Muslim family donates land for world’s largest Hindu temple in India

The New Arab Staff

23 March, 2022

The move is a welcome sign of Hindu-Muslim harmony, according to the head of the trust leading the construction of this temple.

The total cost of construction is estimated at around $ 65 million [Getty]

Muslim family has donated land worth more than $ 320,000 for the construction of the world’s largest Hindu temple in the Indian state of Bihar, according to local media reports.

Ishtiyaq Ahmad Khan, the man who has donated the land for the Virat Ramayan Mandir, is a local businessman who works in the eastern city of Guwahati.  

Acharya Kishore Kunal, head of the Mahavir Mandir Trust that is overseeing the construction, told India Today that Khan’s donation is a wonderful example of Hindu-Muslim harmony and that it would have been difficult to build this temple without the help of Muslims.

The Virat Ramayan Mandir is projected to be taller than the world famous 215-ft Angkor Wat in Cambodia, which would make it the largest temple in the world. The Trust has so far acquired 125 acres for the temple, and aims to acquire another 25.

The total cost of construction is estimated at around $ 65 million.

The Khan family donation offers a glimmer of hope for peaceful coexistence in an increasingly polarised India. Islamophobia, harassment and discrimination of the country’s Muslim minority has skyrocketed in recent years since Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s nationalist BJP took power in 2014.

Muslim girls in the southern state of Karnataka have been banned from wearing their hijabs to schools and colleges, while a firebrand Hindu monk who was recently re-elected to lead India’s largest state has been accused of staging extra-judicial killings against Muslims and lower caste Hindus.

source https://english.alaraby.co.uk/news/muslim-family-donates-land-worlds-largest-hindu-temple

Categories: Asia, India, Indian Media

Tagged as: ,

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.