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This Day In History
March 11, 1689:

[url="http://www.hindujagruti.org/news/4404.html"]Sacrifice day of 'Dharmaveer Chhatrapati Sambhaji Maharaj'[/url]
jallianwallah day, april 13th, 1919

apr 12th, 2010

let us spend a moment in silent meditation remembering the 1579 casualties at jallianwallah bagh. 1650 bullets, 1579 dead and wounded.

and let us remember udham singh, as well as the trio of rajguru, sukhdev and bhagat singh.

Posted by nizhal yoddha at 4/12/2010 10:06:00 PM 1 comments Links to this post
18th April is Damodar Chapekar Balidan day.

[url="http://www.hindujagruti.org/articles/14.html"]Chapekar Brothers: Guiding Lights[/url]

Chaphekars’ Sacrifice gave Rise to another Great Revolutionary ‘Savarkar’

· When Chaphekar brothers were hanged Savarkar vowed before Goddess Durga to fight to overthrow

the British Raj to the last drop of his blood.

· Chaphekar Brothers sacrifice is the only instance of heroic sacrifice in the whole world, made by three

brothers for the welfare of their country.

· At the age of 18, Anant Kanhere sacrificed his life for the freedom of our country and it is due to the

sacrifices of many such young men that we are enjoying the freedom today !
Namaskar Mitra,

May 18 is Adi Shankaracharya Jayanti, 23 is Maharana Pratap Jayanti, 27 is

Buddha Purnima.
May is very hot, the month to head to the Hills. U travel to the

some of the most beautiful places in Himachal Pradesh.

1. Counter the Naxalites by supporting a Tribal School for Rs 16,000/ p.a. -



2. Maharana Pratap Jayanti visit Haldighati by sanjeev nayyar -


3. Buddha Purnima visit Sarnath by sanjeev nayyar - is where Buddha gave his

first sermons.


4. Drive from Leh to Manali by vikram oberoi -


5. Travel to Spiti Valley by sanjeev nayyar -


6. Drive Narkhanda to Sangla Valley by richa bansal -


With Prem

Sanjeev Nayyar

Quote:Bhagur is an obscure village around 6-7 miles from Nashik in Western Maharashtra. It would have remained a mere speck on the map had it not been for the fact that it is the birthplace of Vinayak Damodar Savarkar (b 28 May 1883). Originally from Savarwadi, a small hamlet in Guhagar tehsil in Konkan (coastal Maharashtra), Savarkar's ancestors migrated to Bhagur during the time of Peshwa Bajirao I. In recognition of their valour, Savarkar's ancestors had received Bhagur and Rahuri villages as prize. On one occasion, Savarkar's ancestors defeated a band of dacoits and brought home a 45 cm high copper idol of the eight-armed Ashtabhuja Devi. This goddess thus became the family deity of the Savarkars. Bhagur was also the birthplace of Savarkar's illustrious brothers, the elder Ganesh or Babarao and the youngest Narayan or Balarao and also that of his younger sister Maina or Mai. Thus, Bhagur has the distinction of being the birthplace of three heroic patriots.

Savarkar spent the first fourteen years of his life in Bhagur. The self-sacrificing patriot, social reformer, scholar, organizer, poet, playwright and orator in Savarkar was born and nurtured in Bhagur. His father Damodarpant (pant is a Marathi honorific) or Anna as he was called was fond of English and Marathi poetry. Savarkar's maternal uncle Govindpant Manohar was a poet and a wrestler of sorts. Family meetings at dinnertime would be invariably marked by Damodarpant reciting tales from Ramayana and Mahabharata or poems of Marathi poets such as Waman Pandit and Moropant or passages from Homer and Pope. It was inevitable that the young Savarkar would soon start composing his own poems. It was at the tender age of twelve that Savarkar composed his first-ever poem 'Shrimant Sawai Madhavravaancha rang' on the Peshwa Sawai Madhavrao. His poem 'Swadeshicha phatka' dealing with Swadeshi and composed when he was merely fifteen was published in the Jagadhitechchu periodical from Pune. The young lad was already dreaming of writing a magnum opus called Durgadas Vijay. It was as a child that Savarkar would hungrily devour back issues of Tilak's Kesari and Vishnushastri Chiplunkar's Nibandhmala (garland of essays) and read them aloud to others.

Being landholders, the Savarkar family commanded respect in the village. But young Vinayak knew no distinctions of rich and poor, high and low when it came to choosing friends. His friends were drawn from all castes. They would stage mock fights between Shivaji's Marathas and the Mughals. In 1893-94, Muslim riots erupted in parts of Maharashtra. Enraged by this, Savarkar and his teenaged friends attacked a mosque. In retaliation, students from the Urdu school attacked Savarkar's friends but were roundly beaten up. The Muslim students vowed to corrupt the Hindu teenagers by forcing them to eat meat. This never happened. Later, Savarkar would go on to demolish the theory that a man's religion is corrupted by his diet. Savarkar organized a public Ganeshotsav and delivered a public speech while he was still fourteen.

Vinayak lost his mother Radhabai while he was only nine. His brother Babarao was married to Yashoda Phadke of Trimbakeshwar when Vinayak was eleven. Yashoda or Yesuvahini as she was called, took the place of Radhabai. To Vinayak, Yesuvahini was his dear friend and colleague in revolution. Indeed, she became his mother and source of inspiration. The unlettered Yesuvahini was fond of poetry. Soon Vinayak and Yesuvahini would recite poems in tandem and try to best each other. Vinayak taught his sister-in-law and her friends to read and write.

In 1897, plague struck India and claimed millions of lives. The British used the pretext of plague to inflict atrocities on the people. To avenge these atrocities, the Chapekar brothers, Damodar Hari and Balkrishna Hari killed Special Plague Committee Chairman Rand and his military escort Lt. Ayerst on 22 June 1897 as they were returning from the Diamond Jubilee celebrations of the coronation of Queen Victoria at Government House, Pune. The two brothers embraced the gallows in 1899. Their brother Vasudeo Hari and his friend Mahadev Ranade were also hanged for killing an informant. These hangings stirred Maharashtra. The young Vinayak was moved to write a play on Tilak and Chapekar brothers. But it was considered too inflammable by the village elders to be enacted publicly. When all the other family members went to sleep, Vinayak would get up in the dead of the night and write a ballad on the Chapekars and Ranade under the light of a lantern. Disturbed by the light, Damodarpant once woke up to find his son single-mindedly composing this ballad. "You are too young for all this. Forget it. All this can wait till you grow up" said the anxious father to Vinayak. The ballad was so inflammable that it could not be published even in its watered down version. It saw the light of day only in 1946.

"If Chapekar's work needs to be carried forward, why should'nt I be the one to do it?" thought the teenaged Vinayak. In the dead of the night, he approached the deity of Ashtabhuja Devi and pledged thus: "For the sake of my country's freedom, I shall embrace death while killing the enemy in armed revolution like the Chapekars or become victorious like Shivaji and place the crown of freedom on my motherland's forehead. I shall unfurl the flag of armed revolution and fight unto the last". In later years, Savarkar narrated that this oath had a lasting impact on him. Its effect never dimmed in his darkest hours.

Savarkar did the first four standards of primary school in a school in Bhagur. He completed the next two academic years at home. In 1897, Savarkar left Bhagur for Nashik for his middle school education. While there, the plague claimed the lives of Savarkar's father and uncle in 1899.

Savarkar retained his affection for Bhagur till the end. In 1953, he went to Nashik to inaugurate the Abhinav Bharat Mandir. From there, he travelled to Bhagur and spent some time in his ancestral house which now belonged to someone else. He remained silent for some time. The streets were too narrow to allow a vehicle. Savarkar's legs were aching. But he insisted on walking through the streets of bhagur and visiting the homes of the ex-untouchables.

Places such as the Cellular jail, Andamans and the Patitpavan Mandir, the first pan-Hindu temple in Ratnagiri which are associated with Savarkar's life have become places of pilgrimage. Likewise, his birth-place Bhagur shall be always remembered as the place which made the man.

Today, on 28 May, Savarkar's birth anniversary, we remember the man and his mission. On this occasion, we are pleased to announce that work is in progress to make our website truly multi-lingual - it will soon have Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati and Tamil content. We plan to add more content in these and other languages, both Indian and foreign.

You can now follow us on twitter and become a fan on facebook.

The Savarkar.org Team

Quote:Centenary of an epic leap: L’affaire Savarkar

Savarkar’s historic leap into the ocean off the coast of Marseilles, France on Friday, 08 July 1910 is a watershed event in the history of our Freedom Movement. Savarkar’s daring escape and arrest on French soil became a cause celebre in the Permanent Court of Arbitration, Hague as the International Court of Justice was then called. The extraordinary chain of events starting with Savarkar’s extradition from Britain to India on board the S.S. Morea (01 July 1910) and culminating in the award by the Arbitral Tribunal (24 February 1911) has been referred to as ‘The Savarkar Case’ and “L’affaire Savarkar’ by British and French chroniclers of that time. L’affaire Savarkar catapulted the issue of India’s freedom at the international level. As we observe the centenary of that momentous event, it is worth recalling its details...

Today is Sri Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's Punyay Tithi (Death Anniversary) who died of cardiac arrest on December 15, 1950 at Mumbai,India. We must think about him and please do remembered him and his work, love, scarification for India
Jan 5

1664 Shivaji swopped onto and blitzed the city of Surat, Bombay of Awrangzib, challenging patsah to stop him if he had guts

1592 Born Shahjahan

1893 Born Yoganand
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Dr Devi Shetty

For 'Yeshasvini' - the world's cheapest comprehensive health insurance scheme at Rs 5 per month for poor people of Karnataka.



Banda Singh Bahadur - Ravinder Grewal


Today June 19th in 1716, Banda Bahadur (also known as Lachman/Madho Das) one of the greatest Dharmayodha's in our history attained Veeragati after much torture by Muslims for refusal to convert. His infant son was hacked to pieces in front of him & the heart into his mouth. Then his legs & arms were hacked, his eyeball was pulled out, through out this Banda sat unmoved.

Too bad Indians are busy worshipping third rate Bollywood sluts & the Khans instead of remembering him.

Banda shook up the Mullah class for the 7 years he was active, to date he remains one of the most hated if not the most hated by Panjabi ...Muslims.

It was the first and ONLY time when Muslims got a taste of their own medicine for a sustained amount of time because of his tit for tat policy.

He also abolished the Zamindari system, the primary beneficaries being the Hindu-Sikh tillers with the big losers being the Muslim zamindars.


Bandi Bir - बंदी वीर (An imprisoned warrior) - Ballad of Sri Banda Bairagi by Rabindranath Tagore


Above also has an English translation.

Savarkar had also written a poem about Bandaji's Veeragati but I think its only in Marathi.
Today July 23rd, 1856 was born Bal Gangadhar Tilak.

Today July 23rd, 1906 was born Chandrashekhar Azad.

Today July 25th, 1583 Hindus of Cuncolim rise up and kill their Christian oppressors. Let us remember the noble souls.

Quote:In 1583, 5 jesuit priests led by Fr. Rudolfo Aquaviva received orders from their superior to go to Salcette to maintain law and order, destroy temples, construct churches and effect conversions. They chose Cuncolim to make their first survey of the situation, as they saw it as an ideal ground for constructing a church.[11]


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