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Durga puja brings together everybody in this Kandhamal village

The 2008 violence had claimed 38 lives and rendered over 20,000 homeless in the district.

 
Berhampur: 

Kandhamal came into limelight for the ethno-communal riots but a village in the district stands out for its interreligious amity during Durga Puja. For the last 20 years, Hindus, Muslims and Christians have been celebrating it together at Simabadi village in Daringibadi block.

This year the preparations are being overlooked by a committee having members from all communities. The president is Sadhu Nayak, a Christian. "All communities get together and celebrate festivals together," he said.

"Before celebrating Durga Puja, we invited local heads of all religious, including the priest and Father of the church, to attend the preparatory meeting," he added.

Three Muslim families live in the village having a population of 3,000.

"Though we do not perform any rituals during puja, we enjoy it with the Hindus, said Muna Khan, a member of the puja committee.

The committee has planned several entertainment programmes, including theatre and folk dances, said secretary Girish Chandra Sahu. On Oct 3, a meeting was held for smooth conduct of Durga Puja. SP (Kandhamal) Pinak Mishra appealed to all to install CCTVs in the pandals.

Claiming that their village is a model village, Nayak said it had remained calm during the riots in August 2008 when the entire district was burning.

The 2008 violence had claimed 38 lives and rendered over 20,000 homeless in the district.

Source: Times of India

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