Muslim caretaker for a Hindu temple

By staff reporter

Kaimur, Bihar: Azimuddin looks after the temple as devoutly as he offers namaz. With his faithful association with the Mundeshwari Temple atop Kaimur Hills in Bihar, Azimuddin has become a legend in his own way.

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Unmoved by what happened to the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, on December 6, 1992 and how dozens of mosques were bulldozed during the 2002 Gujarat pogrom, Azimuddin , a Muslim by religion, has been looking after the temple and taking part in every religious ceremony held there.

The temple was built in 101 A.D. Thousands of devotees visit the shrine every year, believing that the Goddess fulfils their wishes.

“I am a Muslim and offer namaz daily but I have a great devotion to “Maa Mundeshwari,” says Azimuddin, caretaker of the temple.

He works overtime to ensure that tourists may not face any inconvenience visiting the shrine. According to locals, Azimuddin played a vital role in the construction of a concrete road to the temple.

Azimuddin is happy with the Bihar government’s decision to grant Rs 2 crore to the Bihar State Hindu Religious Trust Board for the construction of a ropeway. He says that the protection of relics of the temple is urgently needed, many of which have been stolen over the years.

On communal harmony, he says that people should have religious tolerance and politicians should not be let divide the society in the name of religion and caste.