A temple and a dargah in one compund and no wall separating the two religious places is a rare sight. However, it is a reality in Ghoradhara township which falls under Jhargram district in West Bengal where there is an integarted shrine of Sayeed Golam Chisti and Shiv Mandir.
The decade old co-existence of two religion is an example for the rest of the country. Both Hindus and Muslims who visit here listen to mahamrityunjay mantra as well as the quranic verses at the same time.
One of the devotees said, “Every evening soon after bhajan, the same microphone and loudspeaker along with dholak, harmonium is used for Quwawallis praising Allah. The coexistence doesn’t stop here. The compound has flags in saffron and green furling together indicates the acceptance people showed for this place”.
NarayanChandra Acharya who is a caretaker of temple as well as dargah said that it was in the year 1986 when he constructed the Shiv mandir and after some time he met Muslim peer Sayeed Golam Chisti and got inspired from him. Sayeed Chisti died in 1994 and to honour his last wish he buried his body next to the shiv linga.
He added that it has been 23 years since the coexistence of temple and dargah and in these many years he has never faced any sort of discomfort or religious conflict from people. Acharya said to know what communal harmony is, people should come and visit this place.
Acharaya also expressed his surprise over West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who recently visited Jhargram stadium but did not come to see the “best example of co-existence”.
(Source: Times of India)