Bhojshala: Kamal Maula Masjid or Vagdevi Temple, ASI Survey revealed on 29th April

some hindus in bhojshala during pooja
  • A survey of Bhojshala Temple, Kamal Maula Masjid complex located in Dhar, Madhya Pradesh has been conducted, the decision of which has been taken on the orders of Madhya Pradesh High Court.
  • Both Hindu and Muslim parties are asserting their rights on the Bhojshala.
  • ASI team has been instructed to survey the Bhojshala. ASI will have to submit its report to Indore High Court within 6 weeks by 29th April 2024.
  • Strict security measures have also been taken during the survey and heavy police force has been deployed.
  • The ASI team has made complete preparations for the survey from technical and scientific point of view and intensive research is being done under it.
  • The Muslim side had filed an application in the Supreme Court demanding to stop the survey being conducted in Bhojshala on the orders of the High Court, but the Supreme Court rejected the application.
  • The Hindu side is satisfied with this survey, while the Muslim side is objecting to it.

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) reached Dhar in Madhya Pradesh on March 22 to survey the disputed Bhojshala Temple Kamal Maula Masjid complex. This step has been taken after the recent order of Indore bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court. Hindus consider Bhojshala to be the temple of Goddess Saraswati. People of Muslim community consider it as Kamal Maula Masjid. According to an ASI order issued on 7 April 2003, Hindus are allowed to offer prayers inside the Bhojshala complex every Tuesday, while Muslims are allowed to offer namaz inside the complex every Friday. Whether this Bhojshala of Dhar is a temple or a mosque can be decided only after the ASI survey report comes. The organization of the survey has an important contribution in investigating new facts and unreliabilities in the Bhojshala controversy.

The Bhojshala controversy is decades old but in the year 2022, a petition filed in the Indore High Court gave it a new turn. In the petition, a demand has been made to install the statue of Goddess Saraswati here and to get photography and videography of the entire complex done. The petition demands stopping of Namaz here. It was also demanded that the Hindu side wants to bring Bhojshala completely under its jurisdiction.

agnikund in Bhojshala Temple, Kamal Maula Masjid complex

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Giving information in this regard, Dhar SP said, “I want to appeal to all the people of Dhar district that the instructions of the Honorable High Court are that the survey work is to be completed by the ASI and everyone should participate in the survey work. We will ensure complete arrangement of roads so that there is no disruption and at the same time we will also ensure that peace and tranquility is maintained in the city. I have full hope that the people of the city and district will fully cooperate in this entire survey.

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