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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    2. 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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      1. 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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        1. 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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          1. 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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            1. 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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