Madhya Pradesh HC orders ASI survey of controversial Bhojshala memorial

The Madhya Pradesh High Court on Monday directed the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to conduct a scientific survey of the medieval Bhojshala complex in Dhar district. Hindus consider Bhojshala, an 11th-century monument preserved by the ASI, to be a temple dedicated to Vagdevi (Goddess Saraswati), while the Muslim community calls it Kamal Maula Masjid.

“The only conclusion this court has reached is that it is the constitutional and statutory obligation of the ASI to conduct a scientific survey, study of the Bhojshala temple and Kamal Maula Masjid at the earliest,” said a division bench of the HC in Indore, comprising Justice SA. Dharmadhikari and Devnarayan Mishra.

This instruction of the High Court came while hearing the petition of an organization named Hindi Front for Justice. The bench fixed the next hearing of the case on April 29. As per arrangements made by the ASI on April 7, 2003, Hindus offer prayers in the Bhojshala complex on Tuesdays, while Muslims offer namaz in the complex on Fridays.

29 April
next hearing day

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