AYODHYA REVISITED

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Prabhat Prakashan, Jan 1, 2016 - Reference - 824 pages

This work of monumental research is a treatise on Ayodhyă with utmost authenticity and absolute accuracy. Based on original sources and scientific investigation it propounds a new thesis; which demolishes many popular perceptions. It exonerates the intrepid warrior Babur from the charge of demolishing a temple on the birthplace of Rāma and constructing the mosque which has been a source of contention and dissension for long. It further shows how inscriptions in the mosque were factitious and Mir Baqi of inscriptions is a fictitious person different from Baqi Tashkindi/ Shegawal of the Baburnama.

The book produces incontrovertible evidence which indubitably proves that there existed a Răma temple on the Rămajanmabhumi. The exact birthplace of Rāma was earmarked by a rectangular Bedi measuring 18' 9" in length and 15' in width; and was located in the inner portion of the disputed shrine. The demolition of the temple and the construction of the mosque did not take place in 1528 A.D. but in c. 1660 A.D. when Fedai Khan was the Governor of Aurangzeb at Ayodhyă. It is a historical fact that until the British takeover of Awadh administration in 1858 both the Hindus and Muslims used to perform puja and offer Namaz respectively inside it.

All Mughal Emperors from Babur to Shah Jahan were magnanimous and liberal rulers and the Bairăgěs of Ayodhyă enjoyed patronage of the first four Nawabs of Awadh. However; during the long rule of Aurangzeb the country was engulfed in the fire of fanaticism. It has been shown in this book how an absolutely unfounded rumour in 1855 A.D. that the Hanumangarhi temple was constructed on the site of a mosque created cleavage between the two communities; and the resultant festering wounds have not healed despite best efforts by saner elements of both the communities.

The book exposes many eminent historians' hypocrisy and their lack of objectivity in writing history and it may be said that their presentation of contrived history on Ayodhya has caused irreparable damage to the cause of harmonizing communal relations in the country. In contrast; this text earnestly tries to take away the toxin from the polluted body of Indian politics. For the first time a number of unexplored documents have been incorporated in this book as evidence; and it may be proclaimed with pride that this book contains much more information on Ayodhyă than available hitherto.

Justice G.B. Patnaik; a former Chief Justice of India; after going through the manuscript; has endorsed the author's thesis in his Foreword. It is hoped that the book will put a quietus to the long-standing dispute.

 

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Contents

A Important historical events of Ayodhyā with
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B Preface
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Ayodhyā was never an abandoned city
1
Janmabhūmimāhātmya in the Skanda Purān+a Rudra
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Babur was not a religious fanatic
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Babur had no role either in the demolition of any temple
119
Inscriptions on the structure were fake and factitious
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Mir Baqi of inscriptions is a fictitious person different
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Babur never visited Ayodhyā nor did he ever issue
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Aurangzebs ascendancy to the throne led to
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How has demolition ghost been haunting Babur?
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A tale of two edicts Tretā Kā T+hākura and Vishn+uhari
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Kishore Kunal started his career as an I.P.S. officer in 1972 but his inner urge to pursue academic interest and do philanthropic work in a full-fledged way would not let him remain within the confines of the service and he took voluntary retirement from the coveted Indian Police Service almost a decade prior to his due superannuation. During his service career, he held important positions including that of Officer-on-Special Duty in the Ministry of Home affairs, Government of India in which capacity he was officially associated with the Ayodhya dispute. After retirement from I.P.S. in 2001 he was Vice-Chancellor of K.S.D. Sanskrit University, Darbhanga in Bihar. His long association with Bihar Board of Religious Trusts, Patna, as its Administrator and President, has brought about a sea-change in the functioning of temples and mutts in Bihar. Kunal has heralded a new era of harmonious coexistence by appointing a number of dalit priests in temples in the State. Mahavir Cancer Sansthan, established by him under the aegis of Hanuman Mandir Trust, Patna, is one of the largest cancer hospitals in the country, which is dedicated to the low cost treatment of the poor patients. Similarly, three other charitable hospitals run under his supervision are rendering remarkable service to the people of Bihar. Many other philanthropic projects including the construction of Viraat Ramayan Mandir and the establishment of Ramayan University are in the offing. Kunal has been a reputed police officer, able administrator, acclaimed academician and social reformer. A diligent and assiduous student of history and Sanskrit he is a voracious reader having a penchant for proof of everything which takes him into every possible detail and depth of the subject. He has written and edited many books. His magnum opusŃŇDalit-Devo BhavaÓ demolishes many pernicious perceptions and myths concerning caste-discrimination in the Hindu society. This unputdownable book will likewise knock down several fallacious beliefs and mendacious statements, and may prove a valuable vade mecum for every keen student of history. Contact: kishorekunaal@gmail.com

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