August 4, 2020
Gaurang G. Vaishnav
More than a billion Hindus are waiting with unbridled excitement for August 5, 2020, when the Prime minister of Bharat, Shri Narendra Modi will formally perform the Shilanyaas (foundation laying ceremony) of a grand Shri Ram Mandir in Ayodhya at the birthplace of Maryada Purushottam Bhagwan Shri Ram.
Hindus had to wait for 492 years for this momentous day after the original temple was destroyed on the order of the invader Babur, a Moghul king in 1528. To spite the Hindus his commander Mir Banki built a so-called Masjid, Babri Masjid over the ruins of the temple. Hindus never gave up their claim on this sacred place and fought 77 battles between 1528 and 1934. Major battles were fought in 1528, 1530, 1664, 1707, 1855, and 1934. In these 77 battles, 174,105 devotees of Ram gave up their lives.
Vishwa Hindu Parishad (Bharat) took up the challenge to liberate the Ram Janmabhoomi (birthplace) in April 1984. On October 7, 1984, all saints did a Samkap (resolve) to do everything possible within the bounds of the constitution to liberate the birthplace of Shri Rama. In 1985 Vishwa Hindu Parishad created mass awakening throughout the country with its Ekatmata Yaatra program.
Shri L. K. Advani, a senior leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) took out a nationwide Ram Rath Yaatra (journey in a motorized vehicle to raise the national conscience about the Ram Janmabhoomi movement) starting in September 1990. The tumultuous response to his Yaatra unnerved the secular forces and the government of the day that were opposed to Hindus getting the holy site back because of their minority appeasement policies. So, Mr. Advani was arrested in Bihar by the government of Lalu Prasad Yadav on October 23, 1990. (Incidentally, Mr. Yadav is serving time in prison for corruption). Rather than calming down the fervor, this ham-handed step aroused Hindus to decisively fight for Shri Ram Janmabhoomi.
On 2nd November 1990, tens of thousands of karsevaks (volunteers) from across the country assembled in Ayodhya demanding that the Janmabhoomi be handed over to Hindus. The government of Mulaymsinh Yadav used barbaric force on the unarmed karsevaks. There were 50,000 or so of them in a narrow street leading to the Babri structure on whom the police rained down bullets for 45 minutes. No one knows how many of them were killed as the police took away dead bodies in trucks and stopped the media from following the vehicles. Estimates run as high as 500. Late Ashok Singhal Ji, then secretary-general of VHP led the karsevaks from the front and was injured in the head.
On December 6, 1992, once again tens of thousands of karsevaks once again assembled in Ayodhya, and this time they brought down the symbol of infamy and shame, the Babri structure.
Wheels of justice grind slowly; all kinds of maneuvers were used by Muslim activists, historians, and religious committees to delay and deny justice to Hindus. The Congress government at the center did not want the Hindus to win so it also used all tools at its disposal, including the questioning of the very existence of Shri Rama, a revered Go- incarnate for Hindus for millennia.
Finally, on November 7, 2019, the Supreme Court of India gave a verdict in favor of the Hindu litigants. It was a moment of great joy, but Hindus observed restrain from celebrating that day in a befitting manner to avoid communal tension with the Muslims. It was not a victory of one religion over the other, it was the restoration of the pride of the whole nation in its heritage.
Now that all that is in the past, Hindus across the world are ready to celebrate the beginning of the construction of Shri Ram Mandir at his birthplace and rightly so, because Bhagwan Shri Ram is coming home after 492 years!
This is the time to recall and give tribute to a great many sadhus and saints, social and political leaders, and tens of thousands of ordinary citizens who have contributed to making this day possible.
This is the day to remember those 174,105 martyrs whose faith in Shri Ram was unshakeable. This is to remember Shri Ram Kumar and Sharad Kumar Kothari from Kolkata, known as Kothari brothers, who at the tender age of 19 and 17 were mercilessly gunned down by Mulayam Singh’s police because they had shown the bravery to fly a saffron flag atop the dome of the Babri structure.
Today, I remember my visit to Shri Ram Janmbhoomi in the summer of 1991, a few months after the killings of the karsevaks by Mulayam Singh’s government but before the Babri structure was pulled down. I remember witnessing Hindu icons and motifs of lotus, sun, Hanumanji, etc. on the pillars of the so-called mosque. I can see in front of my eyes bullet holes in the walls of nearby buildings. I cannot forget the face of a middle-aged, poor-looking man who had lost one eye and part of his nose in the police firing. When I cam back, I wrote an article “Visit to Ayodhya” in VHP of America’s magazine, Hindu Vishwa. In that, I wrote, “It is a foregone conclusion that the temple will be built.” Now after 29 years those words are becoming a reality. How can I describe my joy? No words will be enough.
August 5, 2020, will be written in golden letter in the history of Bharat and Hindus. This is the day when after a long wait of 492 years, construction of a grand Shri Ram Mandir will begin at his birthplace in Ayodhya. On this memorable day, we miss Pujniya Ashok Singhal Ji of VHP and Mahant Avaidyanath Ji, who have left their mortal bodies but are with us in spirits. They made it their life mission to lead the Ram Janmabhoomi movement and overcome all the obstacles. Without their dedication, foresight, and leadership, the Ram Mandir would still have been a distant dream.
The aforementioned Kothari brothers’ sacrifice has not gone in vain. I am so happy that their sister Purnima Kothari has been invited to the Shilanyaas program. I pay tribute to close to 200,000 Hindus who laid down their lives over a course of 400 years for liberating Shri Ram Janmabhoomi.
This is also the time to remember 59 karsevaks, mostly women and children who were burnt alive by Muslim mobs when they set on fire their train coach at Godhra, Gujarat on February 27, 2002.
I recall with joy and pride the efforts of VHP and RSS in Bharat, USA and many other countries to bring Hindus together to end the ignominy of living with the humiliation of their most revered God Incarnate, Shri Ramchandra’s birthplace occupied by an invader’s so-called mosque, of having to witness their Ishwara sitting under a tarpaulin, outside the building, of putting up with anti-Hindu governments’ politics to deny them justice for more than 65 years.
We cannot forget the guidance of brahmleen Swami Dayananda Saraswati Ji and the contribution of Sadhwi Ritambahra Ji in igniting the spark of this movement.
As we close the painful chapter of the foreign subjugation of the Hindu psyche, we are witnessing the beginning of a new chapter of an awakened and resurgent Hindu society. My hearty congratulations not only to all Hindus but also, to those who respect and cherish the culture, heritage, and unity of Bharat.”
Jay Shri Ram!
Received from Pradeep Lakhe on a Facebook Comment on Shefali Vaidya’s post
Just cut n pasting message from Sadguru…. You may agree to disagree……..
Questioner: Sadhguru, why are women not being allowed into certain temples? For example, now with the Shani temple. Why this discrimination?
Sadhguru: At Linga Bhairavi, men are not allowed to enter the sanctum sanctorum, but they never protest. They are married and domesticated – they have been trained not to protest against anything (laughter).
It needs to be understood that these temples are not places of prayer – they are different types of energies. Since we are aware that the planets in the solar system have an impact upon our physiology, our psychological structure, and the context of our lives, we have created temples for the different planets.
Based on the time and date of your birth, and the latitude and longitude of your place of birth, Indian astrologers make complex calculations to see which planets have the greatest influence on your life. These things are relevant to you to some extent. However, if you have access to inner technology, it will level out these planetary impacts.
Shani or Saturn, which is a faraway planet, takes 30 years to complete one revolution around the sun. Considering the revolutions of Saturn and those of the Earth, and your birth details, they can calculate what impact Saturn has on you at different times of your life.
Shani is one of the sons of Surya, the sun – the other one being Yama. Shani is the lord of dominance, distress, depression, disease, and disaster. Yama is the lord of death – the “D” company. These two are brothers-in-arms, always working in tandem. Their mother, Surya’s wife, is Chaya. Chaya means “shadow.” This is science expressed in a dialectical way. The sun is the source of light for us. His wife is Chaya – shadow. Only because there is sunlight, there is shadow.
The seventh day, Saturday, is the day of Saturn. Seven being Saat, it isSaaturday or Saturday. Saturn is the seventh planet or graha in the Indian astrological system. The word “graha” means “to grasp” or “to impact.” Saturn as per modern astronomy is the sixth planet. But the Indian astrology looked at celestial objects which have a strong impact on life upon this planet. In that context, Sun and Moon are also counted as grahas, not to be understood as planets, making Saturn the seventh graha.
In the order of grahas that have a strong influence upon this planet – Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn – though Shani is the seventh, he is a very dominant force, as health and happiness give you freedom of life, but disease and depression will seriously dominate your life. The question is are you allowing external forces, such as the celestial objects, to influence or impact you, or is your inner nature the only influence upon you. Hence, in this tradition, profound astrologers refused to make predictions for those who are on the spiritual path or under the influence of a spiritual Guru.
Because his is a 30-year cycle, once in 30 years, you become more susceptible to the influence of Saturn. This phase, known as Saade Saati, or in Tamil,Yelarai Shani, lasts for seven and a half years. You may become more susceptible to disease, depression, disasters, and death, and more vulnerable to external influences. In order to bridge the pits that may occur during a Saade Saati, various processes and rituals are associated with Shani temples.
There are temples for Shani Deva, where Saturn is personified as a god. Currently, there is this controversy about allowing women to enter a certain temple in Maharashtra, the Shani Shingnapur temple. Very powerful processes are conducted at this temple. Shani temples are mainly used for occult purposes and exorcism. People come there mainly to ward off occult influences or because they feel they are possessed. Because occult processes are conducted there, the energies are not conducive for women. As a woman is entrusted with the significant responsibility of manufacturing the next generation, her body is far more receptive and vulnerable to certain types of energies – especially during pregnancy and menstrual cycles.
Should women not enter the sanctum at all? They could if they were appropriately trained for it, but it would be much more difficult to train women than men for this purpose, simply because of a few biological advantages men have in this area of life. In the very nature of female biology, occult forces can have a deeper impact upon her system.
To remove occult influences and perform exorcisms, certain energies are used that are not nice for a woman at all. Shani is not nice. But he is a part of our lives – we have to deal with him too. Because of these occult forces, women are asked not to enter the area where such things are done. It would not be good for their physical wellbeing.
When certain things go wrong with life, you have to deal with them in a certain way, which may not be pleasant. These temples were created for this purpose. Today, some people perceive it as discrimination that women should not enter this space. It is not discrimination but discretion.
Maybe the way it is enforced is crude and seems discriminatory, and that is why these women are protesting. If one day, men protest in front of Linga Bhairavi and want to enter the sanctum, I will lock it. I will not let them into sanctum because it is not designed for men unless they are appropriately trained for it. This is not discrimination – it is necessary discretion. The space of Dhyanalinga, for one-half of the lunar cycle, is managed by men; for the other half, it is managed by women – as that is the nature of an inclusive consecration, which Dhyanalinga is.
At certain temples, like the Velliangiri hill temple, women are prevented from going up the mountain, as the path goes through dense forest that was rich in wildlife in the past, and it was considered unsafe for women to take this journey. But today, these rules can be relaxed.
In view of the demand to allow women entry to the Shani temple, we need to educate people about the science behind these temples – what they are about and why they were built. In today’s democratic fervor, we want to establish equality, but in certain contexts, this would work to the disadvantage of women. Otherwise, we are one species and two genders. Except for a few areas such as this one, the only places where gender should matter are bathrooms and bedrooms.
Love & Grace,
“The one God wears many masks. In no other religion does the Supreme Being wear so many masks and invite worship in so many different forms as the eternal religion of Hinduism. Mythologist Joseph Campbell.
“The Mandirs have to play a significant role in the growth of the Hindu community in terms of its capacity to uphold Hindu Dharma…” Swami Dayananda Saraswati
Global Hindu Heritage Foundation (GHHF) and Hindu Devalaya Parirakshana Samithi (HDPS) have been started in 2006 with a mission to preserve, practice, propagate and protect Hindu Temples and Sanatana Dharma; and also to take necessary legal and appropriate action to remove all the Hindu Temples from the government control. As many of you are aware that all the Hindu temples earning Rupees 50,000 or more are taken over by the state governments in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. In the North all major Temples such as Shiridi Saibaba Temple, Siddhi Vinayaka Temple, Jagannath Temple, Amarnath Temple, Kashi Vishwnath Temple, Vaishno Devi Temple and other money making temples are taken over the respective state governments. They are depleting the resources, selling the temple lands, allowing the temple lands encroached, allotting temple lands for government projects, appropriating huge sums of money for Christians and Muslims, neglecting the maintenance of the Temples, allowing the temples to be dilapidated, closing down thousands and thousand of temples, appointing non-Hindus to the positions in the sacred temples, abusing the devotees who visit these temples, totally ignoring the religious leaders’ input in the management of the Temples, failing to provide adequate facilities for visiting Hind pilgrims to the Temples, diverting funds for private trusts, allowing secular anti-Hindu politicians to inaugurate the facilities at these temples, imposing extra charges on Hindu pilgrims to visit the temples and diverting temple funds to the state treasury at will.
By controlling and siphoning of the Temple resources, the state governments have managed to legalize the rampant corruption. Even within this legalized corruption, different layers of illegal corruption exist in these temples.
Please remember that no Christian Churches or Moslem mosques are under government control. In fact state governments and central government donate huge sums of money for mosques and churches, spend as much as 700 crores of rupees as a subsidy for Moslems to undertake Hajj pilgrimage in 2010, built air conditioned Hajj houses in every state, built separate airport terminals for Hajj pilgrims, and the list goes on. In contrast, not only Hindu pilgrims pay extra charges to visit the temples, they “sleep like beasts” on the side walks to visit their sacred places.
Sri Kamal Kumar Swami conducted two padayatras in Andhra Pradesh covering all the districts in the state to make Hindus aware of their right to manage their temples, and informing them about the government control of the temples, neglect of the temples, rampant corruption in the Temples, and the need for repeal of the Endowment Act. During these padayatras, Sri Swami also talked about the Hindus responsibility to their religion and urging them to go to their village temples on a regular basis along with their family members, regularly conduct bhajans in the temples, celebrate all the festivals, and participate in the maintenance of the temple.
During these travels to thousands of villages, a number of people expressed their interest in having a Templein their own neighborhood so that they can continue to practice their religion, uphold the dharmic way of life, and take the responsibility of managing their temples. They requested our organizations to help build small temples for the convenience of the people. It is during that time the concept of “ONE VILLAGE, ONE TEMPLE, ONE LAKH RUPEES (Rs. 100,000)” was conceived. Since that one Sthapathi was requested to develop the blue prints and sketch of the actual Temple image. Villagers will provide the seva (labor) to build these Temples. In many Dali communities and tribal areas, missionaries are taking advantage of their situation, exploiting them and enticing them. Many of them resist these enticing hooks and want to remain within their traditional faith. But they want to have their own place of worship so that they can feel identified, feel proud, and practice their age-old faith.
Model Village Temple: Architecture and Floor plans
Global Hindu Heritage Foundation (GHHF) and Hindu Devalaya Parirakshana Samithi (HDPS) jointly sought the help of Sri Suresh Singh, who is a Diploma holder from TTD Shilpa Kalasala, Tirupati, to draw model Temple plan for villages. His CAD drawings are available on request.
The first project is sponsored by GHHF and HDPS. Anantarayudu Enni, a remote village in Nellore District, was selected to start the initial Project of constructing a Temple. In this remote village about one hundred families belonging to Scheduled Tribe are very religious and worship their Village Deity called Chentamma. Bhumi Pooja (Ground Breaking Ceremony) was conducted and the construction of the Temple has already been started. TTD was requested to donate the Goddess Chentamma to the village.
REQUEST: Sponsor One Hindu Temple for ONE Lakh (Rs. 100,000)
All concerned Hindus are requested to sponsor one Temple in your village or any other village so that we can provide the place of worship for people who are eager, waiting and hoping to practice their faith.
We should give the opportunity for these people to take their children, have darshan of the presiding Deity / Murthi, pray at their time, identify with their gods and goddesses, and make them feel proud of being a Hindu.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROJECT:
Call V. V. Prakasa Rao at 601-918-7111 about this Project to have a Temple in your village.
We need your assistance to continue our mission of abolishing Endowment Act and free Temples from the government control. If we have to make an impact on our movement to bring changes to preserve our culture, we need you financial support. Your generous donations to continue our efforts to free Hindu Temples from government control, and also build Village Temples to awaken the Hindus about the plight of Hindu Temples and the impending danger of illegal conversion techniques are essential. We are requesting all the individuals and organizations to support financially to continue our movement to free Hindu Temples from the government control and stop these conversions also provide needed place of worship for the Villagers.
NOTE: GHHF is exempt from federal income tax in USA under section 501(c) 3 of the Internal Revenue code. Our tax ID # 41-2258630. Please send your tax-deductible donations to:
Global Hindu Heritage Foundation
14726 Harmony Lane, Frisco, Texas 75035
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