Hirebidnur the Hindu village which Celebrates Muharram
For more than a century, not a single Muslim family has lived in Hirebidanur village in Karnataka of Belagavi District. The village observes Muharram for five days a year.
Vibrant lights are put on the streets to mark the occasion.
The only visible link to Islam is a mosque, which is where a Hindu priest conducts religious proceedings in the traditional Hindu way. Hirebidanur is 51km away from the district HQ (Belagavi) and has an approximate population of 3,000. The majority of people in this town are from Kuruba and Valmiki communities.
There are many examples of Hindu-Muslim unity in the village. One example is the Mosque of Fakireshwar Swami which is said to have been built by two Muslim brothers. They died but villagers took it upon themselves to keep up the tradition and carry on with the Hindu rituals. Every day, there’s a Hindu priest Yallappa Naikar who will perform prayers according to Hindu customs and the village would offer prayers for fulfilling their vows
The village mosque has recently received funds for renovation from the local MLA.
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