If you wonder where have the 84,000 ancient Buddhist Viharas, Stupas, Chaityas built by Samrat Ashoka disappeared, the answer lies in following pictures. This is a current sad state of the famous Karla Caves, off the old Mumbai-Pune highway near Lonavala. This world class ancient cultural heritage of India is destroyed by erecting a temple right in front of the most beautiful Chaitya hall. The importance of the Buddhist caves is totally lost. The place has got converted into a pilgrimage center of the certain goddess.
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This is what we have witnessed all over India that at every nook and corner of India, some Brahminical idols are placed on the street corners and every public place and slowly and slowly Manuwadi people take over that land and then start collecting money and running their business. They have mastered the techniques of misguiding the people and turning real Dalit-Bahujan history places into their shops in the name of God.
This is how all the Buddhist monuments/Buddha Viharas have been appropriated and converted into temples across India over the period.
The book by K. Jamanadas “Tirupati Balaji was a Buddhist Shrine” proves Tirupati Temple as a Buddhist Shrine. The claim put forth by the author on Lord Tirupati Balaji as a Buddhist Shrine is based on sound theory and the evidence approved and accepted by the academicians.
It is no wonder that so-called upper castes who wrote the history by depriving so-called lower castes of the right to education have written history in a way that satisfies their motives and intentions to keep ruling over the masses.
So-called upper castes are trying hard to appropriate Dalit-Bahujans history, Dr. Ambedkar, Buddha, Guru Ravidas and almost all Dalit-Bahujan heroes. Wasting tons of milk on Dr. Ambedkar statue by Congress workers, presenting Dr. Ambedkar as anti-Muslim, Buddha as an avatar of Vishnu and Guru Ravidas as a follower of Ramananda are a few such cases where so-called upper castes are trying to distort the history and present fake information to the masses. So, in the same way, slowly and slowly all those 84,000 ancient Buddhist Viharas, Stupas, Chaityas built by Samrat Ashoka were converted to either Brahminical worship places or were destroyed.
If you want to destroy a society, destroy its History and the society will get destroyed automatically – Dr. Ambedkar
Unfortunately, they are succeeding in their motives as they control the all the media in India.
Bodh Gaya is under the control of so-called upper castes despite it being a Buddhist place. A few months ago, at one the Buddha Viharas in Mumbai, some so-called upper castes had installed the idol of Ganesha replacing the head of Buddha with Ganesha head, which led to FIR but we are unaware of whether any action was taken against the culprits or not. All these instances are just a fraction of the cases where Dalit-Bahujans are denied their real history by Manuwadi forces.
I have seen even in Islamic countries like Jordan and Lebanon the remains of ancient Roman cities are being preserved and protected by the state but in India, the real history and culture is being destroyed in the name of mythical gods and goddesses.
History is crucial as it explains how society developed but by erasing Dalit history the masses have been denied the right to know the truth. Knowing how problems were created leads to an understanding of how to solve those problems. Without knowing real history one can’t solve problems efficiently. Not understanding the significance of important historical events is dangerous! We need everyone on the same page in order to create meaningful dialogue to address critical issues pertaining to Dalit-Bahujans. Dalit-Bahujans who understand the value of history must come forward to save Buddhist Viharas and protect the real history for the coming generations.