News Brief

Madhya Pradesh: Archaeological Survey Of India Finds Statue Of Lord Vishnu In Northeastern Part Of Bhojshala

Kuldeep Negi

Jun 25, 2024, 11:14 AM | Updated 11:14 AM IST


In a significant development, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has found a statue of Lord Vishnu in the northeastern part of Bhojshala in Madhya Pradesh.

Earlier in March, the Indore High Court had ordered a 'multi-disciplinary scientific survey' of the complex that comprises Bhojshala temple and Kamal Maula mosque.

The aim of the survey was to 'ascertain the true character, nature and form' of the disputed site as the Hindu Front had sought a stay on offering namaz at the site and allowing continuous pujas.

"On the directions of the High Court, the ASI team conducted its survey...On the northeastern part of Bhojshala, a statue of Lord Vishnu was found. ASI team has taken it under their surveillance," Hindu petitioner Gopal Sharma was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

Currently, Hindus perform puja here on Tuesdays and Muslims offer namaz on Fridays, as per an ASI order. This arrangement has been in force since April 2003, Times of India reported.

However, on the Hindu side's petition, the High Court allowed survey using GPR (Ground Penetrating Radar), GPS, excavation and dating methods and a five-member committee of ASI members was formed to conduct the survey.

Bhojshala is an 11th-century ASI-protected monument and is considered a temple of Goddess Saraswati by Hindus. Disputes over the site have led to communal clashes in the past.

Also Read: 'They Have No Right To Profess Love For Our Constitution': PM Modi Leads BJP's Attack On Congress On 50th Anniversary Of Emergency

Kuldeep is Senior Editor (Newsroom) at Swarajya. He tweets at @kaydnegi.

Get Swarajya in your inbox.