Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Madhya Pradesh High Court allows ASI survey of Bhojshala Temple-Kamal Maula Mosque complex

The Madhya Pradesh High Court on Monday ordered the Archeological Survey of India (ASI) to survey the Bhojshala Temple – Kamal Maula Mosque complex in Madhya Pradesh’s Dhar district within six weeks, The Indian Express reported.

The court observed that its nature and character need to be “demystified and freed from the shackles of confusion”. Kamal Maula Mosque management committee will challenge the ruling in the Supreme Court

For Hindus, the structure is a temple dedicated to the Goddess Vagdevi (Saraswati), while for Muslims, it is the site of the Kamal Maula Mosque. As per an arrangement made by the ASI on April 7, 2003, Hindus perform puja in the Bhojshala premises on Tuesdays, while Muslims offer namaz in the complex on Fridays.

The court ordered the ASI to constitute an expert committee that will “complete scientific investigation, survey and excavation, through adoption of latest methods and techniques”.

The petitioners in the case, a group called the Hindu Front for Justice, have argued that Kamal Maula Mosque was constructed during the reign of Alauddin Khilji between the 13th and 14th centuries by “destroying and dismantling ancient structures of previously constructed Hindu temples”.

“Only the members of the Hindu community have a fundamental right under Article 25 of the Constitution of India to perform puja and rituals at the place of goddess Vagdevi within the premises of Saraswati Sadan, commonly known as Bhojshala situated in Dhar,” the petition claimed.

The court has mentioned in the order that the right to worship and perform rituals in the disputed premises will be considered and determined only after receipt of the aforementioned report from the Expert Committee.

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