“I have dreamt of reading the namaz in a masjid ever since I was a child.
It came true today,” said 41 year-old Sophia Seikh, one of the hundreds of women of this Muslim-dominated town who came to the mosque to offer their prayers.
However, Muslim population in the state has remained very small till today.
According to 1981 census, there were 422,266 Muslims in the state against 25,161,725 Hindus.
However, Orissa was a Hindu Kingdom till the mid sixteenth century.