“I had resolved to build a temple and going for Haj is my duty. Allah willing, that duty will also be fulfilled,” Naushad said.
When IANS asked Naushad how the idea of building a temple came to him, he recounted an interesting event.
Naushad said it dates back to January 2019 when he visited Mayapur, West Bengal, the birthplace of Nimai (Chaitanya Mahaprabhu), the pioneer of the Bhakti movement in the 16th century.
“On January 8, while staying at the temple premises, I dreamed that a saint Nimai held my hand and said that he lived in my village Mahesh Bathan. He asked me to build a temple of lord Parthasarathi in my village,” Naushad shared. .
Back in his village on January 9, Naushad mentioned the dream to his family members and laid the foundation for the temple the very next day. After almost three years, the construction of the temple was completed, and on February 14, the temple was dedicated with much pomp and spectacle.
When asked why he did not take financial assistance and spent around Rs 35-Rs 40 lakh on building the temple by himself, Naushad said, “With the grace of Allah, we We’re doing pretty well in business and have plenty of farmland. So I decided that, since that’s my resolution, why should I seek money from others.”
He said his family members and society at large cheered him up for the good deed.
Naushad is also the Deputy Head of Ranishwar Block.
Mahesh Bathan, where the idol of Parthasarathi, Lord Krishna as the charioteer of ‘partha’ (Arjuna) is ensconced in the temple, has an equal Hindu and Muslim population. People from both communities live here in fraternity. The village has never experienced religious or communal conflict with people from both communities attending each other’s festivals.
Villagers say the area used to fall under the Hetampur domain.
About 300 years ago Zamindar Puti Maharaj started the worship of Lord Krishna and every year a big fair was held on ‘Magh Poornima’. At that time, the area was known as Junglemahal. When the zamindari system was abolished, the fair was also not organized but its memory is still etched in people’s minds.
Continuing the tradition, Kadir Sheikh, Abul Sheikh, Liaqat Sheikh, among others, restarted the fair again. From that time celebrations and festivities were held by setting up the idol in a tent but now Naushad has built a temple here and Parthasarathi will permanently reside there.
During the temple’s consecration, 108 Brahmins from West Bengal invaded the place of worship. A procession was taken with an orchestra playing, havan was played, and the temple was dedicated.
Thousands of people took part in the festivities.
Local journalist Gautam Chatterjee says, “Naushhad has become the hallmark of the Hindu-Muslim unity that prevails in the region.