Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha has announced that they will install a deity of Bhagvaan Sri Krishna on his birthplace (Vaastavik Janmasthaan) in the Katra Keshav Dev Temple, Mathura on 6 December.
This is a welcome step to start the reclamation of Hindu temples which were vandalized and destroyed by Islamic tyrants. The Keshav Dev temple was vandalized and destroyed by the Mughal tyrant Aurangzeb, and a mosque was built adjacent to it.
In a verdict in 1967, the court ratified a land deal between the Shri Krishna Janmasthan Dev Sansthan and Shahi Idgah Management Committee, allowing the existence of the mosque next to the temple.
On February 2, 2021, a petition was filed by Pawan Kumar Shastri , pujari of Keshav Dev temple,in a district court challenging the verdict of 1967, and demanding the removal of the Idgah built by Aurangzeb. He alleged that there were attempts to remove the temple by Shahi Idgah mosque, as reported by District Government Counsel Sanjai Gaur.
In October 2020, another plea was filed in the district court, seeking removal of the Shahi Idgah adjacent to the Krishna Janmabhoomi temple. Hari Shankar Jain, the lawyer of the petitioners, said that the Places of Worship Act, 1991, did not apply to the temple. The plea was filed on behalf of devotees of Bhagvan Krishna, the child deity.
Krishna Janmabhoomi is sacred to not just people of Mathura, but millions of Krishna devotees all over the world. The question of land grab of the temple precincts, is a question of purposeful offense to Hindu sentiments by the tyrant Aurangzeb. There is no reason for his crimes to be allowed to continue in the 21st century, hundreds of years later. A mosque, unlike a temple, has no “sacredness” attached to it. It is merely a gathering place for offering namaaz. Seeing how Muslims can offer namaaz anywhere, even on the roads, there is no reason for the mosque to exist next to the Krishna Janmabhoomi temple. It can be shifted to a place better suited for that purpose.
On 6 December, as per Rajyashri Choudhary, the Hindu Mahasabha leader, a Maha Jal Abhishek will be performed on the Janmasthan, to purify the place and restore sanctity to it. Following this, a Krishna deity will be installed.
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Last modified: November 22, 2021