14 Oct 2022

Gyanvapi Mosque Case: Setback to the Hindu side over alleged Shivling, the court said this

Varanasi: The verdict given by the Varanasi district court on Friday regarding the alleged Shivling in Gyanvapi is a setback for the Hindu side. On the petition seeking carbon dating of the alleged Shivling, the court has said that carbon dating will not be done. Whereas it was claimed that the Shivling was found in the Gyanvapi mosque premises and to establish the age of the object under, carbon dating would have to be done. The Hindu side had sought carbon dating/scientific investigation of the structure found inside the Gyanvapi Mosque which they claimed to be a 'Shivling'.

What is Carbon Dating?: Just as the age of humans is determined on the basis of the year of birth, it is difficult to ascertain the exact age of an object or plant, dead animal, fossil or remains. In such a situation, the carbon dating technique is resorted to. Carbon dating plays an important role in understanding the history of objects that have existed over the centuries or the process of evolution of different species.

Carbon dating process: Carbon dating is a process through which age of an organic matter could be detected by finding the amount of a particular type of carbon atom (C14) in the matter, while comparing it with the standard amount of that particular carbon atom present in the organic matter today. The process has been widely used by archaeologists across the globe to predict the age of structures and human settlements.

Carbon dating was also done in Ayodhya case: Carbon denting was also resorted to in the Ayodhya Ram Janmabhoomi case. In the Supreme Court, it was said on behalf of Ramlala Virajman that all the objects except the idol had been carbon dating and decisions were taken on the basis of this.

(By Piyush Singh Rajput) 

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