In 1194, more than 1000 temples were demolished by Qutub-Al-Din-Aybak. These sites remained untouched for the next 50 years till Razia Sultan constructed a mosque on the forsaken place of the Vishwanath temple.
Vishwanath temple was reconstructed in the area of Avimukteshwara, which again faced partial destruction by Mahmud Sharqi.
In 1494, Sikandar Lodi demolished several temples including the Vishwanath temple.
In 1585, a scholar Narayan Bhatt rebuilt the temple.
Mahmud Ghazini and Shah Jahan (1627-1658) demolished all reconstructed temples.
It was Aurangzeb in 1669, who ordered the demolition of Vishwanath temple and built a Gyan Vapi mosque.
Aurangzeb destroyed several temples but also wanted to change the name of Varanasi.
The worldly wealth creates attachments, which will continuously result in greed, jealousy, selfishness, ego, hatred, violence, etc.
Bhagwan Mahavir has said that wants and desires have no end, and only the sky is the limit for them.
An attachment to worldly objects results in the bondage to the cycle of birth and death. Therefore, one who desires of spiritual liberation should withdraw from all attachments to pleasing objects of all the five senses.
Abhay Mudra is an important gesture in Indian iconography.
In it, the right hand us raised & opened, straight up, raising forward.
Abhay literally means fearless and the gesture indicates blessing, protection & reassurance
The gesture is ancient and widespread and is found in the iconography of Buddhists, Jains and Hindus.
Bhagwan Buddha and the Tirthankaras are frequently seen using this gesture. Bhagwan Shiva, in his Natraja, or divine dancer, pose has his upper right hand in the abhaya mudra.
In Thailand, and especially in Laos, this mudra is associated with the movement of the walking Buddha (also called 'the Buddha placing his footprint'). It is nearly always used in images showing the Buddha upright, either immobile with the feet joined, or walking.
Bhagwan Mahavira was born on the thirteenth day of rising moon of Chaitra month, 599 B.C. in Bihar. This day falls in the month of April as per English calendar. His birthday is celebrated as Mahavira Jayanti day (This Sunday is Mahavira Jayanti).
Let's celebrate it together. 🙏🏽
Mahavira was a prince & was given the name Vardhaman by his parents. Being son of a king, he had many worldly pleasures, comforts, & services at his command. But at the age of thirty, he left his family & royal household, gave up his worldly possessions.
He became a monk in search of a solution to eliminate pain, sorrow, & sufferings.
He spent the next 12 & half years in deep silence & meditation to conquer his desires, feelings, & attachments. He carefully avoided harming other living beings including animals, birds, & plants
Mudras – meaning ‘seal’, mark’ or ‘gesture’ in Sanskrit – are said to intensify the effects of our yoga or meditation practice and enhance the flow of energy. They are also used in Indian classical dance.
Any living body is made of 5 distinct elements :
Fire, Wind, Ether/Space, Earth, and Water.
According to Ayurveda, disease is the result of an imbalance in our body caused by a deficiency or an excess of one of these 5 elements.
The 5 fingers represent : Thumb:fire, Forefinger:wind, Middle finger: space, Ring finger:earth, & Little finger: water.
The fingers essentially act as electrical circuits & the use of mudras adjust the flow of energy which balance these various elements & accommodate healing.
"Gandhi met Kallenbach in 1904 while working as a young lawyer in Johannesburg, and the two men are said to have become fast friends," GlobalPost Senior Correspondent for South Africa Erin Conway-Smith said.
"Today you can visit and even sleep in the house that Kallenbach designed for Gandhi in 1907, and where the men lived together for about two years."
Gandhi lived with Hermann Kallenbach, a German-Jewish bodybuilder and architect, in the years before he travelled back to India.
A Leader, Commander, and a guiding beacon that led an entire nation and her armed forces — Field Marshal Kodandera Madappa Cariappa was the first Indian Commander-in-Chief of the Army.
Let's us check how Chacha treated this Hero.
Sadly just two months after Partition, Pakistan Army sent infiltrators into Baramulla area. The Maharaja of Kashmir on 26th of October, 1947 signed the Instrument of Accession to the Union of India. Indian Army urgently shifted to Srinagar to defend the territory.
A lot of delay was caused by Mountbatten, the Governor General of India & by the PMO’s Office in giving a green signal.
Gen Cariappa managed to shift the Indian Army by air in nick of the moment. The Indian Army successfully repelled the attack & drove back the infiltrators.
1. Senior archaeologists at the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) claimed that the Sanskrit epic Mahabharata could date back to 1500-2000 BCE, instead of 900-1000 BCE (Obviously, it can't be without evidence).
The claim follows the findings at the excavation site of Sanauli, 68 km away from Delhi,includied “war chariot” allegedly driven by a horse, a rusted bow & arrow, a burial site and ochre coloured pottery, war shields, whip, torch and an antennae sword with hilt.
आशा नाम की एक अदृश्य जंजीर से बंधा हुआ मनुष्य का जीवन आश्चर्यजनक रूप से प्रभावित होता है। जो व्यक्ति इससे बंधे हुए
होते है, वे तो इधर उधर भागते हुए नजर आते है और जो व्यक्ति उसके द्वारा बंधे हुए नहीं होते हैं वे कहीं भी आराम से बैठे हुए नजर आते हैं।
The life of those people bound by an invisible chain of hope & insatiable desire is affected in a very surprising manner. Those who are bound by this invisible chain run amok, but those who are not bound by it are found to be relaxed & contented in all circumstances.
All religions and all ideologies (eg: communism, liberalism and so on) are a part history and a part myth.
As for religious myths, the academic types might want to read Joseph Campbell's book, "The Power of Myth".
I put down below some quotes of his :
1. Each myth is psychologically symbolic. Its narratives and images are to be read, therefore, not literally, but as metaphors.
2. Myth is much more important & true than history. History is just journalism & you know how reliable it is.
As far as ideologies are concerned, their mythology lies in their tall claims about their success in the real world. As we all are aware, this whole ideology of communism has proved to be just a myth as it has failed everywhere.
When Dr.Abdul Kalam was the President, he visited Coonoor. On reaching, he came to know that Field Marshall Sam Manekshaw was in the Military Hospital there. Dr.Kalam wanted to visit Sam, which was unscheduled. Arrangements were made.