I recently was invited as a guest for a blood donation camp to Khatal Galli organized by Sahara Trust, the camp was successful and they collected 70 bottles of blood.
Now blood has no religion or caste, it just saves lives. But this story is not about that. This story is about the Peer Khatal Shaha Dargah there.
At first glance it is a normal Dargah with the grave of an Afghan Peer who died in Belgaum somewhere in 1400 to 1500 possible the Adilshahi regimen, the management claimed that a lot of non-Muslims frequented this place, but then again that was not the story.
On visiting the Dargah just beside the entrance I found a small temple and I wondered what it was doing there with a board outside stating “Khatlsab Dargah Talim “, my curiosity forced me to explore further and I entered the Talim with a Hanuman temple in front.
True to its name it was a Talim(Gym). There are wrestlers inside preparing to exercise most of them Hindus. On the wall was a photo with two names in Marathi one Hindu Thanappa Topanna Sable and other Muslim Sayyad Janu Pasha Inamdar of Jalgar Galli possibly the founders of wrestlers of the gym put above a small podium in which there were Hindu Gods.
The Khatal Shaha Talim inside a mosque housed Hindu wrestlers and Gods is that not amazing!
The Gym has produced national-level wrestlers and those present there had admirable muscles, I was almost on the verge of entering the Akhada myself but remembered I was a guest. Where wrestlers throwing their weight and the game did not know which religion they belonged that is sportsmanship.
If Gods and Sports can coexist why can’t we.
Belagavi has a rich history of religious coexistence I hope we continue to respect each other’s religion and live happily ever after.