Saraswati Temple Built In School by a Retired Muslim Teacher


Ahmedabad: Abdul Chacha is what his children lovingly call him. Abdul Vora a retired school teacher at Marida village near Nadiad is respected for his teachings and the lessons he gives to the students.

To inspire the children, Vora took the initiative to construct goddess Saraswati temple in the school premises of the village. He belongs to one among the three Muslim families there.

"I am a teacher first and everything else later. For me, my children are my inspiration and theirs is goddess Saraswati. So the temple," says Vora.

He has been serving as a teacher for nearly three decades at the Hindu- dominated village. The construction of the temple will cost a large amount from his savings.

"The temple took five years to be constructed. Many villagers also contributed whatever they could,'' says Vora.

Abdul Vohra even taught his students about performing pooja at the temple. “The temple project was initiated by Abdul Saheb and later residents of the village joined in," says a teacher at the school.

While training at the PTC College Kathlal, Vohra was inspired by the Saraswati Temple there, "I had always wished that I build one temple for the village too," says Vora.

 "I have always got respect from every individual in this village. I served as a teacher here and would like to serve its people," says Vora. Sajid Vora, his eldest son was shot dead by unidentified goons in Nadiad town recently.