For thousands of years she had endured the pain. Covered in dust, not to be seen by anyone. Deserted by her husband, abandoned by the Gods. Indra had reason to worry. Gautama was accumulating punya way beyond his league. He had to be stopped. His excess punya had to be burnt away. So he approached... Continue Reading →
RJB: The Dharmavigraha Returns
In the 1540s, Sri Vadiraja Tirtha went on a tirtha yatra to Ayodhya. While there he composed a shloka describing that sacred land of the Hindus. He said: “ayOdhyA nAma nagarI bhAti sAdhvI vadhUriva | vanaM gatasyApi tasya pAdukE yA$karOt patiM” "The town of Ayodhya appears resplendent like a chaste wife (woman). That city which... Continue Reading →
Agnipariksha is on; Rama shall soon reunite with Sita!
The erudite Sri @upanishadist has written a wonderful post on the ongoing Rama Janma Bhoomi issue, asking if Sri Rama shall return to his home at last. It is a very moving, emotional piece. Although a far lesser mortal, I too felt compelled to write a few words on this issue. Not because it is... Continue Reading →
Scriptural & Sculptural Evidences related to Rama in the Dvaita Tradition
In an earlier post, I had briefly mentioned about collating a list of scriptural and sculptural evidences in the Dvaita tradition of Sri Madhvacharya, in order to complement the exhaustive list of evidences compiled by Ms Meenakshi Jain, in her book “Rama and Ayodhya”. The present post is an attempt at the same. In the... Continue Reading →
Did Sri Vadiraja Tirtha hint about destruction of Rama Mandir at Ayodhya?
Introduction In her seminal work, “Rama & Ayodhya”, Ms Meenakshi Jain has given great details about the scriptural, sculptural and epigraphic evidences for Lord Rama. This was done to counter some absurd objections as part of the Rama Janmabhumi dispute where it was alleged that worship of Lord Rama as Vishnu’s avatara was an extremely... Continue Reading →
From Saifai to Ayodhya: The Right Shift
For decades now, the people of Uttar Pradesh have been under rulers who made it difficult, even shameful, to think of themselves as Hindus. The people of the land of Kashi, Mathura and Ayodhya used to wonder whether it was safe for them to even engage in their religious practices. The rulers spent Government money... Continue Reading →