahati, Assam. The temple is popular to the people of the state. It attracts tourists from all across the nation and not many know that it is a Muslim family that has been taking care for generations now.
Yes, you read it right! Both Muslims and the Hindus of Rangmahal village have a strong belief in the diety and they daily visit the religious shrine to offer prayers, reported ANI.
Assam: A Muslim family looks after a Shiva temple for last 500-year in Rangamahal village, Guwahati. The caretaker Matibar Rehman says,' It's a 500-year-old temple, our family looks after the temple. People from both the religions- Hindu and Muslim- come here to offer prayers.' pic.twitter.com/6HZTGtPhAy
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“I call him Nana (maternal grandfather). It’s a 500-year-old temple, our family looks after the temple. People from both the religions – Hindu and Muslim-come here to offer prayers,” Matibar Rehman, caretaker of the Shiva temple told the news agency.
He further added that Muslims do ‘dua’, while Hindus do ‘puja’ here. Everyone’s wishes are fulfilled here,” Rehman added.
Rehman offers ‘dua’ in the ‘Shivalaya’ and his family has been taking care of the temple for more than 4 decades now. As per the statements by locals, the temple is deemed as the perfect example of Hindu-Muslim unity in Assam.
Needless to say, this is not the first time that a family has been praised for taking care of a temple not belonging to their religion.
St. Matthew’s Church located in the Hazada District town of Nathia Galiyat has turned into a symbol of ‘communal harmony’ in Pakistan.
Waheed Murad and his family members have been taking care of the church for over 100 years now. Interestingly, the custodianship of the property has been passed on for three generations.