You don’t have to be a devout person to visit this place. The architectural marvels of the massive temples will leave you awestruck; I promise. There are chances that you can discover more in your visit to this town, than what I have mentioned in this article.
Arvind Kejriwal is a maverick politician who understands the winds of political change in the country. He trimmed down his ambitions in the Modi-Shah era, from the national aspirant in Varanasi to become the neighbourhood uncle who solves local problems.
The big temple has stood the test of time and has survived many calamities including six major earthquakes and a major fire accident. The entire temple has been constructed from granite stones. Historians say that Raja Raja Chola I promoted the temple as a centre for all economic and religious activities.
I had been to cities like Hong Kong which offer every possible aspect of modern, comfortable and exciting life but what Kashi offered was unique and even though I knew that I could never live in a city like Varanasi, I had gotten attached to the place.
There are Gurudwaras in other parts of Baluchistan like – Dera Bugti, Dera Murad Jamali, Dera Allahyar, Usta Muhammad, Sibi, Lehri and Hub. Though the numbers of Sikhs in Baluchistan run into few hundreds, Sikhism here has been kept alive by Hindu Gur-Sikhs.
Analysing the scenario at home – India, the situation is no different. The long-awaited aim of the supporters of Hindutva ideology of bringing Ram-Raj in the country turning it into a Hindu-nation or Hindu-Rashtra is thriving on people’s emotion.
For a mainstream tourist like myself, Sarnath has a lot to offer. Chaukhandi Stuppa, Dhamek Stuppa, Tibetan Temple, The Big Buddha statue, not to mention the Ashok Stambha are all packed into this one place.
Born in a Hindu Punjabi family, Ashok Singh, a retired professional based in
Delhi, found his calling in Sikhism. He converted and is now an amrit-dhari Sikh. On behalf of The Tilak Chronicle, I spoke to him, what led him to embrace Sikhism, and his life and experiences post the change.
It is high time that Eastern civilizations reclaim their symbols.
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