After January 2, the Mathura Court mandates a survey of the Shahi Idgah Mosque.

After January 2, the Mathura Court mandates a survey of the Shahi Idgah Mosque.

After January 2, the Mathura Court mandates a survey of the Shahi Idgah Mosque.

According to the petitions, Mughal emperor Aurangzeb ordered the construction of the Shahi Idgah mosque near the Krishna Janmabhoomi in 1669–1670.

The Shahi Idgah Mosque, which is believed to have been constructed on the “Krishna Janmabhoomi,” or the location of Lord Krishna’s birth, will be surveyed by the Archaeological Survey of India after January 2, according to an order from a local court in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh. Following January 20, the report will be delivered.

The survey will be identical to the one in Varanasi’s Gyanvapi mosque, where it was allegedly discovered that a “Shivling” had been discovered, according to a lawsuit filed by Vishnu Gupta of the right-wing group Hindu Sena.

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The court has set January 20 as the next hearing date in this case. Hindu organizations have filed numerous lawsuits asking for the removal of the Shahi Idgah Masjid from the Katra Keshav Dev temple on the grounds that the mosque was constructed on the site of Lord Krishna’s birth.

According to Vishnu Gupta’s plea, the Shahi Idgah mosque was constructed at the Krishna Janmabhoomi in 1669–1670 on Mughal emperor Aurangzeb’s instructions within the 13.37-acre grounds of the Katra Keshav Dev temple.

According to Vishnu Gupta’s attorney Shailesh Dubey, the Hindu Sena’s vice-president Surjit Singh Yadav and Mr. Gupta, who is headquartered in Delhi, made this assertion in court on December 8. “From the birth of Lord Krishna to the building of the temple, he recounted the full history to the court. Additionally, he has called for the annulment of the 1968 agreement between Shri Krishna Janmasthan Seva Sangh and Shahi Idgah, calling it unlawful “said Mr. Dubey.

The Places of Worship Act of 1991, which preserves the religious status of any place of worship as it was on August 15, 1947, was the reason the civil court in Mathura earlier dismissed the complaint, stating that it cannot be admitted under that law.

The Ayodhya temple-mosque controversy, in which Hindu activists destroyed the 16th-century Babri mosque in 1992 because they thought it had been constructed on the foundations of an old temple, was the lone exception to the legislation. In order to build a massive Ram temple, the Supreme Court granted Hindus the mosque site in 2019 and ordered alternate property for a mosque.

The Krishna Janmabhoomi lawsuit had previously been dismissed by the Mathura court because, if it had been filed, numerous worshippers might have sought redress in a variety of situations.

Petitioners then appealed the decision. In their lawsuit, the petitioners stated that they had a right to approach the court as followers of Lord Krishna. They assert that they are entitled to do worship at the real site of Lord Krishna’s birth.

To commemorate the anniversary of the Babri Mosque demolition, the Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha had earlier this month called for chanting the Hanuman Chalisa within the Shahi Masjid Idgah. Seven or eight people were detained in addition to the arrest of one of the group’s leaders.

A shiva linga was allegedly discovered in the pond inside the Gyanvapi Masjid complex in Varanasi in May of this year during a three-day videography survey ordered by the court. Their attorney claimed that the pond had been used for ablution (wuzu) purifying rituals, that the water had been emptied from it, and that a shiva linga had purportedly been discovered.

However, according to the Varanasi District Magistrate, none of the commission members who conducted the survey gave any information about their survey of the Gyanvapi mosque. Numerous petitions submitted by both parties following the survey are still being heard by the court.

Following the Supreme Court’s historic ruling in the protracted Ram Janmabhoomi case in November 2019, Hindu organizations have intensified their efforts to “reclaim” what they see as “Hindu sites” in Mathura and Kashi.

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