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Flight of Deities and Rebirth of Temples: Episodes from Indian History

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This work examines the medieval response to temple destruction and image desecration. While temples were destroyed on a considerable scale, also noteworthy were the repeated endeavours to reconstruct them. In each instance of rebirth, the temple retained its original name, even though there was a visible downsizing in its scale and grandeur. The Keshava temple at Mathura, the Vishwanath temple at Kashi, the Somnath temple in Saurashtra, the Rama mandir at Ayodhya were among the shrines continually restored, well after Hindus had lost all semblance of political power. The Bindu Madhava, the most important Vishnu temple in Varanasi, was demolished in 1669 and a mosque constructed in its place. The temple now bearing the name Bindu Madhava is a modest structure in the shadow of the mosque, but continues the traditions associated with the site. Intriguingly, mosques built on temple sites often retained the sacred names —Bijamandal mosque, Lat masjid, Atala masjid, Gyanvapi mosque, and not to forget, masjid-i- janamsthan.

    History, 406 pages
    Published 2019
  • Original Title : Flight of Deities and Rebirth of Temples: Episodes from Indian History
  • Publisher : Aryan Books International
  • Genre : Medieval Indian History ,
  • ISBN : 8173056196 (ISBN13: 978-817305619)
  • Language : English
  • User assigned genres : Indian Subcontinent
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December 11, 2019
Meticulously researched book, many new things one can learn from it. Was not aware that such repeated destruction took place in the city of Delhi alone. Read somewhere that the oldest temple in Delhi is in mandir Marg and that was constructed in the year 1926, bit surprising. Through eye opener.

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