New Delhi: The Ministry of Culture is considering displaying Hindu and Jain idols found in Delhi’s Qutub Minar complex. There are no plans to excavate the site or stop any religious practice. A few days ago, National Monuments Authority (NMA) chairman Tarun Vijay wrote to the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) requesting that two Ganesh idols found in the Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque be moved out of the premises.
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The official said the ministry is considering whether some of these idols can be displayed with a label. He also said that since the mosque was built with stone from temples, such sculptures in many forms can be seen all around.
Controversy erupts over news
At present, there are no plans to restore these idols or take them elsewhere, the official said. However, they are being considered for display. Controversy erupted over reports that the ministry has ordered the Archaeological Survey of India to conduct excavations in the Qutub Minar complex. Culture Minister Kishan Reddy had denied these reports.
Officials said religious practices are allowed in the premises of ASI-protected sites only if they were serving as places of worship when they took over.