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Shri Ramapir Mandir/Temple in Islamic Republic of Pakistan

Thursday, November 11, 2010

The Muslim Musicians of Hindu Temples Himachal Pradesh

SHIMLA, INDIA : To follow tradition sometimes seems unorthodox. But for centuries, Muslims have been the musicians in some of Himachal Pradesh’s Hindu temples. In the Chintpurni temple in Una district, Naina Devi in Bilaspur district or Jawalaji and Chamunda in Kangra district, it is the Muslims who help the priests in performing rituals by playing the shehnais, trumpets and drums, as Hindu devotees line up to offer prayers and the priests chant mantras.

Rafiq Mohammed, a traditional drum-beater of Khaniara village near Dharamshala said: “We regularly visit various Hindu temples in and around Dharamshala every morning and evening for playing the drums and other percussion instruments. Even our forefathers did this job.”

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