After Ayodhya, politics is now back with its centuries-long divide and rule game in Mathura too where a group of Hindu devotees has moved to the Mathura civil court seeking the removal of a Masjid that stands next to Krishna Janmabhoomi temple. The Krishna Janmabhoomi temple is said to be built at exactly the same spot where Lord Krishna was born.
The Masjid that the devotees want to be removed was built back in 1669-70 by Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. The same spans within the area of 13.37-acre premises of Katra Keshav Dev temple in the holy city.
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The petition has been filed by the Mathura Senior Civil Judge Chhaya Sharma. The petition, as per the reports, demands repealing of a 1968 Mathura court decision that was reached between the Shree Krishna Janmasthan Seva Sansthan and Shahi Idgah Management Committee. The deal had recognised the existence of the mosque within the temple premises.
“Agnihotri, 51, has also moved the court as the next friend of both the deities, Sri Krishna Virajman and the Asthan Shrikrishna Janam Bhoomi, Katra Keshav Dev, claiming both to be juristic persons, liable to be represented in courts by their next friends, if the temple ‘shebaits’ fail to move court to protect deities rights and interests,” the report adds.
Suit blames #Aurangazeb, the Mughal ruler, for demolishing the Krishna temple in Mathura:
“Aurangzeb ruled over the country he being staunch follower of Islam issued orders for demolition of temple standing at birth place of Lord Shree Krishna at Katra Keshav Dev in 1669-70” pic.twitter.com/WKen3RpX22— Bar & Bench (@barandbench) September 26, 2020
As of now, four different committees will respond to the plea. The two from the Muslim said are UP Sunni Central Waqf Board and the Committee of Management of the Shahi Masjid Idgah, the 17th-century mosque existing within the temple premises.
On the Hindu side, a response has been sought from Shree Krishna Janambhoomi Trust, Mathura and Shree Krishna Janm Sthan Sewa Sansthan.
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The petitioners (to quench their own personal motive for sure) in the petition said that the devotees when visited the Mathura temple to pay respect to Lord Krishna were shocked to see a Masjid beside the temple.
Meanwhile, in another plea, the Akhil Bhartiya Akhada Parishad (ABAP) that is the top decision-making body of the 13 Hindu monastic orders of the country, has called the liberation of Kashi and Mathura by removal of two mosques.
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In Kashi, another Temple named Kashi Vishwanath temple shares a boundary wall with the Gyanvapi mosque which the saints want to be removed.
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Being a Hindu, it’s personally shameful for me to see these people calling themselves ‘devotees’ when they don’t even know how to respect the sentiments of another religion. It would be better if these so-called devotees get some peace of mind and focus on commenting on government failures instead of re-opening cases that lie safe and sound inside the history-trunk.