All posts tagged: Temples

What Our Temples Can Teach Us

Historian Pradeep Chakravarthy says temple inscriptions provide invaluable insights on how to deal with mankind’s perennial quest for identity, conflict resolution and security In the heat and dust of Thanjavur one can see a circulation of what some call ‘Social Energy’. From the traces of the past, artistic and historical, there is a creation of collective physical and mental experiences. One has to only step out of one of the world’s greatest architectural wonders – the 11th century Brihadeeshwara temple or the Periya Kovil to see veena makers scoop out the core of a 15-year old jackfruit tree to fashion out an instrument whose sounds resonate with the sound of the temple bell. In the nearby Mela Raja Veedi is the Bangaru(gold) Kamakshi temple whose deity was originally from the Kamakshi temple at Kanchi. Due to the invasion of Kanchi, the solid gold icon was brought from Kanchi by the forefathers of Carnatic composer Shyama Shastri to Thanjavur via Udayarpalyam. The icon was smuggled out, smeared in punugu (a black paste), disguised as a child …

Historic Temples In Pakistan: A Call to Conscience by Reema Abbasi

The partition of India in 1947 led to the largest human migration in history. Around fifteen million people crossed the borders on both sides. Communal violence claimed many lives and millions of families lost their family members, livelihood and property for ever. The partition left a wound that is still healing and will probably leave a permanent scar on our collective memories. The primary goal for Jinnah to create Pakistan was to create a homeland for the Muslims of India. He firmly believed that Hindus and Muslims were two different nations and hence cannot coexist. It was surprising that of the estimated 41.2 million Muslims in the dominion of India only 17.4% decided to migrate to the promised land of Pakistan, mostly from the modern states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Delhi. A staggering 82.6% decided to stay back. The census of India, 1951 counted 9.8% of the Indian population as Muslims. Today, in a hostile country, according to Jinnah, their number has gone up to 14.2% (census 2011). In absolute terms from 34 million …