Hindus holding tazia procession in Orissa for over three centuries
By: Nizam Hussain
ORISSA, India: Irrespective of religion, creed, caste
and color, eternal sacrifices of Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS)
are commemorated by people of all faiths, for Hussain (AS)
is the Martyr of Humanity because objective of his
martyrdom was protection of religion & Shariat, respect of
the mankind, and defense of the human dignity.
A Hindu family in Orissa's Sambalpur district carried out
a tazia procession during first Ashra (ten days) of
Lal Mohan Padhihary's family has been taking out the
procession of tazia or the replica of the Imam Hussain (AS)'s
shrine for more than three centuries.
Padhihary's family is carrying on the legacy after his
ancestors undertook a pilgrimage to holy Makkah and Medina
to fulfill a wish.
"My forefathers even went to Makkah for Hajj in the 16th
century. Since then, my family members have been taking
out the tazia procession every Muharram," Padhihary said.
District police chief Lalit Das said Padhihary family has
been doing this every year for the last 338 years, adding
other local Hindu families also participate in the
Muslims said it reflected the perfect harmony between the
two communities in the area.
Not only the procession is taken out by a Hindu family,
other community members also help in making the replica of
the holy shrine.
Meanwhile, about a hundred Hindu families joined the
Muharram procession at Jatni in Khurda district. The
Hindus had also contributed funds for the event, said
75-year-old Mohammad Ali who organized the procession in
Jatni, 20 km from state capital Bhubaneswar.
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