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|Believers Beyond Belief (standard:non fiction, 920 words)|
|Author: Juggernaut||Added: Feb 02 2012||Views/Reads: 1259/711||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|80% of devotees are Hindus to a Dargah (Grave of a muslim preacher died in 1600's name Medina or now popularly called 'Coconut Baba.') are beleivers beyond belief.|
Believers Beyond Belief Subba Rao During Aurangzeb era, several Islamic clergy men travelled across India to spread Islam. That's how Muslim preacher Ishaq Medina ended up in southern Indian coastal town of Vizag somewhere in1600's. Preacher Medina became popular among the believers and people from all faith travelled from far away distances to receive blessings from him. According to folklore, one day, a local prince was tired travelling on a horse in hot sun, stopped at Medina's Masjid to quench his thirst; he ordered his attendant to pick a coconut from a tall tree on the Medina's premises only to be objected by preacher Medina. The prince was perplexed at Medina for refusing his attendant to pick a coconut and asked Medina “are the coconuts on your tree have ears or something to be special not to be picked?” “Yes sir, this coconut tree is special and the nuts do have ears and I will show you one with ears,” replied Medina and extended his hand into the air like a hydraulic crane to pluck a coconut with ears to show it to the Prince. The Prince was amazed at the miracle and accepted Medina as a miracle man for real. Preacher Medina became ‘Coconut Baba' since then and almost everybody forgot the real name of ‘Coconut Baba.' Even after almost 400 years, believers visit Coconut Baba's grave also called ‘Dargah' to receive a miracle blessing. During a recent visit to Vizag Juggernaut visited Coconut Baba's grave. The Dargah was small around 12 feet long and 8 feet wide. Juggernaut visited the coconut Baba Dargah to see for himself the four hundred years old coconut with earls still believed to be at display in the Dargah. The Dargah's custodian was a man in late thirties appeared sad and angry in explaining that the miracle coconut with ears was missing for some time now although the incident of preacher Medina picking the coconut with ears using his extended hand was a true fact recorded in the history. Disappointed, Juggernaut rested at the grave of coconut Baba for few minutes and prayed for a miracle to occur in his favor in whatever shape or form in near or distant future. Juggernaut was not allowed inside the Dargah because of non- compliance with respect to dress code, however he was allowed to sit at the entrance and peek inside the Dargah. The small dome shaped inner ceiling of the Dargah was spectacularly decorated with dazzling semi- Click here to read the rest of this story (103 more lines)
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