Bhojshala on Basant Panchami: Finally, both puja, namaz offered

Some Muslims ‘smuggled in’ for brief namaz at noon, Hindus let in after 1 pm

Written by Milind Ghatwai | Dhar | Updated: February 13, 2016 1:23 am
Bhojshala, basant panchami, madhya pradesh, dhar, Hindu Jagaran Samiti, Namaz, All India Muslim Personal Law Board Devotees offering prayers at Bhojshala. (Express photo)

It took nearly 200 policemen in white kurta-pyjama, approximately 25 Muslim men who no one except the administration saw offering the Friday namaz, and a breach of the Archeological Survey of India’s rules for Basant Panchami to pass off peacefully in this communally sensitive town that is home to the disputed Bhojshala temple and Kamal Maula’s mosque.

The ASI had ordered that only Muslims could offer namaz between 1 and 3 pm, and Hindus perform puja from morning till noon and then after 3 pm.

By late Friday afternoon, though, all parties — members of both religions and the administration — claimed victory. By then, a token namaz had been offered for about 10 minutes, reportedly on the rooftop with Muslims taken there in secrecy, and Hindus allowed entry from 1.10 pm in violation of the ASI rule.

bhojshala crowd

The mood changed slightly by evening: there were several angry voices among Hindus, who felt cheated by the turn of events. The kurta pyjama-clad policemen could be easily recognised as they all sported short cropped hair and many of them had not taken off their shoes while entering the temple, which came in for sharp criticism.

The town was on edge for the days ahead of Saraswati Puja, which usually attracts little attention except when it falls on Friday. That day, both communities stake claim to worship in the 11th-century shrine. On Friday, the structure turned virtually into a fortress, with hundreds of policemen posted around it.

The Dharm Jagaran Manch (DJM) and Bhoj Utsav Samiti (BUS), which have been seeking control of the structure to Hindus throughout Friday for pujas, began the day by criticising the administration and state government for allegedly pandering to Muslims. They encouraged devotees to boycott puja inside and instead take part in a yagna on the road outside. By evening, leaders of the same organisations were seen gloating of making “history” by offering puja in the temple of a Friday.

Dismissing as “rumours” the administration’s claim that namaz had been offered, DJM convenor Gopal Sharma told The Indian Express: “We have created history by getting the right to pray during time meant for namaz. Hindus were not insulted and could go inside when they were not supposed to.’’ They even claimed that a handful of Hindu activists were in the shrine when puja began early in the morning and puja and havan continued outside without interruption.

bhojshala devotees

But their assertion till noon that they would boycott pujas and then the sudden claim of ‘victory’ by 3 pm left Hindu devotees and right-wing activists confused. Some people even wondered whether leaders of the Hindu groups had reached an “agreement” with the administration.

bhojshala security

Followers of DJM and BUS began a huge procession from Motibaug around 11 am, with speakers reminding the ruling BJP that it could form the government only with help from the Hindus. Many Muslims also claimed satisfaction that a few of them could offer namaz, although for a minute.

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    Chocolate Chocolate
    Feb 12, 2016 at 1:21 pm
    Why not make M0hammad pimp of ur mom?
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      MyTake
      Feb 12, 2016 at 6:12 am
      I think it was a good proposal to perform Namaz and PUJA together and set a precedent .
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        MyTake
        Feb 13, 2016 at 5:45 am
        Ididetify common msximum acceptable points that can be done and perform them in such disputed place worship. Call them just place of worship and give birth to new ways to perform them. Use religion to neutralize religion in the greater support of humanity.
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          Saurabh
          Feb 12, 2016 at 7:40 am
          Narrow minded people trying to divide country on basis of caste.
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            Archpagan
            Feb 12, 2016 at 4:07 pm
            Follow the rapist prophet too.
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              AJIT
              Feb 12, 2016 at 9:02 am
              tumhi karlo bhaiya pujha paath.........fir bhi paap nahi dhulenge tumhare
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                mark
                Feb 12, 2016 at 11:54 am
                I shudder to think of what is becoming of India under Modi's BJP. Not even in Atal's time were times so bad.
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                  Rajesh
                  Feb 12, 2016 at 9:40 am
                  How do this terrorist cult from Arabia keeping claiming that Hindu temples built before the birth of pedophile Mohammed in Mecca are theirs ?
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                    s chadha
                    Feb 12, 2016 at 11:29 am
                    In india hindus still have to plead to get the right to pray in their own temples Most mosques were usurped and taken over and converted as mosques by muslims because they were the victors Can not now that we are free right this wrong ? Why muslims should still behave like conqueorors ? And why should hindus still feel that they are the defeated and put up with this ? Are hindus second cl ? Bharat will be strong when hindus regain and ert their pride
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                      Nationalist
                      Feb 12, 2016 at 11:12 am
                      And Who the fuccK is this Vamsi and Rajesh to take 0bscenities to Islam? You Chicken Shi ts are allowed to live peacefully only Because of much tolerant Muslims and secular Hindus who have actually maintained the social fabric of India
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                        Nationalist
                        Feb 12, 2016 at 11:14 am
                        This is not your Bhagwa Rashtra where you share your d!sgrace on Hinduism by targeting Muslims of India. Go to Nepal or else the desolates of Hinduksuh! I eat Beeef at my will. And the PlGS are for you bhagwas to consume F$%king M0ron. Next time show some wits. or get ready to be b@shed more. sIeazy B@staards.
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                          The Presstitude
                          Feb 12, 2016 at 5:06 pm
                          Don't forget to read How Ga y l0rd Shiva l!cked the d!rty h ole of Vishnu clad in Mohini at antarvasna ?
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                            The Presstitude
                            Feb 12, 2016 at 5:08 pm
                            Exactly, Get ready to bear the repercussions double when you are the first to start the abusive initiations!
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                              The Presstitude
                              Feb 12, 2016 at 5:33 pm
                              Go KiIl your m0ther Wh 0re for not ab0rting a BHAGWA like you, KilI her Now
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                                The Presstitude
                                Feb 12, 2016 at 5:02 pm
                                Why don't You let your G ay Father J!zz all over the Sh!va's face , the first Homo-phi!le of the World, And Produce Another disgraceful g ay like Vishnu?
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                                  Tait
                                  Feb 12, 2016 at 10:21 am
                                  How dare These Sewer rats Deshdrohi Bhagwa F!lths of their PlG SIut SARASWATI claim to disrupt ASI Order when there is a provision of Prayer between 1 to 3 pm.
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                                    Tait
                                    Feb 12, 2016 at 11:16 am
                                    On Basant Panchami Fuccck PlG SIUT saraswati in her till she pukes the Shi t out of her mouth and dies.
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                                      tyhj
                                      Feb 13, 2016 at 5:50 am
                                      Remember 19 Year aged Girl Ishrat Jahan? Who was framed as Terrorist by Gujarat Govt and in whose FAKE encounter 3 IPS officers and 10 others including Amit Shah were sent to Jail after an Investigation by CBI in 2010-2011. Remember Ishrat Jahan? To whom Bihar CM called Bihar's Daughter and Hyderabad MP Owaisi called her sister Remember Ishrat Jahan? For whom Sonia hi cried and Arvind Kejriwal demanded justice by almost crying. Remember Ishrat Jahan? In whose tribute, Ambulance Service is being run in Mumbai by secular NGO. Remember Ishrat Jahan? To whom our Top Media Preferred to call 'Shaheed' and Narendra Modi was presented as Serial Killer of Innocent and Peace Loving Muslims. Breaking News: David Headley Confession in Mumbai Special Court: She was a Suicide Bomber for Lashkar - E - Taiba, stan on a mission to inate then Gujarat CM Narendra Modi. 😂Decide whether to Laugh or cry 😐 #IntolerantIndia🇮🇳
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                                        ah
                                        Feb 13, 2016 at 3:08 am
                                        BAHOT bada teer maar liya ......................... VED may MOORTI POOJA HAI HI NAHI ............
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                                          ah
                                          Feb 13, 2016 at 3:15 am
                                          what we need is another Aurangzeb ...................
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                                            islamforfools
                                            Feb 12, 2016 at 10:59 am
                                            fk allah in mouth until he chokes to death
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