A 77-year-old Christian man spread the message of harmony by building a Siddhivinayak temple worth Rs 2 Crore near Katpadi Shirva main road and gifting it to Hindus. Gabriel Fabian Nazareth, resident of Halehithlu near Shirva, is a devotee of Siddhivanayak.
It is said that in 1959, at the age of 14, he completed his schooling and went to Mumbai. He resided near Prabhadevi Sri Siddhivinayaka temple and worshipped the Lord daily and worked hard to earn his living.
He then established a plastic and metal dye-making workshop near the temple. In 40 years, Nazareth established three branches of his workshop.
Later, he sold his business in Mumbai and settled in his hometown. After 12 years, Nazareth built the Sri Siddhivinayak temple in the 12 cents land received from his father.
Religious programmes will be held at the temple under the guidance of Sri Palimaru Mutt Pontiff on May 2 and on May 4.