On Ram Navami, let’s pledge to protect our heritage, and a poem for Shri Ram

A simple google search on Ram Setu will yield the results that its “Adam’s bridge”. How this age old monument which Lord Ram constructed to reach Lanka, an integral part of our heritage became Adam’s bridge?

This happens when a billion citizens become indifferent to their culture and legacy. This happens when your governing body (the Congress party) that ruled the nation for more than 60 years along with its allies is ready to destroy the Ram Setu and also files affidavits in court suggesting that Lord Ram (one of our most revered God/Icon) is only imaginary, and all this is just for petty economic gains. This happens when such representations challenging the faith of a billion citizens  are filed in courts but people don’t react.

This happens when the people of a society pay more heed to alien authentication of their own history and legacy rather than their own belief. This topic got more traction when a Western Science Channel claimed that rocks in Ram Setu can be 7000 years old and predate the sand and that the bridge is man-made.

Had it not been for timely intervention of Dr. Subramaniam Swami, Ram Setu would have been blown up as a part of Sethusamudram Shipping Canal Project. We belong to a great civilization and we need to ensure that its heritage is rightly preserved and passed on the next generations.

I have tried to express the same message in the form of a Hindi poem “राम का आवाहन”


|| राम का आवाहन ||

शील विनय है मुझमे समाया, पर जब रावण सीता हर लाया
समुद्र को जय कर सेतु बनाया, लंकेश का वध कर धर्म निभाया

अयोध्या जब मै आया था, तुमने अभिषेक कराया था
दीप प्रजव्लीत कर हर जन ने, शरयु का तीर सजाया था

आदर्श बिताया मैने जीवन, त्याग किया जीता जन मन
रामराज कहलाया शासन, राज धर्म किया निरवाहन

फिर युग बीते तुम निरंतर हारे, अंग्रेज मुगल यवनो के मारे
कैसी विडंबना कि अब लगते, काल्पनिक मेरे किस्से सारे

है अतिक्रमण मेरी भूमि पर, मांगे प्रमाण है मेरे जन्म पर
अपमानित किया मुझे निरंतर, प्रश्न किये मेरे अस्तित्व पर

चाहा नहीं कभी सिंहासन, चौदह वर्ष रहा निर्वासन
न चाह कि मेरा हो आराधन, बस इतना है मेरा आवाहन

मर्यादा का पालन करना, पर पौरुष का भी दम भरना
अपने सम्मान पर मिट मरना, मातृ-भूमि खो दोगे वरना

जन्मस्थल मेरा है खंडहर, जाने कब वह बने मनोहर
मुझे अंतर मे संजोये रखना, मिटने ना देना मेरी धरोहर

-दर्शन कापड़िया

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