News By/Courtesy: Abhipsha Datta | 10 Apr 2021 20:01pm IST


  • Varanasi court granted permission to ASI for a comprehensive archaeological physical survey of the disputed Kashi Vishwanath.
  • The suit has been carried forward for further orders on 31 May.
  • The court ordered the constitution of a five-member committee.

The Kashi Vishwanath temple is seen not far from the banks of the Ganga river in Varanasi. It is considered to be the most significant shrine of Lord Shiva and the most prominent out of the 12 ‘Jyotirlingas’ mentioned in the Puranas. The temple is said to have been demolished and rebuilt multiple times during its centuries-old history. Many historians believe that Aurangzeb demolished one of these iterations and built the mosque (Gyanvapi) on the site in 1669. In the matter of the ongoing dispute, a Varanasi civil court on Thursday, dated 8 April 2021, granted permission to the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) for a comprehensive archaeological physical survey of the disputed Kashi Vishwanath Temple-Gyanvapi Mosque complex. The petitioners representing the Kashi Vishwanath Temple are demanding for the mosque, which has been built by Mughal emperor Aurangzeb to be declared standing on the land belonging to Hindus. However, the mosque’s management committee, Anjuman Intezamia Masjid, has opposed this petition. The suit has been carried forward for further orders on 31 May. Civil court judge, Ashutosh Tiwari stated that the disputed matter pertains to have a connection with our deep history. He directed the ASI to find out if the religious structure standing at present, at the disputed site is a superimposition, alteration, or addition or if there exists a structural overlapping of any kind, with or over, any religious structure. The court also ordered the constitution of a five-member committee out of which, two members should preferably be Muslims, to identify if any temple belonging to the Hindu community ever existed before the mosque was constructed at the site. An order was passed by the court less than 18 months after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Hindu parties’ in the case of Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute in Ayodhya. It ordered the Ram Mandir built to be built at the disputed 2.77-acre site and that Muslims would be given five acres of land for a mosque elsewhere. However, the Supreme Court had also highlighted that this was the lone exception permitted to the Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act, 1991. The act states that any place of worship shall be maintained as it existed on 15 August 1947 and that no encroachment of any such places before this date can be questioned in courts. Ayodhya was considered as an exception to this law because the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute had been going on in the courts since the 19th century.


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Section Editor: 5thVoice.News | 12 Apr 2021 5:02am IST

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