Lekshmi Narasimha Murthy Vishnu Temple in Malappuram, Kerala organized an Iftar party for Muslims in a symbolic gesture to promote religious harmony. The temple is located at Vettichira, which is also Muslim-dominated region has been doing renovation and restoration work funded by nearly 300 Muslim families. The Iftar party was part of the ritual called Punaprethishta in which all the Muslims participated.
“We have grown up in an atmosphere of religious harmony. What matters for us is humanity, not religion. Everybody has the right to follow their religion or caste, but it does not mean that we should not be friendly to people of other religion. We should not close our heart from welcoming people of other religion” Temple Committee was quoted as saying to News Minute.
The dishes were vegetarian including the traditional Kerala meal, sadhya.
In these polarized times, when there is hate everywhere, this incident is an extremely important example which needs to be shown to every Indian to have faith in communal harmony and brotherhood across the country. It is time to leave behind petty religious and political issues and move towards a united country.