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Ganesha, the presence of Vighnaharta Vinayaka

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Ganesha is literally Everywhere !

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Ganesh Chaturthi – a 1.5 millennia ancient depiction from the Khotanese Saka ( Scythian ) settlement of Endere, in the Taklamakan Desert of Western China.

Ganesh has Buddhists form known has Vinayaka.Taklaman area was important centre of Buddhism in this era.

While that’s not untrue – the situation of religion in the Khotanese (and, for that matter, broader (post-) ‘Scythian’) sphere is complex, and also features Hindu and Iranic religious elements. Often just lumped in all together by some academics as ‘Buddhist’

Ganesha is India’s most ‘exported’ Hindu God

  1. Indonesia: Indonesia is an 88% Muslim-majority country, but it it is dominated by Hindu culture. From 1998-2000, the country issued a 20,000-rupiah note with an emblem of Ganesha.
  2. Thailand: The elephant headed God is known in Thai as Phra Phikanet. Thailand is a Buddhist nation but statues and shrines to Hindu Gods are a common sight in the kingdom. Thai Buddhists routinely pay their respects to Shiva and Ganesha at festivals dedicated to these Gods.
  3. Myanmar: Ganesha is known as ‘Maha-pienne’ and is still worshipped. In southern Myanmar several images in a role of the Remover of Obstacles are found while in the northern part Ganesha is worshiped as a guardian deity.
  4. Japan: Vinayaksa, Kaku-zen-cho and Kangi-ten (God of Bliss), as He is known in Japan, was introduced in the 9th century by the Buddhist monk Kobo. The deity is prayed to for strong conjugal bonds, affection and happiness. There are 250 temples of Lord Ganesha in the country.
  5. Sri Lanka: Ganesha was and still is a popular God in this country. At Polonnaruva (70% Sinhala, 1% Hindu) a very attractive four-armed image is seen holding an axe, noose and a modaka.
  6. Tibet: One of the most revered Gods in Tibetan Buddhism, Ganesha was introduced by the Indian monks Atisa Dipankara Srijna and Gayadhara in the 11th century AD. In Tibetan Buddhism, Ganesha is the Deity of Wealth and in Tantric Form he is represented as the fierce Maha Rakhta.
  7. Cambodia: The Cambodians adopted Ganesha as Prah Kenes and worshiped Him as a primary deity from the 7th c onward and had temples dedicated to him. At Angkor Vat, the world’s biggest Hindu temple, He is seen on the arched gates of several shrines.
  8. Vietnam: In Vietnam (Champa), where Shiva worship was popular, there is a statute of a seated Ganesha holding a paintbrush in his uplifted hand indicating him as a scribe to Vyasa. He is bare to the waist, wearing necklace and the sacred thread.
  9. China: Ganesha appeared in North China in the 6th century where he is shown seated in vajrasana, holding a lotus in the right hand and either a modaka or jewel in the left. He was Kuan-shi t’ienor Ho Tei, the large-bellied ‘God of Happiness’. The worship ended in the 9th c.
  10. Borneo: In Borneo, in a cave at Kombeng, a four armed Ganesha is seen among other Gods. Two of His attributes – axe and rosary – can be identified. He has a straight trunk, protuberance between the eyebrows and a Jatamukuta.
  11. Mongolia: Ganesha was called Totkhar-our Khaghan.
  12. Central Asia: In Khotan (Chinese Turkestan) there is a painting of Ganesha clad in a tiger skin and tight fitting trousers. He is 4-armed, holding a radish in one arm. He wears a coronet and not a crown. Painted Ganeshas can be seen in rock cut temples of Bezaklik and Khaklik.
  13. Latin America: Don’t be surprised when you spot images of Lord Ganesha and various Hindu Gods at the Guatemala Museum. Or if you realise that Ganesha idols were found from a quaint temple of Mexico City’s Diego Riviera.
  14. The state of Vera Cruz in Mexico and Venezuela’s Quiragua also revealed the bearings of Lord Ganesha. Excavations and manuscripts from Central America prove without a doubt – Lord Ganesha was worshipped in the Aztec culture.
  15. Lord Ganesha is shown wearing the loose garments of the Aztec Civilization. Statutes of Ganesha (as well as Shiva and Hanuman) have also been excavated at Uxmal, Campeche, Gautemala, Honduras, Peru and El Salvador, areas of the Mayan civilisation.
  16. Aztec Ganesha: There are no elephants in Latin America yet they drew this.

RAREST Painting ever found of famous united Maratha Ganesha Chaturthi Celebrations at Gwalior👑

Due to low number of populace, the entire Maratha Empire Shindeshahi sector of Gwalior-Ujjain used to celebrate Chaturthi together!

It was THIS that inspired Tilak.

A clearer, closer look at the Golden-Black Armoured Maratha Lords behind Bhagwan Shri Gajanana Murti.

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The legacy of loyalty by the great Mughals 

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1 The Mughal emperor Humayun blinded his own brother Kamran & murdered his brothers Askari and Hindal.

2 Akbar the “great” killed his own foster brother Adham Khan by throwing him down from the palace walls at Agra, in 1562. Akbar’s murder of Adham Khan was illustrated in the Akbarnama by the Mughal court artists Miskin and Shankar.

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3 Jahangir cruelly blinded his own son Khusrau as his father Akbar wanted his grandson as heir, because Jahangir was an alcoholic & drug addict. Khusrau was captured, put on an elephant & paraded down Chandni Chowk, while his kinsmen were held at knife-point on raised platforms.

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4 As the elephant approached each platform, each supporter was impaled on a stake (through his bowels), while Khusrau was forced to watch & listen to the screams. This was repeated numerous times, then Khusrau was blinded by his father Jahangir in…

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India-China Conflict: India’s Victory of 1967 and the 2020 Clash #Sangam Talk By Probal DasGupta

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The Indian army veteran and author of Watershed 1967: India’s forgotten victory over China, Probal DasGupta talks of the Indo-China relations, particularly the lesser known incidents of 1967. The present standoff in Ladakh has raised questions of war and has brought up the historic narrative between the two countries. today. For fifty years, the event that dominated our memories was the 1962 India-China war, which India lost. However, the present crisis has focused on India’s victory over China in 1967. Probal’s book Watershed 1967 has played a significant role in reshaping the India-China narrative. In this talk he discusses China’s motives and India’s options today, and how 1967 is relevant in the current India-China skirmishes.

About the Speaker:

Probal DasGupta is an Indian army veteran and author…

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Weapons from Punjab and Rajasthan seized in Maharashtra

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While the Hanuman Chalisa and Azaan issue is simmering in Maharashtra huge batches of Swords and other weapons transported from states like Rajasthan and Punjab are being seized in Maharashtra. In last few days three such cases have been registered by Maharashtra police. Isn’t it a clear message that violence is knocking on the door? The rioters being celebrated and awarded in Karnataka and the long list of benefiters from Karauli riots convey the same! Wake up Hindus!

Source: https://www.naidunia.com

Maharashtra के धुले में मिला हथियारों का जखीरा, तलवार और खंजर समेत 90 हथियार जब्त, 4 आरोपी गिरफ्तार। अजान को लेकर राज ठाकरे की होने वाली सभा के लिए, राजस्थान से भेजी जा रही थीं तलवारें।

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One more territory lost to the changing Demography! The Uttarakhand!

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In Uttarakhand the Tourism Industry has been taken over by Samuday Vishesh. After the change in demography this was bound to happen.

Gadhwal was lost already and and now kumaon getting lost. Be it Nainital, Bhimtal, Ramnagar, Bageshwar,Jageshwar,Ranikhet and Kisano every where you will find them.
Locals have leased their hotels and restaurants to them.

Even when they are of not so well off background still they are able to do highest bidding and are able to get the hotels on lease.
Samuday Vishesh People from far off places have come and taken over Uttarakhand Tourism.

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The Jama Masjid of Ahmedabad on the glorious Bhadra Kali Mandir

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The Jama Masjid in Ahmedabad was originally A Bhadra Kali temple. It was converted into a mosque by Ahmed Shah I. The intricate flowers, coiled serpents representing Kundalini and bells, the remnants of the glorious temple that it may have been. Such carvings are banned in Islam. This goes on to support the history of the temple. Goddess Bhadrakali was believed to be the Nagar Devi of Ahmedabad.

One of Ahmedabad’s ancient names was Bhadra which was after Devi Bhadrakali. Ahmedabad was named after Ahmad Shah I of the Muzaffarid dynasty who forcibly captured “Karnavati” in 1411.

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Facts about Mahmud Ghazni

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How many of you know that Mahmud’s father was a Kyrghyz Buddhist caught in childhood and converted forcibly? How many know that Mahmud is called Zabuli because he was born out of a forced union between that slave Sabuktegin and a Zabuli Princess?

And how many of you know that Multan sided Mahmud against the Shahis in the name of religion but Mahmud decided Multan was not Muslim enough and attacked it? And how many of you know that of the 17 raids of Mahmud, 14 are against his neighbour, the Shahis?

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Kastur Ba: the secret shadow

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On her 153rd Birth anniversary

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“I simply cannot bear to look at Ba’s face, the expression is often like that of a meek cow and that in her own dump manner she is saying something” –
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My people uprooted

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Courtesy: Shri Tathagata Roy

HISTORY.
8 April 1950 a fateful pact signed betn Jawaharlal Nehru & Liaquat Ali Khan,PM of Pakistan. After 2 months of Govt-engineered pogrom,slaughter, rape of Hindus in East Pakistan. Estimated 50,000 Hindus killed. An instance of incredible political stupidity on Nehru’s part.

Upon Liaquat’s glib assurance that Hindu refugees would be taken back and restored,the gullible Nehru decided that no rehabilitation of Hindus was necessary in India. Result: no refugee went back and were forced to live under inhuman conditions in Indian camps.

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