In a true example of communal harmony, a temple hall at Eravathur near Mala, on the southern part of Thrissur district turned into an Eid prayer hall on Wednesday as the nearby mosque at Kochukadavu remained submerged in flood waters.
The temple hall was was serving as the relief camp for the people of Kochukavdu and nearby Kuzhur — two worst hit areas due to floods in the district.
As the Muslims were searching for a place to conduct the Eid prayers on Wednesday, the SNDP Yogam, which runs the Purappullikkavu Ratneswari temple, happily offered the hall for them.
The temple trust also arranged all facilities for the Muslims, including water for the devotees to clean themselves before prayers. Around 200 Muslim devotees participated in the prayers.
Mosque shelters Hindu families
In Malappuram district, a mosque has provided shelter and food to several Hindu families displaced by the massive floods, while groups of Muslim men have assisted in cleaning two Hindu shrines affected by the deluge.
The Juma Masjid, located at Akampadam in Chaliyar village in northern Malappuram, was sheltering 17 displaced Hindu families, including women, children and the elderly were given space to sleep inside the mosque.
When the families returned two days ago, the mosque provided them rice, pulses and other essential materials alongwith food prepared in its canteen.
A Vishnu temple at Venniyode in Wayanad and a shrine dedicated to Lord Ayyappa at Mannarkkad in Malappuram, inundated due to the floods, were cleaned by a group of Muslim men. Many shared the photos of the Muslim men cleaning the temples on social media.