The Gyanvapi mosque, which is close to the Kashi Vishwanath temple, was given permission to be carbon-dated on Friday by a Varanasi court. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) will carry out the complex’s scientific survey, with the exception of the contentious Shivling structure.
Vishnu Shankar Jain, a lawyer for the Hindu side of the controversy, had submitted a petition asking the court to order the ASI to examine the entire Gyanvapi mosque complex.
The court requested the Gyanvapi mosque committee to submit a response to the Hindu side’s arguments after deciding to hear the petition in May. The court heard both parties before reaching its conclusion today.
Jain contended in court that the only way to settle the disagreement between the Gyanvapi mosque and the Kashi Vishwanath temple was to conduct an archaeological survey of the entire mosque complex. According to him, the situation can be understood by conducting a modern analysis of the Gyanvapi complex’s three domes, western wall, and overall complex.
The disputed Shivling building inside the Gyanvapi mosque-Kashi Vishwanath corridor was not to be carbon dated, the Supreme Court ordered ASI in May. The Allahabad High Court’s ruling allowing a scientific examination to determine whether the building is a Shivling or a fountain was suspended as a result of this decision.
The Muslim side has insisted that the item was a component of the fountain system at the wuzukhana reservoir, where worshippers bathe before performing namaz. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) was ordered by the Supreme Court on May 19 to postpone carbon dating of the Shivling until after the next hearing in the case.
The Muslim side refuted the Hindu claim that Raja Tondal Mal rebuilt the Lord Adi Vishweshwar Temple at the same location in 1580 AD after it had been attacked and destroyed by Muslim invaders.
The Masjid committee claimed that neither the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb was harsh nor did he destroy any Lord Adi Vishweshwar Temple in Varanasi.
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