December 7, 2011 7:31:46 am
Continuing the tradition started by his grandfather,Laxman Charurbhuj Koshti took out the Tazia procession on Tuesday accompanied by his neighbours,relatives and members of Muslim community.
Koshti works in the state social welfare department and lives in Kankaria area of Ahmedabad. Originally from Panchmarhi district in Madhya Pradesh,his father later shifted to Ahmedabad to work in textile mills and since then the family has been living here.
Every year,this family takes out a Tazia procession on Moharram. This is the only Hindu family which has been carrying out the procession for last 80 years.
My grandfather Kamod Prasad took some mannat (oath) and it was fulfilled. Since then,he started taking out the precession every year in Madhya Pradesh. My father continued the tradition and now we are carrying it forward, Koshti,54,told the Indian Express after the procession. Nobody knows what was my grandfathers mannat, he added.
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Koshtis wife Durgaben said,For me,Tazia is a family get-together. We are happy and content,thanks to
His blessings. Tazia is the occasion when our relatives join us.
Koshti further said,Every year,I buy a small Tazia from a person in Manek Chowk and follow the Islamic rituals. Around 100 people,including neighbours,relatives and others,come to our house for mannat.
The procession starts from their residence in Nanpura NI Chali,a Hindu locality in Kankaria,and culminates on the bank of river Sabarmati near Nehru Bridge. The Tazia is put in a rickshaw.
A Muslim band party gives the music. The family members dress like Muslims and join the procession.
The Koshtis also observe chehlum (an Islamic ritual observed for 40 days after Tazia) by distributing fruits,sweets among children.
Koshtis sons also believe that it is a family tradition for them and they will continue it in the future.
The maalik spares us of all the hardships and we have deep faith in him. Plus,the occasion unites the family members,relatives and friends. We will definitely continue it, said Balkrushna,Koshtis elder son who is studying engineering.
The Koshtis had not missed the procession even during 2002 riots when they bought a tazia from Manek Chowk and took out juloos from there.
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