But the irony
of it, no sooner did the invader turn his back than religious fervour
reinstalled it with agamic rituals, through committed Pitadhipathis and theist
rulers, thereby showing to the world that Hinduism aprathihata and its glory,
ajaramara But on one occasion, this holy city went bereft of Sivalinga and
regular worship. This is history. Regular prayer's were restored with the
invisible, yet invincible power of Maheswar. It happened in the reign of
Sikandar Lodi. This religious bigot, not only razed the temple, but also banned
further construction of any shrine on the old site, or anywhere in the city. It
continued for 17 years for lifting the ban, and to reviewing the regular
worship, every ardent theist, Pitadhipathi and subdued king tired, but in vain.
The struggle between life and death ended only with publishing of the mysterious
might of the Omnipotent Lord Maheswer. Lord sent drought as first measure,
followed severe epidemics which swept off unprecedented numbers. The Lodi had
tremors-ghastliness of death when danced naked, he condescended to implementing
the suggestion of Narayana Bhatta - a spiritual leader of great reputation.
Narayana Bhatta. attributing the calamity due to damage done to Mandir and
stopping of rituals, assured normally, if prayers were offered. Lodi agreed.
With the performance of powerful Anushthan yaga, he brought down heavy down
pour. A boon to wateless land. Opening the eyes, Lodi lifted the ban. The temple
was then constructed and prayers, regularised. Will the Omni compassionate God
ever let down his bhaktas? No! NEVER so far. Later Aurangazeb, the zealot turned
blind to history and damaged all, held sacred. But efforts at restoration bore
fruits in 1783 with the construction of grand temple by Rani Ahilayabai. Her
bounty is now enabling the bhaktakoti to avail the darsan of the Lord and
offering of personal prayers a rare boon to the theists. The Mandir is also
called the Golden Temple, for the spires - sikharas are adorned with gold
plates, donated by Maharaja Ranjit Singh in 1835. Let us enter and feast our
eyes with Lord Viswanath's adorable form.