Preaching peace and communal harmony, Udupi Sri Krishna Mutt organises Iftar party in temple premises

The members who were observing the fast gathered in the hall and broke their fast at 6.59 PM. On the menu were items like banana, apple, and watermelon. They were also served with cashew nuts along with ‘kashaya’ made of black pepper, at the dining hall.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 25, 2017 7:53 pm
Udupi, Sri Krishna Temple iftar, Sri Krishna Temple eid, Vishwesha Tirtha Swami Vishwesha Tirtha Swami of Paryaya Pejawar Mutt serving dates to Muslims in Udupi on Saturday. (Source: The News Minute)

In a first in the long history of Udupi’s famous Sri Krishna Temple, Muslims broke their Ramzan fast in an Iftar organised at Annabrahma Dining Hall in the temple premises on Saturday. According to The News Minute, over 150 members of the Muslim community had participated in the ‘Souharda Upahara Koota’ (harmony breakfast meet) held in the temple.

On the menu were items like banana, apple, and watermelon. They were also served with cashew nuts along with ‘kashaya’ made of black pepper, at the dining hall. Vishwesha Tirtha Swami himself served the dates to the gathering and urged the members of different communities to live in peace and harmony.

“People from all religions must be tolerant and co-exist peacefully. Muslims have shown a lot of affection for me in Mangaluru, Kasaragod and Bhatkal. They have given their offering during the Paryaya festival,” the seer, who has been closely associated with Vishwa Hindu Parishad, said during the Iftar. He also specifically asked the coastal areas of Karnataka to be more peaceful and set an example of tolerance for the state. He reiterated that “all of us are children of the same creator.”

Udupi, Sri Krishna Temple iftar, Sri Krishna Temple eid, Vishwesha Tirtha Swami The members from Muslim community performed namaz on the second floor of the building with the help of Maulana Innayatullah. (Source: The News Minute)

Maulana Innayatullah, Imam of Anjuman Masjid was present on the second floor of the dining hall building and guided the members to perform namaz after breaking the fast.

MA Gafoor, the Khateeb of Anjuman Masjid and also the chairman of the Karnataka Minorities Development Corporation said that the message of peace, which began in Udupi, must be spread throughout the world as reported by The News Minute. “The Iftar koota and offering of namaz at a temple is a historic decision and a great sign of communal harmony shown by the Pejawar Mutt,” MA Gafoor said.

The event was mooted by Vishwesha Tirtha Swami of Paryaya Pejawar Mutt, who is presently in his fifth Paryaya, The Hindu reported.

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    Happy Infidel
    Jul 3, 2017 at 1:47 am
    "One of the seven conditions imposed by Gandhiji for the breaking of his fast unto death related to the mosques in Delhi occupied by the Refugees. This condition was to the effect that all the mosques in Delhi, which were occupied by the Refugees, should be vacated or got vacated and be made over to the Muslims." This is because non-muslims cannot enter Muslim premises. It was freezing cold when the Hindu refugees from Pakistan were turned out from the mosque. The current tolerance of the Krishna math is in keeping with Hindu teaching therefore comes as no surprise. But will Hindus be allowed to offer Hindu prayers in a mosque is the question. Remember Gandhi reading Quran in Temples but not Bhagavad-Gita in Mosque? No courage! He altered Raghupati Ragva Raja Ram-only to be sung by Hindus in Temples. Tolerance is good only if there is equal reciprocation. Otherwise it is appea t valueless
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      A K MISHRA
      Jul 3, 2017 at 5:57 pm
      Very good comments. Perfectly true.
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      Karunada Chakravarti
      Jun 26, 2017 at 8:58 pm
      Great step by a noble saint revered by one and all. Bringing in harmony is better than bitter confrontation, since we all have to live here together. Magnanimity on either sides is an essential prerequisite to carry forward this process. I hope everybody will appreciate this gesture.
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        amrit agrawal
        Jun 26, 2017 at 1:02 pm
        there has to be something very wrong with a person (fake nationalists on the internet) to find fault by saying that "muslims never did such things for hindus". Anyways for those who are asking this - see the below link i got from a simple frickin google search. Bottomline is - hater's gonna hate! : indiatimes /culture/who-we-are/on-the-day-the-babri-masjid-demolition-broke-communities-these-instances-of-hindus-and-muslims-coming-together-will-make-you-proud-228793 : thehindu /news/cities/Thiruvananthapuram/mosques-churches-open-doors-to-amity/article8272683.ece s: dharmadeen /2016/09/09/ganeshmosques/
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          Kavish Mishra
          Jun 26, 2017 at 10:54 pm
          I don't understand what is wrong with Hindus who have ridiculously given lot of importance to Muslims and Islam who have replaced lot of Temples with mosques.
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            Nasrul Hassan
            Jul 1, 2017 at 9:13 pm
            If they have not poured cow over eatable material, then it's ok to have iftar there. I would never trust them, born liars they are... of an animal, cheeee
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          jeff
          Jun 26, 2017 at 12:58 pm
          Commendable, undoubtedly, but does this community and religion at large deserve this sort of magnanimity? 1,100 years, 800 million Hindus slaughtered, countless converted and now pining for jihad. Again, commendable, but misguided. Islam entered this land solely through violence. The only reason it remains on the defensive is because it has been subjected to violence in return these last thirty years.
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            Muke
            Jun 26, 2017 at 6:44 am
            Good see this. All religions should respect each other. Hope others will follow this example. I have seen many muslims also greet Hindus on Hindu festivals.
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              Kavish Mishra
              Jun 26, 2017 at 10:56 pm
              Comparatively there are very less Muslims who respect Hindus. What has happened in the past we cant forget.
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              Bhola
              Jun 26, 2017 at 6:19 am
              This is the magnaminity of Hindus.I never heard any Mosque or Church arranging any Hindu festival ,say like Holi or Diwali. Mr. writer don't you find it bad.
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                Kavish Mishra
                Jun 26, 2017 at 10:56 pm
                Very true.
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                sikan_der
                Jun 26, 2017 at 6:08 am
                All those illiterate hindus who know nothing about prophets and allah and still live in savage era where superior human race worships inanimate things and are followers of fetishism in this mordern world. I would ask just one question. Would u allow us to sacrifice cow inside ur temple?. If ur answer is no then how can we let u worship inanimate things and lower beings like moneys and animals in our mosque where we worship allah who is supreme ruler of every creation and of all the worlds. For us letting u worship inanimate things inside mosque is just what us sacrificing cow inside ur temple is to u. And by the way dont u eat and distribute prasad inside temple? then why so much fuss and talk about allowing muslims to eat inside temple. By the way i assure u it wasnt beef that was served . It was just dates and sweets.
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                  Bhola
                  Jun 26, 2017 at 6:26 am
                  You expressed your holy thought and I suppose this is not the thought of all the Muslims.Why you want to kill cow or say nonmuslims ?Don't you think this way you admit that most illeterate,satanic and cruel religion is your religion.You are finishing each other in Arab countries ,how peaceful you are and how modern you are.Just instropect.
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                    sikan_der
                    Jun 26, 2017 at 11:27 am
                    We wont kill cows if we get cheap goats for sacrifice. And why are u only bothered about cows? What about other animals and birds. And we dont want to kill nonmuslims we just preach right way of life. And there is difference between killing and using for benefit of mankind. Consuming beef is one of benefit to mankind. And if consuming beef is satanic according to u what do u call the religion whose followers kill humans for cows . Is it angelic? Whose followers consume alcohol and go on rioting chanting ram and raping women. Are they angelic? Nonsense U r the most immoral of the people the world has ever seen becoz cow is your mother and mudi is ur father. No wonder foreigners come to india for tourism and know india as land of kamasutra attracting all immoral people of the world. Removing immorality and savage era rituals and ridding humanity of dark age worshipping practices is not satanic.
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                      sikan_der
                      Jun 26, 2017 at 11:40 am
                      Everything on the face of earth is for the benefit of mankind be it birds ,animals ,minerals ,landscapes only thing is u have to use it judiciously. And cow is no more than animal and it can be used for milking and its meat can be consumed. All civilised communities consume beef. And how can i kill someone in arab country when i have never left my india. U think i have some kind of ballistic technology? U fool . U r helplessly trying to prove that we are arabian but fact is we are indian. And indian muslims havent started killing anyone yet. Our patience runs very high. We will defeat ur divisive forces without single weapon . And we will eat what we like. And we dont surrender to ur bullying and savage era rituals. Time for u to interospect hate monger educated illiterate class. Education has done u no good and we can see it.
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                    kulaputra kulaputra
                    Jun 26, 2017 at 5:37 am
                    It shows the generosity of heart of Pejawar Shri. if other minorities, instead of thrusting their "only" God upon us were to be a bit generous in their heart, the world would be peaceful but they draw us into "my God is better than yours" battle. Till religions educate followers to follow the enlightened path of being generous to fellow human beings, things could change. And I could bat like Gavaskar !
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