Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians pray together in one room at Chandigarh’s GMCH

GMCH is the first government hospital in the city to set up such a facility. The prayer room is located in the C block where more than 10 operation theatres are also situated.

Written by Adil Akhzer | Chandigarh | Updated: January 6, 2018 9:09 am
Prayer room at GMCH in Sector 32, Chandigarh, on Friday. (Express photo)

THE AXIOM ‘God is one’ is a living reality at the city’s Government Medical College Hospital (GMCH) in Sector 32 where the prayers of Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians and believers of other faiths converge in a single room that has been opened by the hospital authorities for those who pray for the unwell admitted to the health facility.

GMCH is the first government hospital in the city to set up such a facility. The prayer room is located in the C block where more than 10 operation theatres are also situated. A number of signages has also been put up to direct people towards the room. The facility is used primarily by family members and other attendants accompanying patients.

“When I was praying this morning, next to me was a Muslim man, who was also saying his prayers…. All the religions meet here at one place which gives you so much of peace,” says Baljinder Singh, whose relative met with an accident in Bathinda, Punjab, on Thursday night and is now undergoing treatment. “The administration has done such a wonderful thing by opening this facility.”

“Everyone feels the need to pray during hard times. One wouldn’t think of religious differences at such times. These moments in this room make us realise that we need each other,” says Mohammed Afrazul, from Saharanpur, UP, whose daughter is admitted in the hospital.

The room has a bare floor, with a table against the wall facing the entrance. A lit diya (lamp) adorns the table and a board over the table has symbols of all major religions printed on it. The room is filled mostly in the morning and evening with those who believe that in addition to medical science and doctors, their loved ones need a helping hand from God.

Dr Ravi Gupta, Medical Superintendent, GMCH, and the key person for the initiative, told Chandigarh Newsline that the common prayer room was opened after it was noticed that family members were praying for their kin just outside the OTs. “Earlier, there was no place where anyone can pray. After opening this prayer room, it converges people from different faiths at a single place,” said Gupta.

At present, no government hospital in the city has a designated prayer room. Officials from Government Multi Specialty Hospital, Sector 16, and Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) told Chandigarh Newsline that no such facility exists at the two hospitals.

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  1. Ramakrishna Tumuluri
    Jan 6, 2018 at 12:53 pm
    Good begining from Dwaita concept of God to Adwaaita which asserts Not many or Onr God there is nothing but GOD for the World is Drushya mana -----
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    1. Babu Indian
      Jan 6, 2018 at 12:13 pm
      Hindus have always insisted that God is one . In fact Hinduism is plurality and diversity . Hindus do not convert people . In fact it is Muslims whose basic tenent is " There is no other God but Allah ". That is the basic tenant of islam . In countries where islam becomes 50 percent , they become nearly 100 percent rapidly , and establish an islamic state erasing all other religious expressions . Those who think this comment is not true please down-vote this .
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      1. Zayn Zui
        Jan 7, 2018 at 12:23 pm
        Half baked information laced with slow poison is hidden in the comment.Read..Muslims say "There is no god but God" (in Arabic Allah is repeated twice - Allah translates to God in Arabic). The first part denies existence of numerous Gods, Second confirm One Omnipresent God.This is similar to Vedas, Bible and Torah. It is the Brahmans who played with Vedas and what you see today is all are aware of.
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      2. Babu Indian
        Jan 6, 2018 at 12:09 pm
        Hindus have always insisted that God is one . In fact Hinduism is plurality and diversity . Hindus do not convert people . In fact it is Muslims whose basic tenent is " There is no other God Allah ". That is the basic tenant of islam . In countries where islam becomes 50 percent , they become nearly 100 percent rapidly , and establish an islamic state .
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        1. Zayn Zui
          Jan 7, 2018 at 12:31 pm
          What is conversion?Please understand it.When Swami Dayanand Saras i revolted against idol worship and stared Arya samaj, that was His conversion.He rejected all idols and all rituals which goes with it.He had that right.Similarly if Christians, Muslims or Sikhs put their religious point of view and people without force, coercion accept it as their new path towards their Lord, where is harm in that.That was done by Great Buddha and Mahavira. By the way Saffron's cannot convert people, as they will be in a dilemma as all converted will prefer to convert as Brahmans rather then Shudra caste.
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        2. Yogesh Bhardwaj
          Jan 6, 2018 at 11:37 am
          Gid may be 'Shoonya' too, and may be 'anant'. May be 'one absolute'. Why a fascination with 'one'? Nonetheless, if all understand their own truth, the world and its people are indeed truly great wondrous.
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