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Jains In Old Delhi Dressed Up As Muslims Rescued 124 Goats From 'Bakrid Sacrifice': Know How?

In the heart of Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi, amidst the bustling preparations for Eid al-Adha, a unique scene unfolded at the Naya Jain Mandir. Vivek Jain, a 30-year-old chartered accountant, orchestrated a remarkable effort to rescue 124 goats from slaughter during the festival. Moved by compassion, Jain and a team of 25 volunteers from the […]

Jains In Old Delhi Dressed Up As Muslims Rescued 124 Goats From 'Bakrid Sacrifice': Know How?
Jains In Old Delhi Dressed Up As Muslims Rescued 124 Goats From 'Bakrid Sacrifice': Know How?

In the heart of Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi, amidst the bustling preparations for Eid al-Adha, a unique scene unfolded at the Naya Jain Mandir. Vivek Jain, a 30-year-old chartered accountant, orchestrated a remarkable effort to rescue 124 goats from slaughter during the festival. Moved by compassion, Jain and a team of 25 volunteers from the Jain community mobilized swiftly, raising Rs 15 lakh within a day to purchase the goats from local markets like Jama Masjid and Matiya Mahal.

The initiative, driven by Jain principles of non-violence (Ahimsa), drew widespread attention and admiration. The rescued goats, typically destined for sacrifice during Eid, found sanctuary at the temple’s courtyard, where they were welcomed with care and compassion. Crowds gathered at the temple, not for religious rites, but to witness this act of kindness and support the cause with donations for the goats’ upkeep.

“This is a historic moment for our community,” remarked Vivek Jain proudly, emphasizing the significance of their collective effort in promoting social welfare. The goats, now spared from slaughter, will be transferred to a Jain-run shelter in Baghpat, where they will receive care and rehabilitation.

Reflecting on the overwhelming support received, Jain expressed gratitude towards contributors from across India, spanning states like Gujarat, Hyderabad, Kerala, Punjab, and Maharashtra. Their efforts resonated beyond religious boundaries, sparking discussions on compassion and ethical practices during festive traditions.

At the heart of this endeavor lies a poignant message of coexistence and understanding. Amidst the debates on vegetarianism and animal rights that often accompany Eid celebrations, the Jain community’s gesture stands as a testament to the power of compassion in bridging cultural divides.

As the rescued goats settle into their new home, Jain hopes this initiative will inspire similar acts of kindness and empathy in the future. With the goats now safe from harm, the Jain temple in Chandni Chowk has become a beacon of hope and compassion, resonating far beyond its quiet alleys into the hearts of many.

In a diverse neighborhood where traditions blend and intersect, the act of saving these goats has not only protected lives but also fostered mutual respect and understanding among different communities. It’s a reminder that amidst religious practices, compassion towards all living beings can unite us in the spirit of humanity.

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