About The Shahi Idgah Mosque And What’s The Whole Case About It

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  • Foundation: The Shahi Idgah Mosque was built in 1661 by the Mughal governor of Mathura, Aurangzeb, on land adjacent to the Krishna Janmabhoomi complex, believed to be the birthplace of Lord Krishna, a major deity in Hinduism.

Colonial Era

  • British Rule: During British rule in India, the mosque did not feature prominently in historical disputes or news. The primary focus of the British was on maintaining peace among different religious communities.


  • Post-1947: After India’s independence, the Shahi Idgah Mosque remained a functional mosque. However, it didn’t gain significant attention in the news until later years, as the focus was more on nation-building and communal harmony.

The Ayodhya Verdict and Its Aftermath

  • Rise of Religious Disputes: Following the Ayodhya dispute and the 1992 demolition of the Babri Masjid, there was a resurgence of religiously motivated land disputes. This period marked the beginning of the Shahi Idgah Mosque coming into the limelight of news and public discourse.
  • Legal Battles: Various Hindu groups began to claim that the mosque was built on the ruins of a Hindu temple. Legal petitions were filed in courts seeking the removal of the mosque and the right to worship in the area claimed as Krishna’s birthplace.

Recent Developments

  • Heightened Tensions: In recent years, the issue has seen heightened tensions and has been a subject of political and religious debates. It has been reported frequently in the news, especially around significant Hindu and Muslim religious dates.
  • Court Cases: There have been ongoing court cases regarding the land on which the Shahi Idgah Mosque stands. These cases often seek permission for archaeological surveys to establish the history of the site or for the removal of the mosque based on claims of it being built over a Hindu temple.

Impact on Communal Harmony

  • Community Relations: The news surrounding the Shahi Idgah Mosque has had a notable impact on Hindu-Muslim relations in the area. The issue is often seen as a flashpoint for communal tension, requiring careful handling by authorities.
  • Political Implications: Politically, the mosque and the controversy around it have been used by various parties to garner support, making it a recurring topic in news, especially during elections.

Current Status

  • Legal Proceedings: As of my last update, legal proceedings were ongoing, with no definitive resolution. The Supreme Court of India and lower courts have been involved in various aspects of this case.
  • Security Measures: Given the sensitivity of the issue, security measures are often heightened around the mosque, especially during major religious festivals or significant court hearings.


We are waiting for the courts to decide what should be accepted as the history of the mosque. It is very possible that the claims about it being over a Hindu temple is right, but we trust the court’s judgement and will wait for that.

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