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Bhojshala: Constant source of tension

Bhojshala, an 11th century temple, which was later converted into a mosque, has been constant source of tension in the city.

india Updated: Feb 03, 2006 16:10 IST
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Bhojshala, an 11th century temple, which was later converted into a mosque, has been constant source of tension in the city.

Usually, Hindus pray at the site every Tuesday and Muslims offer namaz on Fridays. But this year, Basant Panchmi has fallen on a Friday, giving rise to tense situation.

As per special order issued by Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) this year, Hindus were allowed to perform pujas on Friday at the Bhojshala premises from sunrise to 1230 pm and also from 0330 pm to sunset, while Muslims were allowed to offer Friday namaz at the same place from 1 pm to 3 pm.

Bhojshala, an ASI monument, came into prominence with the VHP challenging the state government orders that allowed Hindus to perform puja at the site only once a year, on Basant Panchami.

The 1997 order of the State allowed Muslims access to the premises every Friday. On all other week days barring Tuesday and Friday entry to the premises would be governed by the regulations of the ASI. The new proposal is likely to put to an end the controversy over the issue that threatened peace in Malwa region.