On any day, Wadala’s Ganpati temple witnesses a bevy of devotees. The presiding deity, Lord Ganesh, worshipped by people from all walks of life, who pray to him seeking help in removal of obstacles. Call it a miracle of God or the ultimate example of human bonding, a group of female devotees came to the aid of a Muslim woman who had gone into labour right in front of the temple on the eve of Gandhi Jayanti. Mid-Day reports
that the doctors at Sion Hospital had told 24-year-old Noor Jahan Shaikh and her husband Ilyaz that her due date would be around October 5. But early in the morning of October 1, Noor Jahan went into unexpected labour.
Illaz then hailed a taxi to take his wife to the hospital. A female neighbour was accompanying them.
The couple discovered that even after an hour on the road, they were nowhere close to their destination because of the narrow lanes of Vijaynagar.
By this time, Noor Jahan was close to delivery. The report says that her screams panicked the taxi driver and he asked them to get off. They alighted before Wadala’s Ganpati temple.
“We were so worried. My wife was close to delivering the baby and all we could see was a Ganpati Mandir.”
He says that soon as they got down outside the temple, some women, who were sitting in the verandah of the temple, rushed to help.
The women created a makeshift delivery room with the help of sarees and bedsheets that they brought from their nearby homes. Noor Jahan delivered a healthy baby boy.
“After that, I was called later to see the face of my baby boy,” said a beaming Ilyaz. Sangita Vangule, one of the women told the paper, “None of us really knew what to do. But it was a normal delivery and she cut the umbilical cord herself.”
The couple went back home with their baby, cleaned up and headed to the Sion hospital for a proper check-up. The doctors have announced that both mother and child are healthy and will be discharged soon. Noor Jahan said that she was tense the sight of the temple reassured her that God himself was watching over them. “We are going to name him Ganesh,” said Noor Jahan.