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

by Meenakshi Jain

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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 26-03-2019
  • Original Title : Flight of Deities and Rebirth of Temples: Episodes from Indian History
  • Genre : Medieval Indian History,
  • ISBN : 8173056196 (ISBN13: 978-817305619)
  • Language : English
  • User assigned genres : Indian Subcontinent
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Abhinav Agarwal rated it
March 13, 2019
Meenakshi Jain's latest book chronicles the destruction of temples, Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain, over the centuries at the hands of mostly Islamic invaders, and the attempts made, where possible, by the faithful to preserve the deities by ferreting them out of the temples before the marauders came to destroy temples and idols. These attempts succeeded sometimes, and it would take years, decades, or sometimes, even centuries, for those idols to be retrieved and returned to their rightful place. In many cases, however, the idols were lost forever. ... more
Rishikesh rated it
March 06, 2019
Meenakshi Jain mam has done very great job by doing extensive research and writing the books like Ram and Ayodhya, Sati, India as they saw, etc. This is another eye opening book. Because of this book Hindus will get to know that how their ancestors save the Deities (Murti/Vigraha) from Iconoclasm. I have seen Meenakshi mam's talk on Flight of Deities on Centre of Indic Studies YouTube Channel. https://youtu.be/nmGDF9J37Xo
Vivektnr rated it
March 05, 2019
Meenakshi mam have proved time and time that she is damn good researcher . She is a treasure..

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