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Somanath of Kerala and Saga of Ramasimhan

Somanath of Kerala and Saga of Ramasimhan

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The writer, V. Sundaram, is a retired IAS officer. The thoughts and memories about the atrocities let loose by Tipu Sultan and his army against the Hindus of Malabar, the brutal persecution of the Hindus and the organized destruction of innumerable Hindu Temples in Malabar by Tipu and his army in the 18th century can never be erased or confiscated by any government today. This article details the brutal destruction of a centuries old temple by Tipu Sultan, which was rebuilt by a remorseful Hindu convert from Islam Sri. Ramasimhan, and later its total destruction by Mapila marauders during the Mapila rebellion against Hindus in 1921 and the brutal assassination of the family of Sri. Ramasimhan by the Mapilas.
The writer, V. Sundaram, is a retired IAS officer. The thoughts and memories about the atrocities let loose by Tipu Sultan and his army against the Hindus of Malabar, the brutal persecution of the Hindus and the organized destruction of innumerable Hindu Temples in Malabar by Tipu and his army in the 18th century can never be erased or confiscated by any government today. This article details the brutal destruction of a centuries old temple by Tipu Sultan, which was rebuilt by a remorseful Hindu convert from Islam Sri. Ramasimhan, and later its total destruction by Mapila marauders during the Mapila rebellion against Hindus in 1921 and the brutal assassination of the family of Sri. Ramasimhan by the Mapilas.

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 Saga of Ramasimhan & Mattumal Narasimha Temple- I
 
By: V. Sundaram
(The writer is a retired IAS officer)
 vsundaram@newstodaynet.com
Wednesday, 05 August, 2009, 02:40 PM
Tipu Sultan
 
(Ruler of Mysore from 1786 - 1799) 
invaded
Malabar
and
Coorg
in 1792 and his Islamicdepredations continued till 1798. The atrocities let loose by him and his jihadi army against the Hindus ofMalabar
——
I call it
HINDU HOLOCAUST
 
have become an inseparable and deathless part of the abidingcultural consciousness and collective memory of the race among the Hindus of Kerala today.
These thoughtsand memories about the brutal persecution of the Hindus of Malabar and the organized jihadidestruction of innumerable Hindu Temples in Malabar by Tipu and his army in the 18th century cannever be erased on confiscated by any government today, either by the Islamic Marxist Governmentof Kerala or the Islamic / Christian UPA Government of India.
 
Ruins and Maattummal Sri Narasimha Moorthy Temple
 Physical Fruits of Tipu Sultans Jihadi compassion of 1794
In this context it becomes very relevant to refer to the savage destruction of Maattummal SriNarasimha Moorthy Temple by Tipu Sultan and his army at Angadipuram in Malapuram District, Keralain 1794. The ruins of Mattummal Sri Narasimha Moorthy Temple have not only centuries of chequeredhistory but also a unique place in the history of Kerala, depicting the challenges faced by the peaceloving and cultured Hindus of this part of Muslim dominated Malappuram district.Ruins and Maattummal Sri Narasimha Moorthy TempleThe Islamic benediction of Moplah Marauders in 1921
 
Th
e next tragic stage in the Islamic destruction of Maattummal Sri Narasimha Moorthy Temple
wasreached during the dark days of
Moplah Rebellion of 1921.
The remnants and dismantled portions of
Maattummal Sri Narasimha Moorthy Temple
destroyed by
Tipu Sultan
in 1794, were also attacked andobliterated with Islamic fervour by the Moplah marauders. More than 2000 Hindus in Malabar District wereslaughtered by the Moplahs in a matter of days. More than 25000 Hindus were forcibly converted to Islam.Islamic gangsters looted the property of Hindus and occupied their lands. The value of property destroyedwas put by the Government of India at Rs 5 Crores (
at 1921 level of prices 
!!!) There was no end tomolestations, abductions and rape of Hindu girls and women.The history of
Malaparamba Maattummal Narasimha Moorthy Temple
 
the
traditions, the folk lore and cultural practices associated with worship in this temple 
 
are indeed very interesting.
Maalaparamba Maattummal Narasimha Moorthy 
Temple ranks foremost even among the ancient and famous
Narasimha Moorthy 
temples that stretch back in time to over four thousand years. Around fourKilometers down the road leading from
Angadipuram 
Railway station, the capital of the erstwhilekingdom of
Valluva-Naadu 
, to
Vallaan-cheri 
there is a scenic hill area called
maala-parambu 
. In theAngaadi-puram Sub Division on the sacred part of the Earth measuring 600 acres there once stoodthis majestic and stately Lord Narasimha Temple. By the grace of Lord
Narasimha 
, people once livedhere in harmony, prosperity and happiness, free from fear and want. In the massive East-facingsanctum sanctorum the
moorthy 
of the four-armed Mahavishnu in Narasimha form reigned supreme.Among the minor deities
MahaGanapathy 
,
Prabha, Satyaka, Dharma Shasta, Bhadrakaali 
, the highlyvenerated
Durga 
and
Subramania 
had lit up the precincts with their divine splendour.Now, there is only a
baalalaya 
or temporary place for worship in existence here. All around the templepremises, one can see the horrifying remains of the jihad against Hindus, represented by brokentemple columns and shattered
moorti 
s which were once revered and venerated not only by commonpeople but also by great sages and seers of antiquity. According to certain hoary oral local traditionsin certain villages of Palghat District today, Adi Sankara and Madhavacharya offered prayers at thisMaattummal Sri Narasimha Moorthy Temple.
Innumerable
rishi-munis 
 
had sanctified this hallowed land by dint of their long, gruelling and arduouspenance. From times immemorial
easwara-chaitanyam 
 
(Spritual Immanence of god
 ) 
 
had joyfully flittedabout in this realm. Tradition has it that a
Maharshi 
of extraordinary spiritual prowess in timeless antiquity hada
darshan 
of
Lord
Mahavishnu 
in his fearsome
N
arasimha 
aspect. The
maharshi 
upon receiving this flash ofdivine grace built a place of worship and commenced worship of
Lord
Narasimha 
with all due ceremony.Following the rites and ceremonies prescribed in the
Vedas 
 
and observing the
tantra 
and other rituals laiddown by the
mantra-shastras,
 
over time and across centuries
,
the
rishi-munis 
enhanced and enriched thedivine presence in the temple. Consequently this sacred place was hallowed and blessed by the Divine Graceof Lord Narasimha and the devout people of this area attained greater and greater levels of prosperity, joy,contentment and peace. For several aeons this renowned shrine radiated bright, brilliant beams of
divya- chaitnya 
all around.Due to efflux of time, the
brahmanas 
who had participated in the affairs of the temple had suffered a schisminto
Shaiva 
and
Vaishnava 
sects and sectarian conflicts followed soon after. The sectarian strife and pettyreligious quarrels had their debilitating effects on the administration of the
Malaparamba MaattummalNarasimha Moorthy Temple
. Consequently, the temple‘s fortunes too declined slowly.
When the templefinally fell to ruins the temple lands were taken over and administered by the local rulers, the
Kundrackal Nair 
chieftains of the area where the Temple once stood.
According to local legends in
Angadipuram
, in ancient times a
Kundrackal Nair 
ruler went on a royal hunt.Instead of bagging a few deer and wild boar, he committed a royal blunder and killed a docile milch cow.Greatly saddened by this sorry turn of events, the remorseful
Kundrackal 
 
Nair 
ruler sat under a tree and didan intense penance, chanting the hallowed name of
Lord
Narayana 
.
The Nair ruler said to himself 
,
LordNarayana is everything, everywhere, HE dwells in every heart. I worship Lord Vishnu who has becomethe Universe and pervades all. HE is the Lord of the Past, Present and the Future. HE is the being andessence of all things. HE is existence, its cause and its support. He is the origin and the power. HE isthe Lord. His Forms are many, but HE is hidden. HIS face is everywhere
.‖
 Immensely pleased by the rigorous penance of the
Kundrackal Nair 
ruler,
Lord
Narayana 
appeared beforehim in
HIS
fearsome
Narasimha 
aspect. Beatified and spiritually fortified by the Holy Vision of the Lord, the
 
Kundrackal 
ruler restored this ancient Temple to its former glory. Thus the
Narasimhamoorthy 
Temple thatwas the pulsating hub of the spiritual and social life of the Hindus in this area for centuries came back torenewed life and new vigour. Thanks to the devotion and munificence of the
Kundrackal Nair 
ruler, the
Maattummal Sri Narasimha Moorthy Temple
started glimmering again in the light of spiritual effulgence,blessing and endowing the people of the area with prosperity, marked by ever growing wealth, never fading joy and contentment.
As I have mentioned above, the inadvertent slaughter of a cow was the fortuitous circumstance whichled to the change of heart of the local
Kundrackal Nair 
ruler and restoration of the ancient temple.
‗Matu‘ meaning cow found its way into the name of the Malaparamba Mattummal Sri Narasimha
Moorthy Temple
.
When H.H
Kaanipayyur Krishnan Namboodiri 
was laying the foundation stone for thereconstruction of the temple on 16 January, 2008, all of a sudden, a herd of cows came into the templepremises from, no one knows from where, strengthening and fortifying the traditional belief in thelegend of the
Kundrackal Nair 
ruler who had originally committed the sin of cow-slaughter and wholater repented for his sin, becoming an awakened and enlightened soul with the full Grace andBenediction of Lord Narayana.One of the very rich Moplah Muslims of the area called UNEEN SAHIB came under the spiritualinfluence of a Hindu Siddha Maharishi and came back to the fold of Hinduism in the middle 1940salong with many other members of his family. This cost great fury and consternation among thefundamentalist Moplah Muslims of this area. On becoming a Hindu, Uneen Sahib got the Hindu nameof RAMASIMHAN. One of his brothers got the Hindu name of DAYASIMHAN. Dayasimhan later becameNARASIMHAN on his becoming a NAMBOOTIRI BRAHMIN. Ramasimhan, in order to atone for his sinof desecration of the Maattummal Sri Narasimha Moorthy Temple
at
Angadipuram, took upon himselfthe responsibility of rebuilding this ancient temple in 1946. After he had completed therebuilding of the Temple towards the beginning of 1947, a few days prior to the formalKumbabhishekam of the newly-built temple, Ramasimhan and many members of his family along withtheir retainers were brutally murdered by a pack of Islamic Moplah Marauders on the night of theSecond of August, 1947.Look closely and you can see the petrified blood drops of a Hindu martyr, Ramasimhan in the templepremises even today, castigating all of us
the Hindus
for not displaying enough of self-esteemand martial spirit to defend our ancient and venerable places of worship against the barbarous IslamicMoplah marauders.The sprit of Ramasimhan, even today, is giving this Clarion Call to all the Hindus, not only in
Malapuram District but in this whole of India: ‗
Be Yee Men of Valour! Be in Readiness for the Conflict!! It is better to Perish 
 
in Battle than to see the outrage of your Altar!!!.
 
Saga of Ramasimhan & Mattumal Narasimha Temple
 –
II
 
By: V SUNDARAMvsundaram@newstodaynet.com
Thursday, 06 August, 2009, 03:03 PMIn these columns yesterday
(Wednesday, 5-8-2009),
I had referred to the sad and chequered history of
Mattummal Sri Narasimha Moorthy Temple
at
Malaparamba
and how
Tipu Sultan
and his jihadi Muslimarmy destroyed this Temple in 1794. 127 years later the shattered remnants of this Temple were againsavagely attacked in the
Moplah Rebellion of 1921
.
I had also described the heroic role played by Ramasimhan (
a rich Moplah Muslim Uneen Sahib who returned from Islam into the fold of Hinduism 
) in the reconstruction of Mattummal Sri NarasimhaMoorthy Temple. The saga of Ramasimhan and his martyrdom for the deathless cause of Hinduismwill continue to shine across centuries on the pages of Hindu cultural history, serving as a beaconlight of hope, faith and inspiration to the bruised and battered Hindus of India.

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