No religious barriers affected funeral; Devaraj can rest in peace

Shihabudeen Kalikavu

Kalikavu: Thammanayakam Arogya Devaraj Vatti, a native of Virudhanagar, Tamil Nadu, captured the heart of Kalikavu by making sweets for the entire neighborhood. Devaraj, who died while undergoing treatment following an accident, left the world without any barriers of religion preventing his funeral services.

Once covid was confirmed after Devaraj died, the funeral services were in crisis. However, SKSSF (Samastha Kerala Sunni Student Federation) members came forward to handle the funeral services as per the Christian beliefs. Vicar Yobas Bhaskar also came forward and provided space in the Nilambur St. Mathews CSI church for conducting the last rites.

Devaraj's family has been living in Kalikavu for more than 20 years. Devaraj's son Daivaraj said that the SKSFF came forward to help when his relatives were not sure how to manage the funeral. Devaraj was buried with the help of 10 SKSSF volunteers, including Madrassa teachers and imams inside the church. The vicar of the church carried out the last sacrements.

Devaraj was injured in an accident on Wednesday. He was taken to the Kozhikode Medical College by the locals. Kabir Maliekal, Nasser Palakkalvetta, Rashid Faizi, Sharafuddin Faizi, Muneer Faizi, Mustafa, Yasser, Jalil, and Salam Pulvetta were the 10 members of SKSSF who volunteered for the funeral.

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