Description Historique et Geographique De l’Inde is a travel book written by the Joseph Tieffenthaler which was an 18th-century missionary who travelled in India.
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Description Historique et Geographique De l’Inde:
- It is a travel book written by the Joseph Tieffenthaler which was an 18th-century missionary who travelled in India for 27 years, and wrote his travelogue.
Why in news?
- Some of the paragraphs from Tieffenthaler’s travel book are cited in the recent SC judgement on ayodhya case.
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He mentioned in his travel book that,
- there was a temple in Ayodhya constructed on the elevated bank of the river.
- Aurangzeb was always keen to propagate the creed of Mohammed and abhorring the noble people and he demolished it and replaced with a mosque and two obelisks.
- Aurangzeb did it with a view to obliterate even the very memory of the Hindu superstition.
- Mentioned another mosque built by the Moors (The Moors were the medieval Muslim inhabitants) is adjacent to the one towards the East.
- Aurangzeb got the fortress called Ramcot demolished and got a Muslim temple with triple domes constructed at the same place. (Others say that it was constructed by ‘Babar’.)
- There were Fourteen black stone pillars in temple. It is narrated that these pillars were brought from the Island of Lanca or Selendip (called Ceyian by the Europeans) by Hanuman, King of Monkeys.
- He had proficient skills in mathematics, astronomy and Sanskrit language.
- In India, he was commissioned at the famous observatory of Sawai Jai Singh, the Raja of Jaipur, and was later attached at the Jesuit College in Agra which was built with the patronage of Akbar.
- Tieffenthaler lived in Awadh, where Ayodhya is located, for over five years.
- Tieffenthaler underwent religious training in the Jesuit order before setting sail for Goa from Portugal in 1743.