Varanasi court docket permits excavation by ASI at Kashi Vishwanath Temple and Gyanvapi Masjid

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Varanasi court docket permits excavation by ASI at Kashi Vishwanath Temple and Gyanvapi Masjid

A Varanasi court docket has dominated in favor of excavation by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) at Varanasi’s Kashi Vishwanath Temple and the adjoining Gyanvapi Masjid. The ASI is prone to arrange a five-member workforce that can go to the campus quickly. 

A petition was filed in December 2019 by advocate Vijay Shankar Rastogi on behalf of Swayambhu Jyotirlinga Bhagwan Vishweshwar within the court docket of civil decide. The petitioner requested for a survey of the complete Gyanvapi compound by the ASI. He had filed the petition because the ‘subsequent good friend’ of Swayambhu Jyotirlinga Bhagwan Vishweshwar. In January 2020, Anjuman Intezamia Masjid Committee had filed an objection towards the petition.

The petitioner had contended that the Kashi Vishwanath temple was constructed by Maharaja Vikramaditya about 2,050 years in the past, however Mughal emperor Aurangzeb destroyed the temple in 1664 and used its stays to assemble a mosque, which is called Gyanvapi masjid, on a portion of the temple land. The petitioner requested the court docket to situation instructions for the removing of the mosque from the temple land and provides again its possession to the temple belief.

The primary petition was filed within the Varanasi civil court docket in 1991 on behalf of Swayambhu Jyotirlinga Bhagwan Vishweshwar looking for permission for worship in Gyanvapi.

The petition contended that the Locations of Worship (Particular Provisions) Act was not relevant on the swimsuit because the mosque was constructed over a partly demolished temple and plenty of elements of the temple exist even in the present day. In 1998, Anjuman Intezamia Masjid Committee moved the excessive court docket contending that the mandir-masjid dispute couldn’t be adjudicated by a civil court docket because it was barred by the legislation. The excessive court docket stayed the proceedings within the decrease court docket which had continued for the previous 22 years.

In February 2020, the petitioners approached the decrease court docket once more with a plea to renew the listening to because the excessive court docket had not prolonged the keep prior to now six months.

The Gyanvapi mosque shares a boundary wall with Kashi Vishwanath temple. 

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