Ganga-Jamuni culture, an ideal secular unity:


In our school days, we used to enjoy the most the Kavi Sammelan-cum-Musha-e-ra (Poetic Symposium) organised locally from time to time. This used to be the combination of both Hindi and Urdu poems recited by the poets. Both Hindus and Muslims congregating in large crowds, besides all others, used to relish the recitations giving the event a total picture of communal harmony. The event so organised was called β€˜Ganga-Jamuni Kavi Sammelan. This was so sweet a sight in itself. I got reminded of this when I got the news that the huge crowds at Sangam Mahakumbh consisted of a large number of Muslims taking their dips in the holy river unmindful of an awe fully chilly a weather. I also got the news that some certain selected Muslims, 30 in number with all of them being the Hajis (people privileged and bestowed with their pilgrimage to Haj), have decided to jointly take a dip in the sacred rivers, Ganga+Jamuna=Sangam, on the very next 27th of this month, the day considered to be most pious from muhurat angle, for the purposes of worshipping. I really felt so excited with the decision as such. There are number of different Dargah-e-Sharifs that monumentally came into existence in the memory of some muslim saints or martyrs (Ghazees) in the country and some of them are visited more by Hindus than Muslims. I had the privilege of visiting Dargah-e-Sharif at Ajmer twice and also the other one at Bahraich (U.P.) On all the occasions I did feel a divine thrill within myself. All this emanates from Ganga-Jamuni culture and I feel proud of being a part of it, which of course I inherited from my father who was a great poet both in Hindi and Urdu, besides English too. Such a noble culture, let us wish, continues to persist for all time to come in the interest of a solemn communal harmony.

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13 thoughts on “Ganga-Jamuni culture, an ideal secular unity:

  1. SIR, AN EXCELLENT AND BRILLIANT PIECE ON GANGA-JAMUNI CULTURE. I ALSO HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF VISITING DARGAH SHERIF, AJMER TWICE AND ALSO NIZAMMUDDIN DARGAH ONCE WITH COM S.A.KADRI, AND AS VERY RIGHTLY SAID BY YOU, I ALSO DID FEEL A DIVINE THRILL WITHIN MYSELF WHILE OFFERING MY PRAYERS AT THESE DARGAHS. I ALSO JOIN YOU AND WISH THAT THIS GREAT AND NOBLE CULTURE OF OUR COUNTRY MAY CONTINUE TO PERSIST FOR ALL TIME TO COME.

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  2. Very well said. When we cross a temple, our head lowers down expressing our “SHRADHA” for the God. This happens automatically. This happens with almost all the Hindus. But, I saw & I feel, when most of us crosses a Masjid/Dargah, the samething happens and that too without any effort or, say, automatically. This shows our respect for every religion. Almost all of us grew up or happened to study or work with many muslims. So, we do not feel that we are different people. But, with a great sense of sorrow I wish to say that it is most of the politicians in our country who always make us realise that we are Hidus, Muslims, Sikhs, etc.etc. for the sake of their political existence. But we all must believe that we are the children of that Almighty, irrespective of caste & religion and we should follow only one religion, ie, MANKIND/HUMANITY.

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  3. Sir. A very nice passage on religious harmony. India is really incredible. God can never be two. All the religion teach the common and same thing. The mediums are different but the destination is same. You have expressed your experience while praying at Dargah. The such type of divinity can be experienced by everyone having a clear heart and love for the humanity. The great poet Raskhan, Rahim and many others are the example of such a high degree of greatness. Some noble Muslims are getting dips in Ganga on the occasion of Kumbh is a step ahead in that great tradition known as Ganga- Yamuna culture. The great saint of the century has very rightly prayed
    Ishwar Allah tere naam
    Sabko sanmati de Bhagwan

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  4. the relationship that hindu and muslim share in india might be enviable. i have seen so many muslim women smearing their forehead with vermillion πŸ™‚

    i too used to worship in a dargah in burdwan regularly, so regularly that i remember the priest there asking me if i was muslim πŸ™‚

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