Muharram with a difference at Ruyyadi

Hindus and Muslims have been observing Muharram in this village since 1850s

By Author  |  Published: 11th Sep 2019  11:35 pm
Devotees bow to ‘sawaris’ being taken in a procession as part of Muharram in Ruyyadi village on Wednesday. — Photo: P Ramakanth

Adilabad: The 10-day Muharram observed in commemoration of the martyrdom of Imam Hussain, grandson of Prophet Mohammad, concluded at Ruyyadi village of Talamdugu mandal, on Wednesday. Hindus joined Muslims in observing Muharram in this tiny village.

Devout from various parts of Telangana and Maharashtra visited the dargah and took part in the procession taken out. Over two lakh pilgrims, from erstwhile Adilabad, Karimnagar, Nizamabad, and Warangal districts, and Chandrapur, Yavatmal and Nanded districts from neighbouring Maharashtra gathered at the place.

They performed special prayers from early morning and sought the blessings of ‘sawaris’ or ‘peerilu’ in the age-old belief that their wishes would be fulfilled. Cultural shows presented by artistes enthralled the people, particularly, those in which they wore masks of a tiger and sloth bear. Women too danced to the drum beats. Members of the governing council of the shrine also offered food to the devotees. TSRTC-Adilabad operated special bus services to Ruyyadi for the convenience of pilgrims. Barricades were erected to regulate traffic and security was stepped up to prevent untoward incidents.

Interestingly, villagers of Ruyyadi have been observing Muharram for 154 years although there are non-Muslim families in the village. They have been observing Muharram since 1850s. Chairman of the temple governing committee Loka Bhuma Reddy, former Adilabad MP Gedem Nagesh were present.

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