The religious blend of this tiny village Phursungi on the Hadapsar border of the city is such that the Hindus and Muslims are literally related to each other. The Kamthes and Chorghades of the village are equally active in observing the holy month of Muharram for over 700 years.
This year as well,we lived by the tradition. The history of this village dates back to 1,200 years while that of the Muharram function to about 700 years. The historic documents available in the village show that the village was given as a watan to our ancestors, said Zaheer Inamdar,a resident of the village.
The function that begins on the night of the ninth day of the festival with prayers is attended by members of both the comunities and continue till the 10th day. On Friday,like every year,the village observed Muharram remembering the sacrifices made by Hasan and Hussain and taking the taboot procession in the village. We too lift the taboot during the procession. Once the procession reaches the main chowk of the village,the Chorghade community members that stay 2 km from the main village join the procession bare feet,chanting the traditional prayers. We believe that our prayers come true at this Masjid,said Gorakh Kamthe.
While 3,000-4,000 villagers participate in the historic procession,over 1 lakh people witness it. People have faith in the local deity called Masjidi Maa. People touch the deitys feet and children are made to lie on ground and are crossed in traditional manner. The entire village looks forward to this day, Kamthe added.
The village is a true example of two communities living peacefully. The prasad for the festival is cooked at a Hindu familys house and is first offered to Masjidi Maa, said Nana Chorghade.