A story with a difference from Kashmir


Situated on the banks of the icy Lidder river, a 900-year old Shiva temple is the only Hindu shrine in the Kashmir valley which has Muslim priests.

After the migration of Kashmiri Pandits from a nearby village, two Muslim priests – Mohmmad Abdullah and Ghulam Hassan kept the doors of the Mamalaka temple open and bells continued to toll.


“We not only took care of temple but also held ‘aartis’ everyday,” Ghulam Hasan said.
Besides ensuring the safety of the 3-feet-long black stone “shivaling”, Abdullah and Hassan have ensured no devotee goes without prasad even for a single day
.


“We have faith in Lord Shiva. We not only maintained the temple, undertook repairs but also ensured that the temple remains fully functional despite threats from the militants,” they said.

From The New Indian Express

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