Plea to restore 27 temples in Qutub Minar; court adjourns hearing till May 24

On Tuesday, the Saket court adjourned the hearing on the plea to restore an alleged temple complex on the Qutub Minar building. The petition states that the Quwwat-Ul-Islam Masjid, which is situated within the Qutub Minar premises in Mehrauli, was built around 27 Hindu and Jain temple complexes. The suit was filed on behalf of Jain deity Tirthankar Lord Rishabh Dev, and Hindu deity Lord Vishnu through their next friends. The matter for the same will be heard on 24 May. 

The suit said that the temple complex should be restored to protect and preserve India’s religious and cultural heritage. It is also said to exercise the right given by the constitution “guaranteed by Article 25 and 26 of the Constitution of India”. The suit also said that these temples were “dismantled, desecrated, and damaged” on the orders of Qutub-Din-Aibak, the first Muslim ruler of Delhi. He started the construction of Qutub Minar, but he could only finish the basement. His successor, Iltutmush, then constructed three more storeys. Later, Firoz Shah Tughlak constructed the fifth and the last storey. To raise the building of the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque, 27 Hindu temples were demolished, and the materials were reused to build the mosque. Therefore, it was asked to restore the temple complex.

“Pass a decree like a permanent injunction, restraining the defendants permanently from interfering in making necessary repair works, raising construction and making arrangement for the pooja, darshan, and worship of deities in accordance with Sections 16 and 19 of `The Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958` by a trust, to be created by the Central government within the area,” the suit said.

The eminent archaeologist said that there are many idols of Lord Ganesha at the site. Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque was built on the ruins of the 27 Hindu temples. They further state that we can clearly find the evidence through Arabic inscriptions that indicate the number of temples destroyed to build this mosque. The Vishwa Hindu Parishad demanded that the temple should be rebuilt on the site and prayers need to be offered. 


By TIS Staffer
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