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    ‘Demolish Kanchi And Sri Rangam Temples, Build Buddha Vihars There!’


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    ‘Demolish Kanchi And Sri Rangam Temples, Build Buddha Vihars There!’

    by Aravindan Neelakandan



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    · That is what a politician in Tamil Nadu recently asked for.

    So, here is a lesson in history for all those who think that various Indic sects tried to annihilate each other in the past.


    According to a report by a television channel, Thirumavalavan, a rabidly anti-Hindu 'Dalit' politician in Tamil Nadu has recently said that the famous Hindu temples in Sri Rangam and Kanchi were built on Buddhist shrines after demolishing them and hence these Hindu temples should be demolished. These remarks were made in a meeting called to condemn the demolition of the Babri mosque.

    This is a propaganda that has been going on from colonial times. To counter the well documented atrocities of Islamist destruction of Hindu temples, the secularists started making the statements that Hindus too destroyed the Buddhist and Jain shrines.

    These allegations are actually based on speculations and nothing more. There were definitely conflicts between various Indic sects. There could have been even violent quarrels. Their texts too, often had polemical attacks against each other. However, these attacks were not arrayed as Vedic against non-Vedic.

    Conflicts between Jains and Buddhists and also between Shaivites and Vaishnavites are well documented. Yet, they never became holy wars. The Indic spiritual streams never developed the theology of exclusive right to truth and hence the right to eliminate every other. On the other hand, the movement of Indic spiritual sects had always been towards unity while respecting diversity.

    Let us take the case of Sri Rangam in this specific instance. The ancient Tamil epic Silapathikaram, which definitely predates the so-called Bhakti movement, very clearly describes Sri Rangam as the abode of Vishnu:

    Like a dark blue cloud which without dispersing any other way,

    converges to shroud in it the golden peak of a mountain
    the same way amidst the roaring waves of Cauveri in Thiruvarangam
    in that primordial serpent bed with its thousand hooded heads arising
    and with the Goddess of prosperity in His chest
    lies He in this auspicious form, worshiped by all including the celestials ...
    Read more at: https://swarajyamag.com/politics/dem...a-vihars-there

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    Conflicts between Jains and Buddhists and also between Shaivites and Vaishnavites are well documented. Yet, they never became holy wars. The Indic spiritual streams never developed the theology of exclusive right to truth and hence the right to eliminate every other. On the other hand, the movement of Indic spiritual sects had always been towards unity while respecting diversity.(#1)

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