Friday, January 05, 2007

christist mayhem in goa etc.

the legend in kerala is that parsurama created *kerala* by throwing his axe into the sea. there is fossil evidence that indeed at least parts of the western ghats came up from the sea. fossils of sea-bottom dwelling marine creatures have been found atop (i think) peaks such as anamudi (elephant crest), the tallest peak in the ghats. this implies tectonic movements that caused the seafloor to rise up and become land.

also, this report below is very quiet about what happened to the ancient temple of katyayani. answer: the christists destroyed it during the reign of terror of 'saint' francis xavier and the inquisition. why is this fact 'negated'?

i went to madgaon recently, and found out that madgaon = matt + gaon = village of mathams. *every one* of those mathams was destroyed and taken over by the christists just as they did to the kapaliswar temple in chennai over which their san thome cathedral has been built.

yet another example of the babri masjid syndrome. mohammedans destroyed at least 100,000 temples in north india. christists destroyed at least 10,000 temples in south india. such a fine pair of barbaric imperialistic semitic cults!

--- ..> wrote:
> Parshuram's creation of Goa
> By Rohit Phalgaonkar
> The Navhind Times
> 4th January, 2007
> An ancient temple of Kaatyaani Baaneshwar existed in Benaulim till the
> 16th cent AD.
> Legend has that Shri Parshuram  (Shri Vishnu's sixth incarnation)  shot
> an arrow in the Arrabian Sea from the peak of the Sahyadri. This arrow
> hit Baannaavali (Benaulim) and made the sea recede, thus reclaiming the
> land of Goa.
> An ancient  temple of Kaatyaani Baaneshwar also existed in  Baannaavali
> till the 16th cent AD. V S Dhume points out a temple of Shri Parshuram
> on Saalher (Sahyadri hill). Two rock hewn footprints in a pose of a man
> standing to shoot an arrow are seen near it. Today the ancient temple of
> Shri Parshuram that 2550-2350 BC given by Dr.Pusalkar corresponds to the
> period of the Sahyadri Khand, opines V S Dhume.
> The Sahyadri Khand states that Shi Parshuram along with 10 sages from
> Trihotr (Bihar) settled in Gomaanchal (Goa). They were Bhaardwaaj,
> Koushik, Vatsa, Koudimy, Kashyap, Vasisht, Jamadagni, Vishwaamitr,
> Gautam and Atri. They settled in 8 villages that  is Mathhgraam
> (Madgaon), Vrney (Verna), Kudtari,  Shankhaavali (Sancoale), Raaichuri
> (Raai), Lotli, Naagve and Baannaavali.
> The families of these sages settled in 66 villages called Saasashti
> (Salcette). This is evident from the line "Shat-Shadteshu Graameshu
> Kulaani Sthaapitaani" of the Sahyadri Khand. Ten families settled in
> Chudamani  (ancient Chorao); 8 more in Dipvati (Diwar) and 12 families
> in central Goa. This formed the ancient Tiswadi. In total 96 families
> were established.  From this it is inferred that the Goan surnames
> 'Shennai' is a corruption of 'Shaannavi' meaning 96.
> The Sahyadri Khand also mentions a Yadny (fire ritual) performed by Shri
> Parshuram in Goa. It is said that  vestige of this  Yadny is the
> 'Bhasmaacho Dongor', a small hillock facing he sea in Arambol. Pernem.
> Arambol is a corruption of Harmall,  which appears to have derived from
> 'Hari Mall' (Shri Vishnu's land). The soil on this hillock resembles
> ash. Surprisingly a natural rock formation in the shape of a 'Yadney
> Kund' (provision made to light fire) is seen on its peak. One can also
> see an ancient laterite shrine nearby.
> From this it appears that Shri Parshuram was a historic figure, which
> lead a group of people helping them to settle in Goa by reclaiming the
> land; perhaps by bunding waterlogged areas.
> Temples of many 'Vir' or 'Purush', reclaimed flooded lands by bunds are
> found in Goa, shows that the art of land reclamation was also known to
> the aboriginal inhabitants of Goa.
> One cannot totally dismiss folklore and mythology, which are the traces
> of history. Unique churches, temples of Goa give it a different
> character, which needs to be conserved.

1 comment:

indianpatriot said...

For those of you interested in history of Kathyani Baneshwari Temple please refer to link below.
(Incidentally it is Family Deity of us and I have been faithful visitor every time I visit India)
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Some excerpts.
Historical glimpses of Shree Katyayani Baneshwar Temple at Aversa, Ankola Taluka, Uttara Kannada District, Karnataka

(Culled out from Shree Katyayani Baneshwar Mahima, Konkani Harikirthane by Shri Bhadragiri Achyutadasji)

Goddess Shree Katyayani is known and worshipped by different names such as Lokajanani, Shree Bhu Durga, Mahamaya, etc. Shree Katyayani Baneshwar temple is situated at Aversapura in Ankola Taluka in Karnataka State. Some historical glimpses of this temple are as follows.

Demon Mahishasura was causing trouble and nuisance to the Gods and sages by destructing their sacrifices, i.e, yaga, yajna, pooja,etc. He forcibly captured the throne of Swarga (Heaven) by defeating Lord Indra. Afraid of him, all the Gods approached Brahma, Rudra and Shreeman Narayana, i.e., Mahavishnu, and prayed, "O God, we are troubled and thrown out from Swarga by the Demon Mahishasura. His nuisance is intolerable. He threatened us. So we rushed to you. Deva Narayana, you are the creator, protector and destroyer of this world. So please protect us and the whole world from the hands of the demon." Hearing this Mahavishnu's peaceful face became angry. From his face a light came out. Similarly lights came out from the faces of Brahma and Rudra. All the divine lights joined together and became a beautiful Goddess lighting like fire and standing on the earth touching the sky.

Rudra gave her one of his Trishula infusing his power. Similarly Mahavishnu provided one of his Sudarshan Chakra, Varuna gave Shanka, Vayu provided arrow and bow, Agni gave shaksthyayudha, Yama gave kaladanda, Jaladhipathi offered Pasha, Prajapathi granted akshamala, Brahma conferred kamaladala, Indra bestowed vajrayudha and Iravatha (white elephant), Ksheera sagara presented pure garland, new clothes, choodamani, kundala, ardha chandra, kantabharana, and noopura, Samudradeva gave lotus garland, and Himalaya took incarnation as simha, the lion and became her vahana or vehicle. Thus, all Gods' energy and power configured in the Goddess.

At that moment a sage named Katyayana saw this. Being worshipper of Goddess he had wished that Devi may be born as his daughter. However, seeing Goddess he changed his mind and he unified with the Goddess. Pleased with his devotion, love and prayer, the Goddess named herself as Katyayani.

Meanwhile, Mahishasura seeing the beautiful and awful incarnation of the Goddess roared and laughed. He dropped huge mountains and rocks towards Devi and ridiculed, "You are nothing but a simple and common lady in front of me. How dare you came in support of Gods. Women like you are not for fighting but for my pleasure and happiness."

Hearing this the Goddesses pleasant face turned red with anger. She told, "I will kill you as soon as I became intoxicated by the bhakti and devotion of Gods and sages who have full faith in me." She put her feet on the chest of Mahishasura and pierced trishula to his neck. When he tried to come out from that she took out his tounge and with her sword she broke off his head and killed him.

All Gods' joy was in no bounds. They danced and prayed, "Mother, Katyayani, you only protected us." And they chanted hymes of her like, Mahamaye, Mahamahime, Mahakathye, Mahavidye, Mahaveerye, Mahabudhye, Mahabhavye, Mahamathe, Mahashakthye, Mahakalye, Maharathrye, Maheshwari, Mahashayye, Gunasamudre, Vani, Rakshamani, Mahallakshmi, Saraswathi, etc. Shree Devi pleased, reestablished Swarga and conferred Swarga's leadership to Indra.

Lord Parashurama took devi from his place to his own created land, Gomanthaka, the place with two main rivers, Gomathi and Aghashi. There were 10 Gotras or groups of Saraswath Brahmins residing at 8 places of Gomanthaka worshiping 8 Gramadevas. Among those 8 places, one was named as 'Banawali'. That place was known as banawali because of the following story. Parashurama, as he pledged, killed all the Kshatriyas and all their lands were given to Kashyapa. So he did not want to stay in those places which he already given to Kashyapa. He left that place to create his own land. He stood up at the Sahyadri mountain and threw 14 arrows towards the sea. With this the sea went backwards leaving huge area of land known as 'Ishupatha' (Banawali) in Prakrith language and the same is described in the Epics of Sahyadri Khanda of Konkanipura.

Bana, here gives two meanings. One is the God Rudra incarnated as Shivalinga and another is Parashurama, who is an incarnation of Mahavishnu, erected a shivalinga of Baneshwar to shower the blessings of the God. There is no other place like Ishupatha and no other God similar to Baneshwar. Those who are genuinely worshipping Baneshwar and Katyayani will surely fulfill their desires.

Time elapsed and Kaliyuga started. In 15th century foreigners entered the territory, polluted our culture and made life of innocent people difficult. Vaidika dharma was ransacked by the atrocities of foreigners who mainly engaged in converting the local population to other religion. They targeted Gomanthaka to achieve their mission by indulging in destruction of wealth, belongings, money and materials, culture, caste, creed, religion, faith, tradition and beliefs. They made the life of Brahmin joint families of Gomanthaka difficult who otherwise leaved peacefully in 8 provinces for many years. They threatened them either to accept their religion or leave the place. Their tears were in no bounds. They were unable to protest these atrocities. To save themselves and Goddess from the dangerous foreigners some people ran away on a boat along with the idols of Katyayani and Baneshwar. By traveling they reached Aversa village now in Karnataka and constructed a small 'makeshift temple' of Shree Katyayani Baneshwar and prayed all the Gods, Ganapathi, Kalabhairava, Ramapurusha, Gramapurusha, etc, to protect them.