DEHRADUN: It has been raining heavily in the higher reaches of Uttarakhand for the past week. Saturday was no different, the water flooding parts of Joshimath in Chamoli. Muslims, who had started gathering in large numbers since morning on Saturday for the Bakr-Eid namaaz, were shocked to see that the open ground where they have been praying was completely under water.
The offer was immediately taken up and some 1,000 grateful Muslims from Joshimath, Govindghat and Pipalkoti did their Eid namaaz in the gurdwara’s premises, in peace and relative dryness.
Yogendra Singh (SDM, Joshimath), inspector Sanjay Kumar and members of the gurdwara management committee soon reached the venue and organised space for the prayers. To ensure everything went off smoothly, they remained there until the namaaz was done and the last Muslim man had filed out.
Buta Singh, manager of the Joshimath Gurdwara Committee, told TOI, “There is no mosque …