Sunday, December 28, 2014

MATHURA - VRNDAVANA THE DESECRATED TEMPLE OF KRISHNA

MATHURA - VRNDAVANA THE DESECRATED TEMPLE OF KRISHNA
The original holy well – Gyanvapi in between temple and mosque.
Aurangzeb's reign is more cited—or more controversial—than the numerous desecration and even the destruction of Hindu temples. During his reign, tens of thousands of temples were desecrated: their facades and interiors were defaced and their murtis (divine images) looted.In many cases, temples were destroyed entirely; in numerous instances mosques were built on their foundations, sometimes using the same stones. Among the temples Aurangzeb destroyed were two that are most sacred to Hindus, in Varanasi and Mathura.In both cases, he had large mosques built on the sites.
The Kesava Deo temple in Mathura, marked the place that Hindus believe was the birthplace of Shri Krishna.In 1661 Aurangzeb ordered the demolition of the temple, and constructed the Katra Masjid mosque. Traces of the ancient Hindu temple can be seen from the back of the mosque. Aurangzeb also destroyed what was the most famous temple in Varanasi – the Vishwanath Temple