B.B. LAL, ARCHEOLOGIST’S EVIDENCES ON RAMA’S TEMPLE BELOW BABARI MUSJID
REVIEW of the book:
Rama, His Historicity, Mandir and Setu: Evidence of Literature, Archaeology and Other Stories by
Review by M.A.Padmanabha Rao, PhD (AIIMS), who did extensive research on Valmiki’s Ramayana.
Two noteworthy contributions by the author, B.B. Lal has made this book on Rama an invaluable one.
1. He concluded that “Ramayana was not a figment of the imagination of the poet, but was based on a true story carried down over centuries by word of mouth”-page 50.
2 a. He has provided archeological evidences pinpointing that a Hindu temple existed prior to Babari Masjid at Ayodhya. Figures 2.3 and 2.4 illustrate two pillars of Hindu temple re-fixed against pier of the Babari Masjid.
2 b. Fig.2.5 illustrates 1.10 X 0.56 metre stone slab carrying a 20 line long inscription. Written in characters of the 12th CE, it gives all the details regarding the construction of the temple (page 62).
2 c. Figure 2.6 another inscription on a pillar recovered from within the wall of the Babari Masjid (page 63).
MY CONCLUSIONS from excerpts from page 64: The inscription makes it abundantly clear that there did exist at the site a temple datable to circa 11th-12th century CE. The sculptures and inscribed slab that came out from within the walls of the Masjid belonged to this very temple.
M.A.Padmanabha Rao, PhD (AIIMS)
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