[Advaita-l] More records - last part

Siva Senani Nori sivasenani at yahoo.com
Tue Mar 22 06:19:52 CDT 2011

Thank you for taking the trouble. I have issues with many depictions, but I will 
merely state the over-arcing theme: whatever be the reasons, over a thousand 
years, over vast tracts of land, we the sanaatanadharmis have failed to arrest 
the attack on our way of life using the mantraSAstra in whichever capacity. If 
it cannot be invoked to make a difference over such a large extent of time and 
space, whatever potency it has - or whatever is required to invoke that potency 
(that we lacked in the last fifty generations) - does not help. The explanations 
differ: some say, all the kshatriyas - or the more valourous ones - were dead 
after Mahaabhaarata, that kulasankaram is a reason for that; others say mantris 
are not good enough, yet others say that (even as early as Patanjali - around 
the time of Christ, roughly - the author of Mahabhashya on the Ashtadhyaayi, it 
was lamented that dIrghasatras are no longer done!) the practice has been 
diluted. Against this, if you choose to believe that some successful prayogas 
have been done, I can only commend your devotion (I am at a lower or different 
stage of indifference).

A prominent (and retired) IAS officer who also functioned as the EO of TTD 
(Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam) has written - to the effect - that Sanjay Gandhi 
died because Chenna Reddy (a former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, a Congress 
one) got a prayoga made to that effect. I do not believe it. How I wish the 18th 
century chief of Vijayanagaram, Sitaramaraju, who resisted the increase in 
annual tax to British and then fought them with swords (the battle lasted about 
45 minutes, in 1794 - see page 325, Vol. 3 of Arudra's samagra aandhra 
saahityam, Telugu Academy, 2004) had the sense and wherewithal to invoke a 
similar kratu! Point is, every example can beget many other non-instances and 
that the difference finally made is what matters.


----- Original Message ----
> From: Satish Arigela <satisharigela at yahoo.com>
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> Sent: Tue, March 22, 2011 1:09:12 PM
> Subject: [Advaita-l] More records - last part
> Most records that I read through are not readily available for quote but here 
> an interesting one on Ahobilam. This is recorded in the history of the Ahobilam 
> temple.
> Notice that it is not us i.e. Hindu-s saying the desecration killed the Muslim 

> guy. It seems the persians themselves record that something strange happened to 
> the Sultan and that the demons(read nR^isiMha? or the nigraha karma of a 
> nR^isiMhopAsaka?) of Ahobilam killed the Sultan!  :-))
> From their description the sultan seem to exhibit some of  the lakShaNa-s of 
> being subjected to an abhichAra(we dont really know - just making a possible 
> guess from the description) though the article does not explicitly say so.
> If you observe the second episode relating to Tirupati in this post you will 
> clearly see how mantra prayoga-s played a role but a honest observer will also 

> note that these prayoga-s may work and aid us but they are definitely not a one 
> stop solution to the problems that Hindus(or people in general) face. The 
> prayoga-s are just one of the many tools used in protecting dharma. This is all 
> I have to say.
> --------------------------------------------------------------------------
> Actually, it appears it was the 6th Jeer of the Mutt (1499-1513) who
> was associated with Mukundadeva of Kalinga. It was the 11th jeer
> about whom I mentioned in my previious post. He was remarkable. He
> did lead an army to recapture Ahobilam from the Muslims. After the
> fall of V.N kingdom, in 1565 at Talikote, the Hindu chief Tirumala
> shifted the capital to Penukonda. In 1579 the Sultan of Golconda,
> Ibrahim Ali, (attacked through his son) Ahobilam and completely
> destroyed the temple. The gold and silver alloy idol of Narasimha
> was taken away to Golconda. It is said that something strange
> happened, when the Sultan saw the idol. The sultan was stunned and
> became dumb. He died the same night (5th June1580). This appears in
> a slightly different way in the Persian history by Farishta also. He
> says the demons of Ahobilam killed the Sultan! It appears after
> this event the Sultans mellowed a little bit towards Hindus. The son
> Kuli Kutub Shah became the next Sultan and no worship took place in
> Ahobilam for several years. It was at this time the 11th Jeer
> approached the left over Hindu king Ranga Raya and asked him to
> recapture Ahobilam. It is said that he had a dream in which he knew
> that he would get support from the king. He asked the king to give
> him the help of his commanders Venkataraju and Tirumalraju to lead a
> contingent to Ahobilam. The Jeer gave instructions to the two Chiefs
> about field placements of the troops. The recapturing of the temple
> was celebrated by a victory pillar (You can still see it in
> Ahobilam!) with a Telugu inscription of 1584 A.D. 
> --------------------------------------------------------
> Tirupati:
>  Shriranga contacted Shahji and asked him to open negotiations for peace with 
> Mustafa. Shahji duely did so and was trying to buy time for the Vijayanagarans, 
> when Shriranga thought he might succeed by launching a preemptive strike on the 
> Moslems. However, he was mistaken-- while outwardly the Moslems seemed to be 
> negotiating peace as per Shahji's moves, they were themselves preparing to 
> strike. So Shriranga's element of surprise was completely blown off and the 
> Moslems slaughtered his forces in the battle and seized Vellore. However, 
> helped him escape with life. While the Adil Shahi army was tied with Shriranga, 
> Shahji's son Shivaji captured the Kondana fort from the Moslems, while his 
> son Sambhaji quite deposed a Moslem palegar in the Raichur Doab and was 
> territory under his control in contrivance with the local Hindu population.
> The brahmins met at the Tirupati temple and bank-rolled a Hindu army using 
> temple revenues under the surviving Nayakas to counter the Moslem depredations. 
> Alarmed at the growing Hindu counter-attack the Sultans ordered a major 
> offensive with two Jihadi armies under Mustafa Khan and Afzal Khan from Bijapur 
> and the zealous Mir Jumla from Hyderabad. The Hindus at first fought the Moslem 
> army at Virinchipuram, where despite their defeat staved of the Moslem army by 

> inflict heavy losses on them. The surviving Nayaka, Rupa Nayaka went over to 
> Jinji and from this excellent fort began operations against the Moslems with 
> Tirupati funds. He kept hitting the Moslem armies repeatedly and kept 
> to his fort. Sambhaji kept providing the Nayaka secretly with intelligence and 

> was thus coming of his own in concieving a nationalist Hindu cause, much as his 
> brother was in Maharashtra.The brahmins at the Tirupati meet also decided to 
> take a second course of action and selected a set of expert tantriks to perform 
> a series of abhicAra rites on the Sultan of Bijapur. The abhichAra had its due 

> effect and the Sultan's limbs were paralyzed. Mustafa Khan and Mir Jumla 
> over the developments launched a major attack on Jinji. Shahji and Sambhaji 
> asked by Mustafa Khan to join him against the Nayaka at Jinji. Shahji proved an 
> obstructionist and kept interfering by shielding various Nayakas and delaying 
> encounters. Mustafa Khan furious over these actions had him arrested with the 
> help of Shahji's treacherous relative Baji Ghorpade when the former was 
> due to a wild party. Shahji was put in chains by Afzal Khan and taken with him 

> to Bijapur. Mustafa himself was targetted by a mAraNa prayoga laid by the 
> brahmins and is said to have died in a week there after. But his successor 
> Muhammad Khan continued the siege and finally killed Rupa Nayaka and captured 
> Gingi. 
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