Kerala

A Vishnu temple which serves Iftar on Ramzan!

The Hush Post: In the holy month of Ramzan, the Lakshmi Narasimha Moorthy Vishnu temple at Malappuram in Kerala would host a mass Iftar dinner for local Muslims today.
Vegetable biryani and snacks, fruits, juices and special Ramzan drinks would be served to around 700 people, as part of the Prathishta Dinam (consecration day) festival of the temple on Thursday. No non-veg food would be served though.
The Iftar dinner is one of the major events to be held on the second day of the festival , Mohanan Nair, secretary of the temple management committee told a national daily.
“The event is being organised with the support of all local residents in the Muslim-majority village, irrespective of their caste, religion or politics. The committee has invited everyone to the event and we expect over 700 people to attend it,” Mohanan said.
Mohanan said that the focus of the Iftar is to spread the message of brotherhood and peaceful coexistence among the new generation.
The chairman of the Iftar organising committee, K Mammu, who is also a local political leader, said the temple committee is planning to hold the event annually.
“Last year too the temple organised a similar event and it was a big success. This year too, the holy month of Ramzan coincided with the temple festival,” he said.

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