Bhojshala festival passes off peacefully
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Last Updated: Saturday, January 28, 2012, 19:28
Dhar: The Basant Panchmi festival at Bhojshala here passed off peacefully on Saturday with Janata Party President Dr Subramanian Swamy stating that he would bring the idol of goddess Waghdevi (Saraswati) presently kept in a museum in London in 2013.

"We are committed to bring back the idol of Waghdevi from London and the law too is in our favour. I have sent two persons to UK, who have confirmed that the statue is in London," Swamy, who was the chief guest of the four-day long Bhoj memorial Basant Utsav told reporters.

"Initially we will take up the matter with British High Commission and Ministers. If nothing materialises, then we will file a case in this regard. Idol will be brought here for sure," Swamy said.

'Bhojshala' is an Archaeological Survey of India's(ASI) protected monument, where Hindus perform puja every Tuesday and Muslims offer Namaz every Friday.

During the Basant Panchami festival, Hindus are allowed to perform pujas at the monument from sunrise to sunset. This arrangement was made by the ASI following disputes between the two communities over the issue of ownership of the monument.

Hindus feel that an idol of Waghdevi existed at the Bhojshala, which was later taken away by the Britishers. Muslims treat the monument as Kamal Moula Mosque.

Earlier, Swamy took part in the puja organised inside the complex and also participated in the Shobha Yatra taken out by the Bhoj Utsav Samiti.

He also urged the Muslims to come forward and set an example of 'brotherhood' by forgoing their claim of offering Namaz at Bhojshala following which they would be given another place for prayers.

The police had made elaborate arrangements and several anti-social elements were picked up beforehand.


First Published: Saturday, January 28, 2012, 19:28

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