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Mosque-temple in the same yard: A rare emblem of harmony

News Desk || risingbd.com

Published: 12:43, 16 October 2021   Update: 13:30, 16 October 2021

The five-day Durga Puja, the biggest religious festival of the Bangalee Hindu community, ended yesterday with the immersion of the idols of Goddess Durga and her children in water bodies across the country amid festivity.

The incident of celebrating puja at Bhuai Durga Mandap under Juri upazila of Moulvibazar was different. There is a mosque for the Muslim community to say prayers and a temple for the Hindu community to worship standing side by side in the same yard. This is a rare emblem of communal harmony.

Muslims say their morning prayers at the mosque and afterwards, Hundus worship at the mandap in the same yard. Bhuai Jame Mosque and Bhuai Durga Mandap have been carrying a bright example of such a communal harmony for years. People of both religions have been observing their respective festivals for years, maintaining a peaceful environment.

A local person named Monirul Islam said, “This is a unique instance of religious harmony. People here in the area, imbued with religious bonding, have been celebrating their respective religious festivals for years without making any chaos. Really, it is a great pride for us.”

Imam of Bhuai Jame Mosque Mawlana Siraj Uddin said, “All activities of temple remain suspended while Muslims say their prayers. They face no problems although institutions of two religions stand at the same yard.”

Piyush Kanti Das, President of Bhuai Sri Sri Puja Mandap, said, “There is schedule of prayers kept on the table here. We start celebrating puja seeing the schedule of prayers so that Muslims do not face any problems to say their prayers. We observe rituals paying due respect to our respective religion.”

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