Karnataka: Hindu group raises demand for puja in Tipu Sultan's mosque

The Gyanvapi Masjid dispute of Varanasi is yet to be resolved and a new mosque dispute has come to the fore. In fact, now the right-wing group has claimed on the mosque of Karnataka that it used to be a Hanuman temple, which was demolished by Tipu Sultan and built a mosque. Hindu organizations claim that there used to be a Hanuman temple here. Their demand is that it should now be handed back to the Hindus again.

Karnataka: Hindu group raises demand for puja in Tipu Sultans mosque
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Bengaluru: The Gyanvapi Masjid dispute of Varanasi is yet to be resolved and a new mosque dispute has come to the fore. In fact, now the right-wing group has claimed on the mosque of Karnataka that it used to be a Hanuman temple, which was demolished by Tipu Sultan and built a mosque. Hindu organizations claim that there used to be a Hanuman temple here. Their demand is that it should now be handed back to the Hindus again.


Members of the Narendra Modi Vichar Manch submitted a memorandum to the Collector of Mandya claiming that the mosque was built on a Hanuman temple and should be handed over to Hindus. Known as Jama Masjid, this mosque is said to be 236 years old.


There is a mosque in Srirangapatna, about 120 km from Bangalore. It is said that Srirangapatna used to be the capital of Tipu Sultan. Here in the fort is this Jamia Masjid. It is said that this fort was built during the time of Vijayanagara Empire. Later Tipu Sultan captured it. Parsi inscriptions found inside the mosque suggest that the mosque was built in 1782. 


The Hindu organization says that the mosque was built by Tipu Sultan after the Hanuman temple was demolished in 1782. There is strong evidence to prove that the mosque was once a Hindu temple. Inside the mosque are symbols of the then Hoysala Empire.


The Masjid-e-Ala was built in the Srirangapatna Fort. At present, a madrasa runs here. Meanwhile, Karnataka minister K Eshwarappa has also said that around 36,000 temples were demolished in India during the Mughal period. He said that those temples will be made back by taking recourse to law. At the same time, the officials of the mosque have demanded protection from the administration.

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