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1. Saga of Ramasimhan & Mattumal Narasimha Temple

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The sad and chequered history of an ancient Hindu Temple in Malaparamba and how Tipu Sultan and his jihadi Muslim army destroyed it in 1794. …

The sad and chequered history of an ancient Hindu Temple in Malaparamba and how Tipu Sultan and his jihadi Muslim army destroyed it in 1794.
127 years later the shattered remnants of this Temple were again savagely attacked in the Moplah Rebellion of 1921. The author describes 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 Narasimha Moorthy Temple. The saga of Ramasimhan and his martyrdom for the deathless cause of Hinduism will continue to shine across centuries on the pages of Hindu cultural history, serving as a beacon light of hope, faith and inspiration to the bruised and battered Hindus of India.
Tipu Sultan (Ruler of Mysore from 1786 - 1799) invaded Malabar and Coorg in 1792 and his Islamic depredations continued till 1798. The atrocities let loose by him and his jihadi army against the Hindus of Malabar — the author calls it HINDU HOLOCAUST — have become an inseparable and deathless part of the abiding cultural consciousness and collective memory of the race among the Hindus of Kerala today. These thoughts and memories about the brutal persecution of the Hindus of Malabar and the organized jihadi destruction of innumerable Hindu Temples in Malabar by Tipu and his army in the 18th century can never be erased on confiscated by any government today, either by the Islamic Marxist Government of Kerala or the Islamic / Christian UPA Government of India.
In this four-part article Sri V. Sundaram describes in graphic detail the destruction of Mattummal Sri Narasimhamoorthy Temple at Malaparamba, near Angadipuram, in Malappuram District during TIPU SULTAN’S JIHAD AGAINST THE HINDUS OF MALABAR; the heroic role played by Sri Ramasimhan and his family in rebuilding the Temple; the dastardly mass murder at midnight of Ramasimhan along with his family and retainers in their sleep by a pack of blood-thirsty Muslim Moplah marauders and the repeat destruction of that temple at the hands of those frenzied savages on 17 August, 1947. Tipu Sultan and his Muslim army had destroyed the major portions of this Temple in 1794. What ever remains/ruins that remained unmolested at the site were totally destroyed by the Moplah Muslim marauders during the Moplah Rebellion in 1921. Sri Sundarma also narrates the treacherous efforts of the Communist-Congress combine to aid and assist the Moplah Muslim murderers of unarmed Hindus in a cold, calculated, cynical and inhuman pursuit of oppressive, manipulative minority vote-bank politics after 15 August, 1947 till date.
To help the Sri Narasimhamoorthy Trust in its reconstruction efforts, a galaxy of Hindu spiritual luminaries and leaders formed a large Reconstruction Assistance Committee on 30 November, 2007. On 16 January, 2008, Kanipayyur Krishnan Namboothiri, a renowned expert on tachchu-shastra and the art of temple building, in the presence of a large gathering of devout Hindus laid the foundation of the main temple for Malaparamba Matummal Sri Narasimhamoorthy. The Temple Trust has recently created a website http://www.malaparamba-narasimhamoorthy.org/. This site is worth a visit. The reconstruction of Mattummal Sri Narasimha Moorthy Temple should not be viewed has a mere temple building activity. This humungous sacred effort has brought together not only the people of Malappuram, but also the concerned Hindus in all other parts of Kerala and the rest of India. There is no doubt that with this reconstruction, Mattumal Sri Narasimhamoorthy Temple would become a formidable Hindu religious and social organisation that can help to organise and invigorate the Hindus and revitalize Sanatana Dharma. The clarion call of the Temple Trust to all the Hindus of Malappuram, Kerala and the rest of India is this: ‘Hindus of Malappuram, Kerala and India unite! You have nothing to lose bur your pseudo-secular – Congress, Communist, Islamic, Christian – chains!!’

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  • 1. www.newstodaynet.com | Wednesday, 5 August, 2009 | Home | Nation | Tamilnadu | Chennai | World | Business | Sports | Entertainment | Special Report | Archives SAGA OF RAMASIMHAN & MATTUMAL NARASIMHA TEMPLE- I By: V. Sundaram 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 Islamic depredations continued till 1798. The atrocities let loose by him and his jihadi army against the Hindus of Malabar —— I call it HINDU HOLOCAUST — have become an inseparable and deathless part of the abiding cultural consciousness and collective memory of the race among the Hindus of Kerala today. These thoughts and memories about the brutal persecution of the Hindus of Malabar and the organized jihadi destruction of innumerable Hindu Temples in Malabar by Tipu and his army in the 18th century can never be erased on confiscated by any government today, either by the Islamic Marxist Government of 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 Sri Narasimha Moorthy Temple by Tipu Sultan and his army at Angadipuram in Malapuram District, Kerala in 1794. The ruins of Mattummal Sri Narasimha Moorthy Temple have not only centuries of chequered history but also a unique place in the history of Kerala,
  • 2. depicting the challenges faced by the peace loving and cultured Hindus of this part of Muslim dominated Malappuram district. Ruins and Maattummal Sri Narasimha Moorthy Temple The Islamic benediction of Moplah Marauders in 1921 The next tragic stage in the Islamic destruction of Maattummal Sri Narasimha Moorthy Temple was reached 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 and obliterated with Islamic fervour by the Moplah marauders. More than 2000 Hindus in Malabar District were slaughtered 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 destroyed was put by the Government of India at Rs 5 Crores (at 1921 level of prices!!!) There was no end to molestations, abductions and rape of Hind 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 four Kilometers down the road leading from Angadipuram Railway station, the capital of the erstwhile kingdom of Valluva-Naadu, to Vallaan-cheri there is a scenic hill area called maala-parambu. In the Angaadi-puram Sub Division on the sacred part of the Earth measuring 600 acres there once stood this majestic and stately Lord Narasimha Temple. By the grace of Lord Narasimha, people once lived here in harmony, prosperity and happiness, free from fear and want. In the massive East-facing sanctum sanctorum the moorthy of the four-armed Mahavishnu in Narasimha form reigned supreme. Among the minor deities MahaGanapathy, Prabha, Satyaka, Dharma Shasta, Bhadrakaali, the highly venerated Durga and Subramania had light up the precincts with their divine splendour. Now, there is only a baalalaya or temporary place for worship in existence here. All around the temple premises, one can see the horrifying remains of the jihad against Hindus, represented by broken temple columns and shattered moortis which were once revered and venerated not only by common people but also by great sages and seers of antiquity. According to certain hoary oral local traditions in certain villages of Palghat District today,
  • 3. Adi Sankara and Madhavacharya offered prayers at this Maattummal Sri Narasimha Moorthy Temple. Innumerable rishi-munis had sanctified this hallowed land by dint of their long, gruelling and arduous penance. From times immemorial easwara-chaitanyam (Spritual Immanence of god) had joyfully flitted about in this realm. Tradition has it that a Maharshi of extraordinary spiritual prowess in timeless antiquity had a darshan of Lord Mahavishnu in his fearsome Narasimha aspect. The maharshi upon receiving this flash of divine 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 laid down by the mantra-shastras, over time and across centuries, the rishi-munis enhanced and enriched the divine presence in the temple. Consequently this sacred place was hallowed and blessed by the Divine Grace of 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 schism into Shaiva and Vaishnava sects and sectarian conflicts followed soon after. The sectarian strife and petty religious quarrels had their debilitating effects on the administration of the Malaparamba Maattummal Narasimha Moorthy Temple. Consequently, the temple’s fortunes too declined slowly. When the temple finally 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 did an intense penance, chanting the hallowed name of Lord Narayana. The Nair ruler said to himself, “Lord Narayana is everything, everywhere, HE dwells in every heart. I worship Lord Vishnu who has become the Universe and pervades all. HE is the Lord of the Past, Present and the Future. HE is the being and essence of all things. HE is existence, its cause and its support. He is the origin and the power. HE is the 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 before him 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 that was the pulsating hub of the spiritual and social life of the Hindus in this area for centuries came back to renewed 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 which led 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 the reconstruction of the temple on 16 January, 2008, all of a sudden, a herd of cows came into the temple premises from, no one knows from where, strengthening and fortifying the traditional belief in the legend of the Kundrackal Nair ruler who had originally committed the sin of cow-slaughter and
  • 4. who later repented for his sin, becoming an awakened and enlightened soul with the full Grace and Benediction of Lord Narayana. One of the very rich Moplah Muslims of the area called UNEEN SAHIB came under the spiritual influence of a Hindu Siddha Maharishi and came back to the fold of Hinduism in the middle 1940s along with many other members of his family. This cost great fury and consternation among the fundamentalist Moplah Muslims of this area. On becoming a Hindu, Uneen Sahib got the Hindu name of RAMASIMHAN. One of his brothers got the Hindu name of DAYASIMHAN. Dayasimhan later became NARASIMHAN on his becoming a NAMBOOTIRI BRAHMIN. Ramasimhan, in order to atone for his sin of desecration of the Maattummal Sri Narasimha Moorthy Temple at Angadipuram, took upon himself the responsibility of rebuilding this ancient temple in 1946. After he had completed the rebuilding of the Temple towards the beginning of 1947, a few days prior to the formal Kumbabhishekam of the newly-built temple, Ramasimhan and many members of his family along with their retainers were brutally murdered by a pack of Islamic Moplah Marauders on the night of the Second of August, 1947. Look closely and you can see the petrified blood drops of a Hindu martyr, Ramasimhan in the temple premises even today, castigating all of us — the Hindus — for not displaying enough of self-esteem and martial spirit to defend our ancient and venerable places of worship against the barbarous Islamic Moplah 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 then to see the outrage of your Altar!!!. (To be contd...) (The writer is a retired IAS officer) e-mail the writer at vsundaram@newstodaynet.com