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Resurrecting the Ram Mandir: A cathartic moment for Hindus after centuries of iconoclastic fury

“Resurrecting the Ram Mandir: A cathartic moment for Hindus after centuries of iconoclastic fury”, Hindudvesha, January 16, 2024:

“When the iconic Laxmi Narayan Temple (also known as Birla Mandir) opened in 1936, it was the first temple built in Delhi in several centuries. So many prominent temples had been destroyed by Muslim invaders and rulers that Hindus stopped building their places of worship in Delhi. The accumulated fear of a millennium of destruction had prevented Hindus from even thinking of building a temple. In fact, Delhi’s St James Church, the largest Christian church built by the British in India, is 100 years older than Birla Mandir. Author Rajat Mitra points out that when the temple came up, the architects who built it cried with joy, realizing what a historical moment it was for the people of Delhi.

If one begins to calculate the total number of Hindu (plus Jain, Buddhist, and Sikh) temples destroyed by Muslims in India, the final figure would be staggering, and it would still be an estimate and, in all likelihood, a low one.

The Pran Pratishtha of the Ram Temple at Ayodhya is a moment of catharsis for Hindus. It is the first historic temple freed from the servitude of Islam. During the excavation for the new temple’s foundations, several artifacts, such as stone pillars, a five-foot lingam, and broken statues of gods and goddesses, were unearthed at the site. The discoveries not only bolster the claim of archaeologists and Hindus that the Mughal invader Babar had indeed destroyed the original temple of Lord Ram, it is yet another blow to the pseudo-secular scholars and fake historians such as Irfan Habib and Romila Thapar who had the audacity to claim there was no such temple….”

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