Mandsaur, Oct 13: It all started when Sughra Bi, a 45-year old daily labourer found a temple close to her home. A resident of Indra Colony of Madhya Pradesh's Mandsaur district, the incident happened three years ago, but that did not stop her from taking care of it.
Recalling the incident, she said that she gathered the villagers and all of them contributed Rs 2 and with that money they rebuilt the temple.
She said,"Now all Hindus and Muslim together take care of the temple and even celebrate Navratri here. Religion does not make a distinction among us so why should we? Durga Ma is considered mother of the world. This is why I decided to rebuild this temple."
In fact, the village has a temple committee comprising both Hindus and Muslims. A hindu resident of the village said,"The condition of the temple was bad. Aapa brought us together and with everybody's contribution we rebuilt it. In the evening aarti, Hindus and Muslims come to attend it. It feels good."
Agrees a Muslim who admits that the environment of the village is peaceful and harmonious "We visit the temple during MUharram and distribute sherbet there."