Chronicle Reporter, Vidisha
Makar-Sankranti is a festival which marks the sun transit into Makar(Capricorn). So it’s a sun-worship festival. In vidisha there is a more than 1000 years old Sun temple “VIJAY MANDIR”, which is under ASI in the category of Non-Living Temple.
Due to some dispute with other community as Mosque was established by Aurangazeb with the stones of temple and later on used as the place of Prayer conducted especially on Eid for some period, so this temple becomes matter of concern when Hindu organization raise their voice to perform puja in the temple.
On the eve of this Makar Sankranti, voice of demand for Puja in the Vijay mandir is raised which is ultimately turned down by the administration.
Vijayamandir Temple, is located in Vidisha. Constructed in the 11th century, this temple was destroyed in the year 1682. After its demolition, Aurangzeb, the Mughal emperor, constructed a mosque.
Ruins that can be seen at the site suggests that the original temple was dedicated to Goddess Charchika. It is said that the name of King was Naravarman and name of the Goddess Vijaya, after whom the temple is believed to be named.
This large temple is constructed in the Paramara period. The premises of the temple also contain a 7th century step-well along with two tall pillars adorned with Krishna scenes. Today Makar-Sankranti is to be celebrated and Vijay Mandir is under the control of ASI. So heavy police has been deployed in the campus of Vijay Mandir.