Is Lord Sri Rama no longer relevant to us?
When Taliban people have demolished the famous Bamiyan Buddha statues, the entire world got astonished at their foolishness in destroying the mankind’s few remaining heritage structures.
What are we doing in India? The central govt. is going ahead with two projects i.e., the Sethusamudram shipping canal project and the Polavaram multipurpose irrigation project.
In the earlier case, The project destroys the Rama sethu, the legendary bridge constructed by Lord Sri Rama to cross the sea to reach Lanka.
The latter case is more devastating. The Polavaram multipurpose project literally sub merges places like Bhadrachalam, Parnashala, Papikondalu and the river Shabari.
The superimposed image shows the actual areas under submergence:
This one aspect no one is taking a serious note! Nowhere it is mentioned about the places that are going to be actually submerged!
Bhadrachalam the famous temple town of Lord Sri Rama. Kancherla Gopanna (Telugu: కంచెర్లగోపన్న) (c 1620 – 1680), popularly known as Bhakta Ramadasu or Bhadrachala Ramadasu(Telugu: భద్రాచలరామదాసు), was a 17th-century Indian devotee of Rama and a composer of Carnatic music. He is one among the famous vaggeyakaras (same person being the writer and composer of a song) in the Telugu language, the others being Tyagaraja, Annamayya, Kshetryya and Shyama Satri. He lived in the village of Nelakondapalli near Bhadrachalam, Andhra Pradeshduring the 17th century and is renowned for constructing a famous temple for Rama at Bhadrachalam. His devotional lyrics to Rama are famous in South Indian classical music as Ramadaasu Keertanalu.
Only a stairway remains to enter the temple once the project is completed leaving behind the entire town submerged in the backwaters of the dam.
Parnashala is the place where Lord Rama stayed with Sita and Lakshmana during their period of exile (vanavasa). According to legend, it is said the “Lord Sri Rama” spent some of the 14 years of exile at this location. The locals believe that Sita, the beloved consort of “Lord Sri Rama” bathed in the stream here and dried her clothes on “Radhagutta” where the imprints are seen even today. The demon king “Ravana” parked his Pushpaka on the hillock on the opposite side of the river and abducted her. An earthen ditch reportedly caused when Ravana removed earth to carry off Sita to Lanka can be seen here. Another Hindu myth names Parnashala as the location where Rama killed Maricha, who came in disguise of a golden deer to deceive Sita.
The river Shabari is the reincarnation of old lady devotee Shabari, who offered fruits tasted by her to Lord Rama out of her pure innocent devotion of giving the Lord only the best.
Papikondalu the famous tourist attraction will no longer be there.
Soon, all these places will be a thing of past!
And lakhs of poor tribals (adivasi people) will lose their land and livelihood and thousands of hectares of forest is also going to be submerged along with its invaluable biosphere.
Accepted that, these projects are taken up by previous govt tenures. There may be several advantages over disadvantages. But, the BJP the forerunner and the self-proclaimed custodian of Hindu religion and nationalism, why it is blatantly going ahead with these projects giving little regard to the faith of majority community strongly raises questions about its credibility. What happened to other Sangh organizations like R.S.S., VHP, Bajarang Dal etc? Why are they keeping quiet? Why various religious matts and Peethams of the country are also keeping silent? Is it because of their ignorance? Or something else?
Should we silently witness the ruthless destruction of our faith, beliefs, culture and heritage? Has Lord Rama lost relevance to us? Has the Ramayana no longer matter to us? Do we really deserve all this?
Let us leave aside politics and arguments that, which state is going to get the maximum benefit and which state is going to suffer. But the entire Hindu religion and future generations will see us, especially, the Telugu community as the culprit for having remained a silent spectator to all this.
Can’t we spread awareness among people and halt this mindless destruction and suggest alternate means of progress and development?
Jai Sri Ram