Hindu groups reject ASI’s staggered timing to pray at Bhojshala in Madhya Pradesh

The district administration is now bracing for a tense Basant Panchmi.

Written by Milind Ghatwai | Bhopal | Published:February 3, 2016 3:51 am
Bhojshala-Indore-759 Both the communities claim the Bhojshala-Kamal Maula Masjid as their own. (Source: ASI)

Hindu organisations have rejected the Archaeological Survey of India’s (ASI) proposed arrangement of letting both Hindus and Muslims pray at Bhojshala in Dhar town of Madhya Pradesh on Basant Panchami on February 12, saying the devotees will sit outside the disputed shrine if Friday prayers are allowed. Both the communities claim the Bhojshala-Kamal Maula Masjid as their own; the district administration is now bracing for a tense Basant Panchmi.

“Hindus will boycott the puja if they are not allowed uninterrupted access to the shrine from sunrise to sunset. Interrupted prayers are not auspicious. We hope something will happen by February 11,” Dharma Jagaran Manch convenor Gopal Sharma told The Indian Express on Tuesday. The ASI has said Hindus will be allowed to pray from sunrise to noon and then from 3.30 pm till sunset, while Muslims will be allowed to pray from 1 pm to 3 pm. In 2006 and 2013, similar arrangement had not worked because Hindu organisations had refused to clear the premises by the stipulated time, forcing the police to use force.

The Dharma Jagaran Manch’s talk of boycott has kept the administration on its toes because till recently its members had said Muslims should be asked to pray elsewhere for a day.

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    Sirius
    Feb 3, 2016 at 8:29 am
    Both communities, In interest of Co-habitation, please co-operate with ASI and take the extra step forward. Neither will become small or will lose your ideny with this small gesture gesture ...
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      Martand
      Feb 3, 2016 at 1:34 am
      Incredible. How can a masjid be allowed in Bhoja- ? Was Raja Bhaja a muslim ?
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        SP
        Feb 3, 2016 at 7:38 am
        During Mughals occupation of this country, many old religious places /structures were forcibly designated as Muslim prayer grounds to put pressure in proselytizing. In Islamic traditions, a masjid is just a praying place and nothing more than that. In Islamic countries Masjids are demolished for even minor developmental work. Muslims of India must rethink , ponder and understand the feelings of Kafirs. Dividing the w word in just two categories of followers and Kafirs , will give difficult times in the modern world. Any religious community must adopt to the new realities. Just imagine the destruction; if the the same dogma is followed by the Kafirs too. All communities in India must adjust, accommodate and strive for peace and harmony for ever.
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          rohit shah
          Feb 3, 2016 at 2:45 am
          ITS SAD STATE OF AFFAIRS . ITS MUSLIM PRAY SITE PLEASE LEAVE TO THE MINORITY. IT is plain distorted history used every time to take control of old praying site of the ,. There are hundreds of temple were all hindus can pray in peace and still take care the minorities in the country. RAM RAM
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            Ramakrishna Tumuluri
            Feb 3, 2016 at 2:23 pm
            THE PRESENT DAY MUSLIMS IN INDIA SHOULD ALSO FEEL THE INSULT DEALT TO BHARAT BY INVADERS AND JOIN HNADS IN THE RECONSTUCTION OF ALL HINDU TEMPLES DESTRO DURING THE PAST FIVE CENTURIES SOMANATH WAS RECONSTRUCTED
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              Vinod Vinayak
              Feb 3, 2016 at 4:45 am
              muslims were invaders, attacker, raiders, perers, pillagers, marauders, looters; occupiers, conquerors; ailants, intruders who destro our Hindu places of worship and claimed the destro places as their own. if today's muslims identify with those invaders, attacker, raiders, perers, pillagers, marauders, looters; occupiers, conquerors; ailants; intruders we Hindus have to treat these today's muslims as invaders, attacker, raiders, perers, pillagers, marauders, looters; occupiers, conquerors; ailants, intruders. muslims have no locus standi on these Hindus places of worship other than that of the invaders, attacker, raiders, perers, pillagers, marauders, looters; occupiers, conquerors; ailants, intruders.
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                Vinod Vinayak
                Feb 3, 2016 at 4:46 am
                muslims were invaders, attacker, raiders, perers, pillagers, marauders, looters; occupiers, conquerors; ailants, intruders who destro our Hindu places of worship and claimed the destro places as their own. if today's muslims identify with those invaders, attacker, raiders, perers, pillagers, marauders, looters; occupiers, conquerors; ailants; intruders we Hindus have to treat these today's muslims as invaders, attacker, raiders, perers, pillagers, marauders, looters; occupiers, conquerors; ailants, intruders. muslims have no locus standi on these Hindus places of worship other than that of the invaders, attacker, raiders, perers, pillagers, marauders, looters; occupiers, conquerors; ailants, intruders.
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                  Vinod Vinayak
                  Feb 3, 2016 at 4:47 am
                  muslims were invaders, attacker, raiders, perers, pillagers, marauders, looters; occupiers, conquerors; ailants, intruders who destro our Hindu places of worship and claimed the destro places as their own. if today's muslims identify with those invaders, attacker, raiders, perers, pillagers, marauders, looters; occupiers, conquerors; ailants; intruders we Hindus have to treat these today's muslims as invaders, attacker, raiders, perers, pillagers, marauders, looters; occupiers, conquerors; ailants, intruders. muslims have no locus standi on these Hindus places of worship other than that of the invaders, attacker, raiders, perers, pillagers, marauders, looters; occupiers, conquerors; ailants, intruders.
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