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Dwarka islands claimed by Waqf board

In a that highlights the audacity of the Islamic community, the Waqf board has filed a petition at the High Court claiming ownership of some of the Beyt Dwarka islands — according to a report in Gujarati daily Divya Bhaskar. Justice Sangeeta Vishen’s court heard the application.

The Waqf committee in its atrocious application claimed that Muslims rightfully owned two islands on the Beyt Dwarka island. Dismissing the contention, the High Court said, “Are you aware of what you are saying? How can the Waqf claim ownership of land in Krishnanagari?”

The petition was summarily dismissed.

The Divya Bhaskar report states that there are a total of eight small islands in the Beyt Dwarka cluster, of which the Sunni Waqf Board’s written application staked ownership of two. The court advised the petitioner to submit a revised application before the vacation court.

A local Hindu priest says there are 8,000 Muslims in the area that has a population of 10,000. There are hardly 2,000 Hindus in the islands who need the support of devotees for sustenance, the priest said.

Dwarka, a Peetha

According to several Hindu texts including the Mahabharata, Beyt Dwarka was the abode of Vishnu avatar in the Dvapara Yuga. Krishna had reclaimed 12 yojanas or 96 sq km of land from the sea to create Dwarka and ordained that the area will be submerged in the water again once the purpose is served and He returns to Vaikuntha, the abode of Vishnu.

The Yadavas, who had migrated from Mathura, established their kingdom here when the city was known as “Kaushathali”. It was during this period that the city underwent rebuilding and was named Dwarka — as per Prakash Madhusudan Apte’s 2012 book, The Building of Gandhinagar: New Capital of Gujarat, India.

A friendly population of natives prompted to settle at Dwarka when he decided, after fighting Jarasandha, the king of Magadh, to retreat from Mathura to save His people. The kingdom, also known as the Yaduvanshi empire, was established by Uugrasena, father of Kansa the then ruler and later Krishna flourished and extended its domain.

conducted the administration of his kingdom from Dwarka while residing with his family in Beyt Dwarka.

The city’s Dwarkadhish Temple dedicated to was originally built around 2,500 years ago, but was destroyed by Mahmud Begada rulers and subsequently rebuilt in the 16th century. The temple is also the location of Dwaraka mutt, also called Sharada Mutt and Pashchimi Peetha, one of the four peethas established by Adi Shankaracharya. As an important pilgrimage centre for Hindus, Dwarka has several notable temples, including Rukmini Devi Temple, Gomti Ghat, and Bet Dwarka. There is also a lighthouse at the land end point of Dwarka.

It is a small island off the coast of Dwarka, a 30-min boat ride from Okha.

Apart from Beyt Dwarka’s religious importance, the area is sensitive in terms of national security as it is very close to the maritime border with Pakistan.

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