Ram Lalla Temple

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Ram Lalla temple
Ram Lalla in Shwetambar.JPG
Ram Lalla in Shwetambar
Religion
AffiliationHinduism
DeityRama
Location
LocationAyodhya
CountryIndia
Geographic coordinates26°47′44″N 82°11′39″E / 26.7956°N 82.1943°E / 26.7956; 82.1943
Architecture
Typecurrently in a makeshift temple
CreatorVikramāditya
CompletedBefore 8th century AD

Ayodhya is one of seven most holy places for Hindus in India.[1] Ayodhya is revered[2][3] as the birthplace of the Maryaada Purushottama, i.e. ideal man,[4] Lord Rama, the King of Ayodhya, as worshiped also by Hindus as an avatar of Vishnu. The Skandha Puraana,[5] narrates in detail the different temples in Ayodhya, including the one commemorating the birthplace of Rama.[1][6][2]

Etymology[edit]

Rama lalla (or Rama as an infant / Rama lalla virajmana / Rama lalla birajmana) is an idol of Lord Rama as an infant (lalla), the presiding deity at the temple of Janambhumi[7][8] (Birthplace Temple) at Ayodhya, India.

History[edit]

Historically, the site was of utmost importance to Hindus. Hindus have been worshiping there as the birthplace of God Rama and visiting it as a sacred place of pilgrimage as of right.[9] The Janmasthana temple was rebuilt many times by kings of well-known dynasties prior to 900A.D.[10][11][12]

Even after the temple was demolished in 1528 by Emperor Babur, it remained under continuous veneration and Hindus attempted to rebuild the temple at the site.[8]

The deity is therefore currently in a makeshift temple at the site.[2][13]

The ruling of the High Court implies that as a Hindu deity, Rama Lalla enjoys legal rights, albeit represented by his guardian as he is a minor.[2] The Indian judicial system treats deities as legal entities who could have legal representation in courts through the trustees or managing board in charge of the temple in which they are worshiped.[2][14] Refer Order 32 of the Civil Procedure Code[15] for clarity. Supreme Court of India had given verdict in favour of Ram lalla to construct the temple


Literature[edit]

Thumak Chalata Ramachandra, a musical, literary work by Hindu saint and one of the most famous representatives of the Bhakti school of Hinduism, Tulsidas (Devanāgarī)[16] praised Ram lalla in Bhakti tradition.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Ayodhya dispute: claims and counter-claims - Thaindian News". Thaindian.com. Retrieved 27 March 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d e ayodhyafiles
  3. ^ "Valmiki Ramayana". Valmikiramayan.net. Retrieved 27 March 2012.
  4. ^ "क्यों मर्यादापुरुषोत्तम है श्रीराम? - why lord shriram called MARYADA PURUSHOTTAM?". religion.bhaskar.com. 22 December 2010. Retrieved 27 March 2012.
  5. ^ Studies in Skanda Purāṇa, By Ganesh Vasudeo Tagare,Published 1996 Motilal Banarsidass, ISBN 81-208-1260-3
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ ayodhyafiles
  8. ^ a b [2]
  9. ^ http://elegalix.allahabadhighcourt.in/elegalix/ayodhyafiles/hondvsj-gist-vol1.pdf
  10. ^ "Ayodhya and the Research on the Temple of Lord Rama". Stephen-knapp.com. Retrieved 27 March 2012.
  11. ^ Tomar, Gaurav (17 August 2009). "Suryavanshi: Ayodhya and suryavanshis". Suryavansha.blogspot.com. Retrieved 27 March 2012.
  12. ^ "Narsinghgarh". Narsinghgarhprincelystate.com. 15 August 1947. Retrieved 27 March 2012.
  13. ^ "Disputed Ayodhya site to be divided into 3 parts- TIMESNOW.tv - Latest Breaking News, Big News Stories, News Videos". Timesnow.Tv. Retrieved 27 March 2012.
  14. ^ "The Telegraph - Calcutta (Kolkata) | Frontpage | Ram Lalla guardian faces parivar push". Telegraphindia.com. 2 October 2010. Retrieved 27 March 2012.
  15. ^ "Front Page : Suits on behalf of deities can't be treated as time-barred". The Hindu. 3 October 2010. Retrieved 27 March 2012.
  16. ^ "Goswami Tulsidas (1532 — 1623)". Hinduism.about.com. 10 March 2011. Retrieved 27 March 2012.
  17. ^ Courtney, David. "Biography of Tulsidas". Chandrakantha.com. Retrieved 27 March 2012.

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