Varanasi: Muslim man’s unique Hanuman devotion, Chalisa written on cloth with Ganga’s soil
Varanasi. These days there is an uproar in the country regarding Ramcharitmanas written by Goswami Tulsidas. Amidst the ruckus on Ramcharit Manas, a Muslim man’s devotion to Hanuman has become a topic of discussion in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. Haji Irshad Ali Banarasi, a resident of Bhelupur area of the city, has engraved the four-legged animals of Hanuman Chalisa on the cloth with the soil of the Ganges. Irshad wants to hand over this Hanuman Chalisa to President Draupadi Murmu.
Irshad Ali told that he has written Hanuman Chalisa on two meters of cotton cloth. It took them about four days. Irshad has read and understood Hanuman Chalisa before writing it. After that, they have engraved its quadrupeds on the cloth. The cloth has a coating of orange colored Banarasi saree all around which has a lotus flower made on it. He told that he had brought the soil of Ganga home during the flood. Filtered it and dried it. Later he wrote this Hanuman Chalisa by mixing Gangajal and hand made gum. Before writing Hanuman Chalisa on the cloth, he also remembers Lord Rama’s devotee Hanuman.
Irshad has engraved not only the Hanuman Chalisa, but also the Hanuman Sahastranam source and the verses of the entire Gita on the cloth. Shrimad Bhagwat Gita, Hanuman Sahastranam and Hanuman Chalisa have been written on 30 meters of cloth. It has taken him 15 months for this work. Irshad desires that Geeta be displayed in Kashi Vishwanath Dham and the new Parliament building of the country. For this, he is engaged in talks with the officers.
He told that his children have inspired him for this. At his behest, he has not only set a record by writing these religious books on cloth, but has also become an example of Ganga Jamuni Tehzeeb.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : February 09, 2023, 17:40 IST