A BJP Parliamentarian Thursday claimed that Delhi’s Jama Masjid was a temple called ‘Jamuna Devi’, a day after the 25th anniversary of the Babri Masjid demolition was celebrated as ‘Shaurya Diwas’ (Day of Bravery) by Hindutva groups.
“There were about 6000 places that were broken down by the Mughal emperors. Delhi’s Jama Masjid was originally Jamuna Devi temple, similarly Taj Mahal was Tejo Mahalaya” Vinay Katiyar, founder President of the Bajrang Dal, the youth wing of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), was quoted as saying by news agency IANS.
“Our religious places were targeted by Muslim but we have asked Ram Janambhumi, Baba Biswanath mandir in Kashi and Krishna janambhumi in Mathura. As of now we only want that Ram Temple should be built on Ram Janmbhoomi,” added Katiyar.
“Congress wants to build a mosque at that place but we will not let that happen. If congress continues their efforts to build a mosque then we would charge to other 6000 places of religious importance,” said Katiyar.
The 17th-century Jama Masjid was was built by Shah Jahan, who also built the Taj Mahal and Red Fort.
Earlier, when the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh left out Taj Mahal from its tourism brochure, Katiyar had claimed the Mughal mausoleum was, in fact, a Hindu temple which housed an idol of Lord Shiva.
Bajran Dal and other Hindutva groups Wednesday took out rallies across India, including Ayodhya despite prohibitory orders, to celebrate the demolition of Babri Masjid by Hindu ‘kar sevaks’ on December 26, 1992.
The VHP marks the day every year as ‘Shaurya Diwas’ or ‘Day of Bravery’.