In the last few days, there have been lots of lamentations about how “Babri Masjid” was destroyed by “Hindu extremists”.
It is well known and confirmed by archaeology that Babri Masjid was constructed on a Hindu temple (ASI report 2003). The word Babra/Babar means “insane/mad”. The Babri mosque was built for whom and why did it get such a name? here are the answers to the question.
Babur first got married to his cousin Ayesha Sultana Begum. However, Babur was never interested in her. He initially used to see her once every 15-20 days. And he soon stopped it altogether.
Babar was rather interested in someone else. He noticed a 13 year old slave boy on sale in a Mughal camp market. Babur was infatuated with sexual desire. He was “maddened and afflicted” with desire for this boy as he himself writes in Baburnama. Babur began composing couplets in Persian and Turkic for this boy. One of the couplets reads
“Out of myself desire rushed me, unknowing
That this is so with the lover of a fairy-face”
Babur later owned this slave boy. He was named Babri. Babur wrote that his name was ‘very apt’ since Babur was maddened/infatuated by the love of this boy.
We know nothing further about Babur and Babri from Baburnama. Our other source of information is a work named Gandunama written by Jafar Zatalli. In his work, Jafar Zatalli tells us that the slave boy Babri had died and this extremely saddened Babur who blamed himself for Babri’s death. We are never told reason for Babri’s death, but the physical slavery to satisfy sexual desires of the Mughal emperor must have taken a toll on the poor kid’s body.
The Babri Masjid was named after him. Very tellingly, Jafar Zatalli using his usual poetic similes compares the domes of that structure with a physical organ of Babri. I shall let the readers guess what he is talking about. Readers interested in further information can themselves look up Gandunama
1) Baburnama (written by Babur), information comes from the period between August 1499 and July 1500.
2) Gandunama by Jafar Zatalli
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