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In #Dhar, MP is a Sarasvati Temple built by Raja Bhoja in the 11th century which was converted to a mosque by Muslim rulers. Called #Bhojshala, it's one of the few temples devoted exclusively to Sarasvati. After Independence the temple could easily hv been handed to Hindus (1)
Instead, in a weird arrangement Muslims take over the temple on Fridays to offer namaz while Hindus bring a framed picture of Sarasvati to worship on Tuesdays. The Muslims hold other festivals too. Hindus have been prevented from holding Vasant Panchami congregations here. (2)
My heart sank at the sight of the Muslim Dargah built near the entrance of the temple and looking completely out of place. There is a tomb of some Sufi Maulana in the Dargah. (3)
Inside the Bhojshala, there was a central courtyard with a water tank and all around were halls. There was a niche at the centre in the main hall where a statue of Sarasvati was once worshipped. Now that niche has been given a Muslim arch which looks so forced. (4)
I wonder which idiotic craven leader devised this idea of sharing the temple premises between Hindus and Muslims. The Sarasvati Murti which used to be here is now in the British Museum. Here is a picture of it from Wikipedia. (5)
It's not just Ramjanmabhoomi that needs to be given back to Hindus. A Sarasvati murti must be reinstalled in the Bhojshala at Dhar. Regular puja should be started. Discourses should be held on various subjects. Our ancient sacred spaces and learning centres must be restored! (6)

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