Lost Sarasvathi and the lost Vastu of king Bhojaraja.

The loot of India has been happening for long.
Many priceless
and antiquated items have been taken abroad.
One such item is the statue of Goddess Sarasvathi
that once belonged to Bhojshala in Madhya Pradesh.
It is presently housed in a Museum in London.
Dr Subramanian Swamy has said that he would file a case
in London court asking the British Museum
to return the statue of Goddess Sarasvathi to India.
Details on this effort and the details on the
current state of Bhojshala can be read in the link here:


The link below gives a crucial information
that this Bhojshala has been converted into a Mosque!
Read the other information given after
this news report and take a look at the pictures.
I have some information to share
which I have given after the pictures.

Swamy visits Bhojshala
PTI | 11:09 PM,Sep 25,2011
Dhar(MP), Sep 25 (PTI) Reviving the controversial Bhojshala issue,
Janata Party President Subramanian Swamy
today claimed
the Shlokas in Sanskrit language were engraved at a place
where idol of Waghdevi (Goddess Saraswati)
was earlier installed in the sanctum-sanctorum.
“After visiting the Bhojshala and
personally inspecting
the place where the idol of Waghdevi was
established by the Raja Bhoj,
I found that shlokas in Sanskrit language
were engraved at that place,”
he told a press conference.Swamy arrived here
to visit the disputed Bhojshala where
Hindus offer puja
every Tuesday and Muslims offer Namaz every Friday
as part of an arrangement made by the
Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).
Rest of the days it is opened for all.
He said he would file a petition in a London court
where the idol is kept in a museum to bring it back
to India like the idol of Natraj which he had
claimed in a similar fashion.PTI CORR MAS RKC


The Bhojshala Temple in Dhar – built in the 11th century –
and now used as a mosque and temple.
King Bhoja the Great who ruled between 1000 and 1055.
Famed for his learning and love of Sanskrit,
Bhoja was dedicated to Sarasvati, the goddess of knowledge.
The city of Dhar was sacked by the Chalukyas and Solankis
in the 12th century and the statue of Sarasvati was taken away
to Gujarat where a temple was built for the goddess in 1271.
The library of Dhar was also looted and manuscripts
preserved in the Bhandars of western India.

The mosque known as Raja Bhoj’s school or the Bhoj Shala 

was built out of Hindu and Jain remains in the
14th or 15th centuries: its name is derived from one of the slabs,
covered with inscriptions giving rules of Sanskrit grammar,
once used as a paving stone in the hall.

Bhoja Shala Colonade, [Dhar]

Photograph taken in 1902. Photograph of a Mosque, at Dhar,
Madhya Pradesh, taken by an unknown photographer in c.1902.
Raja Bhoja was a famous 11th-century king of the Hindu Paramara dynasty
which ruled Dhar between the 9th and 13th centuries.
The Paramaras were known for their support for literature
and during this period many Hindu and Jain scholars flourished
at the Paramara court and Dhar became a famous centre of learning.
Legend states that King Bhoja founded a school which is referred
to as the Bhojashala (or Bhoja’s school).
Dhar fell to the
Delhi Sultanate under Alauddin Khalji in 1305
and later became part of the province of the independent Sultans of Malwa.
A mosque was built here in the 14th century using fragments of Hindu
and Jain structures. This is a view of the internal court.
The colonnade consists of carved pillars which appear to have Hindu origins.

Inner structure of Bhoja Shala, Dhar.
Entrance to Bhoja Shala, Dhar. See History of Dhar
according to a Government website.
Sarasvati pratima in British Museum.
Let me continue.
Bhoj shala was built by King Bhoja raja.
This name is  familiar  for those in the know of
old texts of Vastu sastra.
This king has authored a book called, “Samarangana Sutradhara”
which contains rules of Vastu sastra.
On reading the news that the Bhojshala built by
Bojaraja was converted into a mosque,
the immediate thought that came in my mind was
how that could have happened if the structure was built
by one who framed the very rules of Vastu!
King Bhojaraja lived about 1000 years ago.
He was said to have learned the 64 arts and so many other
branches of knowledge. His book on Vastu
seems to be a creation of his own mind or research
as there are some deviations from previous books of his time
such as Viswakarma Prakashika.
 In particular, Bhojaraj has given additional inputs on Aya Prakarana.
Most old texts have given prime importance to Aya than to anything else.
Today no one follows Aya and not many have knowledge of Aya.

But this concept of Aya was as old as Rig Vedas itself, according to me.

The Aya mentioned in Rig Vedas is considered as Iron, but the context
where this word appears always is related to lands or fields or some area.
This makes me think that Rig Vedic Aya is
not aya-iron, but the Aya of Vastu.

There is no exact term for Aya in English.

Aya means Increase or income or yield from a place.
Today we look at the length and breadth dimensions
of the plot or house for Vastu compliance.
But originally as per Vastu, there are some calculations
related to the area of the plot or house which determines
whether the plot or house will be a source
of Growth or increase of Aya.

There are a number of factors connected to Aya,

such as whether the owner of the plot will live long or
earn well or would have ever increasing happiness in the House.
The life of the structure also is determined by Aya.
The Aya is a mathematical derivation and the different kinds of
derivations show the Aya connected to
different kinds of issues of Increase / Income / Aya.

The Aya is applicable to all areas, such as fields, houses,

godowns, palaces or even wells which gives some yield.
The yield of fields was determined by
Aya calculations based on which the king collected a  tax called Aya.
The same word appears in Tamil also,
as Ayam (ஆயம்), aayath theervai (ஆயத் தீர்வை),
kanakkaayar (கணக்காயர்) etc.

The tax collectors of Aya, are mentioned
in the accounts of Magastenes.
The people of Indus valley civilization,

who moved to Tamilnadu after the deluge at
Dwaraka around 3500 years ago, continued
their job as collectors of Aya.
Ayy Andiran was a tax collector first
who became the ruler later.

Now we will come to Bhojaraja.
He has handed over some concepts –

which might have existed before him and
revived by him – on Aya.
For example he has a calculation of Aya
that is related to the birth star of the owner.
Yet another important calculation is related
to the longevity of the place and the owner.

I am relating this to the longevity of the
structure built by Bhojaraja.
The calculation is done like this.
> Calculate the Khetra phala (area)

by multiplying the length and breadth of the
proposed construction.
> Multiply this area by 8
> Then divide the resultant by 120.
> The remainder is the Ayush or
Longevity of the structure.
> This number must be divided by 8.
> If the remainder is zero, the structure
will not last long. Zero as remainder means death.

King Bhojaraja must have calculated this and

other issues of Aya when he built this structure.
It is possible to calculate the Ayush of the structure
that now stands using the above method.
In all probability, I am sure the Ayush bala is there.
Otherwise the structure would not have survived this long.

But the question is why did the structure slip into another’s

hand and ceased to be a School for which it was meant?
Why it got converted to a Mosque?

I think, the King could not have ensured

all the principal norms when he built this structure,
For example, for a structure to last for over 1000 years,
the inauguration muhurtha of the construction
must have been done when one of the 3 planets,
Venus, Jupiter or Saturn must have been in exaltation.
Here the lagna also is important.

Lagna as Pisces with exalted Venus in the lagna,
or lagna as Aries with exalted Jupiter in Cancer (4th house)
or lagna as Sagittarius with 2nd lord Saturn

in exaltation in the 11th house
are recommended by old texts to ensure
the structure to stand for more than 1000 years.
That the structure has stood up so long shows
that Bhijaraja must have started the
construction in any one of these combinations.

But if the 7th lord or the 10th lord of that Muhurtha

goes to occupy a sign of enmity or
if the occupant of the 7th and 10th house at that time
is a planet inimical to the lord of that house,
it is said that the structure would go out of hand!

Perhaps this could have been the condition

when Bhojaraja started the construction of the
The structure was captured by Muslims and
converted into a Mosque.
The purpose of the structure, namely
as an educational institution has been lost.

In those days, the image of
Saraswathi and Ganesha

used to be consecrated at the
entrance of the school
which the pupils would worship
before entering the classes.
This information is found in the chronicles
given by Dharampal in his book “Beautiful tree”.

The standing posture of Goddess Saraswathi
goes well

with Bhojshala which was meant to be a school,
may be along with a temple also.

The perfect shape of the courtyard
and the mantap

in the pictures above show the case of
a perfect Aya,
for which Bhojaraja’s Vastu book
stands out unique.
The structure has survived and his name
also continues to be remembered.

Perhaps he could not have avoided a

malefic connection in the start-up time
Perhaps that led to the loss of structure
to Mlecchas and loss o
f the most revered Goddess who is worshiped
for gaining knowledge.

These thoughts give us very poignant notions
of our wonderful past.
What a nation, what a culture, what a tradition
we have bequeathed!
Is it not right to ask all those who have taken
the possessions of this country

to return them and help us rebuild the
wonderful institutions of the past?
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