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Hindus join Muharram rally in MP town
January 30, 2007 16:41 IST
In a unique display of solidarity between Hindus and Muslims, a large number of Hindus joined the Muharram rally in Umaria in Madhya Pradesh on Monday night, keeping alive a tradition dating back to 1882.
The rally reportedly included 25,000 Hindus as part of a tradition started by Baba Madhav Singh in 1882.
"Hindus in large numbers had traditionally been participating in the rally. On the night of Shahadat, thousands of Baba's devotees took part in the rally wearing green scarf on head and 'sehali' around the neck and chanting slogans. It was difficult to differentiate between Hindus and Muslims," Imambada's Mujabar Syed Ali Khan said.
He said the responsibility to look after the arrangement of the Muharram rally was on Hindus.
Mateshwar Durga Puja Seva Samiti's Ganesh Sachdev said all members of the Samiti contributed towards preparation of 'langar.'
He recalled that Muharram and Dussehra had fallen on same dates in 1983. Both communities had celebrated the festivals together. On the one hand, Divine Mother's procession was being carried out, on the other immersion of Tazia took place.