Saturday, January 16, 2016

Breaking down Stones and Paintings


In Hindu lunacy circles, Kaaba is a Shiv temple. In some of the "proofs" is given the above image. it is a page from Bazil's 'Hamla-i haydari'. We see the idols of Kaaba getting destroyed by Ali. The place looks like a Hindu temple.

In the real story of the image, lies a certain beauty of how arts and cultures works.




'Hamla-i haydari' (Wars of Hyder) was written by Mirza Muhammad Rafi' Bazil (d. 1712), in around 1654 AD. Bazil's father came from Mashhad in Iran during the time of Shah Jahan. Bazil was a poet and sometimes governor of Gwalior and Bareilly for Aurangzeb. He wrote around 40000 verses detailing the war exploits of Islam and Ali (later expanding till the time of first four Khalifas) based on Shia tradition. He died before finishing the work and as the work became very popular, it was subsequently completed by some other poets. It came to be known as Bazil's 'Hamla-i Haydari'. At least 7 editions of the work were published.

The above page comes from a manuscript claimed to have originated in Kashmir in around 1808. [Given by BnF Department of Manuscripts ]

And that explains the Hindu touch to the painting. The hands that painted it had painted in a local template. 

The 360 idols of Kaaba get placed inside the colonnades as is meant in a Kashmiri temple.

 
The Gandhara inspired colonnade at Buniyar temple in Kashmir in which traditionally idols of various deities were kept

The idols get painted like the way Hindu gods were painted by Kashmiri artists even uptill 20th century.

'The Goddess and Shiva receive homage',
in Chandhigarh Museum and believed to be from around 1900 A.D.
Hand drawn diety on a horoscope
Painted by a Pandit family guru
gifted to a client on the occasion of Gour'trie
20th century.

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