A Mumbai-born Muslim police officer is in charge of security at the largest Hindu temple in Indianapolis.
An 8th degree black-belt in Taekwondo and a kick boxing champion, Lt Javed Khan from the local police department is now director of security at the temple where hundreds of visitors throng every day, particularly over the weekend.
Khan was born in Mumbai and raised in Lonavala, Pune, and is now considered a part of the Hindu temple. He said ‘we are all one, we are all children of God. There is only one God and then there are the different forms and names we choose to worship.
He said half of his family is Hindu and he does not believe in the Hindu-Muslim thing. He is just doing his duty.
Khan settled in Indiana in 2001 a year after he migrated to the US. He said it all began a few years ago when he married his daughter to a Telugu boy at this Hindu temple, after which he began to get acquainted with the temple goers.
He felt no need for protection and offered his services, and now he is director of security for the temple that has been in existence for several years but held its opening ceremony just last year, which was attended by state leaders.
In a message Indiana Governor Mike Pence (who incidentally is the vice presidential candidate of the Republican party) had said in a message last year that “your place of worship adds another significant landmark to the city” and he is certain it will play a key role in enriching the cultural heritage of the state as well as the learning and spiritual growth of its devotees and visitors.
The temple visitors consider Khan from the Hindu faith and he provides security, said the Chairman of the temple Board of Trustees Ravi Pattar.