A local court in Uttar Pradesh's Mathura today ordered the survey of the Shahi Idgah Mosque, said to be built on the "Krishna Janmabhoomi", or the birthplace of Lord Krishna, by the Archaeological Survey of India after January 2.

The report will be submitted after January 20. The court passed the order on a lawsuit filed by Vishnu Gupta of the right wing outfit Hindu Sena, which said the survey will be similar to the one in Varanasi's Gyanvapi mosque

The lawsuit is one of the many by Hindu outfits demanding the removal of the 17th century Shahi Idgah Masjid from the Katra Keshav Dev temple, claiming the mosque has been built on the birthplace of Lord Krishna.

The Shahi Idgah mosque, Vishnu Gupta's petition said, was built at the Krishna Janmabhoomi on the orders of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb in 1669-70 in the 13.37-acre premises of Katra Keshav Dev temple.

The civil court in Mathura had earlier dismissed the case saying it cannot be admitted under the Places of Worship Act of 1991, which maintains the religious status of any place of worship as it was on August 15, 1947.

The only exception to the law was the Ayodhya temple-mosque case involving the 16th century Babri mosque, razed in 1992 by Hindu activists who believed it was built on the ruins of an ancient temple.

The Mathura court had earlier dismissed the Krishna Janmabhoomi suit, saying if it was registered, then many worshippers may approach the court in various cases.

After the Supreme Court's landmark order in the long-drawn Ram Janmabhoomi case in November 2019, Hindu groups have raised the pitch on 'reclaiming' what they claim are 'Hindu sites' in Mathura and Kashi.