Chikkodi: Ganeshotsava continues to be held in Karnataka’s border region mosques

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Chikkodi, Sep 14: While certain forces continue to wedge a divide between Hindus and Muslims and sow seeds of hatred in their minds, there are areas where these communities continue to coexist harmoniously and support each other. Here, Muslims install Ganesha idols in their mosques and offer puja. This rare sample of religious tolerance can be witnessed in Kurundwad town in Kolhapur district, Maharashtra, which is located very close to Karnataka border district of Belagavi.

In Kurundwad people do not differentiate each other on the basis of religious affiliation. All the festivals are celebrated by all the other communities in a grand manner. The Muslims here have been celebrating Ganeshotsava in their mosques here for the last 50 years.

Kurundwad in Shiroll taluk, Kolhapur district, Maharashtra is a place where Hindus and Muslims live harmoniously. Here, Ganeshotsava is celebrated in mosques and Dargahs. Ganeshotsava is celebrated in over five mosques including Kudekhan Mosque, Karakhan Peeta mosque etc. On the occasion of Ganeshotsava, devotional songs are sung every day in the mosques. Once in 12 years, Muharram and Ganesha festival fall on the same day. On those occasions too inside the mosques, Muharram is celebrated on one side while Ganeshotsava is arranged on the other side.

Here, forces trying to wedge a divide between communities have failed to succeed. People of Kurundwad believe in unity in diversity and they insist on celebrating one another's festival and following one another's culture. One hopes that this tradition will thrive and prevail here and become a model for others to follow in the years ahead.









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  • RSRB, Kundapura

    Wed, Sep 15 2021

    Mnagalore is also a border region of Karnataka... But we could not see any such things... On the contrary, miscreants throw stones from mosque during Ganesh idol procession..

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  • Cynthia, Dk

    Wed, Sep 15 2021

    Wowww.....very beautiful to read.....mind blowung article in this world of hatred, jealousy, rapes, murders, robbery and all sort of evil things. UNITY IS STRENGTH. Dear people, please continue this in future without bending to any poisonous forces. God bless you all abundantly.....May Allah as well as Lord Ganesha shower their blessings on you abundantly....Thank you daiji for sharing this beautiful news with us....

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  • Kishore Kumar, Mangaluru

    Wed, Sep 15 2021

    ... and you can find such coexistence between Shia and Hindu religion. Many muslims of north Karnataka follow Shia religion which is known to have adopted local traditions unlike the salafis who follow strict desert culture !!!

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    Tue, Sep 14 2021

    Awaiting Mr. Shankar mangalore's comment .

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Thane

    Tue, Sep 14 2021

    Only our Politicians are trying to divide Hindus & Muslims for their Vote Bank ...

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  • kishor, Mangalore

    Wed, Sep 15 2021

    and social media commentators....

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