For the first time in the history of the famous Udupi Sri Krishna Temple, members of the Muslim community attended an Iftar organised at the temple on Saturday night.
Over 150 members of the community participated in the ‘Souharda Upahara Koota’ (harmony breakfast meet) held at the temple’s Annabrahma Dining Hall on the eve of Eid.
The event was mooted by Vishwesha Tirtha Swami of Paryaya Pejawar Mutt, who is currently in his fifth Paryaya, The Hindu reported.
The members of the Muslim community, who had gathered in the hall, broke their fast at 6.59 pm. Banana, watermelon, apple, dates and cashew nuts along with ‘kashaya’, a drink made of black pepper were served to the members at the dining hall.
So many things to learn from this simple act:
- Festivals are celebrated by a community, it’s not communal.
- A religion can participate and celebrate with another religion and yet keep it’s own beliefs in place.
- A leader should lead by example, not by divide and rule.