Junagadh village epitomises spirit of religious harmony

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Junagadh, Gujarat, Oct 15 (UNI) Like in the rest of Gujarat, ''Navratri'' is celebration time in Zadaka village, a predominantly Muslim village, about 60 kilometres from here.

As dusk falls, girls come out in large numbers to join the traditional dance festival and make the event a truly colourful affair.

Many of them are Muslims.

Zadaka has about 1700 Muslim families and, till six months back, there were no non-Muslim families in the village.

Things changed six months back when 30 Luvaraya community members from Rajasthan came to the village to earn their livelihood as masons.

All of them settled on the outskirts of the village.

Under the leadership of Amarsinhbhai Chauhan, the community soon built a makeshift small temple dedicated to Goddess Kodiyar Mata.

There was no opposition from the Muslim neighbours.

When Navratri festival began a few days back, Amarsinhbhai organised ''garba'' and a pleasant surprise was in store as a large number of Muslim girls have begun participating in the event.


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