In a heartwarming gesture, the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine has started providing sehri and iftar to around 500 Muslims during the holy month of Ramadan at the Aashirwad Bhawan.
Aashirwad Bhawan is now a quarantine centre
The Vaishno Devi Shrine Board had converted the Aashirwad Bhavan in Katra to a quarantine centre in the month of March after the Coronavirus cases started increasing in the country. Those who had been brought to Aashirwad Bhawan were mostly labourers who had come to J&K from across the country in Shramik trains and buses to Udhampur town.
Since Ramadan is a holy month in the Islamic Culture, and the people have not been able to celebrate it with their loved ones during this crisis period, the Vaishno Devi shrine decided to go ahead with the decision.
CEO of the board, Ramesh Kumar, regarding the initiative said:”In the month of Ramazan, the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board has been working overnight to provide sehri and iftari to our Muslim brethren in the morning and the evening.” He also added that the shrine board has been providing breakfast, lunch and dinner to the people quarantined in other government facilities in Katra.
Twitter delighted with the initiative
After the news came out, the twitterati was delighted with the gesture and heaped praised on the Vaishno Devi Temple board for undertaking such an initiative. Here are some of the tweets regarding the topic:
— rajan mahan (@rajanmahan) May 23, 2020
Amid Ramazan, Vaishno Devi Shrine prepares food for 500 quarantined Muslims https://t.co/GxsuEsVWjS
— Rahul Easwar (@RahulEaswar) May 23, 2020
This is what Hinduism is and should be! https://t.co/8r57tEO2kG
— Ashok Swain (@ashoswai) May 22, 2020
— manishbpl (@manishbpl1) May 23, 2020
— Raghuvendra Mirdha (@MirdhaOne) May 23, 2020
Source: Hindustan Times