Archaeological Survey of India (ASI): News

24 Apr 2024

Madhya Pradesh

ASI requests 8 more weeks to complete Bhojshala survey

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has requested an additional eight weeks to complete a court-ordered scientific study of the Bhojshala complex in Dhar district, Madhya Pradesh.

01 Apr 2024

Madhya Pradesh

SC allows ongoing survey of Bhojshala Complex in MP's Dhar

The Supreme Court pn Monday authorized a "scientific survey" of the Bhojshala complex in Madhya Pradesh's Dhar district.

Madhya Pradesh: ASI begins scientific survey of Bhojshala complex

The Archeological Survey of India (ASI) on Friday began a scientific examination at the Bhojshala/Kamal Maula Mosque complex in Dhar district, Madhya Pradesh.

Madhya Pradesh HC orders ASI survey of contested Bhojshala complex

The Madhya Pradesh High Court, on Monday, instructed the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to perform a scientific examination of the Bhojshala complex in Dhar district.

31 Jan 2024

Gyanvapi Mosque

Court allows Hindu side to worship inside Gyanvapi mosque

A Varanasi district court on Wednesday allowed the Hindu side to offer prayers in the southern cellar of Gyanvapi mosque.

26 Jan 2024

Gyanvapi Mosque

Gyanvapi Mosque: Findings of 'Hindu temple' emerge in ASI report

The Varanasi district court has opted to provide both litigants with the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) survey report on the Gyanvapi mosque complex.

22 Jan 2024

Narendra Modi

Explained: 500-year timeline of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya on Monday, bringing closure to a 500-year-old dispute.

18 Jan 2024

Gyanvapi Mosque

Court orders handover of Gyanvapi basement keys to Varanasi DM

A district court has ordered that the keys to the Gyanvapi complex basement, known as "Vyas ji ka tehkhana," be handed over to the Varanasi district magistrate.

19 Dec 2023

Gyanvapi Mosque

Gyanvapi Mosque dispute: Allahabad HC rejects pleas challenging temple restoration

In a setback for Muslim petitioners, the Allahabad High Court on Tuesday rejected pleas challenging a civil suit seeking the restoration of a temple where the Gyanvapi Mosque, Varanasi, exists.

18 Dec 2023

Allahabad High Court

Allahabad High Court reserves order on Shahi Idgah Masjid survey 

The Allahabad High Court on Monday reserved its order regarding a preliminary survey of Shahi Idgah Masjid near the Krishna Janmabhoomi Temple complex in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh.

16 Dec 2023

Uttar Pradesh

Now Hindu group demands survey of Agra's Shahi Jama Masjid 

A Hindu group, Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha, demanded a survey of the Shahi Jama Masjid in Uttar Pradesh's Agra on Friday, sparking fresh tensions in the predominantly Muslim area.

30 Nov 2023

Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal turning green due to insect droppings

The iconic Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world, is facing a peculiar issue as its stunning white exterior is turning green due to droppings from an insect called Goeldichironomus.

13 Nov 2023


Karnataka: Hampi pillar disfigured for Siddaramaiah's function, ASI issues notice

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has issued a notice to the Congress-led Karnataka government after a historical pillar inside Virupaksha Temple in Hampi was allegedly disfigured.

02 Sep 2023

Gyanvapi Mosque

Gyanvapi mosque: ASI seeks 8 more weeks for scientific survey

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has sought an extension of eight more weeks to complete the scientific survey of the Gyanvapi Mosque in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.

08 Aug 2023

Gyanvapi Mosque

Gyanvapi Mosque: ASI may open 'Tahkhana' as scientific survey resumes

The Archeological Survey of India (ASI) resumed its fifth day of scientific survey at the Gyanvapi Mosque in Uttar Pradesh's Varanasi on Tuesday.

05 Aug 2023

Gyanvapi Mosque

Gyanvapi Mosque: ASI survey resumes in presence of Muslim side 

The Archeological Survey of India (ASI) resumed its second day of scientific survey at the Gyanvapi Mosque complex in Uttar Pradesh's Varanasi on Saturday.

04 Aug 2023

Gyanvapi Mosque

Gyanvapi Mosque survey to continue in 'non-invasive method': SC

The Supreme Court on Friday said the survey of Gyanvapi Mosque in Uttar Pradesh's Varanasi should be done in a "non-invasive method," reported NDTV.

26 Jul 2023

Gyanvapi Mosque

'You don't trust anyone': Allahabad HC to Gyanvapi Mosque committee

The management committee of Varanasi's Gyanvapi Mosque on Wednesday told the Allahabad High Court that it is afraid of the historic structure falling.

01 Jun 2023


Delhi's Purana Qila has evidence linked to Mahabharata era: ASI

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) on Wednesday said that it had discovered evidence at Delhi's Purana Qila that dates back to the Mahabharata period (1100-1200 BC), reported India Today.

02 May 2023


ASI razes 1,000 homes in Delhi's Tughlakabad, thousands homeless

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) on Sunday reportedly razed down around 1,000 houses to clear the "encroachment" in Delhi's Tughlakabad area, which is largely populated by low-income families.

01 Jan 2023

Ministry of Culture

50 ASI-protected monuments 'untraceable' across India including in Delhi, Haryana

In a shocking revelation, the Ministry of Culture informed the Parliament that up to 50 of India's 3,693 protected monuments are "untraceable."

13 Jul 2022

Narendra Modi

Row over 'aggressive' national emblem: Centre slams 'experts' over criticism

The Centre has defended the depiction of the national emblem cast atop the new Parliament building on Tuesday following opposition parties' criticism of its alleged "aggressive" makeover.

03 Jun 2022


Jagannath Puri: SC dismisses petitions against excavations, constructions around temple

The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed several petitions challenging the Odisha government's excavation and construction around Puri's Jagannath temple, deeming the petitions "frivolous" and not in the public interest.

24 May 2022


Can't revive temple at Qutub Minar, a protected monument: ASI

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) on Tuesday submitted its response to Delhi's Saket court, opposing a plea to revive a temple at the site of the Qutub Minar.

22 May 2022


Qutub Minar Excavations: Culture Ministry denies giving orders to ASI

The officials at the Union Ministry of Culture have rubbished reports stating it had ordered the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to conduct excavations at Qutub Minar in Delhi.

19 May 2022


Maharashtra: What prompted ASI to shut Aurangzeb's tomb in Aurangabad?

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) on Thursday closed the tomb of the Mughal emperor, Aurangzeb, in Maharashtra's Aurangabad distinct for five days following a political tempest.

Varanasi: Ancient swastikas discovered near Gyanvapi mosque during survey

During a court-ordered survey and videography exercise in Varanasi's Kashi Vishwanath-Gyanvapi Masjid complex, timeworn traces of two swastikas (sacred Hindu symbol) were reportedly discovered near the mosque.

09 Sep 2021

Uttar Pradesh

'Shankhalipi' inscription discovered on stairs of Gupta-period temple in Etah

The Archaeological Survey of India has found Shankhalipi inscription on the stairs of a Gupta-period temple in a village in Uttar Pradesh's Etah district that has been dated to the time of Emperor Kumaragupta, officials said on Thursday.

18 Aug 2021

Delhi Police

Delhi: Dispute over plot leads to clash between two communities

Members of two communities clashed over the alleged unauthorized installation of a statue of BR Ambedkar on a plot in Tughlaqabad village in southeast Delhi and hoisting of the national flag on Independence Day, police said on Tuesday.

02 Jul 2020

Ministry of Culture

All monuments to reopen for public from July 6

In a major development, all monuments, including the famous Taj Mahal in Agra and New Delhi's Red Fort, will be reopened to the public starting Monday, July 6, the central government announced on Thursday.

#AyodhyaDispute: "Evidence shows Hindu structure existed before Babri"

A temple existed at the disputed site in Ayodhya way before Babri Masjid was built at the spot, the lawyer for Ram Lalla Virajman told Supreme Court on Tuesday.

10 Apr 2019

Salman Khan

'Dabangg 3' shoot: Salman gets notice for damaging antique statue

Salman Khan, who started shooting for Dabangg 3 last week, recently landed in a legal trouble after the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) issued a notice to his team for a set construction inside the Jal Mahal in Mandu, MP, considered illegal.

10 Dec 2018


Visiting Taj's main mausoleum? Shell out Rs. 200 more

Those wanting to see the main mausoleum of the Taj Mahal will need to buy an additional ticket of Rs. 200 from today.

25 Nov 2018


ASI monuments to remain open till 9PM? Government plans so

Almost 4,000 historical sites under the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) may have to junk their "closed-after-the-sunset" dictum and remain open for visitors till 9 pm, if a blueprint being prepared by the Ministry of Culture sees the light of day.

15 Aug 2018


Scotland Yard returns stolen 12th-century statue to India on I-Day

A 12th century Buddha statue stolen from a museum at Nalanda in Bihar nearly 60 years ago was returned to India today by the UK's Metropolitan Police as part of India's Independence Day ceremony in London.

04 Aug 2018


150 silver coins of the British era found in Jharkhand

Altogether 150 silver coins of the British era have been recovered while digging the earth of the courtyard of a house at Oreya village in Hazaribagh district of Jharkhand.

13 Jul 2018


Hours after Modi's remarks, ASI lifts photography ban in monuments

In a major relief to photographers and historians, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has lifted a ban on photography inside centrally protected monuments.

SC expresses concern over change in color of Taj Mahal

The Supreme Court today expressed concern over the change of color of the iconic Taj Mahal at Agra and said the monument had become yellowish earlier and was now turning brownish and greenish.

05 Apr 2018


Puri: Jagannath Temple's Ratna Bhandar needs renovation, says official

The Ratna Bhandar (storehouse for ornaments) of Shree Jagannath Temple in Puri is in need of repair, a senior administration official of the shrine said today.

03 Dec 2016


What's Delhi upto on Saturday?

New bars and restaurants are running dry in Delhi as liquor licences haven't been given since August.