Vrindavan, 2017.08.02 (VT referencing DJ): The whole of Braj is getting ready to celebrate the birthday of everyone’s beloved Shri Krishna. A major part of the Janmastami preparation in Braj is the designing and embroidery of poshak – Shri Radha and Krishna’s outfits – as orders come in from around the world.
It is a little-known fact that many Muslim Brajwasis work as embroidery artists to prepare Shri Radha and Krishna’s poshak and accessories. Many families have been doing this seva for generations.
Zakir, an embroidery artist from Mathura says, “Even though I’m a Muslim, when I make clothes for the Hindu Deity I feel something special in my heart.”
Another poshak artist, Shahrukh said, “Allah and Bhagavan are both forms of God. Making shringar is another way of worshipping and offering obeisance to God.” Mr. Khan from Agra added, “Our making poshak, crowns, jewellery and so on for darling Kanhaiya in this holy city of Mathura is a sign of Hindu-Muslim unity here.”
Jabaruddin added, “When Thakurji does not differentiate between poshak made by us and poshak made by a Hindu artist, why should we then differentiate amongst each other on the basis of religion?