Balasore, Dec 1 (LocalWire) A woman belonging to the minority community continues to teach the ancient language with passionate zeal in a government-run school in Balasore district winning adoration from one and all.
Meet Zarina Begum (49), who teaches Sanskrit for the last 30 years at Barabati Girls’ High School here breaking the barriers of her own religion.
She has adopted the principle and philosophy of universal brotherhood and tolerance of other religions as a way of life in true spirit with the students as well as colleagues valuing her with honour.
“ She is indeed a great teacher and students love her teaching”, observed Dipta Paul, a teacher.
Although she is a Muslim woman, on Maha Shivaratri she recites thousands of mantras – Maha Mrutunjaya as well as Gayatri- attributed to Lord Shiva and observes other pujas silently in her home at Machhuasahi in this district headquarter town.
Her strong inclination towards Hindu religion although invoked some kind of commotions among the people of her community in the past yet she could overcome them with the support of her husband SK Mohin Khan.
“I practise my religion as we as I believe in Hindu mythologies. I have faith on the Hindu Gods and Goddess. I derive a unique peace and pleasure by worshipping them.
Believing that god is universal, formless and one, I go on practicing Hindu rituals too.
I also follow all my religious rituals like rozas (a penance undergone during Ramzan month).
Although in the past we experienced certain problems yet I could convince the fellow community members that I have equal love and passion for other religions especially for Hinduism as much as I have for my religion ”, Zarina said.
“ Seeing her inclination and fascination for Hindu deities and rituals, I have never either objected or imposed any restriction on her for worshipping Hindu gods or goddesses. But , suggested her to do what is acceptable to the society ”, said her husband.
“ I have visited several temples across India including Haridwar.
Lord Shiva and Lord Jagannath are my most revered Gods. During Ganesh Chaturthi, from early hours in the morning I recite the stotra of Lord Ganesh for 1008 times with Rudraksha mala given to me by my Yoga Guru,” she said.
For her passion, mastery in the language and universal brotherhood attitude, Zarina, a gold medallist in Sanskrit, has received about 40 awards from government and non- government organizations across the state. “Sanskrit has been my favourite subject. It’s beautiful and I enjoy teaching it,” she added.
Fellow teachers have special likings for her because they believe she is pious in nature and her prayers can ward off evils.
“We have been seeing her since long and believe that she has attained some special powers. She is a spiritual woman having some divine powers,” remarked some of her neighbours.