Muslim official, who wrote to RSS chief, is wining Hindu heartsNovember 14th, 2007 - 10:18 am ICT by admin
K.K. Mohammad, a senior official of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) in Madhya Pradesh, had recently approached the chief of the Hindu organisation, Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS), seeking help to protect ancient Hindu temples from the local mining mafia.
In a letter to the RSS chief K.S.Sudarshan, attention was drawn to the dilapidated state of several ancient Hindu temples and Buddhist monuments, including world famous 3rd century Sanchi Stupa.
He also sought help from RSS for restoration work.
Built by great emperor Ashoka, the Stupa is a large hemispherical dome having a central chamber in which relics of Lord Buddha are placed.
Mohammad pointed out in his letter how the temples and monuments had developed cracks and some had already broken because of the dynamite blasts used in the past for pilfering stones and later using them to decorate houses.
“Many decades ago, at these temples there were some people who dealt in stones and used dynamites to take out big stones. Due to usage of the dynamite, the temples have developed cracks and some are already in shambles. Noticing all this, I contacted higher officials and also political leaders which has now stopped the problem,” said K. K. Mohammad.
“This vandalism would not have ceased but for the help extended by RSS Chief K. C. Sudarshan,” Mohammad added.
Local Hindu families are touched with the deep concern shown by a Muslim official to save the temples and cultural heritage of India.
“It is really great to learn that a Muslim is working for the temples and it does show the love of the people of other religions,” said Gautam, a local.
Abdul Gani Khan, another local resident and a Muslim opined that it is a good sign that people are concerned about relics of other faiths.
“Whatever be the religion, one must always show respect to other religions, be it a scripture, a monument or an event. Mohammad’s initiative really is a good sign,” said Abdul Gani Khan, a local resident.
K.K. Mohammad is deputed in Bhopal for three years and has so far worked for 286 old and ancient temples.
The other important monuments in and around Sanchi are one of the seven existing Ashoka Pillars with four lions (back to back), in fact the nation’s pride being the national emblem of India.
Emperor Ashoka married Devi, the daughter of a nobleman from the area of Sanchi, and later built the Stupa and also placed one of his pillars and the lion symbol there. (ANI)
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