Parsa, August 8, 2016: In a rare example of religious harmony, two Muslim brothers have constructed a Hindu temple in Birgunj-26, Parsa.
Dr Jainuddin Ansari and his brother Basaruddin Ansari constructed the Rameshwor Mahadev Temple at Prasaunibirta at a cost of Rs4.8 million.
The villagers mounted the Ansari brothers on an elephant during a Kalash Yatra (holy march) on Sunday. A formal inauguration of the temple is scheduled for Monday. â€œI feel the happiest in my life today. Lord Shiva chose us to build his abode,â€ said Dr Jainuddin. Pointing to a huge number of local Muslims in the procession, he said, â€œCastes and religions are created by humans but all the people are one family of god.â€
Jainuddin is the chairman of the Birgunj-based National Medical College while brother Basaruddin is its managing director. The duo also donated Rs3.5 million to build a mosque, a prayer yard and a graveyard in the village last year.
They had expressed their desire to build a Hindu temple but some people in the community had refused their proposal saying that they would not accept a shrine constructed by Muslims.
â€œWe happily agreed to build the temple as locals and the temple management committee approached us,â€ said Basaruddin.
â€œPeople active in politics donâ€™t know how strong brotherhood the Hindus and Muslims can have.â€
The villagers had been looking for funds to build the temple for two decades. â€œThis is a common temple of Hindus and Muslims. We [villagers] are indebted to the Ansari brothers for their help,â€ said Jagarnath Mahato, the temple management committee chairman.
By Shankar Acharya