Muslims carrying ‘Seer varisai’ for new Hindu temple in Kangeyam
Muslims carrying ‘Seer varisai’ for new Hindu temple in Kangeyam (Photo | Express)

Hindu-Muslim harmony is the building block of this Tiruppur temple

Sources said several Muslims reside in this private layout, though a few Hindu families too have built houses.

TIRUPPUR: In a heartwarming gesture, a group of Muslims donated three cents of land to their Hindu neighbours for the construction of a temple in Padiyur village in Tiruppur district. They also brought gifts during the consecration ceremony of the temple on Sunday. The temple came up on a part of a vast private property, Rose Garden, promoted by two Muslims two decades ago.

Sources said several Muslims reside in this private layout, though a few Hindu families too have built houses. Mohammed Raja (40), a resident and a garment company owner, told TNIE, “I bought a plot here 18 years ago. The entire layout has hundreds of plots and most of them are owned by Muslims.

Since it is a private layout, 10 Hindu families also have built homes here. They did not have a temple and had requested land in this regard. The ‘Rose Garden Muslim Jamaat’ found their request genuine and donated three cents of land worth Rs 6 lakh to them three months ago.”

S Kanagaraj, another resident, told TNIE, “We live in complete harmony. Since the layout promotion was carried out by two Muslims, they allocated land for building a mosque 20 years ago. When we requested land for constructing a temple, they said that they had to get permission from the community elders.

Three months ago, they gave us a piece of land. We collected Rs 10 lakh through donations from locals and panchayat presidents and constructed a temple. During the kumbhabhishekam, Muslim friends donated Rs 30,000 for the ‘annadanam’ and also brought ‘Seer Varisai.’

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