Basant Panchmi Overlays With Friday Prayers at Bhojshala In Dhar

The Madhya Pradesh High Court on Wednesday (February 10) sought replies within three days from the Centre and the state government on a plea challenging the ASI order that allowed Muslims and Hindus to worship at the disputed Bhojshala monument in Dhar district at different times of the day on Basant Panchami being celebrated coming Friday. The Indore bench of the High Court, comprising Justices P K Jaiswal and J K Jain, served notices to the Centre and the state, seeking their replies. The bench was hearing a petition filed by Arun Singh Thakur (24), a resident of Dhar, who has sought quashing of the ASI order. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) order says that on Basant Panchami, Hindus will perform puja at Bhojshala from sunrise to 12 noon and from 3.30 pm to sunset on, while Muslims will offer namaz between 1 PM and 3 PM. The order had been issued by ASI Director General Rakesh Tiwari on January 20, 2016, under Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act 1958 and Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Rule 1959. Hindus consider Bhojshala as the temple of Goddess Wagdevi (Saraswati), whereas Muslims treat it as Kamal Moula mosque. In the normal course, Hindus are allowed to perform puja on Tuesdays, while Muslims offer namaz on Fridays. The structure is open to all on rest of the days. However, with Basant Panchami and Friday namaz overlapping on February 12, both sides are refusing to give up their access to the 11th century AD monument, which many dub as “mini-Ayodhya”.

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