Hail Mary full of….Sri Ganeshaya Namah…

There is a great spirit for the people of Mumbai, which can be seen nowhere else in the world; the spirit of harmony especially between communities and beliefs.

I have got gladdened after witnessing an incident last week.

As usual, Sri Ganesh Chaturthi and Mother Mary Feast came together. Above these two, there was a celebration of unanimity between the two communities.

As the Church of Mother Mary and Temple of Lord Ganesh are situated nose-to-nose, believers of both stood close to each other, facing their respective divinities. But what has surprised me is that, whenever there was an open prayer in the Church, the temple loudspeakers would be shut down so that there wouldn’t be any clash. In the same way, the churchgoers would soon finish their open prayers so that the others could continue their hymns through loudspeakers. This used to happen several times a day and most surprisingly, without any prior agreement!

It was really a feast to the ‘socialheart’

And whenever the prayers happened to be uttered in both the shrines at the same time, what came out was an amalgamated, inexplicable blend of devotion…may be something the God really understands.

3 Comments so far

  1. Utsa (unregistered) on September 14th, 2006 @ 1:23 pm

    Hi Santhosh,

    Lovely to read something so simple yet truly divine. Least there is still some sanity and peace left on this planet without being subjected to some kind of a hullabaloo.


  2. rashid mirza (unregistered) on September 15th, 2006 @ 9:53 pm

    Sunday, September 10, 2006
    Hyderabad based Munsif and Siasat Urdu Daily Editors grab Waqf Lands : Akbaruddin Owaisi
    MiM Floor leader in assembly Akbaruddin Owaisi with MiM party MLAs
    Urdu Media War and the Wakf properties tussle in Hyd ; MiM Leader Akbaruddin Owaisi
    (Friday, Dec 09, 2005 – 09:00 pm) TeamMedia war among Urdu dailies was taken to Assembly in Hyderabad, when MIM floor leader Akbaruddin Owaisi accused Siasat and Munsif Urdu daily owners of grabbing Wakf properties and demanded stern action against them.Mr Owaisi armed with statistics and details of all Waqf Lands which are being encroached upon said govt is going soft on these editors as they are trying to threaten the govt through there newspapers .In the same breath he also alleged that no action was taken against grabbers of Wakf properties in city and outside including Viceroy Hotel, Shaam and Sensation theatres, local reports inform. Turning his ire on owners of rival Urdu dailies, Siasat and Musif, he said, “Mr Zahid Ali Khan has illegally encroached Wakf property. He is a white collar land grabber. Why is the government keeping quite? You should put them behind bars.” Shifting his heat on another Urdu daily Munsif owner, he remarked, “Mr Khan Lateef Khan…the double Khan.. too has encroached Wakf properties housing Santosh and Sapna theatres, yet no action has been taken. The government should take stringent action against encroachers of Wakf properties,” he alleged. Reacting to Mr Owaisi’s demand, minister for minorities welfare Mohd Fareeduddin assured that the government would enquire into the matter and would not “spare anyone however big he might be.” Referring to allotment of land to one Tajuddin, he said the land was given on a lease for three years for agricultural purposes and the renewal would depend on the government He also accused them of trying to cover there illegal grabbing of land by bribing some high officals in the govt .

  3. Samir (unregistered) on September 15th, 2006 @ 11:05 pm

    This guy [Rashid] Gone mad or what??

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