NEW DELHI: Maharashtra’s Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has drawn parallels between the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya and the potential development at the birthplace of Lord Krishna in Mathura, expressing confidence that any such development would occur within the framework of the law and in a spirit of harmony.
Addressing the media, Fadnavis said, “Be it Mathura, Kashi, or Ayodhya, these are very sacred places for all of us. People expect that Krishna’s birthplace should also be developed.” He noted the public expectation for the development of Lord Krishna’s birthplace and expressed assurance that it would proceed legally and peacefully, similar to the construction of the Ram temple led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“Just as the temple of Lord Ram has been built under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi under the complete legal process, in the same way, Lord Krishna Janmabhumi will also happen in harmony and under the law,” he added.
Fadnavis’s comments come amid renewed calls for the construction of a Krishna temple at the site currently occupied by the Shahi Idgah mosque in Mathura. This site is claimed by certain Hindu groups to be the birthplace of Lord Krishna, leading to a longstanding dispute.
Hindutva organisations assert that the Shahi Idgah mosque was constructed on the ruins of the original Kesava Deo temple, which marked the birthplace of Lord Krishna and was allegedly demolished during the reign of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb in the 17th century.
The resolution of the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute in Ayodhya has reignited discussions surrounding similar disputes, including the one in Mathura. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath recently hinted at the possibility of a temple at the site of the mosque in Mathura, invoking the narrative from the Mahabharata and emphasising the historical significance of the city.
Adityanath also referred to a recent court order allowing a Hindu priest to offer prayers in a cellar within the Gyanvapi complex in Varanasi, adjacent to the Kashi Vishwanath temple. He highlighted the swift removal of barricades, drawing parallels to the developments in Ayodhya and indicating a proactive stance towards resolving religious disputes.