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A friend belonging to the Vishwa Hindu Parishad always regretted that so many Hindu temples were destroyed by Muslim invaders including the famous temple in Ayodhya which is still being disputed historically. He often referred to the book of late Sita Ram Goel who wrote a book giving historical evidence and photographs of such temples numbering around 800.

I asked him to read about the crusades and see that it was first started by Christians under the leadership of successive Popes. Synagogues of Jews and mosques of Muslims were destroyed and later Muslim indulged in vaster acts of destruction all over Asia and parts of southern Europe.

Proselyting and converting religions are least spiritual and most fanatical, dangerously lopsided. There are obsessed maniacal individuals led by close minded and religious blind mullah and clerical leaders.

Non converting religions like Hinduism mainly suffered most and being tolerant and highly civilized have been at the receiving end in these stories of religious atrocities.

But there are stories of Hindu temples also saved miraculously I told my friend of VHP. I had no ready list of such miracles and the more I tried to collect such authenticated stories, including the miraculous incidents in Ayodhya in 2002 and 2008 of the Ram temple and Hanuman Garhi the more frustrated I became because those who witnessed promised never gave me written accounts.

Anyway, Kush wrote to me to describe about the miracle of Tanot Maa temple about which I had heard from others also.

Date: Sat, 31 Oct 2009 15:35:45 IST
The incident happened both in the 1965 and 1971 war where a sum total of 450 bombs were dropped on village Tannot, the abode of Tannot Devi, the warrior goddess of the Bhati clan of Rajputs. Not even one out of the 450 bombs exploded and even now all the bombs are there in display at the temple musuem It is indeed a miracle.

Sat, 31 Oct 2009 11:44:42 IST
Rao Saheb
The temple of Tannot Mata was the family temple ( kul devi) of the Bhati clan of Rajputs from the royal family of Nachana and the goddess is also known as the warrir goddess. I can say with confidence because .....

After the war, the BSF (Border Security Force) pass on the temple to them.

My ..... are still the head of the trustees for the temple and the ownership of the structure and the temple is still with them but the control is with the BSF. It is a great place for pilgrimage as it is surrounded by sand dunes of the Thar desert.

It is historically authenticated thus:
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Tannot Mata is a temple in western State of Rajasthan in District Jaisalmer of India. The Village is close to border with Pakistan and is very close to the battle site of Longewala of Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. The tourists cannot go beyond this temple to see the Indo Pak Border unless one has got the permissions in advance from the District and Military Authorities. It is now a tourist destination in India. The area is said to have oil and gas reserves. It is said that during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971, Pakistani Army dropped several bombs targeting the temple but none of the bombs could fall on the temple and large no. of the bombs in the vicinity of the temple did not explode. After the war the temple management was handed over to Border Security Force of India. On date Border Security Force Jawans (soldiers) man the temple.

The temple has a museum which has collections of the unexploded bombs dropped by Pakistan. As per Indian Census, The Population of Tanot Village is 492 Persons having 49 Household. The place being closer to Pakistan Border and totally Unfertile Plain land is prone to enemy attacks. The Govts. of both countries have planted several Land Mines in the area. The animals like Camel, Cattle are the worst sufferer of these Land Mines[4].

The temple is approx. 180 km from the City of Jaisalmer and it takes approx three hours by road. The area is a high windfall area and as such large no. of wind turbine projects have come up in the area. The road to Tannot is surrounded with miles and miles of sand dunes and sand mountains. The temperatures in the area can go up to 49 deg C and ideal time to visit the place is from November to January. The geographical coordinates of the place are Latitude : 27 48' 00 and Longitude : 70 21' 00[8][9].

(25 January 2010)

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