Hindu temples have since long been the target of anti Hindu elements. Since ancient Vedic times, Hindu temples have been not just places of worship but cultural hubs, centers of learning, and integral to the lives of all who support the temple infrastructure. Thus, destruction of Hindu temples is a direct cultural genocide of Hindus.
Unlike Abrahamic religions, Hindu temples are energy centers, above all, and are created to provide a kshetra that can easily raise the consciousness of any being entering the temple premises. They are not mere gathering halls or prayer halls. They are living centers and each temple is irreplaceable because of its unique energy and qualities.
Hence, destruction of Hindu temples is one of the primary goals of anti Hindu elements, and one of the means of destroying the cultural fabric of the Hindu civilization, causing Cultural Genocide of Hindus.
What is Cultural Genocide?
“Cultural genocide, signifying this latter type, is the systematic destruction of the specific cultural characteristics and heritage of a group. This could be done through the elimination of cultural symbols, artifacts, and institutions, as well as the prohibition of cultural activities or codes of behavior, forcible conversion, and demoralization. Lemkin’s framework of the genocidal process included this entire continuum, from the broader to narrower means of group destruction.”What is Cultural Genocide? Understanding Group Destruction in Genocide Studies –
Cultural genocide, in other words, is all the indirect and unfair means used to destroy the cultural heritage of an ethnic group, by legal or illegal means.
The cultural genocide of Hindus is nothing new. Every Islamic invader took it upon himself to destroy Hindu temples, stop Hindu traditions, force conversions, abuse Hindu deities and practices…and this trend continues till date, unchecked, unabated.
Fire in Tamil Nadu Temples – Invisible Cultural Genocide of Hindus
Seven “accidental” fires ravaged Hindu temples in Tamil Nadu in 2018, without any outrage, or even proper reporting by mainstream media. None of these crimes was investigated properly, nor real reason of fire identified. It is bizarre that seven Hindu temples witness fires within such a short span of time, with similar pattern of “accidents,” yet no government intervenes, no courts order probe, and no SIT is formed to investigate cause of crimes.
What is worse, in most incidents, the “accidents” are blamed on devotees and Hindu rituals, without any investigation whatsoever. These Hindu rituals have been performed in the same temples for more than a millennium, yet it is strange that there is a series of unchecked fires in the temples and no one finds it suspicious.
In retaliation to these “accidents,” Hindu rituals are limited or banned in the temples, posing a survival threat to Hindu temples.
Meenakshi Amman Temple
Madurai: Meenakshi Amman Temple ravaged by fire. Surrounding shops suffer severe damage & many pillars fall down. Built in 1611 AD, exquisite Hindu architecture is damaged, but no outrage or concentrated efforts to rebuild the temple.
Sri Vadaranyeswarar Temple
Tiruvallur: Sri Vadaranyeswarar temple in Tiruvallur district suffers from fire. Built by Cholas in the 12th century. The sacred tree in the temple precinct,
200-year-old sthalavriksham, goes up in flames. Devotees blamed for it. No probe & results reported.
Gangai Amman Temple
Vellore: Fire damages 2 temple chariots of an Gangai Amman temple: a monetary loss of ₹ 50 Lakh. Report says “miscreants” set the temple on fire with no investigation reports. No attempts to rebuild the chariot.
Sri Adi Kumbeswarar Temple
Kumbhakonam: “Minor” fire breaks out at
Sri Adi Kumbeswarar Temple. Once again devotees blamed. No probe, no report on who caused the fire.
Tyagaraja Swamy Temple
Thiruvarur: Tyagaraja Swamy Temple catches fire. “Lamp nearby” mentioned as cause of fire. No probe, no reports, no one cares.
Meenakshi Sundareswarar temple at Karuppur
Kumbhakonam: The main sanctum of Meenakshi and Sundareshwarar catches fire. No investigation, no report of who caused the fire.
Srirangam: Ranganathaswamy Temple catches fire! “Fire torch” during procession mentioned as cause of fire, without any probe. Srirangam is one of the most sacred temple shrines in South India. Yet, no investigations.
As is evident, these series of fires is not some innocuous “accident” or coincidence. In crime, no coincidence can be treated as a coincidence even if it is one. When ancient heritage gets destroyed, it is astounding how differently the matter is treated by national authorities, leave alone international media and organizations.
The fire at Notre Dame has triggered overflowing sympathy from every quarter. But a series of fires destroying property & livelihoods in Hindu temples has failed to even raise eyebrows of Hindus themselves. It has only further triggered the Courts to interfere in the operations of the temples, like banning diyas and temple rituals. No attempts have been made to reinstate proper fire safety arrangements like fire extinguishers and safety checks of visitors.
HC Dismisses Plea to Take Action on Meenakshi Temple Fire
The High Court recently dismissed a plea to even take action against officials in the Meenakshi Temple, stating that it was simply an “accident.”
Comparing and contrasting these steps with the treatment given to the Notre Dame fire exposes the lackadaisical attitude with which all Hindu temples are treated, allowing the cultural genocide to continue unchecked.