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A Look into Contemporary History: Shilanyaas of Shri Ram Mandir at Ayodhya

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!

Attempts yet again to block Amarnath Yatra


Attempts yet again to block Amarnath Yatra

The Amarnath Yatra, as every year, would initiate only on Jyeshth

Shukla Purnima, June 15

May 25, 2011,New Delhi – Once again having decided to bar the Amarnath Yatra under signals from the Pakistani separatists ofKashmir, backer of the separatists Mr. Mufti Mohammad Saeed and the central government submissive to the dictates of the separatists, the Jammu & Kashmir Governor Sri Narinder Nath Vohra has humiliated the Dharmic-patriotic sentiments of the Hindus of the country.

For the last several years the Amarnath Yatra has been conducted for two months at a stretch starting from the full-moon day of the bright fortnight of the month of Jyeshtha to the full-moon day of the month of Shraavan. The ice Shivalingam (sign of Shiva – the auspicious one) attains its utmost dimensions on the day of Jyestha Purnima, and after this it gradually starts melting and by Shraavani Purnima it gets melted considerably. On the day of Jyestha Purnima, the macro size ice Shivalingam is there for the devotees to have its Darshan.

The Yatra continues for two months from Jyestha Purnima to Shravani Purnima that attracts about 400,000 pilgrims to Jammu & Kashmir from all over the country and abroad. They gain in spiritual merits by the Darshan, internalize the divine blessings and return with high spirits. The Yatra is very much a spirituo-patriotic pilgrimage and mountain adventure. It strengthens national unity and territorial integrity and there is ample opportunity for much economic activity and income generation for the local populace and the state of Jammu & Kashmir.

For some years now the Pakistani separatists ofKashmirhave been making attempts so that this spirituo-nationalist Yatra discontinues for all times to come for obvious reasons. The terrorists had threatened to jeopardize the Yatra in 1995 and this year also they have issued threats. Once they had even mounted an attack on the Yatra. By mounting a violent movement last year, the separatists of Kashmir had forced the state government to take back the midway Yatra camp land that hosted the pilgrims which the people of Jammu got back for the pilgrims by long-drawn counter movement. Now again under motions from separatists, their supporter Mufti Mohammad Saeed and the central government the Governor of Jammu & Kashmir has opposed the commencement of the Yatra on Jyestha Shukla Purnima, i.e., falling on June 15, 2011 this year, and declared its commencement from June 29, 2011. Paying deaf ears to the suggestions of the Sant fraternity ofJammuand the whole country and the Hindu organizations to start the Yatra on June 15, 2011, he has instead submitted to the pressure tactics of the separatists.

The two-month-long Yatra mobilizes people from all nooks & corners of the country thereby strengthening national unity. It enhances economic development and job opportunities for the people of Jammu & Kashmir. Is the Governor of Jammu & Kashmir against national unity? Is he against enhancement in job opportunities in the state? Is he against economic development of the state? Does he carry a brief for the Pakistani separatists and carry their agenda? The Dharmic and Social organizations of Jammu and the whole country and all commercial organizations ofJammuhave taken a collective decision that like every year the Amarnath Yatra would be commenced from Jyestha Purnima June 15, 2011.

When the prominent citizens of Jammu & Kashmir called on the Chief Minister, he assured them that the Yatra for two months from 15 June would be provided with security cover. On June 15, 2011. the Yatra would be flagged off by Jagadguru Sankaracharya HH Vasudevananda Saraswatiji and former supercop Sardar K.P.S. Gill. 

The people of the country are urged upon to assert their Dharmic rights by joining the Yatra from June 15 and have Darshan of Baba Amnarnath. The Jammu & Kashmir Governor is hereby given a clear warning that if he ever tries to bar the two-month long Yatra or create hurdles in its infrastructural arrangements and the streamlining processes, he will have to face with stiff resistance and reaction from the whole country the consequences of which will squarely fall on the Governor who seems to function under pointers received from anti-Hindu elements and separatists.

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