As the clock turned past six on Thursday evening, 24 May, the Lekshmi Narasimha Murthy temple in Kerala’s Malappuram district witnessed a rare event. In a show of religious harmony, the temple hosted an iftar dinner for Muslims in Kottakkal, the town where the temple is located.
Not just Muslims, even Hindus living in the locality took part in iftar that was held in a house adjacent to the temple premises.
According to temple committee secretary Mohanan Nair, at least 600 people attended the iftar programme.
This is not the first time the temple is hosting iftar. Last year, the temple committee hosted the dinner, in what was lauded as a means of strengthening religious harmony.
Speaking to TNM, secretary Mohanan Nair said the iftar dinner was held as part of the Consecration Day celebrations.
Over the past few weeks, the temple committee representatives have been going from house to house, to personally invite Muslims residing in the locality, to take part in the iftar dinner.
“We did not want to print out notices, but went individually to houses to invite them. We have got enormous support from every one and people are happy to join us in this. From the temple priest to the residents, everyone took it up in a good spirit,” Mohanan said.
Considering that the iftar dinner was hosted by the temple, the menu was strictly vegetarian.