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Bhuleshwar Temple, a protected monument where the barbarity of Aurangzeb and Muslim invaders is still visible

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  • Bhuleshwar Temple is a must visit to satiate your soul.
  • The barbarity of Aurangzeb and Muslim invaders is still visible inside the Bhuleshwar temple, Maharashtra.
  • Musicians, luring apsaras and lions are some of the stone arts you’ll see on the walls of the Bhuleshwar

Bhuleshwar Temple, a protected monument that has both mythological and historical significance. If you are fascinated by carvings, old architectures and sculptures, Bhuleshwar Temple is a must visit to satiate your soul. And to add a cheery on top, the roads to reach Bhuleshwar will also mesmerize you with farms and beautiful landscape to gaze at.

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Significance

 

Bhuleshwar Temple. Image Source :Wikimedia Commons
Bhuleshwar Temple. Image Source :Wikimedia Commons

The Yadava rulers built this temple back in 1230 A.D. There’s a folktale that surrounds the history of the temple. It revolves around Goddess Parvati who danced in the temple for Lord Shiva. Owing to this folktale there’s a popular myth, which talks about a bowl of sweets disappearing each time they are offered to Shiva Linga. Every morning a priest performs a puja in the temple. However, on the eve of Maha Shivaratri, the temple performs puja at huge scale and a large crowd gathers here for the event every year. People come to pay gratitude to Shiv and pray for their prosperity.

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The Ill-Fated Invasion

 

The barbarity of Aurangzeb and Muslim invaders is still visible inside the Bhuleshwar temple, Maharashtra. As you stroll through the temple you’ll see many disfigured statues, Aurangzeb’s men performed this act of damage. It was an attempt to challenge the Hindu Art. Later, Muslim workers reconstructed the sculptures during Chahatrapati Shivaji’s tenure as a ruler. The effect of the invasion can be felt till today as you see hidden entrances and steps to reach the top from either side, there’s also a very narrow passage that takes you into the depths of the temple. These small nuances show the measures taken by the then rulers of the temple to prevent another Mughal invasion.

Bhuleshwar Temple. Image Source :Wikimedia Commons
Bhuleshwar Temple. Image Source :Wikimedia Commons

Sculptures can be seen at every wall that meets your eye. Unfortunately, all these sculptures bear the marks of hammers. The Muslim invaders left a negative stench all around the temple in the form of their scars on the beautiful statues. Having said that, the sculptures look beautiful even in their destroyed form.

 

Arts and Architecture

 

Nandi. Bhuleshwar Temple. Image Source :Wikimedia Commons
Nandi. Bhuleshwar Temple. Image Source :Wikimedia Commons

Musicians, luring apsaras and lions are some of the stone arts you’ll see on the walls of the Bhuleshwar Temple. At the entrance of the temple you will find a large ”Nandi’’. The carvings inside the temple can be compared to the one’s at Ajanta and Ellora. Scenes from Ramayana and Mahabharta are depicted on the walls. The temple consists of two water tanks, one of them contains turtles and fishes, which are considered to be holy, and the other tank has a shiv linga immersed. In the name of bringing joy and happiness to one’s life, people throw coins on the shiv ling.

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Hindus In Delhi Push For A Temple On The Ruins Of a Mosque

The Supreme Court has delayed hearings into the disputed site but hardliners have vowed to lay a foundation stone next year regardless.

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Tens of thousands of hardline Hindu protesters marched in New Delhi on Sunday, calling for a grand temple to be built on the ruins of a destroyed mosque in a flashpoint Indian city.

Trident-waving devotees clad in saffron filled a huge parade ground in the Indian capital under tight security, where speakers warned Prime Minister Narendra Modi they would not let up until the temple was sanctioned.

Some of Modi’s supporters feel the Hindu nationalist leader has not done enough to raise a shrine at a site in Ayodhya, a city believed by many to be the birthplace of the deity Ram.

The site was home to a medieval mosque for 460 years until Hindu zealots tore it down in 1992, kicking off riots across India that left thousands dead, most of them Muslims.

Its future has been tied up in courts for decades but some hardliners want Modi, who is seeking reelection in 2019, to push parliament to guarantee the temple by law.

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“The gathering here is telling you that Hindus won’t sit back until the temple is built, and our wishes are respected,” said Champat Rai, the leader of the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) group that organized the protest.

Demonstrators chanting “Praise be to Ram” packed the Ramlila Maidan, a vast ground capable of holding more than 50,000 people, and filled the surrounding streets.

Some carried maces and tridents — weapons traditionally wielded by Hindu gods — and traveled great distances by train and bus to reach the rally.

“We have come here to protect our religion and Hindu pride. We want a temple for our Lord Ram,” Hitesh Bharadwaj, a teacher from Delhi’s satellite city Noida, told AFP.

The hardline VHP has applied pressure on Modi in recent weeks, staging a huge show of force in Ayodhya itself last month.

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A close ally of Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the group is spearheading a push to raise the Ram temple, and is calling for more protests as the premier prepares to go to the polls by May.

The BJP was on the margins until the 1980s when its top leaders, including Modi, backed a growing movement for the construction of the Ram temple.

Its advocates want parliament to introduce a law bypassing legal hurdles blocking the temple before Modi’s term ends.

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The Supreme Court has delayed hearings into the disputed site but hardliners have vowed to lay a foundation stone next year regardless.

“We don’t care about the courts. A grand temple will be constructed in 2019,” Sushil Chawdhary, a VHP leader, told AFP. (VOA)