Krishna Janmabhoomi and Shahi Idgah Masjid Dispute: Know history and all details

Krishna Janmabhoomi and Shahi Idgah Masjid Dispute: Mathura District Court has given approval to the hearing of a lawsuit in the lower court over the removal of Shahi Idgah Masjid (Mosque). A local court in Mathura had earlier agreed to hear a plea seeking the videography of Shahi Idgah Mosque that lies adjacent to Krishna Janmabhoomi.

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What is Krishna Janmasthan Temple Complex
Krishna Janmasthan Temple
Krishna Janmabhoomi Temple Mathura
Krishna Janmabhoomi Temple
Shahi Idgah Masjid Mathura
Shahi Idgah Masjid

Earlier on May 12, the Lucknow Bench of Allahabad High Court had directed the Mathura Court that all the cases related to the Krishna Janmabhoomi-Shahi Idgah Mosque dispute must be disposed of within four months.

Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi

The Krishna Janmasthan Temple Complex is a group of Hindu temples in Mallapura, Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, India. These temples are built at the location where the Hindu deity Krishna is believed to be born, and is adjacent to the Eidgah mosque built by Aurangzeb.

Shri Krishna Janambhumi | District Mathura, Government of Uttar Pradesh | India

The place has held religious significance since the 6th century BC. The temples were destroyed multiple times throughout history, most recently by the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb in 1670. He built the Shahi Idgah mosque there which still stands. In 20th century, the new temple complex adjacent the mosque was built with the financial help from industrialists containing the Keshavdeva temple, the Garbha Griha temple at the birthplace and the Bhagavata Bhavan.

Keshavdeva Temple

The Keshavdeva Temple was built by Ramkrishna Dalmia in memory of his mother Jadiadevi Dalmia. The construction of the temple started on 29 June 1957 and inaugurated on 6 September 1958 by Hanuman Prasad Poddar. It is located south of the Shahi Eidgah Masjid.

Keshavdeva Temple Mathura
Keshavdeva Temple Mathura

Garbha Griha shrine

It is said that Shahi Eidgah was constructed on the sabhamandapa (assembly hall) of the original temple and the garbha griha (sanctum sactorum) was left. It is considered as the place of the prison cell where Krishna is believed to have born. A marble pavilion and an underground prison cell were built on the place with spacious veranda. There is shrine near it dedicated to eight-handed goddess Yogmaya. It is located against the rear wall of the Shahi Eidgah.

Garbha Griha shrine Mathura
Garbha Griha shrine

Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi & Shahi Idgah Masjid Dispute

Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi is spread over an area of 13.39 acres and has a whole set of Hindu temples and religious structures. Right next to the complex stands the Shahi Idgah Masjid which was built by the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb in 1670 after demolishing the Keshavdas Temple. It has been claimed that the Masjid stands in the place of the Temple and that the Hindu devotees must be allowed to pray.

Shahi Idgah Masjid built adjacent to Shri Krishna Temple in Mathura
Shahi Idgah Masjid built adjacent to Shri Krishna Temple in Mathura

Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi & Shahi Idgah Masjid Dispute

  • The petitioners have claimed that the Shahi Idgah Mosque was built after demolishing the part of the Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi Temple.
  • The petitioners have demanded the removal of the mosque and have also requested the return of the land for the temple.
  • So far, nine cases have been filed in the Mathura Court in the case of Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi and Shahi Idgah Masjid Dispute.
  • Just like Gyanvapi Masjid Survey, the videography survey of Shahi Idgah Masjid in Mathura will be done. Through this videography, it would be determined where temple existed there or not.