Wednesday, August 5, 2020
My thoughts on Ram Janma Bhumi Puja
We crossed a historic moment at 12-46 PM today (5th August 2020) when the Bhumi Puja for the construction of the destroyed temple of Rama at his birth place was done by the Prime Minister, Sri Narendra Modi. An emotional moment for billions of Hindus around the world including me.
Rama had everything not right in his life. His father decided to hand over the kingdom at a critical point in Time (Read here) that ultimately resulted in Rama losing everything including his wife. When he got back the kingdom, Time didn’t favor him live with his wife and see the birth of his children. When he identified his children, again Time played spoilsport by snatching away his wife once forever. Time also made him denounce his brother at the penultimate hour in his life. When he decided to cast off his mortal coils Time left his place desolate!
It was only in the last 1000 years, monarchs had started building grand temple at His place. But none of them could stand for long, in contrast to scores of temples of Tamilnadu that have withstood the vagaries of Time.
Why this trouble to Rama’s place?
Anything wrong in Time of building them?
This thought is upper most in my mind, as I think about the choice of destructors and constructors by Time.
With so many thoughts on karma and players in the hand of Destiny which I cannot share in public, I decided to just pen the following verse of Periyazhwar with small changes.
பல்லாண்டு பல்லாண்டு பல்லாயிரத்தாண்டு,
மல்லாண்ட திண்தோள் ராமசந்திரா! உன்
அடியோ மோடும் நின்னோடும் பிரிவின்றி ஆயிரம் பல்லாண்டு
வடிவாய் நின்வல மார்பினில் வாழ்கின்ற சீதையும் பல்லாண்டு
வடிவார் சோதி வலத்துறையும் சாரங்கமும் பல்லாண்டு
வளமாய் நின் ஆலயமும் வாழ்வாங்கு வாழிய பல்லாண்டே!