Muslim builds Ganesha temple in Karnataka and pays priest Rs 4,000 salary from his pension

Rehman used his pension and gratuity amount and built a small Ganesha temple in the same village but at a different location. (News18)

Rehman has appointed a Hindu priest to perform the daily puja and rituals and pays him a salary of Rs 4,000 from his own pension

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  • Last update:April 08, 2022, 11:33 PM IST
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Tension between religious communities is mounting in Karnataka like a chain reaction. At first it was the hijab, then came the saffron shawl, the temple trade and the sale of mangoes. During these difficult times, a glimmer of positivity and hope has emerged in Chamarajanagar district.

P Rehman from Chikkahole in Chamarajanagar district is a retired gate operator at chikkahole reservoir. In 2018, a few months before his retirement, an idol of Ganesha from a small nearby temple went missing. Rehman had seen the temple and idol for years as it was close to the reservoir he was working on.

The police and people searched for the idol but she was never found. One night, Rehman had a rather strange dream where Lord Ganesha appeared before him and ordered him to build a temple. Startled, he woke up. Somehow he was unable to erase the dream from his head.

He retired soon after and used his pension and gratuity amount and built a small Ganesha temple in the same village but at a different location.

“I retired in 2018 and then Ganesha came into my life. Just like Allah for us, Ganesha is for others. Everyone’s blood is red, I don’t understand the difference here,” said Rehman after his visit to the temple.

He has appointed a Hindu priest to perform the daily puja and rituals and pays him a salary of Rs 4,000 from his own pension.

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