Purulia: A Muslim youth spent Rs 70,000 from his personal savings to help renovate a Hanuman temple in Purulia town and offered special prayers on Saturday, days after clashes over Ram Navami processions in the district.
“I approached some of my friends and elderly people who are Hindus in our locality and asked them whether I could renovate the old Hanuman temple and install an idol. They happily agreed,” said Mohammad Pappu.
The 28-year-old had saved the money by running a shop that rents out loudspeakers and music systems for events and festivals.
On Saturday, when Hanuman Jayanti was celebrated, Pappu had fasted before going through rituals at the temple which only had a picture of Hanuman earlier. A 4ft idol was put up at the shrine in the Karpur Bagan locality of Purulia town.
Pappu was recently recruited as a jawan in the army, the fulfilment of years of prayers at the temple for a government job. “My family did not teach me to differentiate between Hindus and Muslims since my childhood. We live here like one family,” Pappu said. The renovation work at the shrine began around a month ago.