Amrita Darshanam, International Centre for Spiritual Studies, in association with Indic Book Club, Coimbatore, is organizing a one-day symposium on “Rama, Ramayana and Ayodhya: Insights from History” on March 17, 2018 in Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham.
India’s geography is a sacred one — of sacred histories, myths, and symbols, of Gods, Goddesses, and heroes. D.V. Gundappa, the great Kannada poet-scholar, wrote, rāmanaḍiyiṭta nela, bhīmanusurida gāḷi, vyomade bhagīratam tanda surataṭini… (this) is the land on which Rāma walked, it is the air that Bhīma breathed, the water that Bhagīratha brought down from heavens. Unfortunately, faith and history have been brought into conflict by being forced to jointly occupy public space in contemporary India.
Is Ayodhya the birth place of Rama? Is present day Ayodhya the Ayodhya of Ramayana? Behind the Rama Janmabhumi controversy lie issues of faith, power and politics. Archaeology and history have loomed large in the conflict over Ayodhya, in part because the absence of contemporary accounts of Babur’s activities in Ayodhya has precluded resolution of the issue through historical documentation.
In this symposium, Dr. K. K. Muhammed, (Former) Regional Director of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), and Dr. Meenakshi Jain, member of Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR), New Delhi, will address the audience on this issue.
Dr. K. K. Muhammed was a part of the excavation team of Babri-Masjid-Rama Janmabhumi, led by B.B. Lal in 1978. Recently, he published an autobiography titled, “Njanenna Bharatheeyan” (“I am Indian”), which chronicled his tryst with India’s chequered past and problematic present — particularly Ayodhya.
Dr. Meenakshi Jain is a historian with the Nehru Memorial Library, presently Associate Professor in History at the University of Delhi. She has authored two very significant works on the issue of Rama and Ayodhya, both of which have been called as “definitive Ayodhya chronicle,” and “scholarly guide to the biggest controversy of the early nineties, which totally changed the dynamics of Indian politics”.
This symposium is aimed to create historical awareness about the issue.
VENUE: Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Ettimadai, Coimbatore
Seminar participants will be awarded a certificate.