Bharatha Vetri Pangal

It was year 1962, China invaded the disputed territory of India along the long Himalayan border in Ladakh and across the McMahon line causing the Sino-Indian war.

There had been a series of violent border skirmishes between the two countries after the 1959 Tibetan uprising, when India granted asylum to the Dalai Lama. India initiated a defensive Forward Policy from 1960 to hinder Chinese military patrols and logistics, in which it placed outposts along the border, including several north of the McMahon Line, the eastern portion of the Line of Actual Control proclaimed by Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai in 1959.

Chinese troops advanced over Indian forces in both theatres, capturing Rezang La in Chushul in the western theatre, as well as Tawang in the eastern theatre.

Much of the fighting took place in harsh mountain conditions, entailing large-scale combat at altitudes of over 4,000 metres (14,000 feet).

Sri Kamakshi Dasa sang in chorus the Bharatha Vetri Pangal – a melodic mode to invoke the mercy of the God to attain victory in the Sino Indian war. These hymns were said to be widely broadcasted on air too.

The war ended when China declared a ceasefire on 20 November 1962, and simultaneously announced its withdrawal to its claimed “Line of Actual Control”.

Please refer to HIS DIVINE WORKS page for details on the verses.