Islamic Destruction of Hindu Temples: In their Own Words (14)

Part 14 of a series to expose the Islamic destruction of thousands of Hindu mandirs (temples)

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Over the last 1200 years, Islamic barbarians have destroyed thousands of Hindu mandirs in India. Many apologists try to whitewash this brutal destruction of the Hindu religious and cultural symbols. Luckily for us, the invaders and their scribes left behind plenty of contemporary records, enabling scholars to piece together the sordid history of their brutal exploits.

We have launched a series of short articles to daylight this terrible destruction of Hindu mandirs. Each article will contain excerpts from the writings of a well-known Islamic scholar. The entire series is based on an article by Stephen Knapp. (

Mahakal Temple, Ujjain, destroyed by Iltutmish, now rebuilt
Islamic source used: Tarikh-i-Mubarak Shahi by Yahya Ammad bin Abdullah Sirhindi

(This writer lived in the reign of Muizu’d-Din Abu’l Fath Mubarak Shah (1421-1434 CE) of the Sayyid dynasty, which ruled Delhi from 1414-1451 CE.)

  • Islamic Ruler: Shamsu’d-Din Iltutmish (1210-1236 CE)

Vidisha and Ujjain (Madhya Pradesh): “In AH 631, he invaded Malwa, and after suppressing the rebels of that place, he destroyed that idol temple which had existed there for the past three hundred years. Next, he turned towards Ujjain and conquered it, and after demolishing the idol temple of Mahakal, he uprooted the statue of Bikramajit together with all other statues and images, which were placed on pedestals and brought them to the capital, where they were laid before the Jami Masjid for being trodden underfoot by the people.”

Islamic source used: Tarikh-i-Muhammadi by Muhammed Bihamad Khani

(This author was the son of the governor of Irich in Bundelkhand. He was a soldier who participated in several wars.)

  • Muslim Ruler: Ghiyasu’d-Din Tughlaq Shah II (1388-89 CE)

Kalpi (Uttar Pradesh): “In the meanwhile, Delhi received news of the defeat of the armies of Islam, which were with Malikzada Mahmud bin Firuz Khan…This Malikzada reached the bank of the Yamuna via Shahpur and was renamed Kalpi which was the abode and center of the infidels and the wicked, as Muhammadabad, after the name of Prophet Muhammed. He got mosques erected for the worship of Allah in places occupied by temples and made that city his capital.

  • Islamic Ruler: Nasiru’d-Din Mahmud Shah Tughlaq (1389-1412 CE)

Prayag and Kara (Uttar Pradesh): “The Sultan moved with the armies of Islam towards Prayag and Arail with the aim of destroying the infidels, and he laid waste both those places. The vast crowd which had collected at Prayag for worshipping false gods was made captive. The inhabitants of Kara were freed from the mischief of rebels on account of this aid from King and the name of this king of Islam became famous for this reason.”

Dr. Jai Bansal is a retired scientist, currently serving as the VP Education for the World Hindu Council of America (VHPA)