Bhojshala in Dhar, Madhya Pradesh is the site of an ancient school of Sanskrit studies which houses the only Hindu temple in the world dedicated to Goddess Vagadevi (Saraswati). It was established around 1034 CE by Raja Bhoj, the the most celebrated ruler of the Paramāra dynasty. However, Bhojshala and the city of Dhar were ransacked by successive Muslim invaders and a mosque/dargah established in the erstwhile Bhojshala complex. The pratimaa of Maa Saraswati was taken away by the British Viceroy Lord Curzon in 1902 CE to be housed in the British Museum at London.
Ever since Independence, Hindus have been struggling to regain their right to worship in the Bhojshala temple and to reinstall the divine pratimaa of Maa Saraswati at the temple. A pratimaa is NOT a museum piece – It is sacred, divine.
As part of the movement to bring back the pratimaa from Britain, an open letter has been written by Swami Bharati Maharaj to Prime Minister Modi asking him to honour his promise of bringing back the Bhojshala pratimaa from British Museum. Below are the contents of the letter –
Subject: Request to fulfill your promise and bring back the Bhojshala Saraswati idol, Dhar Madhya Pradesh from British Museum before 2017 Basant Panchami
This is to bring to your attention the solemn promise you had made to the people of this nation, about bringing back the Bhojshala Saraswati idol from British Museum. This was made on the eve of Assembly election in Madhya Pradesh in the year 2003. You were the Gujarat CM then and took trouble to canvass the people of Madhya Pradesh for votes and for your party to assume power.
The people of Madhya Pradesh voted for your party, and no doubt that your promise of bringing back the Bhojshala Saraswati idol which remains close to their heart influenced their decision.
Thirteen long years have passed since your solemn promise to the people of Bharat, and the idol remains at the British museum. What has changed and improved is the fortunes of Bharatiya Janata Party which is now ruling Madhya Pradesh and you, who now occupies one of the highest offices in Bharat. And in the meantime the very people who had unflinching sentiments and devotion for Goddess Saraswati, were mercilessly beaten up on eve of Basant Panchami in 2006 and 2013 by the Bharatiya Janata Party government.
As a man who handles the reins of Government of Bharat, you must have forgotten the promise made 13 years back. This is a humble attempt to remind you of the same.
In 2014, the people of Bharat gave you the mandate to rule, believing in the promises you made during the election campaigning. I am of the humblest opinion that it will not suit a man of your stature to just ignore your decade old promise anymore, requiring your sincere and time bound actions to bring back the Saraswati idol to Bharat and install it at Bhojshala complex before the 2017 Basant Panchami.
1. News report which describes your promise to bring back Saraswati idol and your own test of Patriotism for Digvijay Singh who ruled Madhya Pradesh then.
2. News report of the statement by Bharatiya Janata Party Government soon after assuming power in 2003.”
Swami Bharati Maharaj is Chairman of Kshethra Bhumi Samrakshana Vedhi (Temple Wealth Protection Front) an organisation started to reclaim and protect temple properties in Kerala and renovate the destroyed temples. He is also the petitioner in the writ petition before Kerala High Court asking Kerala govt to recover close to 25,000 acres of temple land encroached in North Kerala, basis which the High Court Division Bench has ordered stay on all land transactions in temple land in five districts of North Kerala. Swami ji can be contacted at 9747923251. The activities of Kshethra Bhumi Samrakshana Vedhi can be tracked via twitter page http://www.twitter.com/