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Bhojshala, a Gurukul and Saraswati temple—where Allauddin Khilji massacred 1200 students for refusing to convert to Islam and destroyed the temple—demands justice to claim its legitimate historical rights.

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Destruction of temples to convert into mosques and massacres of priests and innocent citizens by Islamic invaders are not limited to Ram Janmabhoomi Temple at Ayodhya, Krishna Janmabhoomi Temple at Mathura and Kashi Vishwanath Temple at Kashi. But, the barbaric Islamists didn’t hesitate to destroy India’s historical universities, which used to be rich sources of knowledge. 

In eastern part of India, in 1193, Bakhtiyar Khilji ransacked and burnt Nalanda Mahavihara (University), a flourishing centre of knowledge, which attracted students from Persia, Turkey, Greece, Tibet and China. Bakhtiyar Khilji set fire to the great library of Nalanda and burnt down around 9 million manuscripts for months. Bakhtiyar Khilji burnt alive thousands of monks beheaded thousands, who tried to protect their university, as Khilji tried his best to uproot Buddhism and plant Islam by the sword.

Supreme Court Lawyer in saffron inspecting premises of Bhojshala

Another center of knowledge, which was destroyed by Islamic attacker, was BHOJSHALA in central part of India. It is situated in Madhya Pradesh. BHOJSHALA was a huge Gurukul and Saraswati Temple built by Raja Bhoj at Dhar, in 1034. Parmar dynasty’s Raja Bhoj, who ruled Dhar for 44 years from 1010 to 1055 AD, was a staunch devotee of Goddess Saraswati, a patron of education and the arts. He built a grand Gurukul named Saraswati Sadan in 1034 in Dhar  as BHOJSHALA and installed the statue of Maa Saraswati. BHOJSHALA was home to thousands of students and scholars as it was main centre of education like Nalanda Mahavihara. 

According to historical sources, in 1305 AD Alauddin Khilji attacked the BHOJSHALA. Khilji butchered 1200 students studying in Gurukul, because they had refused to convert to Islam. Hence, Khilji converted it into Dargah. Later, Dilawar Khan Gauri built the mosque in a part of Bhojshala in 1401 AD. Next, Mahmud Shah Khilji also built a mosque on the remaining part in 1514 AD. 

Vagdevi, whose sculptor was found at the site of City Palace

At present, BHOJSHALA is an archaeological site under the protection of the Archaeological Survey of India. Since Islamic attackers Alauddin Khilji, Dilawar Khan Gauri and Mahmud Shah Khilji had destroyed Bhojshala in the past to built tombs, it has become a site disputed between Hindus and Muslims. According to Archaeological Survey of India guidelines, Hindus have been allowed to pray on Tuesdays and on the festival of Vasant Panchmi. Muslims can pray on Friday and Islamic festivals. The site is open to visitors on other days. 

This statue of Maa Saraswati was found during excavation near Bhojshala. The sculpture of Goddess Ambika, whose inscription mentions Vagdevi was found at the site of the City Palace, Dhar. However, four tombs on Bhojshala are what was Babri Mosque on Ram Janmabhoomi Temple. Even today, the Krishna Janmabhoomi is buried below the Shahi Idgah Mosque in Mathura today much the same as original Kashi Vishwanath templeis buried under Gyanvapi mosque in Kashi. 

Four tombs on Bhojshala are the symbol of subjugation and occupation on land of India, which is legitimate historical points that can not be ignored. A nation can’t build robust foundation of its present and future, until it tells its people the correct history of how its land was brutalised by foreign invaders. A nation can’t build a confident generation until it reclaims its lost glory. 

Karunesh Shukla, who was a lawyer in Ramjanmabhoomi case in Supreme Court, said that he would file a petition to liberate BHOJSHALA from illegitimate Namaz offered by Muslims after he inspected the site. Unending struggle has begun to reclaim its lost glory. 

3 COMMENTS

  1. I’m really interested in knowing the source of the claim that Khilji killed 1200 students inside the complex when they refused to convert to Islam. Please revert, if willing/possible.

    • It really doesn’t matter, this term is used to make it more dramatic view. but the fact is fact, and it is true that Khilaji armies destoryed every temple in Dhar and confidently converted it to a Muhammadan town on the edge of sword. The spendour and mangificent of Dhar city is abundantly covered in late Hindu texts and it is undeniable fact that all the Hindu edifices of Dhar just like Kannauj can not disappear with out trace? whereas other minor cities of ancient India (away from the Islamic fury) still survived to this day, although in ruins. But the story of Dhar and other Indian city is hidden behind curtain and to uncover this atleast a excavation can be conducted inside Masjid.
      Remember, Babri Masjid had no clue from outside to a constructed on a Hindu Temple but excavation made it clear. Similarly, Hindu pillars alludes to very strong case here. Let a secular and neutral spade (ASI) do its work and find out the truth.

    • Oral history has been discredited by Historians for long hence the question….all changes happened after mass killings ! Its a part of our spoken lore.

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