In a stellar demonstration of communal harmony, Muslims in Bihar have donated land to help build the world’s largest Hindu temple, which will have the capacity to seat a staggering 20,000 people.
The temple, Virat Ramayan Mandir, will be taller than the world famous 12th century Angkor Wat Temple complex in Cambodia, which is 215 feet high. Acharya Kishore Kunal, secretary of the Patna-based cash-rich Mahavir Mandir Trust, which is undertaking the ambitious project, said:
“Muslims have not only donated land, they have also provided land at a nominal rate for construction of the world’s largest Hindu temple. Without the help of Muslims, it would have been difficult to realise this dream project.”
Kunal, a former Indian Police Service officer, said that Muslims have come forward to ensure that the temple comes up soon. The construction of the temple will commence in June at East Champaran district (Bihar). He said:
“It is usual for Hindus to donate land for temples, but it is unusual for Muslims to donate land for the construction of a temple. Some Muslims donated lands and others helped and supported us in purchasing their land for the temple. If Muslims had not come forward, the temple project would have been surely delayed. Muslims should be lauded for joining hands with Hindus to donate land for a pious cause.”
Earlier, some Muslims had helped build a Hindu temple dedicated to Goddess Durga in Gaya district, others temple were dedicated to God Shiva in Begusarai district and in Sitamarhi district.
(With inputs from IANS)