Krishna Janmabhoomi- The history of Invasion

Krishna Janmabhoomi

Krishna Janmabhoomi has held religious significance since the 6th century BC. These temples were destroyed numerous times throughout history by different invaders. The Mughal emperor Aurangzeb destroyed the temple in 1670 and built the Eidgah mosque over it. 

Let’s know the history of Krishna Janmabhoomi :-

In Hindu mythology, Lord Krishna was born in Mathura in a prison cell. He lived his life to destroy the evil and give man a great path of living through his learning. A temple dedicated to Krishna at his birthplace was built by his grandson Vajranabh.

During the Middle ages in 1017 or 1018, Mahmud of Ghazni attacked and looted Vrindavan. 

Ghazni’s writer, Al Utbi, describes that at the centre of the Mathura existed a temple, which people believed was built by the angels. He also said it was impossible to describe the beauty of the place with words. Mahmud of Ghazni stated that to build a place similar to the temple would require hundreds of millions of Dinars at that time. The work force may take 200 years to build such a place. 

Ghazni ordered his troops to burn and loot the place. His troops looted gold and silver idols from the temple. It was so much gold that they required hundreds of camels to transport the loot.

During the Mughal Period :-

In the early 16th century, Abdullah mentioned the destruction of Mathura by the Delhi Sultan Sikander Lodhi in the 16th century in his book Tarikh-i-Daudi. In 1618, Raja Veer Singh Deva built a temple at the cost of 30 lakhs. Many travellers from around the world visited Mathura, and wrote about the beauty of the octagonal temple built in red sandstone in their journals. 

During the Jat rebellion in Mathura, Abdul Nabi Khan was killed in 1669. Aurangzeb attacked Mathura and destroyed the temple and built the Shahi Eidgah in its place.

During the British Rule :-

After the British took control over India, the East India Company auctioned the Land of Katra. The place was purchased by Raja Patnimal of Banaras. He always wanted to build a temple but could not do so. His descendants were challenged by the Muslims of Mathura for the 13.37 acres of land. The Allahabad HIgh Court ruled in favour of Krishna Das, the descendant of Raja  Patnimal. The land was later acquired by Madan Mohan Malaviya at the cost of Rs.13,000. After the death of Madan Mohan Malaviya, Jugal Kishore Birla formed a trust named Shri Krishna Janmasthan Seva Sansthan. In October 1953, the construction of the temple complex was started. 

Krishna Janmabhoomi or Shahi Idgah Mosque

Many temples have been destroyed and looted during the Islamic invasion. Many people also believe that the complex now standing as Shahi Eidgah Mosque was the Garbhagriha of the ancient temple. The ancient temple was destroyed by Mughal emperor Aurangzeb and a  mosque was built on the top of it. Many cases are coming out after the case of Gyanvapi Mosque came to light. We hope everything will happen according to law and the sentiments of people will not be hurt.