Temple committee felicitates Nambiarthodi Ali (extreme left) in a meeting.
Malappuram: A Muslim at Kalikavu in the district has done his bit to promote communal harmony in the area. Nambiarthodi Ali, 45, has donated a pond situated in his land to a centuries-old temple. The committee of Kundada Shiva temple of Poroor panchayat near Wandoor had approached him to buy the pond and the bordering land area at market value. Instead, Ali gifted the pond and land to the Hindu brethren.
"The pond is a must for the temple as per their custom. There is no pond in the temple land. Though they offered me a price, I decided to donate the pond which is meant for public use. There is nothing big in it," says Ali. The temple committee felicitated Ali at a cultural event organised as part of Sivarathri celebrations at the temple on Tuesday. "The temple was in dire need of a pond to keep up the religious traditions. We are happy that besides giving a pond, a strong message has also been conveyed to society through Ali’s gesture," V. Shiva Shankaran, a committee member, told DC.
"The land area of 4.7 cent was not decided by me. It was the temple authorities who surveyed the pond and adjoining land area as per my request and I told them to take what they wanted for the purpose of the pond," Ali said. He has also given the temple authorities the right to use a pathway leading to the pond. The registration of the land will be done in the coming weeks, the temple authorities said.