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God’s own house

india Updated: Oct 19, 2011 00:00 IST
CD Verma
CD Verma
Hindustan Times
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One religion is as true as another. Every religion has similar tenets which guide human beings on the high road to truth, righteousness, and social harmony and brotherhood. Temples, mosques, churches have one thing common in them that they all are the houses of God with different nomenclatures.

Allah, Lord Christ, Hindu gods and goddesses, do not discern and discriminate between colour and creed of devotees and worshippers. Ways of ‘ibadat’, of worship, may be different, but the ultimate aim is the same, that is to reach out to God. This fact stands substantiated by a unique Vaishno Devi temple, situated in the heart of Faridabad. This temple sets an example of co-existence of different religions and communal brotherhood. The temple deity was installed 31 years ago in 1979 by Muslim industrialist M. Khan.

Jagdish Bhatia, president of the Mandir Committee, says initially the place had a well. A child had once accidentally fallen into it. When the child was rescued after many hours, he was found to be safe and sound. He did not have even a scratch. The child subsequently told that when he fell into the well, he felt that some unknown celestial being, in the guise and form of a young woman radiating in the dazzling light, had delicately caught him into her arms, and then gently placed him on the ground. This mysterious and mystic happening not only increased the spiritual significance of the temple, but also proliferated the faith of the entire populace of this industrial town. Today, this temple is visited not only by Hindus, but also by the people belonging to all religions and faiths.

Devotees congregate at this temple every day. During the Navratra days, the swarm of crowds increases manifold, and one pathway of the road is closed, and the temple remains open 24 hours. The truth contained in the dictum of Abraham Lincoln that “Let us have faith that right makes might, and in that faith let us to the end dare to do our duty as we understand it,” stands fully manifested in the temple.