After the Gyanvapi Mosque survey, a controversy erupted over Delhi’s Qutub Minar. Idols of Hindu deities were found and claims were made that the monument was built by Raja Vikramaditya, a Hindu emperor. Now, the Ministry of Culture has instructed the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to conduct the excavation and iconography of idols at Qutub Minar.
The Ministry of Culture has also asked the ASI to submit its excavation report. Excavation can be started in the south of the minaret at a distance of 15 meters from the mosque. The Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Govind Mohan, took the decisions during a site visit with officials on Saturday, May 21.
Govind Mohan visited the site with three historians, four ASI officers and researchers. The ASI officials informed the secretary that the excavation work at Qutub Minar complex had not been done since 1991.