Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Lost Sarasvathi and the lost Vastu of king Bhojaraja.

The loot of India has been happening for long.
Many priceless
and antiquated items have been taken abroad.
One such item is the statue of Goddess Sarasvathi
that once belonged to Bhojshala in Madhya Pradesh.
It is presently housed in a Museum in London.
Dr Subramanian Swamy has said that he would file a case
in London court asking the British Museum
to return the statue of Goddess Sarasvathi to India.
Details on this effort and the details on the
current state of Bhojshala can be read in the link here:


http://bharatkalyan97.blogspot.com/2011/09/petition-in-london-court-asking-british.html

The link below gives a crucial information
that this Bhojshala has been converted into a Mosque!
Read the other information given after
this news report and take a look at the pictures.
I have some information to share
which I have given after the pictures.

http://ibnlive.in.com/generalnewsfeed/news/swamy-visits-bhojshala/835825.html

Swamy visits Bhojshala

PTI | 11:09 PM,Sep 25,2011
Dhar(MP), Sep 25 (PTI) Reviving the controversial Bhojshala issue, 
Janata Party President Subramanian Swamy 
today claimed 
the Shlokas in Sanskrit language were engraved at a place 
where idol of Waghdevi (Goddess Saraswati) 
was earlier installed in the sanctum-sanctorum.
"After visiting the Bhojshala and 
personally inspecting 
the place where the idol of Waghdevi was 
established by the Raja Bhoj, 
I found that shlokas in Sanskrit language 
were engraved at that place," 
he told a press conference.Swamy arrived here 
to visit the disputed Bhojshala where 
Hindus offer puja 
every Tuesday and Muslims offer Namaz every Friday 
as part of an arrangement made by the 
Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). 
Rest of the days it is opened for all.
He said he would file a petition in a London court 
where the idol is kept in a museum to bring it back 
to India like the idol of Natraj which he had 
claimed in a similar fashion.PTI CORR MAS RKC

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The Bhojshala Temple in Dhar - built in the 11th century - 
and now used as a mosque and temple.
King Bhoja the Great who ruled between 1000 and 1055. 
Famed for his learning and love of Sanskrit, 
Bhoja was dedicated to Sarasvati, the goddess of knowledge. 
The city of Dhar was sacked by the Chalukyas and Solankis 
in the 12th century and the statue of Sarasvati was taken away 
to Gujarat where a temple was built for the goddess in 1271. 
The library of Dhar was also looted and manuscripts 
preserved in the Bhandars of western India. 

The mosque known as Raja Bhoj's school or the Bhoj Shala 

was built out of Hindu and Jain remains in the 
14th or 15th centuries: its name is derived from one of the slabs, 
covered with inscriptions giving rules of Sanskrit grammar, 
once used as a paving stone in the hall.



Bhoja Shala Colonade, [Dhar]

 Photograph taken in 1902. Photograph of a Mosque, at Dhar, 
Madhya Pradesh, taken by an unknown photographer in c.1902. 
Raja Bhoja was a famous 11th-century king of the Hindu Paramara dynasty 
which ruled Dhar between the 9th and 13th centuries. 
The Paramaras were known for their support for literature 
and during this period many Hindu and Jain scholars flourished
at the Paramara court and Dhar became a famous centre of learning. 
Legend states that King Bhoja founded a school which is referred 
to as the Bhojashala (or Bhoja's school). 
Dhar fell to the 
Delhi Sultanate under Alauddin Khalji in 1305 
and later became part of the province of the independent Sultans of Malwa. 
A mosque was built here in the 14th century using fragments of Hindu 
and Jain structures. This is a view of the internal court. 
The colonnade consists of carved pillars which appear to have Hindu origins.


Inner structure of Bhoja Shala, Dhar.



Entrance to Bhoja Shala, Dhar. See History of Dhar 
according to a Government website.


Sarasvati pratima in British Museum.
 



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Let me continue.

Bhoj shala was built by King Bhoja raja.
This name is  familiar  for those in the know of 
old texts of Vastu sastra.
This king has authored a book called, "Samarangana Sutradhara
which contains rules of Vastu sastra.

On reading the news that the Bhojshala built by 
Bojaraja was converted into a mosque, 
the immediate thought that came in my mind was 
how that could have happened if the structure was built 
by one who framed the very rules of Vastu!

King Bhojaraja lived about 1000 years ago. 
He was said to have learned the 64 arts and so many other 
branches of knowledge. His book on Vastu 
seems to be a creation of his own mind or research 
as there are some deviations from previous books of his time 
such as Viswakarma Prakashika.

 In particular, Bhojaraj has given additional inputs on Aya Prakarana.  
Most old texts have given prime importance to Aya than to anything else. 
Today no one follows Aya and not many have knowledge of Aya.

But this concept of Aya was as old as Rig Vedas itself, according to me. 
The Aya mentioned in Rig Vedas is considered as Iron, but the context 
where this word appears always is related to lands or fields or some area. 
This makes me think that Rig Vedic Aya is 
not aya-iron, but the Aya of Vastu.

There is no exact term for Aya in English. 
Aya means Increase or income or yield from a place.
Today we look at the length and breadth dimensions 
of the plot or house for Vastu compliance.
But originally as per Vastu, there are some calculations
related to the area of the plot or house which determines 
whether the plot or house will be a source 
of Growth or increase of Aya.

There are a number of factors connected to Aya, 
such as whether the owner of the plot will live long or 
earn well or would have ever increasing happiness in the House.  
The life of the structure also is determined by Aya.

The Aya is a mathematical derivation and the different kinds of 
derivations show the Aya connected to 
different kinds of issues of Increase / Income / Aya.

The Aya is applicable to all areas, such as fields, houses, 
godowns, palaces or even wells which gives some yield.
The yield of fields was determined by 
Aya calculations based on which the king collected a  tax called Aya.
The same word appears in Tamil also, 
as Ayam (ஆயம்), aayath theervai (ஆயத் தீர்வை)
kanakkaayar (கணக்காயர்) etc.

The tax collectors of Aya, are mentioned

in the accounts of Magastenes.
The people of Indus valley civilization, 
who moved to Tamilnadu after the deluge at 
Dwaraka around 3500 years ago, continued 
their job as collectors of Aya. 
Ayy Andiran was a tax collector first 
who became the ruler later.

Now we will come to Bhojaraja.
He has handed over some concepts - 
which might have existed before him and 
revived by him - on Aya.
For example he has a calculation of Aya 
that is related to the birth star of the owner.
Yet another important calculation is related 
to the longevity of the place and the owner.

I am relating this to the longevity of the 

structure built by Bhojaraja.
The calculation is done like this.
> Calculate the Khetra phala (area) 
by multiplying the length and breadth of the 
proposed construction. 
> Multiply this area by 8
> Then divide the resultant by 120.
> The remainder is the Ayush or 

Longevity of the structure.
> This number must be divided by 8.
> If the remainder is zero, the structure 
will not last long. Zero as remainder means death.

King Bhojaraja must have calculated this and 
other issues of Aya when he built this structure.
It is possible to calculate the Ayush of the structure 
that now stands using the above method.
In all probability, I am sure the Ayush bala is there. 
Otherwise the structure would not have survived this long.

But the question is why did the structure slip into another's 
hand and ceased to be a School for which it was meant?
Why it got converted to a Mosque?

I think, the King could not have ensured 
all the principal norms when he built this structure,
For example, for a structure to last for over 1000 years, 
the inauguration muhurtha of the construction 
must have been done when one of the 3 planets, 
Venus, Jupiter or Saturn must have been in exaltation.
Here the lagna also is important.

Lagna as Pisces with exalted Venus in the lagna,
or lagna as Aries with exalted Jupiter in Cancer (4th house)
or lagna as Sagittarius with 2nd lord Saturn 
in exaltation in the 11th house
are recommended by old texts to ensure 
the structure to stand for more than 1000 years.
That the structure has stood up so long shows 
that Bhijaraja must have started the 
construction in any one of these combinations.

But if the 7th lord or the 10th lord of that Muhurtha 
goes to occupy a sign of enmity or
if the occupant of the 7th and 10th house at that time 
is a planet inimical to the lord of that house,
it is said that the structure would go out of hand!

Perhaps this could have been the condition 
when Bhojaraja started the construction of the 
Bhojashala.
The structure was captured by Muslims and 
converted into a Mosque.
The purpose of the structure, namely 

as an educational institution has been lost.

In those days, the image of 

Saraswathi and Ganesha 
used to be consecrated at the 
entrance of the school 
which the pupils would worship 
before entering the classes.
This information is found in the chronicles 
given by Dharampal in his book "Beautiful tree".

The standing posture of Goddess Saraswathi 

goes well 
with Bhojshala which was meant to be a school, 
may be along with a temple also.

The perfect shape of the courtyard 

and the mantap 
in the pictures above show the case of  
a perfect Aya,
for which Bhojaraja's Vastu book 
stands out unique. 
The structure has survived and his name 
also continues to be remembered.

Perhaps he could not have avoided a 
malefic connection in the start-up time 
Muhurtha.
Perhaps that led to the loss of structure 

to Mlecchas and loss o
f the most revered Goddess who is worshiped
for gaining knowledge.

These thoughts give us very poignant notions 

of our wonderful past.
What a nation, what a culture, what a tradition  

we have bequeathed!
Is it not right to ask all those who have taken 

the possessions of this country 
to return them and help us rebuild the 
wonderful institutions of the past?
 

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5 comments:

Nagarajan said...

Wonderful post..But this is not the only temple, structure which was destroyed by mlechchas. So many. Countless we should say. Almost all the temples in North India were destroyed and brought down. We see in our scriptures that Kashmir is the capital of Godess Saraswathi. We know the plight of Kashmir today! May be, that could be the reason why Saraswathi fled to London. Irony is that, we have all the evidences in the world to prove that these structures/temples belong to Hindus but we can't claim it!
Why should we share it with someone to observe their religious prayers?

Nostradamus has predicted that this particular violent cult will end in the centuries to come. Do we have any astrological predictions to support this prophecy? Buddhism & Jainism which were spreading even faster than this violent cult, disappeared from our land soon. Like this, it is our prayer that this curse to humanity ends soon. God bless..

mosurh said...

@nagarajan
Thats true.In a way the British rule saved lot of North Indian temples. British conservationists refurbished lot of temples defaced by Muslim invaders. One that instantly comes to mind is the beautiful Saas-Bahu temple in Gwalior.The reason is I was amazed that invaders can be so blind to such beautiful architecture.On the other side, Portugese destroyed temples in Goa.

seadog4227 said...

@Nagarajan : The prophecies of Nostrodamus are considered to be a fraud. Please note Koenraad Elst's post on it. The matter is further compounded by Hiriyanna's Indianised interpretation of the same book.

Skandan - the way to wisdom said...

Respected Madam,

I came across an old artile ( 3 years old) while browsing in the internet. Recently Ms. Leela Samson has been made the head of censor board. So i read few related topics related to Ms. Leela and the famous Kalashetra. There were many pages in internet that talks about all Ganesha idols removed in Kalashetra and daily prayers have been stopped. The certificate issued by kalashetra these days doesnt have the ganesha and shiva logo in it. The students were prevented to attend a program arranged by art of living becoz its related to hinduism.

I would like to hear your views.I am sure you would have come across this news earlier.

Sincere Pranams
Skandan

jayasree said...

Dear Mr Skandan,
I too have heard that news but don't have any idea about what is happening there. I think some one discussed it in tamilhindu.com.