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

Bhuleshwar Temple. Image Source :Wikimedia Commons
  • 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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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.


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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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Temple, Mosque, Gurudwara Join Hands In This UP Town

In another incidents, last year in September, when dates of Durgapuja and Muharram clashed, Mishra and Muhammad Rizwan, Haneef's son, took charge

All religions joined hands together to clean the polluted river. IANS

With inter-community violence reported from many parts of India in a society increasingly polarised on religious and caste lines, a small town in Uttar Pradesh is setting an extraordinary example where a temple, a mosque, and even a gurdwara, have joined hands to clean a polluted river while bringing their communities together.

About 100 km from the state capital Lucknow is the town named Maholi in district Sitapur. Here lies an old Shiva and a Radha-Krishna temple along with Pragyana Satsang Ashram and a mosque, all at a stone’s throw of each other.

Tirthan River is beautifully calm and you'll find many different kinds of fishes in it. Wikimedia Commons
The river in Sitapur is really polluted. Wikimedia Commons

Along the periphery of this amalgamated religious campus, passes a polluted river called Kathina, that merges into the highly polluted Gomti River, a tributary of the mighty but polluted Ganga. Often used as dumping site by dozens of villages and devotees, the stink from Kathina was increasing daily. The solution — Ganga-Jamuni tehzeeb (a term used for a fusion of Hindu and Muslim elements) – of Awadh.

“The river belongs to everyone. Hindus use it for ‘aachman’ (a Hindu ritual for spiritual purification), Muslims use it for ‘wazu’ or ablution. Due to lack of awareness, people had been dumping solid and bio waste here, and also doing open defecation. The situation was worsening. Only solution was to start cleaning it ourselves,” said Swami Vigyananad Saraswati, head of the Pragyana Satsang Ashram, as he inspects the river stretch along with Muhammad Haneef, head of the mosque’s managing committee.

Swami said that once the ashram and temple administration began rallying volunteers for the cleaning drive, the mosque also came around to help. Even Maholi’s Sikh gurudwara committee came forward and brought along many volunteers from the Sikh community.

“Once the communities came together, number of volunteers multiplied. The initiative has now become a kind of an environment-movement which is being driven by religious fervor and bonding. Watching our efforts, the local administration also offered help, and other unions like traders and Sikh gurudwara committee also joined hand for cleaning the river,” Swami told IANS pointing out the potential of possibilities when different communities join hands for good.

Ujagar Singh, a member of the Sikh gurdwara committee, equated the effort in cleaning the river with ‘sewa’, an important aspect of Sikhism to provide a service to the community. “Keeping our rivers clean is our duty and we will continue sewa whenever required,” he said.

The temple and mosque, near the town’s police station, were both built in 1962 by then Inspector Jaikaran Singh. The communal fervor is shared since years. During ‘namaaz’, the ashram switches off its loudspeakers and on Hindu festivals and special occasions, the mosque committee helps the temple with arrangements. Still underway, the joint Hindu-Muslim team began cleaning the river from March 14. According to the volunteers, it took three days alone to get the river front cleaned of defecation.

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“Many villages do not have toilets and volunteers had to stay here round the clock to stop people from defecating or throwing waste. The work was divided. Muslims volunteers would take over the Muslim majority areas and Hindus would tackle other areas, convincing people to stop pollution further while we clean,” Muhammad Haneef told IANS.

The actual cleaning of the river began from March 17, when about 400 volunteers got into the waters, while about 700 of them cleaned the shores. “Several trolleys of garbage — that included plastic, polythene, shoes, rubber, animal carcasses, human waste, glass and ceramic waste, and even some old boat wreck — were taken out of the river.

“Apart from that, several trolleys of water hyacinth, an invasive species of water plant, was removed. It obstructs the flow of the river,” Sarvesh Shukla, executive officer of Maholi town told IANS. Stating that such drive is not possible unless people come together, Shukla said that since ‘mandir-masjid’ joined hand, it was very easy to convince people to cooperate. However, with poor garbage management system of small town, Swami and Haneef looked up to the administration for help.

“Few days back, some butchers were taking waste towards the river. We stopped them and there was a heated debate. Soon other elders of the community joined and we did not let them dump the waste into the river,” said Haneef, pointing out that stopping people without proper management could be daunting in future.

Swami said that they would need disilting machines to clean the river towards the second phase. According to Abdul Rauf from the mosque committee, the work is only half done. “The challenge is to maintain the cleanliness. We could clean only a small stretch of the river. We will rally again and take movement to second phase once we get directions from our elder brother Swami ji,” says Rauf. Nearly one kilometer of the stretch has been cleaned. The volunteers are aiming to clean another kilometer of it. However, be it river or communal fervor, the challenge, as residents of Maholi find, is consistency of the good.

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All came together to clean the river.

“There are bad elements everywhere. Few weeks back, a fringe group named Vishwa Hindu Jagran Parishad entered a Muslim-majority area and started hurling abuses. Before they would do more damage, the Hindus of that area came forward and retaliated. The group never returned since,” said Shailendra Mishra, a local resident and member of temple committee. In another incidents, last year in September, when dates of Durgapuja and Muharram clashed, Mishra and Muhammad Rizwan, Haneef’s son, took charge.

“All we had to do was keep a few notorious people from both communities at bay. About 5,000 strong Hindu’s Devi Shakti procession and about 2,000 strong Muslim Tazia procession of Muharram used the same road at the same time. Not a single untoward incident happened,” Haneef said. IANS