Showing posts with label Muslim iconoclasm. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Muslim iconoclasm. Show all posts

Hinduism - What Is The Battle of Gyan Vapi?

 


 The Naga ascetic soldiers of the Mahanirvani Akhara are said to have fought a battle at Benares.

The akhara's forces scored a huge victory at the Gyan Vapi well in 1664, according to a handwritten book in the akhara's archives.

This text merely indicates that the Sanyasis defeated "the Sultan's" army, while historians have speculated that this person was the Moghul monarch Aurangzeb.

If the legend is genuine, this conflict may have influenced Aurangzeb's decision to demolish the Vishvanath temple in 1669.

Given this assertion, it's probable that the temple's demolition was motivated not by intolerant iconoclasm, but by a desire to punish opposition and rebellion.


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Hinduism - What Is The Gyan Vapi Temple/Well/Pool At Benares?


Gyan Vapi ("knowledge pool"). The only remaining element of the ancient Vishvanath temple in Benares is a well.

The temple was one of the most revered Hindu locations in ancient India, and its name relates to the deity Shiva in his incarnation as Vishvanath, "Lord of the Universe." In 1669, the Moghul emperor Aurangzeb's forces demolished the temple and replaced it with a mosque.

Although the demolition of the temple is often depicted as an act of Muslim iconoclasm, according to Gyan Vapi's narrative, Aurangzeb may have meant it as a political message to punish local opposition.

The figure of Shiva as Vishvanath was thrown into the well to safeguard it from sacrilege, according to local mythology, and it remains there to this day. 


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