Varanasi’s top judge is expected to make the decision on the Gyanvapi mosque today. Read and know the 10 facts related to the Gyanvapi case in this article.
Twinkle Updated: Aug 7, 2023 10:31 IST
Read and know facts about the Gyanvapi case.
The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), together with a team from the Department of Earth Sciences, IIT Kanpur, continued the scientific survey of the controversial Gyanvapi Mosque on Sunday. This controversy over the Mandir-Masjid gained momentum after five Hindu women filed a case seeking the right to worship inside the Varanasi mosque, next to the famous Kashi Vishwanath temple.
Take a look at the top 10 facts about the Gyanvapi controversy:
- Earlier this year, a group of five women filed a petition with the Varanasi court seeking permission for daily idol worship at the Gyanvapi Mosque. These idols are carved on the outer walls of the mosque. At the hearing of this, the judge (upper chamber) of the civil court directed the videography of the entire mosque complex and submitted the report by May 17.
- According to the Hindu perspective, there is a 10 foot deep well between the mosque and the Vishwanath temple, which is called Gyanvapi, even mentioned in the Skanda Purana. It is said that Lord Shiva himself dug this well for Lingabhishek with his trident (Trishul).
- Sources connected with the study of the Gyanvapi Masjid complex informed the media about the discovery of a striking idol of a crocodile. And apart from the crocodile structure, the research team also found broken pieces of shikharas from the temple.
- After the survey, to prevent fights or riots, a total ban on movement of people was imposed within a radius of 500 meters from the Gyanvapi Mosque complex. Police also banned movement of vehicles from Godauliya and Maidagin areas.
- There have been reports of the architectural replacement of the top of the temple with the dome of the mosque. Apart from this, within the cellars were found trishuls, swastikas, ancient rocks, fragmentary sculptures and places to keep lamps, and artwork of the Serpent and the Swan were seen.
- Vishnushankar Jain, the son of High Court lawyer Harishankar Jain, claims that a 12.8ft long Shivling was found during the survey. It was placed in the Vazukhana of Gyanvapi Masjid. Subsequently, Judge Ravi Kumar Diwakar of the Varanasi Civil Court ordered Shivling’s place to be sealed and handed over to the CRPF for security reasons. However, the Muslim parties have rejected all the claims of the Hindu parties. In addition, the Muslim petitioners cited the 1991 Places of Worship Act, to claim that the decision to record videos was wrong and offensive.
- The Archaeological Survey of India and the Department of Earth Sciences are conducting a scientific study on the Gyanvapi Mosque complex. Measurements, photographs and other methods are being used to find out the truth about the Temple-Mosque controversy.
The government and officials are ready with their foolproof security plans to prevent any chaos in the city amid the Gyanvapi Mosque complex controversy. Article 144 is imposed, patrol vehicles are positioned at strategic points, police forces and paramilitaries are also deployed. Varanasi Police Commissioner A. Satish Ganesh also asked people not to be misled by any rumours.