Wednesday, September 22, 2021
ADVT 
India

SC Took Note Of Travelogues To Cement Hindus' Claim On Ayodhya Land

Darpan News Desk IANS, 09 Nov, 2019 08:20 PM

    The Supreme Court, in its judgement in the Ayodhya title suit, took note of travelogues of Joseph Tiefenthaler and William Finch regarding the history of the disputed site.

     

    The top court, in its verdict, stated that the travelogues provide a detailed account both of the faith and belief of the Hindus based on the sanctity which they ascribed to the place of birth of Lord Ram and of the actual worship by the Hindus at the Janmasthan.


    "Tieffenthaler and the account of Martin in the eighteenth century indicate the existence of the faith and belief of the Hindus that the disputed site was the birth-place of Lord Ram," the court noted.


    These also also identify places that Hindus offered worship at, including 'Sita Rasoi', 'Swargdwar' and the 'Bedi' (cradle) - symbolising the birth of Lord Ram - in and around the disputed site.


    The five-judge bench cited the "prevalence of the practice of worship by pilgrims at the disputed site including by parikrama (circumambulation) and the presence of large congregations of devotees on the occasion of religious festivals".


    "There is historical presence of worshippers and the existence of worship at the disputed site even prior to the annexation of Oudh by the British and the construction of a brick-grill wall in 1857," it said.


    Finch (1608-11) and Tieffenthaler who visited India between 1743-1785 provided an account of Ayodhya.


    Conspicuous in both the accounts are references to worship of Lord Ram by the Hindus.


    Tieffenthaler specifically refers to the 'Sita Rasoi', 'Swargdwar' and the 'Bedi', and his account describes religious festivals during the course of which Hindu devotees would throng these sites for worship.


    His account in the eighteenth century is prior to the construction of the grill-brick wall in front of the mosque. Tieffenthaler refers to "a square box raised 5 inches above the ground with borders made of lime with the length of more than 5 ells (ells is a former English unit of length equal to 45 inches) and the maximum width of 4 ells", which the Hindus called the 'Bedi' or cradle.


    This, as Tieffenthaler, notes, was the site of the house where Lord Vishnu was born in the form of the Lord Ram, and it was believed that either Aurangzeb or (according to others) Babur got the place razed.


    Tieffenthaler, however, noted that in the place where the "native house of Lord Ram" existed, the Hindus circumambulate three times and lie prostrate on the floor. This account of Tieffenthaler refers to a focal point of worship namely the birth-place of Lord Ram around which worship took place and the "Hindus circumambulated and prostrated" (themselves)," it said.

     

    MORE India ARTICLES

    Punjab, The Epicentre Of Crop Burning Fires, Sees Low Pollution Levels

    For a region that is the epicentre of crop fire burning, Punjab is exhibiting fairly comfortable levels of air quality index (AQI) while many parts of Delhi NCR, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh are showing elevated air pollution levels.

    Punjab, The Epicentre Of Crop Burning Fires, Sees Low Pollution Levels

    It Was Journey Full Of Affection & Learning: Rahul To SPG

    It Was Journey Full Of Affection & Learning: Rahul To SPG

    Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday thanked all the personnel of the Special Protection Group (SPG) for dedicatedly protecting him and his family for years and said it was "journey" filled with "affection and learning".

    It Was Journey Full Of Affection & Learning: Rahul To SPG

    Why Twitter's Rival Social Network Mastodon Trending In India

    Mastodon, a little known micro-blogging platform first released in 2016, has suddenly sparked interest among disgruntled Twitter users.

    Why Twitter's Rival Social Network Mastodon Trending In India

    Lal Krishna Advani: An Epic Rise & Silent Fall Of A One-time Hindutva Icon

    Lal Krishna Advani: An Epic Rise & Silent Fall Of A One-time Hindutva Icon

    Time changes everything. The hardcore face of Hindutva in the 1990s became the "acceptable" saffron leader in run up to 2014 elections and finally being sidelined in the party.

    Lal Krishna Advani: An Epic Rise & Silent Fall Of A One-time Hindutva Icon

    Did North Korean Hackers Hurt ISRO's Chandrayaan-2?

    At the time the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) was trying to land Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft's Vikram lander on the Moon, suspected North Korean hackers might have attacked the space agency, the Daily Mail reported on Friday.

     

     

    Did North Korean Hackers Hurt ISRO's Chandrayaan-2?

    Ayodhya Dispute To Be Finally Laid To Rest: SC To Pronounce Verdict In Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid Case On Saturday

    The dispute that stretched over a century and a half is likely to be put to rest finally on Saturday when the Supreme Court announces its verdict on the title suit of the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi dispute.

     

     

    Ayodhya Dispute To Be Finally Laid To Rest: SC To Pronounce Verdict In Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid Case On Saturday