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1,710 relics, including 39 broken idols found during ASI survey at Bhojshala complex in MP

The survey to establish the 'true nature' of disputed complex concluded this week and while the the Muslim side is questioning the origin of these idols, the ASI is expected to submit its report on July 4.
Last Updated : 30 June 2024, 12:55 IST

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Idols of Vagdevi (Saraswati), Mahishasur Mardini, Ganesh, Krishna, Mahadev, Brahma and Hanuman were among the 1,710 relics found during the 98-day Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) survey that was carried out at Bhojshala/ Kamal Maula Mosque complex in Madhya Pradesh's Dhar district. 39 out of the 1,710 relics were broken idols, as per a report in The Times of India.

On March 11, the Indore bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court ordered the ASI to conduct a scientific survey of the medieval-era Bhojshala structure in the Dhar district. On April 1, the Supreme Court refused to stay the survey while hearing a plea of Muslim petitioners, but said no action should be taken without its permission on the outcome of the ASI study.

The survey to establish the 'true nature' of disputed complex concluded this week and while the the Muslim side is questioning the origin of these idols, the ASI is expected to submit its report on July 4.

The publication quoting sources reported that the ASI might seek an extension of their deadline to "dig deeper into the structure and surrounding areas".

Hindu Front for Justice representative Gopal Sharma told TOI that on the last day of survey, the ASI found at least seven structures in the northern side of Bhojshala.

"One of them was the broken idol of a goddess, and the rest are broken pieces of a pillar. Only the neck and face of the idol were found," Sharma said.

Meanwhile, another source from the HFJ told the publication that the ASI has declared that all the work related to the excavation has been done.

This comes as a Muslim side leader claimed yesterday that the guidelines laid down by the Supreme Court were not followed during the scientific study of the 11th-century Bhojshala/Kamal Maula Mosque complex in Dhar district.

As per an April 7, 2003 order of the ASI, Hindus are allowed to worship inside the Bhojshala complex every Tuesday, while Muslims are allowed to offer namaz at the site on Fridays. Hindus believe Bhojshala to be a temple of Goddess Vagdevi (Saraswati), while the Muslim community claims that it has always been a mosque.

The Muslim community on Friday offered namaz at the complex, a day after the ASI wrapped up its 98-day scientific study of the area as directed by the High Court. Waqar Sadiq, `shahar qazi' or head cleric of Dhar city, alleged while talking to reporters that the SC guidelines were "grossly violated by the ASI team".

(With PTI inputs)

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Published 30 June 2024, 12:55 IST

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