Hindu group says Tipu mosque was Hanuman temple

Bengaluru: A Hindu group in Karnataka claimed that the Masjid-e-Ala at Srirangapatna in Mandya district was a Hanuman temple and sought permission to worship there.

The fringe group, ‘Narendra Modi Vichar Manch’ (NMVM), recently approached the Mandya deputy commissioner claiming that the Masjid-e-Ala was ‘Moodala Bagilu Anjaneya Swami temple’.

They also claimed that 18th century Mysuru ruler Tipu Sultan had allegedly destroyed the temple during his rule and built a mosque over it.

This comes amid the controversy surrounding Gyanvapi mosque in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh where a ‘Shivling’ is reported to be found.

Meanwhile, Karnataka Home Minister Araga Jnanendra warned the Hindu group not to challenge law and order to resolve the dispute on their own.

The fringe group led by CT Manjunath, secretary, requested the deputy commissioner of Mandya to let them perform prayers to Hanuman inside the mosque.

Claiming that many historians have documented the existence of Moodala Bagilu Anjaneya Swami Temple, he said provisions should be made for Hindus to legally offer their prayers to the temple.