BIHAR: Muslims have helped build a Hindu temple dedicated to goddess Durga in Bihar’s Gaya district, not just by making donations but also by supervising its construction. “There was active help from Muslims, all of whom are railway employees. This temple is a symbol of Hindu-Muslim unity as both joined hands to construct it”, said Ashok Kumar, another resident.
Muslims personally donated and collected funds worth nearly Rs. five lakh, locals said. Mohammad Sahab said dozens of Muslims donated money and others helped by doing other works for the construction. Muslims make up around 16 per cent of the 105 million population of Bihar. In Gaya town, there are over a dozen Muslim localities. Over three decades ago, some Hindus had donated a piece of land for the construction of a mazar in the same village.
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