Bengaluru: Members of the Sri Veeranjaneyaswami Devalaya Seva Trust in Hoskote’s Valagerepura thanked a Muslim man who donated 1.5 guntas of land (1 gunta is roughly 1,089 sq. ft.) for the revamping of a Hanuman Temple.
The proprietor of a transport business, HMG Basha was approached by the trust members for one gunta of land which is close to the temple. The temple had to be rebuilt owing to the expansion of National Highway 75 which runs alongside it, TNM reports.
Temple trust president MD Byregowda said that government officials informed them that they should remove the Hanuman temple and rebuild it elsewhere. “We then visited HMG Basha and requested him to give us 1 gunta of his family’s land to rebuild the temple. He would often participate in the temple festivities since his land is close to the temple, so we knew him,” he added.
Basha surprised them by offering to donate 1.5 guntas of land for the purpose. “He was keen on there being space for devotees to go around the temple while worshipping,” Byregowda explained.
Now, a poster has been erected outside the temple to thank HMG Basha for donation. An image of the same has gone viral.
Basha, who spoke to TNM, expressed his amusement with the interest the incident has sparked and explained that to him, it was a straightforward decision.
Meanwhile, the foundation stone for the new temple has been laid and the construction will begin in January, at a cost of Rs 1 crore.