Drawing parallels with the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya, Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday expressed confidence that any development related to the birthplace of Lord Krishna will also happen following the law and in a spirit of harmony .
“Be it Mathura, Kashi or Ayodhya, these are very sacred places for all of us. People hope that the birthplace of Shri Krishna will also be developed,” Fadnavis told reporters.
“Just as the temple of Lord Ram has been built under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi under the complete legal process, similarly, the Lord Krishna Janmabhumi will also happen harmoniously and under the law,” he added.
Fadnavis’ comments come amid renewed demand for the construction of a Krishna temple where the Shahi Idgah mosque stands in Mathura. Some Hindu groups claim that this site is the birthplace of Lord Krishna, an important deity of Hinduism.
Hindutva groups claim that the Shahi Idgah mosque was built on the site of the original Kesava Deo temple, which marked the birthplace of Lord Krishna. The temple was said to have been destroyed during the reign of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb in the 17th century.
The dispute has gained renewed attention following the resolution of the dispute between Ram Janmabhoomi and Babri Masjid in Ayodhya.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also appeared to make a proposal in the assembly for a temple where a mosque now stands in Mathura, saying Krishna Kanhaiya would not have it any other way.
Participating in a debate on the Governor’s speech, he recalled the episode in the Mahabharata in which the Kauravas refused to grant land equivalent to “the tip of a needle” to the Pandavas.
He said the same happened with Kashi, Mathura and Ayodhya. “We’ve only ordered three.”
Referring to a recent Varanasi district court order allowing a Hindu priest to offer prayers in a basement of the Gyanvapi complex, situated next to the Kashi Vishwanath temple, Yogi Adityanath said: “When people saw the celebration in Ayodhya, Nandi Baba also said why wait. Without waiting, he also got the barricades removed during the night,” he said.
And Lord Krishna was not the one who was deterred either, he added. “Aur hamare Krishna Kanhaiya kahan manane wale hein.”