Jammu & Kashmir’s Mattan village serving as a cynosure of religious harmony for years

Anantnag (Jammu&Kashmir), May 17 (ANI):If one needs to know the actual meaning of the term religious harmony, then Mattan village in Anantnag district of Jammu & Kashmir would be perfect place for him. People of different sects reside here in peace and brotherhood. Be it a temple, mosque or Gurudwara, the village has it all, making it a beautiful example of religious diversity. Locals say that people of various faiths have been living here together for ages and have never let their religion create a rift among them. As per the evidence, the village has a greater population of Hindus and Sikhs residing together along with Muslims before 1990’s. However in 1990’s due to insurgency, a number of Pandit families left the Valley and migrated to Jammu and other places of the country. But after 1996, many families returned back and today they are again living peacefully with their Muslim neighbours. Today, be it a happy occasion like marriage or sorrowful event like last rites, they freely visit each other’s household and even help each other. The way in which Mattan village has kept its tradition of oneness alive even during tough times, clearly shows that no other religion is greater than the religion of humanity.