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Mudhal Mariadhai for Hindu family in Muharram procession

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Honour: V. Raman Venkatraman Chettiar is being taken from his residence to Mel Makan, the holy place of Muslims.
Honour: V. Raman Venkatraman Chettiar is being taken from his residence to Mel Makan, the holy place of Muslims.

R. Arivanantham

This ritual is being followed for over 200 years

KAVERIPATTINAM (KRISHNAGIRI): Truly, India is a land of unity in diversity. A ritual followed by Muslims for more than 200 years in Kaveripattinam on the banks of South Pennar River in Krishnagiri is an eloquent testimony to this.

An elder in a Hindu family here has been honoured - Mudhal Mariadhai - during the Muharram procession for more than three generations.

With utmost respect, Muslims take V. Raman Venkatraman Chettiar (75), the present head of the family, from his residence to the accompaniment of mangala vadyam to their holy place Mel Makan (big brother) where he will flag off the veedhi ula (procession) of the holy Hand.

Portrait

A portrait of Mr. Raman’s grandfather Venkatraman Chettiar is still kept at the holy place.

Mr. Raman, retired from the Public Works Department, told The Hindu that his grandmother Kulavandhi Poongavanam Chettiar had offered her mangal sutra for joining the broken part of the Hand at Mel Makan during a procession before the meeting point of Keel Makan (younger brother) at an inter-junction of four streets. According to him, she in her dream was asked to do so by a Hindu god.

Abdul Majid, the eldest administrator of Mel Makan, says that prasadam is taken in a mud pot donated by a Hindu potter, Murugesan and the umbrella for the holy Hand is carried by a Hindu. Other administrators of Mel Makan, K.M. Goddu Saheb, A. Kader Basha and C. John Basha said that they would eat only vegetarian food for 10 days prior to Muharram.

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