Hinduism is a minority religion in Punjab.
During the Khalistan movement, the minority Hindus and Jains were subjected to several attacks. Hindu and Jain temples were frequently vandalized and desecrated. This thread documents a few instances.
According to the regional Hindu tradition recorded in the "Survey of Amritsar", Amritsar got its name from Amrit immersed by Lava and Kusha in a pond.
It was used to house the Murtis of Vishnu and Durga which were thrown out from the Parikrama of Harmandir Sahib in 1905.
Because of its presence in Amritsar, it became a frequent target of radicals during the Khalistan movement.
Coins of ancient Yaudheyas dating back to 100 BC have been found at this ancient temple.
On November 21 1983, two bombs were thrown on this temple. A damaged section was later rebuilt by funds collected from devotees
On May 5, 1984 Jain temple in Amritsar was looted and desecrated.
On February 28 of the same year, another Jain temple was looted.
They bombed Hindu fairs like Shivaratri & Ramnavami where Hindus gathered in large numbers to ensure maximum Hindu kiIIings.
Shivala temple of Amritsar was bombed on Shivaratri
The damaged section of the temple could not be rebuilt until 2005!
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This thread tells the story of Gita Press. Their mission, their founding members and their unrelenting resistance against left-liberal & Congress Govt censorship of their organization.
Gita Press was established in 1923 by JD Goyanka.
Hanuman Prasad Poddar was the founding editor of Gita Press.
Its first journal Kalyan was published in 1927. While most journals of this period are confined to libraries and archives, Gita Press and Kalyan still exist with millions of copies
Unlike other publications, Gita Press publishes its books at a very reasonable price.
For example, a Bhagavad Gita can be procured at Rs.30. A copy of Hanuman Chalisa costs just Rs. 2 (50 lakh copies printed every year). Yet, the printing, cover and content quality is FANTASTIC
But why? Why does Gita Press publish excellent books at such a minimum token price which inevitably equals or exceeds the creation cost?
The answer to this question is that Gita Press was not founded to be a profit making enterprise.
Its goals were something very different
Gita Press was founded at a time when Christian Missionaries were making rapid progress in converting Hindus.
They were making all out attacks on Hinduism.
Missionaries distributed copies of Bible to anyone who showed slightest inclination to accept it. Bibles were flowing in
She was a widow who became Malwa's greatest queen. Defended our country & personally led armies into battle.Never plundered anyone. Developed Malwa into a prosperous kingdom. Rebuilt temples destroyed by Mughals. Built Dharmashalas at Tirthas
Unfortunately, her memory has been blemished by inaccurate representations in modern popular media.
The serial "Punyashlok Ahilyabai" depicts her as ultra secularist feminazi icon who questions Hindu rituals & Pandits while patronising Sufis.
This is far from historical truth!
Ahilyabai was born on May 31 1725 to Patil Mankoji Shinde.
She was from Dhangar clan(classified as OBC today). While Dhangars were traditionally into herding, they took up arms & held several military /civil roles in various eras of history(especially during Maratha resurgence)
In 1737, when she was 12, Ahilyabai Holkar was married to Khanderao , son of Subedar Malhar Rao Holkar.
By the time she was married, fortunes of Holkar family had already waxed.
Malhar Rao was a Subedar of territory comprising 30 Parganas yielding a revenue of at least 7 Lakh
In 1741, when Ahilyabai was newly married, her father -in-law Malhar Rao Built Indore palace & ordered the kanungo to populate the settlement with a promise of protection to traders.
This began rise of Indore from its background as modest trading town Indrapuri to a great city
Saif's great grandfather was the Nawab of Bhopal.
He was a staunch supporter of Pakistan & Jinnah. He governed Bhopal by Sharia.
He wrote a letter inviting King of Afghanistan to invade India.
August 2 1947: Saif Ali Khan's great grandfather, Nawab of Bhopal wrote a letter to Jinnah.
He clearly states
"I am a staunch supporter of Pakistan. I want to merge Bhopal in Pakistan. Hindus are untrustworthy.
But Bhopal is 80% Hindu and surrounded by India. I am cut off"
He further says
"Hindus are intimidating me to join India. I know Pakistan has no means of helping me. But I want to know how much Pakistan can help me.
I would never sign and join India, come what might . I will continue to serve Pakistan and Islam!"
In other words, Saif Ali Khan's family tried everything in their power to merge Bhopal in Pakistan. But as Bhopal was in the center of India, neither Jinnah nor Nawab had military means to resist India. Had Bhopal been a frontier kingdom, it would have been a part of Pakistan!
Source of the snippets: Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah Papers. From Jinnah's letter collection in Lucknow AIML office. Digitized and published in 1994-95 by Government of Pakistan and recommended for inclusion in Memory of World Register
The Bamiyan Buddhas are famous throughout the world.
Did you know that the Bamiyan Buddhas had a gold covering until 9th century? They were adorned with precious gems.
Did you know that the Bamiyan Buddhas were built by a HINDU king?
Who built Bamiyan Buddha?
There lies a painting of the king who sponsored the construction of Bamiyan Buddhas inside Bamiyan caves.
The name of the king who built Bamiyan Buddhas was Narendraditya Khingila(6th-7th century CE).
He was the same king who worshiped Gardez Ganesha
Khingila consecrated a temple for Ganesha in Gardez, Afghanistan.
The temple has not survived.
However, the Ganesha image has been moved out of Gardez and is now at Pir Rattan temple, Kabul (the same temple whose priest is Pandit Rajesh Kumar, the last Hindu of Afghanistan)
When Xuanzang visited Bamiyan (c. 629 CE) , the Buddhas were standing in full glory.
Xuanzang describes the larger standing Buddha as follows
"It is 140-150 meters high. It is of a dazzling gold color. It is resplendent with ornamentations of precious substances"
During this period, the clothes of Buddha were very brightly colored. The larger buddha was clothed in red and the smaller Buddha in white.
And this coloring survived until recently.
This is why Muslims named larger Buddha as "Surkh But"(red idol) and the smaller as "Khing But"
He had newspapers, books, servants & coolies. He was allowed to walk out & meet others.
He was also allowed Switzerland trips "while technically imprisoned".
Savarkar was locked up in Kalapani & beaten up for 10 years
Jawaharlal Nehru, India\u2019s first prime minister, spent nine years in British jails. Savarkar famously wrote letters appealing to British rulers and was questioned in Gandhi murder conspiracy. Just saying.— Saba Naqvi (@_sabanaqvi) August 28, 2021
It was only once in his life that Nehru was treated just like any ordinary prisoner.
This was in Nabha Jail for 12 days.
Within 12 days, Nehru's father begged British viceroy.
He wrote an apology & assured that his son Nehru will never enter Nabha.
12 Days v/s 10 Years!
Nehru's jail in Ahmedabad had a badminton court specially built for Nehru and other top Congress leaders.
On his insistence, a library was made accessible to him during prison terms . That is how he could write books while "imprisoned".
A fitness instructor also attended to him
Nehru's jail terms were essential political stunts in building up his image as a great freedom fighter.
However, they seemed more like exotic getaways than real prisons
The 12 day imprisonment of Nehru in Nabha jail was harsh.
When Motilal came to know that his Nehru was locked up in a real jail, he rushed to meet Nehru but was forbidden by the administrator of Nabha.
Then, British viceroy came to the rescue of Nehrus and overruled this order
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I shall narrate the story of Nidadavole Kota Satthema temple in West Godavari district, Andhra
Nidadavole is a sleepy little town in the district of West Godavari, located a few kilometres from the Godavari. Among other things, it is famous for its Gramadevatha and Kshetrapalika, the Goddess Kota Satthema
In the tenth century, Nidadavole was known as Nirvadhyapuram, and was under the rule of the Eastern Chalukyas. They were nominal feudatories of the Kakatiyas of Warangal. The local Sthalapurana indicates that the original temple was built by one king called Virabhadra.
This Virabhadra has been identified as the husband and royal regent of the Kakatiya Empress, Rani Rudramadevi who ruled Central Deccan during the period. The original stone figure of the Goddess was built within a fort during his reign.
The goddess was worshipped as the Shakti of the Fort. Over time the name entered the vernacular parlance as Kota (the telugu word for Fort) and Satthema (a local vulgarisation of the word Shakti).
Muhiyudin Sayyid Abdul Qadir Jilani (RA) was one of the greatest Islamic Saint, Scholar, and Jurist. The honorific Muhiyudin denotes his status with many Sufis as a "reviver of religion". Jilani refers to his place of birth. He also carried the epithet Baghdadi.
Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani was born on the eve of the 2nd of Ramadan 470 AH. His birth was a great blessing for the Ummah. It was the arrival of the Sultan al-Awliya (King of the Awliya) of that era, which had been foretold for centuries before his birth.
When Hazrat Abdul Qadir Jillani was asked by someone what brought him to his high spiritual level, he said, The truthfulness which I promised to my mother. He related the following story:
"One day, on the eve of Eid al-Adhā, I went to my mother, who was then a widow and..
..and requested her, 'Send me to the path of Truth, give me permission to go to Baghdad to acquire knowledge, to be with the wise and those who are close to Allah. She cried, but she brought out 80 pieces of gold, which was all that my father had left as inheritance.
The great army of the monstrous Yajuj and Majuj (Gog and Magog) will rampage throughout the earth.
Yajuj and Majuj are mentioned in the Qur’an (Kahf and Anbiya).
They are sealed away behind a mighty wall by a legendary king, Dhul al-Qarnayn who is frequently linked to Alexander the Great and occasionally Cyrus the Great, though neither are exact matches
It is commonly believed they scratch at the wall daily, tearing nearly through until God intervenes and restores the barrier.
Thus sealed away, the world is safe from Yajuj and Majuj, that is, until the end of days.
Once released they are so numerous it is said when they come upon Tiberias lake or the Tigris and Euphrates they will drink it dry.
When they stand in formation their army stretches from Syria to ends of Persia.
Islamic eschatology regularly features the idea of an invading army and a great battle and Yajuj and Majuj is central to the narrative.
Those who are well versed in our ancient scriptures must definitely have come across the name of Ashtavakra Muni. Who was he and what is the story behind his body getting crooked from all sides.
Muni Asit was the son of Pracheta Rishi.
He was childless and this caused a lot of worry to him. But an Akashvani assured him that he should go to Shivji to get all his
So he along with his wife go to Shivji and after paying him obeisance start singing Shivji's praises.
He describes Shiv as the one who is beyond any other thing, whose glory has no words to describe. After this the couple stands with folded hands in front of Rudradev. The strotras sung in praise of Shiv possess magical qualities even today.
Shiv gets satisfied by them soon and is ready to grant a boon.
Shiva told him that, he very well knew what the Muni desired. He then gives him the "Sansaar Vijay' mantra and asks him to keep reciting it. The Isht devi would come at an appropriate time and fulfill his wish.
Asit Muni kept reciting this mantra for hundred years. The Devi appeared and granted him the boon of a son as a Shivansh. A son was born and was named as Deval. He grew upto be a great scholar well versed and a handsome young man. Asit Muni got him married to Ratnamalavati.
I can assure you, it is NOT.
It is neither easy-going, nor non-persecutory. In fact it is the very opposite.
Modern Hinduism is a British colonial concept, created in concert with Brahmins, who are at the "apex" of the caste system. The word "Hindoo" in fact, is of Persian origin, meaning a person who lives in the Indus valley.
Colonialists who attempted to study Indian religion in the 18th century (NOT, at the time, Hinduism) were baffled by it. Strata of people living distinctly (the caste system) with overlapping gods didn't fit into their Judeo-Christian understanding of religion.
Which has an ecclesiastical authority, a holy book etc., which Indian religions lacked. In studying "The Hindoo", colonialists prioritized textual sources of knowledge, which is where Brahmins, the priestly caste with a monopoly over education/text come in.
Brahminism was a distinct "religion" (although i don't really want to use the term in this way) that was frankly terrorized of other castes. In fact, the very basis of Brahminism is oppression. Brahmins had scholars who recorded *Brahminical* canon textually.
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1. “If you’re not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late.” - @paulg The first version of my product was not great, but hey, it worked.
2. Don't build in a vacuum. You should build your product out in the open for the world to see. You will gain valuable feedback from users if you build publicly, and provide insights which ensure you are building a product users truly want. cc @rrhoover @sama
3. As a young founder, a massive weakness is age and the lack of credibility. Developing partnerships, trying to acquire customers. etc have all taken so much longer. In fact, when I mentioned my age, a few investors just walked away. cc @Jason
4. Work on what makes you feel excited. Working on something that you don't believe in will cause you to make rash product decisions, resulting in loss of user loyalty. @fredwilson
5. Take care of yourself. While doing the occasional code sprint can be incredibly useful, working 24/7 and disregarding your health just to build a great product is not a wise choice.
Love,that is not real,has no passion. Its fire turns into embers, it doesn’t not smell. The day, the night, the moon&year burn without sun, light, comfort&sleep.
#Reyyan #Miran #ReyMir #EbruŞahin #AkınAkınözü
The praise in this episode goes foremost to Ebru because she portrayed Reyyan so realistically like a woman who truly lost her unborn child. I was in awe and pain watching her along the episode, all her breakdowns and tears were so real.
Of course also Akın took his part and did his part masterfully, but he rightfully was the one who stood aside in this specific episode that needed to be about Reyyan’s pain and thus concentrated on Ebru.
And last but not least, if I say thank you to something that B gave us this year, then it’s to have Ali as our director. Also in this episode we saw the artistic eye behind every shot and I loved it.
I don’t know who wrote ep. 52 but ep. 53 was going strong once more on symbols: roses, stones, fire and trees were incorporated and especially the ReyMir dialogues were written very well. I truly loved every ReyMir scene.
So let's get into it.
Timur Lang, was the founder of Timurid Empire. He was born in April 1336 CE, somewhere in central asia.
During his reign, he conquered Persia, Egypt, Central Asia and emerged as the most powerful and heinous ruler. He was a religious fanatic like the rest of the Islamic invaders who tried to invade India.
Timur Lang decided to invade India in 1398 as he heard about India's splendid wealth and had a desire to conquer India which his ancestor Genghis Khan couldn't do.
After Firoz Shah's demise in1388, Delhi Sultanate was in a state of political turmoil.During this time, Timur sent his grandson Pir Mohammad to attack Indian front. He invaded Multan&was able to defeat Iqbal Khan's brother but when he met with resistance,he asked help from Timur.
Iqbal Khan secured his hold on Delhi under Muhammad Tughluq after Firoz Shah died.
Timur provided the required back-up to his grandson with 100000 men approx. Timur sacked and plundered all the cities coming in his way &later in October 1398 reunited with his grandson.
i wonder if you can make a thread bout witchcraft in malaysia.. or list of our own local gods/deites..— r a y a \U0001f319 (@lcvelylilith) February 20, 2020
Before I begin, it might be worth explaining the Malay conception of the spirit world. At its deepest level, Malay religious belief is animist. All living beings and even certain objects are said to have a soul. Natural phenomena are either controlled by or personified as spirits
Although these beings had to be respected, not all of them were powerful enough to be considered gods. Offerings would be made to the spirits that had greater influence on human life. Spells and incantations would invoke their
Animist ceremonies of a religious or magical nature were normally held for the purpose of divination or making a request. This would either be done at a keramat or at a shrine similar to the Thai spirit houses or Chinese roadside shrines pic.twitter.com/I1hliyi0x3— \u2745\u1710\u170b\u1713\u170e (@uglyluhan) June 16, 2019
Two known examples of such elemental spirits that had god-like status are Raja Angin (king of the wind) and Mambang Tali Arus (spirit of river currents). There were undoubtedly many more which have been lost to time
Contact with ancient India brought the influence of Hinduism and Buddhism to SEA. What we now call Hinduism similarly developed in India out of native animism and the more formal Vedic tradition. This can be seen in the multitude of sacred animals and location-specific Hindu gods