Jaipur, Aug 24: Muslims and celebrations of Sri Krishna Janmashtami! Sounds irrelevant. But this happens only in India.
Hindus and Muslims of this place in Rajasthan celebrate the birth festival of Lord Krishna with much fanfare and zest.
There is a small town called Chirwa in Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan situated at some 200-odd km from capital Jaipur. There is a dargah in the name of ‘Narhar ki Dargah’. This dargah is also known as ‘Sharif Hazrat Hajib Shakarbar Dargah’.
It is here the Hindus and Muslims come together to celebrate the birth of Lord Krishna the cowherd. A three-day festival is organised to celebrate the birth of Lord Krishna.
Around 400 shops are set up during the festival and cultural programs like Qawwali, dances and dramas are staged to entertain the devotees.
Secretary of the Dargah Usman Ali says, it is difficult to trace the origin of this festival here. But the participation of Hindus and Muslims and Sikhs also present a perfect picture of national unity and integrity.
He says that this festival is being celebrated here since last 300-400 years. This reflects the reality of the composite culture of India, he added.