Cats enjoy a royal treatment at an Agra mosque

January 28th, 2009 - 11:32 pm ICT by ANI  

By Brijesh Kr. Singh
Agra, Jan.28 (ANI): A number of cats at an Agra mosque have become cynosure of everyones eyes for the kind of affection and respect they enjoy here among the visiting devotees. These cats enjoy a sort of royal treatment here.
Devotees visiting the Sandali mosque near Taj Mahal offer eatables to these cats following the general belief that this gesture, which follows performing prayer at the mosque, would enable them to have their wishes fulfilled.
The belief is these cats have been bestowed with divine powers and thus they are offered milk, biscuits, meat, fruit, and many other delicacies by the devotees after their wishes are fulfilled. These cats stay at the mosque like pets and at times would sit in the laps of those offering eatables to them once their wishes are fulfilled.
“Devotees feed these cats and also love them. These cats come and sit in the laps of those whose wishes are fulfilled,” said Noor Mohammed, a local resident.
People from other faiths also visit the mosque for fulfillment of their wishes and feed the cats.
“Many people come to this mosque. They make a wish and once their wishes are fulfilled, they give food to these cats,” said Ghias-ud-Din, another local resident.
According to the local belief, the 17th century mosque was built by Mughal ruler Shahjahan and houses the tomb of one of his four wives Sandali Begum, after whom the mosque was named.
Teeming with cats of different colours and sizes, the mosque has become an attraction for the devotees, who come from far and wide to make a wish at this place of worship. (ANI)

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