Maharashtra: Muslim Tabla Player Adds Harmony to Shri Ram Temple Rituals

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Varad Bhatkhande

Satara, 29th January 2024: In a heartening display of interfaith harmony, the Shree Ram temple in Rahimatpur witnessed a unique confluence of devotion during the Shri Ram Pran Pratishtha ceremony on the occasion of the Shri Ram temple’s consecration in Ayodhya.

Responding to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for cleanliness during the festive period, the citizens of Rahimatpur embarked on a cleanliness drive across religious places of worship in the town. Jain temples, mosques, and the Shree Ram temple were all part of this initiative, setting a remarkable example for the entire nation.

As a testament to the inclusive spirit of the festival, a Muslim tabla player, Mubarak Shaikh, accompanied the kirtan in the Ram temple. The harmonious blend of diverse musical talents added a unique dimension to the celebration, breaking barriers and promoting unity.

The distinctive moment unfolded during the kirtan ceremony when the Muslim tabla player enthusiastically participated, chanting ‘Jai Shri Ram.’ This symbolic gesture resonated with the spirit of unity and underscored the inclusive nature of devotion, transcending religious boundaries.

Rahimatpur embraced the festivities with unmatched enthusiasm, adorning the Shree Ram temple with eye-catching lighting. Villagers, along with the Shri Ram Foundation office bearers, played a crucial role in decorating the temple, creating a lively and vibrant atmosphere around it.

The Shri Ram temple in Rahimatpur holds a rich history, having undergone restoration in the eighteenth century. The restoration was initiated to overcome the challenges posed by the frequent flooding of the Kamandalu River, ensuring devotees could have an uninterrupted darshan of Lord Sri Rama.

Several prominent figures were present at the celebration, including senior environmentalist Dr. Rajendra Shende, Vice President of BJP Women’s Aghadi Chitralekha Kadam, and other local leaders. Their presence highlighted the significance of the occasion and the communal harmony witnessed in Rahimatpur.

Mubarak Shaikh, the tabla player, shared his excitement about participating in the festival at the Shri Ram temple. Having played the tabla for 40 years, Shaikh emphasized the universality of Lord Shri Ram, showcasing how music can bring people of different faiths together.