On Friday, the Varanda Vir Maharaj Mandir in Gujarat’s Dalvana district welcomed Muslims to offer Maghrib Namaaz and break their fast during Ramzan.
Around 100 Muslims from Banaskantha village were invited to the 1,200-year-old temple, which has great social and religious significance for the Dalvana people. “For the first time in its history, the temple has been open to Muslims,” the temple’s priest, Pankaj Thakar, told the press.
Muslims are invited to a Ramzan celebration at a Gujarat temple. “This year, the temple trust and gramme panchayat decided to invite the fasting Muslims (rozedars) to break their fast,” Iftar Thakar continued. For over 100 Muslim rozedars in our village, we have arranged for five to six types of fruits, dates, and sharbat. Today, I personally welcomed the Maulana sahib of our neighbourhood mosque.”
The invitees who attended the iftar expressed their gratitude to the temple management for the evening’s arrangements.
According to the 2011 Census, Dalwana has a population of 2,500 people, with Rajput, Patel, Prajapati, Devipujak, and Muslim communities predominating. In the district, there are about 50 Muslim families, most of whom work in agriculture and business.