Friday, March 1, 2024

Ram Mandir: A Testament to India’s Unity in Diversity

Muslims should willingly hand over Ram Mandir back to Hindus. “Ram Mandir is equally important for Hindus just as Mecca is for Muslims”, These are the words of archaeologist KK Muhammad who played a pivotal role in the journey of Ayodhya Ram Mandir. In TretaYug, Bhagvan Ram was exiled only for a period of 14 years, but in Kaliyuga, we kept Bhagvan Ram away from his home, Ayodhya, for nearly 500 years. Now Shri Ram is coming back home. 22nd January 2024 is going to be a historic moment for India But still, I get such messages in DMs. People ask whether it is right to spend thousands of crores of rupees on Ram Mandir. Whether this money could have been put to a better use What is so special about Ram Mandir? What is the complete history of this place? And what difference does it make to us? Let us find out in today’s blog.

The History of Ayodhya

There are some powerful facts in this blog that every Indian needs to know so that they can understand the importance of Ram Mandir. To understand this logically, it is necessary to look at this issue from three angles. One is historic proof, the second is archaeological proof, and the third is social proof. The courts also gave their decisions based on these.

Let us try to understand the history of Ayodhya. The story of Ramayana ends when Bhagvan Rama returns to Ayodhya. We light lamps and celebrate Diwali to celebrate his return, but around 500 years ago the house of Bhagvan Shri Ram was attacked. A mosque was built here on the orders of Mughal robber Babar.

Some people ask what is the proof that Babri Masjid was built on top of Ram Mandir. You do not need to be an expert to find the answer to this question, friends, the answer lies in the original name of the mosque itself. The original name of this mosque is Masjid-e-Janamsthan. Whose birthplace? A hint is enough for the wise, and the foolish… Richard M. Eaton is an American historian. He collected data from 1192 to 1760, and identified 80 temples that were destroyed and plundered by Islamic invaders. Hasan Nizami has written a book Taj Mahal-ul-Maasir where the reason for demolishing each temple and its detailed description is also written.

The Importance of Ram Mandir for India

Why did all this happen? Not for fun, but to erase the proof. This is called iconoclasm, which means attacking a belief. To break the native practices of the native people so that it becomes easier to divide them, to convince them that you are scattered, you have nothing in common. And this technique was used not only in India but also in Egypt, Greece, and France to destroy the old culture.

When we went to Egypt, we saw that the faces of the Pharaohs had been removed. According to Egypt’s history, in the native culture of Egypt Pharaohs were considered to be a messenger of God. But some extreme people believed that worshiping someone else is not right. Every human being should have similar thoughts, and if you do not fit them into that framework, then you have no right to be called a human being. You have started on the wrong path and we aim to bring you on the right path.

Babur definitely built a mosque there but he could not completely destroy the temple. Because what is a temple? A temple is not just a building, a temple is people’s devotion, their belief. And we find proof of this in the 1770s. Austrian Priest Joseph Tieffenthaler has written that both Hindus and Muslims used to worship here. This means that even after the conversion, the importance of this place did not reduce. Those who converted still considered this place sacred.

So this place was attacked again in the 1760s by Aurangzeb. Historians believe that the Mughals who came before Aurangzeb were a little less extreme. They had removed the Jizya tax. Jizya was a tax imposed on people of different religions. It was a kind of penalty. if you were not a Muslim then you will have to pay extra tax. This tax was removed by Akbar and it remained so for some generations. But Aurangzeb could not accept this. Not only did he reimpose Jizya, but he also tried to rectify the mistakes of his ancestors. The work of demolishing temples started more seriously. And during this time the Ram Mandir was demolished. Ram Mandir was being destroyed again and again out of revenge, and this is a well-documented fact. Historical evidence has been written by both the Mughals as well as foreign travelers.

The Controversy and the Final Verdict

If this is so well-documented then why the controversy? Many people think that this controversy started after the demolition of Babri Masjid in 1990, but the history is much deeper. In 1885, a Hindu priest tried to lay a foundation for a temple here. This request was rejected by the British. After independence, in 1949, remains of many idols were found in the areas of this mosque. Some people also believe that the idols were kept here illegally. Whatever may be the truth, because of this the rift between the two communities increased. The wounds of partition had not yet healed.

Cases were registered in the court with both Hindu and Muslim groups and the place was locked. But it was necessary to reach the root of this matter, so the help of archeology was taken. KK Muhammed is an archaeologist of ASI. He was the only Muslim archaeologist to excavate the Babri Masjid during the 1970s. He observed that just as there used to be a pot, a ‘Purna Kalash’ in the temples in the 12th and 13th centuries, similar structures were found here too.

The locks were opened in 1986 for political mileage but no one had predicted what would happen next. This decision was taken to attract Hindu voters. The Rajiv Gandhi government had overturned the Shah Bano decision of the Supreme Court, due to which the orthodox Muslim community was happy but the Hindus were upset. So instead of stopping the appeasement, the appeasement of Hindus started. Babri Masjid was demolished in 1992, and very painful riots took place. On the instructions of the Chief Minister, the police opened fire on the people, and many died in the stampede.

Since 1980 till date, in every election, votes are sought using this topic of Ram Janmabhoomi. Some people ask for votes to build the temple, while some people ask for votes to stop the temple from being built. Back in 2003, an archaeological survey was conducted. Earlier 12 pillars were found here, now 50 were found. The story of Ram Mandir became even stronger from both historical as well as archaeological sides. But the Muslim people refused to hand over this place peacefully. They did not want to give up their rights. In 2010, the High Court divided this entire space equally into 3 groups. But this thing was challenged again. Finally, in 2019, a five-judge bench of the Supreme Court declared that the temple would be built here. As a compensation, an area double the area of this place was given to the Waqf Board.

The Unifying Symbol of India

So this is the history in its entirety. From a different perspective, this whole issue could have been solved outside the court. The issue was crystal clear. Yet, this matter was dragged on for so long. But ultimately the truth won. Finally, let’s ask a question why Ram Mandir is important for our country? At the beginning of this blog, we asked you whether this is a political stunt? Not we, but only you can answer this question because the answer is related to your identity.

Many people believe that India is just a union of states, that is, we are separate small states that came together only as a matter of convenience. The British have united us. Before them, India had no identity. India is just 75 years old. If you ask me, there is no better opportunity than this to prove this as a lie, because languages may be different, but the name of Bhagvan Ram is the same in every language, our history is the same. This common culture is that thread which binds the entire country.

North to South, East to West, divide-and-rule, this is how foreign invaders tried to rule over us. But the invitation for the inauguration of Ram Mandir has been sent to all, no matter which political party they belong to. Not only to the people of the Hindu religion, Sikh Gurus are also invited, Dalai Lama is also invited, in fact, Iqbal Ansari who was fighting the case in support of Babri Masjid has also been invited. This is a reminder that this is the real India. This is the new India which is ready to leave behind divide-and-rule politics.

Some people ask that instead of building Ram temple, they should have built a hospital. And I agree that India is in dire need of medical infrastructure. But I don’t understand why the argument is always in the format of this or that. Can’t we build both a temple and a hospital? Can’t we respect people’s physical needs as well as their spiritual needs?

Many celebrities have realized today what the Ram temple means to a common man. If Ram Mandir was not important then people would not have donated Rs 3,500 crores from their pockets and made this crowdsourcing campaign the third largest crowdsourcing campaign in the world, slogans of Ram would not be said in different countries let alone in India, we wouldn’t have forgotten the borders and come together. If the Ram temple was not important then the Suryavanshi Thakur community would not have decided to wear turbans after 500 years.

Many people consider it a religious event, but the real issue is not religious. The real issue is that of justice. This is a fight that our ancestors kept alive and we ultimately won by going to court. And with whom were we fighting? Not with Muslims. To prove this, we started this blog with the statement of KK Muhammed who has been requesting for the last 50 years, asking his brothers what could be the problem in accepting what is true. What is the problem in correcting a historical mistake? And we all need to remember this statement of his.

It needs to be remembered that he made this statement against the people of his own faith. He remained honest towards his profession, honest towards his country, and honest towards the truth. His fight was always in favor of truth. If he did not make this a religious issue then today even we too should not make it a religious issue. We have to go ahead and ensure that Ram Mandir is built and Ramrajya also comes because this temple belongs to everyone. This temple is there to unite us all as Indians, not to divide us.

Today, nation-building is going to happen through temple construction. The conclusion of this blog is not mine alone, friends, our entire team sat together and wrote this. Because for all of us the meaning of the temple is the same: closure, catharsis, justice. Because this temple will forever remind us that sometimes it takes time for the truth to win, but ultimately the truth wins. Satyamev Jayate!

What do you think the value of this temple is for you? Why is this temple important to you? Ask yourself this question and do tell us in the comments because we want that every child of India should not feel that while saying Jai Shri Ram, someone will call me communal. We want that we should worship not only the idol of Ram but also the character of Ram, the Ram in the temple should bring light to our minds, and most importantly make us a better person. Teach us to leave old fights and embrace each other, and sharing this very important message with you makes a difference to me.

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