Idols of Lord Krishna buried under the stairs of Agras Jama Masjid claims Kathavachak Devkinandan

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According to the book Maasir-I-Alalmgiri, Mughal emperor Aurangzeb ordered the demolition of the Krishna temple in Mathura.

Kathavachak Devkinandan, who has claimed that there are the idols of Lord Krishna buried under the stairs of Jama Masjid in Agra, has warned of legal action if they are not returned within five days. 

He also warned that a massive protest will be held in Mathura if the idols are not returned within a given time period. 

It is worth mentioning here that Devkinandan’s assertions have also been reiterated by Bageshwar Sarkar, the peethadhish of the Bageshwar Dham Sarkar.

This comes days before the court’s decision on the Krishna Janmabhoomi-Shahi Idgah issue. The matter will be heard on April 24.

What does history say about the presence of Lord Krishna’s idols in Jama Masjid?

  • In 1670, Aurangzeb ordered the demolition of Thakur Keshav Dev Ji temple in Mathura.
  • After the destruction, the idols of Lord Krishna were removed from the temple and taken to Agra.
  • The idols were then buried under the stairs of Jama Masjid, which is also known as Begum Shahi Masjid.
  • It is said that Aurangzeb had an unusual intention behind situating the idols in that area.
  • The Mughal emperor wanted the statue to be below the people’s feet who visit the Mosque.

While several Hindu saints have come out in favour of Devkinandan’s demands, the Muslim side have refuted his allegations and called them baseless.

Islamia committee’s chairman Dr Mohammad Jahid said that such claims are made throughout the country, however, they are baseless.

On the other hand, Swami Shaileshanand Giri has extended full support to Devkinandan’s and asked the government to intervene in the matter.

How true is this claim?

TV9 Bhararvarsh has found a book called, “Maasir-I-Alalmgiri by Saqi Mustad Khan”, which says that in the year 1670, Mughal emperor Aurangzeb ordered that the temple in Mathura be demolished and all the idols be taken to Agra and buried beneath the steps of Jama Masjid. 

Moreover, Mathura was renamed as Islamabad. 

Earlier in 2022, lawyer Mahendra Pratap Singh had sent a legal notice to the Archaeological Survey of India and the central government, seeking to remove the idols from the Masjid. 

In an interview with TV9 Bharatvarsh, Singh said that the Mughal emperor ordered the burial of the idols under the stairs of Jama Masjid as he wanted to hurt the sentiments of Sanatana Dharma. 

One of India’s oldest and largest mosques, Jama Masjid was built during the reign of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. The construction of the Masjid was completed in 1648.

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