Some claim that for Kali and Durga meat is mahaprasad. But are blood offerings and animal sacrifice necessary to please God?
Shahid Ali, a Muslim priest, performs rituals for Durga, fasts for Navratri, and is familiar with Hindu shastras
An Indian Muslim visits Hindu holy sites in Pakistan
Zubeida Tahir had once dreamt of Durga. Many years later she and her husband organize puja and feed around 700 people.
VIZIANAGARAM: Attaullah Shariff Shataj Khadiri Baba, popularly known as “Biryani Baba”, has been feeding biryani to the poor for the decades in Vizianagaram and Cheemalapadu of Krishna district. When assessed, this comes to to be around one crore (ten million) people in the last 40 years. Mr Baba, 78, has continued the legacy of his …
“Without the sincere support of Muslims, we can’t dream of celebrating the festival in such a big way as the Hindu population is very few.”
“They are tirelessly helping people from far and near…they take people in palanquins on their shoulder with great ease. Commendable indeed and a matter of great happiness” – Hindu devotee on Muslims assisting pilgrims
A temple dedicated to Katyayani Ma was destroyed in the 1990s during the height of violence in Kashmir. Two decades later Muslims and Hindus not only rebuilt the temple, they participated together in a yagna (fire ceremony) where people of all faiths were invited.
The 800-year-old Dhakeshwari temple is like no other Hindu temple in the world. It is a must-visit for not only the country’s estimated 14 lakh Hindus, but also for the vast majority of Muslims here. Durga Puja, for us, is an occasion to do some social service and strengthen bonds between members of other communities,” says Bashudeb Dhar