Malali mosque row in Karnataka: VHP, Bajrang Dal plans to use traditional method “Tambula Prashne”
Prohibitory orders were clamped in by the district administration of Dakshina Kannada in the surrounding areas of the Malali mosque near Mangaluru city after a temple structure was found. Mangaluru Commissioner N Shashi Kumar has clamped prohibitory orders surrounding the Assayed Adbullahil Madani mosque at Malali.
On 21 April, a temple structure was found during the renovation of the mosque, which stirred controversy. Following this, the court ordered the mosque management to stop the work.
The Hindu activists from the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bajrang Dal have decided to ascertain the truth about the mosque in the form of traditional way by posing “Tambula Prashne” before the priests on Wednesday.
In coastal Karnataka, it is common practice to approach priests to know about the history of generations. It is a widely practiced custom that people have faith in. The Hindu activists will also put “Ashtamangala Prashne“, after “Tambula Prashne”, as the next step to ascertain the history of the mosque.
Astanangala Prashne is also a traditional Hindu astrology method that has more standing than Tambula Prashne. If the priest says that the Malali mosque was a temple once, the issue is likely to become controversial as the Hindu activists will proceed further legally and claim their rights over the mosque.
The Malali town is located close to Mangaluru, which is regarded as a communally sensitive region. Any disturbance here will affect all three coastal districts.
Meanwhile, claims have been made over the Srirangapatna Jamia masjid, in the Mandya district. The mosque has been built after razing down the Hanuman temple.
A memorandum has been submitted to the district administration urging them to conduct verification of the masjid along the lines of the Gyanwapi masjid.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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