India is a country that has all been in the eye of the storm of various invasions. The country which once thrived in arts, science, technology and philosophy touted as the golden sparrow was also the hub of vedantic and sanatani civilization. Years of brutal and gory invasions and colonial slavery has demoted the country from a golden sparrow to a caged crow.
All the invaders systematically destroyed our temples and universities because they were the backbone of our civilization. Through treachery and unethical means they pushed the natives of the country to abject poverty and misery. In this series post we shall talk about the demolition of hindu temples, monasteries and universities by various invaders in remembrance of our glorious past and gory today with a slave mindset.
The continuous loot and plundering of the Somnath Temple in Gujarat: The Somnath Temple in Prabhas Kshetra in Gujarat is the first of the 4 Jyotirlingas, the holiest of all the 12 Shiva Temples in the world. It was said to be a Parusavedi Linga, which means Philosopher stone in Alchemy. It turns metals into Gold andwas the reason reason for tons of gold n pillars of gold in the temple, feeding centuries of loot.
This holy place was first destroyed by Al-Junayd, the Arab governor of Sindh.
The temple was rebuilt by King Nagabhata II, only to be looted and destroyed by Mahmud of Ghazni. He is said to have looted about 20 million dinars from the temple, killed about 50,000 Hindus that tried to stop him from destroying the temple but most of all he is said to have personally destroyed the Jyotirlinga and taken the pieces of linga to be placed on the steps of the newly built mosque in his homeland, so that the mosque goers could step on it. It’s believed that the original diety of Somnath was suspended in air, Mahmud Gazni was supposedly intrigued by this.. he checked by moving his sword above below the idol found no supports! Finally he had a stone at the top of the temple moved after which the idol fell and broke into peices.
The temple was once again rebuilt by King Bhoj and King Bhima, and this time it was destroyed and plundered by Allaudin Khilji. According to Taj-ul-Ma’sir of Hasan Nizami, the Sultan boasted that “fifty thousand infidels were dispatched to hell by the sword” and “more than twenty thousand slaves, and cattle beyond all calculation fell into the hands of the victors”. The idol was taken to Delhi and thrown publically to be trampled by Muslims.
After the next reconstruction by Mahipala Deva, the chudasama king of Saurashtra in 1308 and installation ofthe lingan by his son Khengar, it was destroyed by Zafar Khan, the founder of Gujarat Sultanate in 1395 and was desecrated Mahmud Begada, Sultan of Gujarat in 1451.
It was looted and destroyed by Portuguese army in 1546 as well, when they were increasing their influence outside of Goa.
In 1665 the temple was among one of the many temples ordered by Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb be destroyed. In 1702, he ordered that if Hindus revived worship there, it should be demolished completely.
After repeated attacks, destruction and rebuilding, government of India finally took over the task of reconstructing the temple, after independence envisioned by Sardar VallabhBhai Patel. The mosque built by Aurangzeb was carefully moved to another place (Hail Secularism!) and the temple was reconstructed under K.M. Munshi.