Varanasi court orders to seal the area where a ‘Shivling’ was found, prohibits entry
The court – mandate videography survey of the Gyanvapi Masjid complex was completed today, after which the lawyer has said that ‘Shivling’ has been found inside a well.
Hours after one of the lawyers surveying the Gyanvapi Masjid claimed that a Shivling had been found in a well inside the premise, a civil court issued an order to seal the area and prohibit entry of people in the area.
The local court is hearing a plea by a group of women seeking permission for daily prayers before the idols on its outer walls.
Heavy security was deployed as the court-appointed committee reached the spot to conduct the survey.
Nearly 65 percent of the exercise was completed on Sunday.
The Mosque is said to have been built by Mughals after demolishing the ancient Kashi Vishwanath temple.
The petitioners say that to prove the existence of the idol of Shringar Gauri, one has to go inside the mosque. This is the reason why the survey team entered the mosque premises to inspect and take video records.
Yesterday, the DM said that the survey work on Monday will begin at 8 am and all the parties have been directed to remain present.
This is completely an archaeological survey work since the advocates were not familiar with the survey work, the work took some time,” Madan Mohan Yadav, the counsel for the Hindu side in the case, had said on Sunday.
In 1991, a bunch of petitions in the case were filed in Varanasi district court by local priests who sought permission to worship in the Gyanvapi complex. The petitioners contended that the Gyanvapi Masjid was built on the orders of Mughal ruler Aurangzeb by demolishing a part of the Kashi Vishwanath Mandir in the 17th century.
In 2019, petitioners demanded that an archaeological survey of the entire Gyanvapi mosque complex should be conducted.
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