In the wake of recent attacks on the Army, Rajasthan will grant a spiritual line of defence by organising a grand ‘Rakshtra Raksha Yagan’ at the Shri Mateshwari Tanot Rai temple on Thursday.
On instructions from Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, the Rajasthan Sanskrit Academy will hold a yagna in Tanot Rai temple located near the Indo-Pak border, in order to “protect troops from the enemy.” The yagna will be conducted by 21 “patriotic Brahmins” and is expected to be attended by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Raje.
Apart from the yagna, the Academy has already started chanting of hymns at 26 Ved Vidyalayas run across the state for the troops and for world peace and this shall continue all through Navratra. Over 500 students and staff are participating in the chanting.
Confirming the “Mahayagna”, Academy Director Rajendra Tiwari told The Indian Express on the way to the temple, “The Chief Minister will participate and, as of now, the Union Home Minister is also scheduled to attend.”
A statement issued by the Chief Minister’s Office said that Raje will perform the special pooja in order to boost the morale of the troops. “It will also protect the people living along the border, since the longest part of India’s border with Pakistan (1,040 km) falls in Rajasthan.”
When asked about the “rashtrabhakt Brahmins,” Rajasthan Sanskrit Academy chairperson Jaya Dave said, “the Brahmins are organically associated with the Academy. They are part of several organisations or associations provided financial assistance by us. We chose these people based on their capability to hold this special Rashtra Raksha Yagna.”
Asserting that ancient texts bear cosmic energy, Dave said that the hymns can be then used to provide energy to our soldiers and enhance their power and protect them from the enemy as well.
During the Indo-Pak war of 1965, the Tanot Rai temple was hit by several mortar shells fired by Pakistanis. However, none of the shells exploded, making it a part of the temple legend.
Dave said Brahmins holding prayers for soldiers was part of “our Sanatan Parampara”. “Earlier too, when Kshatriyas fought wars, Brahmins performed such ceremonies to protect them. The message that the government wants to send out is that everyone should come together in support of our country and our forces. Our military capabilities should be visible to everyone.”