Varanasi’s most senior judge is expected to make a decision on the Gyanvapi Mosque today. Read on and know about 10 facts related to the Gyanvapi case in this article.
Twinkle Updated: Aug 7, 2023 10:31 IST
Read and know the truth about the Gyanvapi . case
The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) together with a team from the Faculty of Earth Sciences, IIT Kanpur continued their scientific survey of the controversial Gyanvapi mosque on Sunday. This Mandir-Masjid controversy began to gain momentum after five Hindu women filed a lawsuit claiming the right to worship inside a mosque in Varanasi, next to the famous Kashi Vishwanath Temple.
Take a look at 10 key facts about the Gyanvapi controversy:
- Earlier this year, a group of five women applied to the Varanasi court for permission to worship daily idols at the Gyanvapi Mosque. These idols are carved on the outer walls of the mosque. During the hearing on this matter, the judge (senior division) of the civil court directed the filming of the entire mosque complex and the submission of the report by May 17.
- From the Hindu point of view, there is a well 10 feet deep between the mosque and the Vishwanath temple, called Gyanvapi, which is even mentioned in the Skanda Purana. It is said that Lord Shiva himself dug this well for Lingabhishek with his trident (Trishul).
- Sources involved in the survey of the Gyanvapi Masjid complex reported to the media that an eye-catching crocodile statue had been discovered. And in addition to the crocodile structure, the survey team also found fragments of shikharas in the temple.
- After the survey to avoid any scuffles or disturbances, a complete ban was imposed on the movement of people within 500 meters of the Gyanvapi mosque complex. Police also banned vehicles from moving from the Godauliya and Maidagin areas.
- There have been reports of replacing the top of the temple with the dome of the mosque. In addition, Trishuls, swastikas, ancient stones, discrete sculptures and lamps are found inside the vault, and artwork of Snakes and Swans is also seen.
- Vishnushankar Jain, son of High Court defense counsel Harishankar Jain, claimed that a 12.8-foot Shivling was found during the survey. It is located in Vazukhana of Gyanvapi Masjid. Thereafter, Judge Ravi Kumar Diwakar of Varanasi Civil Court ordered Shivling’s residence to be sealed off and handed over to CRPF for security reasons. However, Muslim parties have denied any such claims by Hindu parties. Additionally, Muslim petitioners cited the Places of Worship Act 1991 to claim that the decision to film was wrong and offensive.
- A scientific survey was carried out by the Archaeological Survey of India and the Department of Earth Sciences of the Gyanvapi mosque complex. Measurement, photography and other methods are being used to know the truth about the controversy between the Temple and the Mosque.
The government and officials are ready with their perfect security plans to avoid any chaos in the city amid the controversy over the Gyanvapi Mosque complex. Section 144 applies, patrol vehicles are located at strategic points, police and paramilitary forces are also deployed. Varanasi Police Commissioner A.Satish Ganesh also asked people not to be fooled by any rumors.