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Shia Board to Gift 10 Silver Arrows for Proposed Lord Ram’s Statue in Ayodhya

As a token of honour, Shia Board commits to gift 10 silver arrows for Lord Ram Temple in Ayodhya proposed under Uttar Pradesh Government

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Lucknow, October 17: As a token of honor, Shia Board commits to gift 10 silver arrows for Lord Ram Temple in Ayodhya. The statue of Lord Ram is proposed under UP Government that is expected to cost Rs 330 Crores.

After embracing Yogi Adityanath government’s step in building a 100-meter high statue of Lord Ram in Ayodhya on the banks of Saryu river, the Uttar Pradesh Shia Board has announced to gift 10 silver arrows as a mark of respect.

“UP government’s decision to erect a statue of Lord Ram is commendable. In keeping with the Ganga-Jamuni tehezeeb of Awadh, these silver arrows would be just a token of admiration and esteem in which Shias hold Lord Ram,” he said in a letter to UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

Chairman of the Shia Central Waqf Board, Waseem Rizvi put forth that it would be a stance of pride for Indians for the high budgeted statue would mark Uttar Pradesh on the world map.

The Lord Ram’s statue has been proposed by the state government under Navya Ayodhya plan which would cost about Rs 330 crores. This Ayodhya redevelopment proposal aims to establish schemes for the welfare of the local community and to create a tourist friendly city.

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The response comes back few days after the All India Muslim Personal Law Board members Zafaryab Jilani and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi criticised the UP government’s plan.

Both had stated the Ram Temple as an unlawful construction, appending it to be a violation of secular principles for the government to comprehend in such state projects.

Adding to it, he spoke on a historical aspect that the Nawabs of the region had shown high respect towards the temples in Ayodhya in 1739.

Chairman Waseem Rizvi had stressed on the construction of the Lord Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya in the past while being adjoining the Samajwadi Party leader and former UP minister Azam Khan.

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Shia Waqf board in Favor of Building Mosque at some distance from Hindu temple at disputed Ayodhya site

Shia Waqf board is in favor of building the mosque at some distance from the Hindu temple at the disputed Ayodhya site

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Mosque to be shifted away from disputed Ayodhya site
Mosque to be shifted away from disputed Ayodhya site. Pixabay
  • Masjid and Mandir should be avoided in as much as both denominations using loudspeakers tend to disturb the religious performances of each other
  • Masjid can be located in a Muslim dominated area at a reasonable distance from the most revered place of birth of Maryada Purushottam Shri Ram
  • The Shia Waqf board in its affidavit said that out of court settlement should be considered in order to end the dispute

New Delhi, August 9, 2017:  Supreme Court will begin the hearing of a vital Ram Janmabhoomi- Babri Masjid dispute in a few days. The Uttar Pradesh Shia central waqf board (one of the parties in the litigation) is in favor of shifting the demolished mosque, away from Ayodhya site in order to put an end to the much controversial dispute.

The Shia board, trying to put to rest the 70-year legal battle, said that the mosque can be constructed away from the disputed Ayodhya site, a dramatic shift in stand by them. The Shia board also suggested something to amicably settle the dispute- A high-power judicial-political panel should be set up, headed by a retired Supreme Court judge. It also requested the court to appoint the committee having two retired Allahabad High Court judges, chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, a nominee of the Prime Minister besides representatives of litigating parties.

The board, as per the affidavit filed and submitted to the apex court – The mosque can be relocated from the most revered place of birth of Maryada Purushottam Shri Ram to a nearby area which is Muslim dominated and this move will conclude the dispute on the 2.77 acres of land which houses a makeshift temple of Ram Lalla.

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The Shia stand can however likely cause a conflict with the Sunni Waqf Board. While Sunnis make a majority of Muslims in India, the decision of a section of the community represented by the Shia waqf board is important. This is the 1st time that religious board has favored for the shifting of the mosque.

Taking a dig at Sunni Waqf board, Shia Board said in its affidavit that the Sunni Central Waqf Board should not get involved in exploring peaceful settlement of the dispute as “it is under the dominant control of hardliners, fanatics, and non-believer in peaceful coexistence, who have absolutely no stakes in the case”.

According to TOI report, the Shia board said (in an affidavit filed by advocate MC Dhingra), “It is of the view that closeness of place of worships— Masjid and Mandir, of the two litigating denominations, should be avoided in as much as both denominations using loudspeakers tend to disturb the religious performances of each other, often leading to conflicts, bringing bitterness between the two factions. The answering respondent is of the view that to bring peace to the situation, Masjid can be located in a Muslim dominated area at a reasonable distance from the most revered place of birth of Maryada Purushottam Shri Ram.”

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Since 1945, Shia waqf board along with the Sunni waqf board have been fighting a legal battle claiming the ownership of Babri Masjid, the HC gave its verdict in favor of the Sunni Board when it divided the disputed plot three ways between the Board, Ram Lalla, Nirmohi Akhara.

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The Allahabad High Court order which came on September 30, 2010, but the verdict was immediately challenged by different parties before the apex court. Since then no progress has been made in the case and it’s pending from then. The apex court agreed to grant an early hearing and has posted the case to August 11, 2017.

The Shia Waqf board in its affidavit said that out of court settlement should be considered in order to end the dispute. It said, “Considering the Muslim tenets of living in peace and harmony and respecting the religious sentiments of other communities following different religions, in this case, Hindu Community, it is ready and willing to conclude the peaceful settlement of the dispute, which it fondly hopes will be acceptable to all the stake holders.”

– prepared by Kritika Dua of NewsGram. Twitter @DKritika08


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The Jakhoo Temple in Shimla is Dedicated to Lord Hanuman

Shimla's Jakhoo Temple, devoted to the monkey god- Lord Hanuman, is a famous Hanuman Mandir and a go-to place in the city

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108 feet tall Lord Hanuman statue in Jakhoo Temple. Wikimedia
  • The Jakhoo Temple is a famous ‘Hanuman Mandir’ in Shimla
  • It is located 2.5 kilometers from the Church Street and a common go-to place at the ridge
  • A Hanuman statue 108 feet tall can been seen while trekking to the temple

Shimla, July 21, 2017: At 2.5 kilometers distance from the Church Street in Shimla is the famous ‘Hanuman Mandir’ in the city- The Jakhoo Temple (Also spelled Jakhu).

It is a devotion to the Lord Hanuman. The temple is built Shimla’s highest elevated top with the height of 8,050 feet. There is a 20 minute trek to the temple on which the statue of Lord Hanuman standing 108 feet tall can be seen. The statue was built for Rs 1.5 crores and is taller than Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro which is 98 feet tall.

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The temple, built at the summit, provides a great view from the top. The Shivalik as well as the Himalayan foothills can be spotted. Jakhoo comes from the Hindi word Yakhsa, which is the transcendent connection between the humans and the divine beings in Hindu mythology.

The interesting story attached with the temple exists from the seasons of Ramayana. Lord Lakshman, Lord Ram’s younger brother, was hurt by a lightning bolt from Meghanath in the battle of Lord Ram and Ravana. The wound could not be cured after many efforts. It was believed that a herb (Sanjeevani) from Himachal could probably cure this pain.

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Lord Hanuman stood up to the task. On the way to Himachal, Hanuman saw Sage Yaaku sitting on the mountain and he approached him to enquire about the herb. Once his enquiry was done, Hanuman left.

When on the way back Hanuman met with the Sage again, he could not accept the invitation to stay. Lord Ram was waiting for the herb to be brought soon. Yaaku was left with a symbol of the Lord on the slope of the mountain, where he decided to build the temple.

The symbol/ icon can be seen in the temple. As with other Hanuman Mandirs in the country, gangs of monkeys can be seen bullying and dominating the area. They are fed well by the many tourists that come to the temple.

prepared by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter @Saksham2393

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These 5 Ancient Temples are Believed to be the Oldest in India

Indian Temples are of utmost religious value that display the plurality of the religion and its followers

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Chennakesava Temple, Karnataka. Wikimedia

July 20, 2017: Apart from the diverse culture that India has, Spirituality is considered to be the country’s heritage. The traditions and cultures associated with any religion make India more interesting for tourists. Here is a list of five oldest temples that are sure to take you on a religious roller coaster ride through their historical timeline.

Chennakesava Temple, Karnataka: Also called the Vijayanarayana Temple, the Chennakesava temple is located on the banks of the Yagachi River. The temple can be traced back to the Hoysala Period. The Vijayanagara ruler built the temple to celebrate their victory over the Cholas family. The temple was dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Most of the carvings are a tribute to Vishnu. Thus, many worshippers of Lord Vishnu visit the temple. The temple is also a part of the UNESCO Heritage List.

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Brahma Temple, Rajasthan. Wikimedia

Brahma Temple, Rajasthan: According to a story by Sage Vishwamitra, the temple is 2000 years old. However, its structure dates back to the 14th-15th century. The central images in the sanctorum are of Brahma and Gayatri. The temple witnesses gatherings in large numbers on the days of the festival ‘Kartik Purnima’ which is dedicated to Lord Brahma. It is situated in Pushkar, Rajasthan.

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Kailashnath Temple, Ellora: More popularly known as the Kailash Temple, the temple was constructed around the 8th century in Ellora, Maharashtra. The temple was built under the guidance of Rashtrakuta era’s King Krishna I. He built the temple for his wife from Nepal who missed the sight of Kailash Mountains. The enormous temple is carved out of a single rock. It is the 16th cave of the 34 popular Ellora Caves. The temple is as old as the 8th century.

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Kailashnath Temples, Ellora. Wikimedia

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Tungnath Temple, Uttarakhand: The Tungnath temple is one of the highest situated temples (3680 meters above sea level) of the Panch Kedar, featuring among Kedarnath, Rudrnath, Kalpeshwar and Madhyamaheshwar temples. The temple is also featured in the Ramayana where Lord Ram is believed to have meditated when he detached himself from the curse of Brahmahatya. The temple is so small that only 10 people can fit in together at a time. It is the highest temple of Lord Shiva in the world. If the stories are to be believed, the temple was built by the Pandavas who built the temple as an apology to Lord Shiva. The temple was built out of the Black Rock.

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Tungnath Temple. Wikimedia

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Dilwara Temples, Rajasthan: Situated in Mount Abu, Rajasthan- there are five Dilwara temples in total. The stunning use of marble is a huge attraction for the visitors. The five temples were built between 11th-13th century. They are also known as the most beautiful Jain pilgrimage sites in the world. To transport the huge blocks of stones, Elephants were used in those days.

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Dilwara Temples, Rajasthan. Wikimedia

– by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter @Saksham2394