Vaishno Devi Shrine Prepares Iftari For 500 Quarantined Muslims Amid Pandemic


People around the globe will soon be celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Every year individuals celebrate the end of their month-long fasting by throwing a feast for their near and dear ones on Eid. However, things will be a little different this year as several people are stranded in quarantine centres due to the pandemic.

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Speaking of which, the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine has been providing meals for them during the holy month of Ramadan. The shrine, that had converted Aashirwad Bhawan in Katra into a quarantine centre, has been serving sehri and iftari to around 500 Muslims daily, reports News18.

The bhawan was converted into a quarantine centre in the month of March amid the coronavirus outbreak. As per the CEO of the shrine’s board, Ramesh Kumar, the shrine has been providing traditional meals to their brethren in the morning and the evening.

β€œWe are running a quarantine centre at Aashirwad Bhawan, which has a capacity of 500 beds. Since it’s the holy month of Ramzan and the government of Jammu and Kashmir has been bringing back its residents from different parts of the country, we converted Aashirwad Bhawan in Katra into a quarantine centre in the month of March,” CEO Ramesh was quoted saying by Hindustan Times.

As per reports, most of the people quarantined at the bhawan are migrant workers. The labourers came to Jammu and Kashmir in special Shramik trains and buses. Many people applauded the shrine’s bid to promote communal harmony.

Several people appreciated the shrine’s kind deed:

Apart from this, the shrine has also been serving breakfast, lunch and dinner to the people quarantined in other government facilities. Hats off to the Vaishno Devi Shrine for their humanitarian gesture during these testing times.

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