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Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Islamisation of Agraharams in Tamil Nadu

Agraharams in Tamil Nadu are increasingly turning Islamic at an alarming pace. Agraharams are centuries-old ancient traditional Brahmin settlements in villages. It consists of row houses flanking both sides of a road with its own Temple and all activities of the residents based on the Temple ecosystem. The Agraharam row houses, also known as Chaturvedimangalams are very well planned, spacious, and uniquely built structures to suit the Dharmic lifestyle of the Brahmanas.

Agraharams incorporated a way of life centred around temples and religion and was spread all over South India. When we toured Tanjore, Thiruvarur, Nagapattinam and Karaikal districts, we were shocked by the scenes we saw in the Agraharams.

The temples in Agraharam now look like dilapidated halls. There are women wearing burqas and bearded men wearing skullcaps and Lungi populating the Agraharams today.

Agraharams in important cities like Sirkazhi, Mayiladuthurai, Kumbakonam, Nagore and Thiruvarur have become Islamic. In the Tanjore region, Agraharam at Chakrapalli near Ayyampettai on the Tanjore-Kumbakonam Highway has now been converted into Hajiyar Street and Qaide Millat Street.

Only the 1500 year old Chakravakeswarar Temple remains in the Agraharam. Non-Muslims are not be able to walk in these areas after 5 pm due to harassment and fear. 

There are signs of huge agraharams in Rajagiri near the Chakra school. In other towns only temples remain in Agraharam. But here even the Temple has vanished. The signboards of Jinnah Street, Qaid e Millat Street and Hajiyar Street are shining brightly in the Agraharam streets.

Hindus had left Agraharam many years ago as informed by some of the locals whom we spoke to.It is said that the Muslims demolished the Shiva temple here and built a mosque

Agraharams have changed drastically at Kodikkalpalaiyam and Adiyakkamangalam near Thiruvarur. The mosques here have the largest ponds of all. These ponds are a testimony to the fact that there was once a Temple here. Atiyakkamangalam has a huge mosque next to the pond known as the Papara Pond. The place was an Agraharam earlier. A construction worker in Adiyakkamangalam told us that the pond used by the Agrahara Hindus was the Paparak pond.

The situation is dire in Nidur near Mayiladuthurai. The Muslims have bought all the houses here in Agraharam. The Perumal Temple in front of Agraharam is in ruins. The Perumal Temple Pond is now called as the Madrasa Pond by the Muslims.

There is a huge pond directly opposite the Perumal Temple. The pond belongs to the Viswanathar Temple in the Isaniya corner of Agraharam. The large Peepal tree was located in the heart of the Viswanathar temple. The Temple was demolished and turned into a huge rubble of stones. The roots of the peepal tree now stand like pillars on either side of the sanctum sanctorum. It is not known where the precious idols in this temple went. Now the temple is in the custody of a Muslim.

How did Agraharams become Muslim dominated? We asked this question to some surviving elders in Agraharam. We were told that first, Muslims buy a house in Agraharam at a high price. Then the goat is slaughtered at the door of the house. Then fish is washed and poured into the house next door. Agrahara women naturally panic with this behaviour being strict vegetarians forcing the Brahmin families to move out.

During this transition period, the Dravidian party  was influential in the delta districts and the Muslims joined hands with the anti-Brahmin Dravidianists and committed many atrocities on the community.The Hindus, who could not bear this combined torture, lamented that they were pressurised to sell their houses to the Muslims due to inhospitable conditions in the Agraharam and settled in other parts of the country.

“Is anyone coming now to see the house where their ancestors lived?”, we asked someone in Nidur. We were told that many new generation of Brahmins do come back to visit the place but are unable to find the house where their ancestors lived. Some of them who did manage to locate their ancestral home are left with the anguish of seeing Muslims living there.

Recently someone from Mumbai was sitting in this pond and crying when he saw that the character of the Agraharamin Nidur has turned entirely Islamic. His eyes swelled with tears. It is very painful to see Agraharams becoming  mini Arabia and once a place reverbrating with the chant of vedas and mantras is now filled with the sound of blaring Azan from loudspeakers.

Hindus lost huge chunks of land in partition for exclusive Muslim country in 1947, but the unsatiable Islamic jihad footprint is growing and devouring all our traditional spaces, be it in Kashmir or Tamil Nadu or Kerala or West Bengal. Agraharams- the abode of Brahmins, in Tamil Nadu is the latest victim of Land Jihad which no mainstream media will write about nor would any leftist historian bother to record it, but they will fill up reems about mythical “Brahminical Oppression”.

(This article was published on bharatvoice.in on June 4, 2022 and has been reproduced here.)

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9 COMMENTS

  1. Who should be blamed in this case?

    Did the Muslims simply walk-in and occupy without buying the properties?

    Coward slave Hindus who only aim for US citizenship deserve this!

    No point crying over spilled milk.

    Hindu slaves haven’t learned any lessons even after 1000 years.

    Introspection is much better than blaming others.

  2. Islamisation of agraharams had started more than 75 years ago in my view. Vadakarai, adiyakkamangalam, Koothanallur and many agraharams had been taken over by muslims then. Many brahmins from Tanjore district especially from Mayuram now Mayiladuthurai had moved to Kalpathi in Palakkad district, Kerala. Muslims in these areas are very friendly and even supported Hindu temple activities and invited to attend festivities at Darghas in 50s and 60s. They didn’t start anti brahmin tirade. It all started with the rise of so called Dravidian parties. To me the hatred continues because the caste Hindus are still not ready to accept the SC/ST and other backward communities. The creamy layer has moved into agraharams but the SC/ST communities are not allowed to cohabitate with caste Hindus. This is the reality in TamilNadu.

  3. The weak and cowards always blame others for their plight. If one Muslim buys a house in the agraharam and if they slaughter a goat in the still majority area , why should the majority leave instead of collectively asking the Muslim to respect the sentiment of the majority and to desist from such acts ? Thousands of years as slaves under the rule of Abrahamic powers has emasculated the Hindus and particularly the Brahmins . Instead of whining why don’t Hindu organizations give some protection to the Agraharams ?

  4. Because they each had their own neighborhoods according to their trade and lifestyle. This meaningful social organization and tradition was destroyed gradually by Muslim and Christian influences. The meaningful division of labor and the practical and wise catering to each group’s needs in the Hindu society was deliberately destroyed blaming an imaginary hierarchy in ‘caste’ system, and introducing phobia about an imaginary caste system with ‘untouchables’ etc. Sad.

  5. Such a sad state of affairs has arisen due to the inability (or unwillingness) of the Hindu elite to comprehend the nature of colonialism, that compounds the harmful effects of non-Indic religions (that do not have any understanding of karma, dharma, yoga, mukti,…). Many of the Hindu brahmin families that did well for themselves during the British rule (as judges, bureaucrats, teachers in colleges etc) became highly westernized by the 1960s and 70s. Most members of those families have gone abroad. If they are still in India, they are too westernized (either indifferent to Indic religions and traditions, or openly hostile due to brainwashing by Left-Liberal ideologies). On the other hand, orthodox Hindus are trying to hold on to customs and traditions from a bygone Yuga — which cannot be followed today meaningfully. Things can improve only when all Hindus (including brahmins) make determines efforts to understand what “dharma” means in today’s age of hyper-colonialism, go deeper into ideas of karma, mukti and yoga, and take firm deisions that will allow themselves and their families to live in more eco-friendly ways (closer to the natural environment in smaller towns and villages, instead of apartments in large cities).

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