21 Jul 2023

Gyanvapi Mosque: Varanasi Court Allows Survey Of Entire Premises By ASI

Varanasi: The Varanasi District Court on Friday allowed an application filed by four Hindu women worshippers seeking a survey of the entire Gyanvapi mosque premises barring Wuzukhana (sealed area) by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) in order to find out as to whether the Mosque had been constructed over a pre-existing structure of the Hindu temple.

Vishnu Shankar Jain, representing the Hindu side in the Gyanvapi mosque case, told that the application has been approved and the court has directed to conduct an ASI survey of the Gyanvapi mosque complex, excluding the Wazu tank which has been sealed. He said the survey was likely to be completed within 3 to 6 months.

In a lawsuit now ongoing before the Varanasi Court, four Hindu women worshippers are requesting full year-round access to the Gyanvapi Mosque premises. They filed the complaint before the court in May of this year.

According to the application of the four Hindu women worshippers, Swayambhu Jyotirlinga existed at the Gyanvapi Mosque Premises for tens of thousands of years, but it was repeatedly destroyed or damaged by Muslim invaders who harbored hatred for unbelievers and idolaters beginning with the attack of Mahmud Ghazni in 1017 AD.

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