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15 Feb
Siyar al-Aqtab on chisthi.

"Although at that time there were very many temples of idols around the lake, when the Khwaja saw them, he said: If God and His Prophet so will, it will not be long before I raze to the ground these idol temples... (1)
... It is said that among those temples there was one temple to reverence which the Raja & all the infidels used to come. When khwaja settled there, every day his servants bought a cow, brought it there & slaughtered it & ate it... (2)
P.M. Currie, the author of the book "The Shrine and Cult of Muʻīn Al-Dīn Chishtī of Ajmer" notes:

There is evidence, more reliable than the tradition recorded in the Siyar al-Aqtab, to suggest that this was the case in Ajmer. Sculpted stones, apparently from a Hindu temple..(3)
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13 Feb
A piece of advice for all Hindu men. Get into the culture of strength training. If you are thin & skinny, look at ways to add more mass. If you are overweight & obese, burn that fat away. In both cases the best way to achieve this is by adding muscle mass via weight training.
Weight training when complimented by rudimentary training in some kind martial arts will go a long way in self improvement. You'll find yourself to be a lot stronger, agile with good reflexes & reaction times. Focus on compound & explosive movements to build that power & speed.
Of course all this isn't going to turn you into some action hero figure where you'll be able to beat the crap out of a dozen people at a time.

But what it'll give you is a lot of self confidence. Tonnes of it. Will leave you with a fighting chance in tricky real life situations.
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12 Feb
Along with Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, most abused & overused Sanskrit verse is:

"Ekam sad viprah bahudha vadanti"

Sitaram Goel in his book "Defense of Hindu Society" explores the psyche of "Hindus" using this verse out of context & the immense harm they have brought on themselves
Sitaram Goel dwells deep into what makes Hindus, especially leaders from the sangh often quote such Sanskrit verses. He lists two reasons

1) Psychology of surrender
2) Psychology of imitation.

He also give a road map to snap out of this situation.
Regarding the verse itself, it is from the Rigveda 1.164.46.

The full mantra reads as:

Indram mitram varunam agnim ahuh,
atho divyah sa suparNo garutman, ekam sad viprah bahudha vadanti,
agnim yamam matarivãnam ahuh.
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27 Jan
Description of the geography of Bharatavarsha in the Markandeya Puranam

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A Hindu dharmika's reverence for Bharat and everything within its realm is embedded in our genes. We worship its holy kshetras, holy mountains, holy rivers, its holy plants & animals as mentioned in our Dharmashastras.
Everytime we Hindus take a sankalpa during any homa/puja, we invoke the names of many geographical entities within the realms of Bharat. From the lofty snow clad mountains of the Himalayas to the lush green forests of the Dandakaaranya to the plains of the Ramasethu.
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26 Jan
Today will be remembered as the day when a bunch of sword wielding tractor driving terrorists rammed their way through police barricades & planted their flag over one of the forts of the capital city. All the while the leadership of the country looked in the opposite direction.
In the good old medieval days, an enemy planting his flag over your fort meant absolute defeat & humiliation. Kings in the olden days used to go out of the way to ensure that forts were well guarded. For in a fort was the prestige of not just the emperor, but the entire empire.
The symbolism of forts was never lost on the rulers of the past. For example Vijayanagara emperor Vira Narasimharaya used to ask for daily reports from his Dandanayaka on the security arrangements at all the important forts that he controlled.

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18 Jan
Hindu rulers of the past knew how to punish lowly mlecchas when they overstepped the line & insulted our faith.There was in instance where Aliya Ramaraya of Vijayanagara, who was actually very tolerant of turushkas,actually punished them in a fitting way for insulting our deities
Aliya Ramaraya recruited a large number of turushkas into the Vijayanagara army. There was an occasion where 2 such turushka officials came to the capital in order to receive payments for the services which was due to them.
During that time the turushkas were seated in the durbar & a wild boar passed them at a distance outside. At the sight of the boar the two turushkas spat on the ground. The boar as we know is not only avatara but was also part of the royal insignia of the Vijayanagara empire.
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18 Jan
THREAD

Surya Temples mentioned in the map are no ordinary teerthas. They find mention in the Skandapuranam.The sthalapurana of each one of these temples is explained in detail by Skanda to Agastya muni. Its worth having a look at the puranic description of each of these teerthas
Lolarka is considered to be the foremost among of Surya teerthas at Kashi. It came to be known by that name since Surya was very eager to see Kashi when he came down to test the then ruler of Kashi, Divodasa. Its exact location is given in the below shloka (2)
As the above Shloka mentions,Lolarka was established in the southern direction of Kashi at the confluence of Asi river & Ganga. Skanda also mentions a number of benefits to be had by having a Darshana of Lolarka. A darshana of Lolarka on Rathasaptami removes all paapa. (3)
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9 Jan
Bhandaru Lakshminarayana, a musicologist during the reign of Shri Krishnadevaraya records in his work, the Sangitasuryodaya on how the great Hindu king crossed the Krishna river & burnt down the whole of the यवनजनपदं (muhammadan kingdom) & captured the 3 sons of the sultan.
The Sangitasuryodaya is one among the 9 important musicological treatises written during the Vijayanagara era. The others are Sangitasara by Vidhyaranya, Taladipika by Tippendra, Sangitakalanidi by Kallinatha, Bhandaru Vittaleshwara's commentary on Sarangadeva's Sangeetaratnakara
Bhandaru Lakshminarayana's Sangitasuryodaya, Achyutadevaraya's Talakalavriddhi, Ramamatya's Swaramelakalanidhi. Carnatic music owes a lot to all the above works. Among all the works,the Sangeetaratnakara deserves a special mention? Why? Because it was almost lost due to invasions
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9 Jan
The Darkest Chapter of Indian History : The plunder of Vijayanagara.

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Historian MH Rama Sharma's account of the plunder of Hampi.

"The arrival of the mussalman army on the 6th day(after Talikota war)
sealed the fate of Vijayanagar and its citizens. The gathering
gloom soon burst upon them in a storm by opening the flood
gates of hate and lust.(2)
No quarter was given and no pity shown.
Neither age nor position nor sex was excepted. Day after day
the slaughter of civilians went on unchecked till blood ran into
rivers. Then the victors turned to despoil the palaces and dese-
crate the pagodas(Temples) (3)
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4 Jan
A THREAD detailing the daily routine of Hindu emperors of the past during peace time. Once we are done through with the thread, one will realize what a contrast the present day secular state is to the Hindu Samrajyas of the past. As to how far we've moved away from tradition (1)
As an example we'll have a look at the life of Vijayanagara samrat Vira Narasimharaya. He was the elder brother of the great Shri Krishnadevaraya. Each aspect of Narasimharaya's life has been chronicled in detail in the Raayavacakam (2)
The day of Narasimharaya started with him waking up during the auspicious Brahma muhurta time (between 4:30 am to 6 am). First thing in the morning he'd listen to reading of books both on Dharma & statecraft. He'd then proceed to look at his own reflection in the mirror (3)
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3 Jan
For the assertive Hindu one thing must be very clear.That Hindu samaj can be destroyed only from within, by "Hindus" themselves.The fastest way to destroy us is by undermining the things that we cherish the most.Our traditions,Temples & festivals. Including veneration for the Cow
Hindus didn't face this kind of a predicament even during the medieval period when some of the worst atrocities were commited. Those were commited by external aggressors.More often than not,Hindus responded fittingly to Temple desecration & Gohatya by paying back in the same coin
There are umpteen examples of Hindu kings of the medieval age punishing Temple breaking cow eating mlecchas. From Rana Kumbha of Mewar to Devaraya I of Vijayanagara to the Marathas. They didn't have to deal with beef eating HINO types.
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3 Jan
Guru Sitaram Goel explains away the mindset & psyche of the "beef eating Hindu" types in his own unique & distinctive style in his book "Hindu Society Under Siege". No one puts it across with such piercing clarity as guru SRG does. I'll just quote him in the next few tweets (1)
"The Hindu who is addicted to Macaulayism lives in a world of his own which has hardly any contact with the traditional Hindu society. He looks forward to the day when India will become a society like societies in the West where the rate of growth, the gross national product..(2)
...and the standard of living are the only criteria of progress. He is tolerant towards religion to the extent that it remains a matter of private indulgence and does not interfere with the smooth unfoldment of the socio-political scene... (3)
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25 Dec 20
Thread

Vaikunta Ekadasi good wishes to all Hindus who are observing the Vrata today. The significance & benefits of keeping a fast today is explained in the Uttara Khanda of the Padma Purana. Today the mind must be firmly fixated on Narayana only.

Puja at our place today 🕉️ (1)
Before narrating the origins of Ekadasi, Shri Krishna explains to Yudhisthira the benefits to be had by keeping a fast on Ekadasi. Krishna says the one who keeps a fast on Ekadasi accrues more punya than performing the Ashvamedha. (2)
Krishna says keeping a fast on Ekadasi is 100 times more meritorious than giving Gau-dhana to a Brahmana who has mastered the Vedas. Krishna says those who fast on the Ekadasi day are equal to those in whose bodies live the three deities Brahma, Vishnu & Shiva. (3)
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23 Dec 20
THREAD on ancient Hindu system of measurement(मानापकरणविधानम्)

The Shilpa shastras give much insight into how dimensions such as length,width,height etc were measured. It is using this system that the smallest of murthis to the biggest of buildings were planned & constructed (1)
Before defining the different units of measurement, the Shilpa shastra makes a brief reference to the prerequisites of those who must be well versed in this subject in order to carry out the task of planning & construction. i.e the Architects. (2)
The Architects are classified into 4 different categories. They are:

1) Sthapati
2) Sutragrahin
3) Vardhaki
4) Takshaka

Each one of the above have a specific role in the process of planning & construction (3)
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10 Dec 20
Condition of Hindus from around 1300CE to 1335CE.These 35 odd yrs can be described as perhaps the darkest phases of Indian history. For the 1st time in its existence the entire Indian sub-continent had been overrun by foreign savages.

Year 1336 marked the rise of Vijayanagara(1)
It is during this 35 odd years that some of the worst kind of savagery was unleashed. Especially on Hindus of Dakshina Bharat. Barbarian kafur undertook his temple breaking campaign during this period. Almost every single major temple town in Tamil Nadu was ransacked. (2)
Of all the Kshetras, Madurai in particular faced the worst of the onslaught of the savages. The Maduraittala Varalauru gives an account of the condition of the legendary Meenakashi temple during that period. (3)
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10 Dec 20
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Since today is the Bhumipooja for the new parliament building, we'll see what our ancient text on Architecture, the Manasara-Shilpashastra says on the rituals to be performed & the deities to be invoked before the commencement of any construction activity. (1)
The Balikarma-vidhana (sacrificial offerings) are prescribed for various deities. These deities preside over different partitions of the ground plan of what is being built.

This is just an example of the various deities presiding over different partitions of the plan. (2)
Now each one of the 45 presiding deities need to be invoked & offered a "bali" (offerings). The offerings can be anything from milk, curd, butter, rice, sesame, honey, modaka sweet to fish & meat in case of asuric deities. We'll see in detail in the following tweets. (3)
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9 Dec 20
THREAD on Hindu Architecture.

Recently when the 3D renders for the new Parliament building was was made public, it was mostly met with criticism here on twitter. Criticized for failing to incorporate elements of architecture which represent splendour of our Hindu civilization(1)
While many may say it is unfair to criticize a design just based on 3D renders, there is a reason why this criticism holds good in this case. It is the same reason why we haven't been able to construct... (2)
..any noteworthy public building since 1947 reflective of our ancient & classical culture(rare exceptions exist though).

The reason being the complete abandonment a huge vast ocean of literature on Hindu architecture. (3)
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4 Dec 20
Atrocities commited by barbarian tipoo against Brahmins in Malabar.

Brahmins who were often forced by british to act as messengers to tipu on the assurance of personal safety were forcibly made to eat beef & converted.

Source : Malabar & Angenjo from Madras district gazetteers Image
Atrocities commited by tipoo against Nairs of Kuttippuram. 2000 of them were circumcised, force fed beef & converted.

Tipoo also gave a general order to his forces to mass convert everyone by force in every district. The ones resisting had their houses burnt down. Image
The above incident is corroborated by another source; Lewin Bowring in his book titled:

"Haidar Ali and Tipu Sultan and the struggle with the Mussalman powers of the South"

Nairs who rebelled against tipoo were hunted down mercilessly. Many put up a brave fight. Image
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4 Dec 20
Nagabhatta's resistance against the Arabs was not an one off affair. Both him & later his grandson Nagabhatta II were constantly at war with the Arabs. Both managed to chase away the Arabs on multiple occasions as recorded in the Gwalior inscription. (1)
Nagabhatta II's grandson was Mihira Bhoja. He was the greatest emperor of the Pratihara clan. The arabs feared him the most. He was described as unfriendly towards them detested the "muhammadan faith". Yet he did not underestimate the arabs, hence maintained a large army (2)
Narasimha Deva of Eastern Ganga dynasty was probably the greatest Hindu king when it came to offensive tactics against turushkas. He took the battle into the enemy territory & laid them to waste. (3)
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3 Dec 20
Which Sikh repulsed the 1st ever arab invasion into Bharat in 7th century?Nagabhatta "Singh"🙂Which Sikh smashed islamic barbarians out of Kalinga in 12th century?Narasimha Deva "Singh"🙂Which Sikh liberated Southern Bharat from islamic barbarians in 1370's? Bukka Raya "Singh"🙂
Lesson here: Never belittle & suppress your own achievements in order to big up someone else, even if they happen to be a friendly ally.

No need for any exaggeration of historical facts either.

Plain honest truth telling will suffice.
If only a fraction of the credit is given to medieval Rajputs who stood as a bulwark against external aggression for over 400 yrs in the north & the Rayas of Vijayanagara who did the same for over 300 yrs in the South, our country would be in a much better place. Buy hey... 🙂
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3 Dec 20
Description of an average residential dwelling during the Mauryan times. (2300 yrs ago)

The principles & the rules governing Hindu architecture (Manasara) is as vast as an ocean. It is a pity we have moved away from traditional methods of construction of residential building.
Delegitimizing Vaastu shastra as some "pseudo-science" (just like Ayurveda) was the 1st step towards moving away from traditional construction techniques.

We had a highly evolved system of standardized measurement (Manopakarana vidhana). Shame it is not taught in schools /uni.
It is this system of measurement which went from the smallest measurable unit (Paramanu) literally meaning atom to Angulas( finger's breadth) to bigger units like hastas dandas & beyond that were used to sculpt small intricate murthis to some of the biggest Temples.
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