a Muslim, but heads Ganesha temple panel
celebrations were a tad different at Nagarabhavi this year. At Varasiddhi
Vinayaka temple in Canara Bank Colony, Muslim resident T. Rahaman was at the
helm of activities, distributing prasad, taking part in the worship and
offering prayers till the last devotee left around 11 p.m.
The Shivaratri celebration began at dusk and continued till 11 pm. Over 500
people attended the ceremony from areas as far as Koramangala. Bhajans were
sung and a bharatanatyam dance performance symbolising Lord Shiva was the
highlight of the evening. All throughout, Rahaman was in charge.
He has been managing the temple as its committee president for four years.
``When nobody came forward to take over the temple administration, Rahaman
offered to step in,'' S.K. Rao, one of the trustees, said.
For Rahaman, religion has never been a hurdle: ``I don't differentiate between
Hinduism and Islam.''