The effort was made to deliver a message that the bond between two communities is intact.
With their intertwined histories the two communities believe they will withstand the present turmoil.
Aklakh Ahmed who offers namaz five times a day decided to not only give up his land for construction of a Shiva temple but also laid the foundation stone of the mandir.
Shivratri in Kashmir is celebrated by healing wounds between Hindus and Muslims, years after dealing with political violence in the region.
Shivrati marks the darkest night of the year where God is worshiped in the form of Shiva the Destroyer. Many Hindus fast through out the night, chant mantras and the holy names of God, sing devotional songs, and bathe and make offerings to Shivalingam.