The word “ram” (ra) in “ram mandir” (name) refers to a temple devoted to Lord Krishna. Literally meaning “deceiver or son of God,” the temple is located in the region of Magadh in India. In fact, it is one of the seven holy temples dedicated to Lord Krishna. According to myth, Lord Krishna took his abode in this temple after he went to pray for the welfare of his family. The story further states that he performed many miraculous activities while seated at Ram Mandir, thereby proving his legitimacy as the king of earth.
The temple at Ram Mandir is believed to have been built by King Bala in the memory of his great-grandmother Subhadra. The story further states that Subhadra, her son, and successor visited the temple and were deeply impressed by the purity of its devotees. With this unique example of religious tolerance, India can look forward to a more tolerant and Multicultural society. However, incidents like the burning of a mosque at Mussoorie, in Mumbai by Hindu right wingers, or the attack on the church in Vrindavan by Islamic radicals, prove that intolerance still resides. In the face of such attacks on the spiritual beliefs and practices of others, India will stand stronger in the wider international community.
Hindu fundamentalism is on the wane as Indian masses are becoming more progressive. However, elements of Hindu fundamentalism do remain and they are on the rampage in certain areas of India. Ram mandir has become a place of controversy with sections of Hindu society accusing the temple authorities of converting old Muslim men to Islam. There are calls for the demolition of the Babri Masjid. Some sections of the Indian citizenry have joined hands with Hindu radicals and are involved in a propaganda campaign to convert the world into an Islamic nation.
To know what exactly is going on in the Babri Masjid, it is important to understand the history of India and the evolution of Hinduism. The Babri Masjid was built hundreds of years ago at the end of Mughal rule, which occurred when India was partitioned by the British in the early twenty-first century. This was done in order to construct the Golden Temple, which was built by the then Prince of Wales. The construction of the temple was completed in the fourth century and was dedicated to a Hindu god called Ram.
Today, Ram Mandir has become a point of contention between the Hindu fundamentalists and the members of the Hindu community who want to build the temple at the site where it is located. The issue is not about religion but about India’s future as a multi-cultural nation. The Ram Mandir issue has been inflamed by the anti-Indian and anti-Muslims riots that have swept across the country in the last two months. The riots were instigated by the Ram Mandir group who demanded that the building of a temple on the disputed site be allowed.
For those who are aware of the background of the temple, there is no cause for alarm. According to the traditional understanding, it is believed that the construction of this holy temple was started by the god Ram, as a tribute to his love for his dear wife Parvati. After his death, Parvati went to her lover Subhadra to be married. But since she was not allowed to enter into the house of Subhadra, she decided to shift her body to a hilltop and build a temple there, so that her beloved could visit her there.