Iftar party held at Hanuman temple in UP

Last Updated: Wed, Oct 01, 2008 12:16 hrs

Lucknow: In a rare gesture of communal amity, Muslims visited a temple here to participate in an Iftar party thrown by their Hindu friends.

Organised on Monday evening at a Hanuman temple in Govindpuri area in Chinhat locality, the party witnessed as many as 150 members from both communities.

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"It was a memorable experience for us," Mohammed Alam said.

"We covered our heads with skull caps and hankies and then sat forming two queues on either side of Bajrang Bali," he recalled.

"Initially, plates full of dates were served before us. This was followed by deep-fried kachauries."

As the Azan (call for prayers) from a mosque a few metres away "fell on our ears, we together started enjoying the delicacies kept before us," recounted Alam, 55, who owns a cement shop in the same locality.

The party was organised for the first time in Govindpuri, which is a home to nearly 1,000 people.

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