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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.
Abhishek rated it
September 15, 2019
Flight of Deities and Rebirth of Temples is a dispassionate, unbiased, and critical retelling of the history of India focusing on the countless incidents of destruction of temples and temple structures by Muslim invaders. It provides an expansive account from primary and secondary sources and covers the length and breadth of the country in its scope, thus providing a truly comprehensive insight into these incidents. The author challenges three dominant prevailing notions - that Hindu kings destroyed temples during their battles with each other ... more
Shrikant Ramdas rated it
July 08, 2019
This is a scholarly work that reminds us of India’s deep inter-connectedness, our obligations to our ancestors and our motherland. Jain’s last lines of the book are emotive and soul-stirring. Clearly, the author has a deep sense of duty towards our ancient civilization. We are lucky to have such a reputedly scholar remind us, to rise like tigers and lions. This book is a gift. Buy. Read. Gift. Full review here. https://yourawesomeindia.com/2019/06/18/lions-jackals-flight-of-deities/


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