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Gyanvapi Masjid Case – Hindu Deities Worship Allowed by Court

The plaintiff and a priest chosen by the Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple trust will receive an iron fence made for them, and the district judge will allow regular worship of Hindu deities in the southern cellar of Gyanvapi Masjid. Anjuman Intizamia Masajid plans to challenge the order in Allahabad High Court

VARANASI: On Wednesday, district judge Ajaya Krishna Vishvesha permitted a family of priests who had previously conducted rituals at Varanasi’s Gyanvapi Masjid to regularly worship Shringar Gauri and other Hindu deities in the southern crypt. This was done before 1993.

For the complaining party, head priest Shailendra Kumar Pathak Vyas of the Acharya Ved Vyas Peeth temple, and a priest assigned by the Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple Trust, to resume daily worship, the judge ordered the district magistrate to make the required preparations, including creating an iron fence, within seven days.

According to Shailendra Vyas’s petition, his maternal grandfather Somnath Vyas used to worship Shringar Gauri and other Hindu deities in the southern basement until December 1993, when entry into the basement reportedly once known as “Vyasji ka Tehkhana” was banned by the state power.

Almost two years after the main Shringar Gauri case was filed in the Varanasi civil judge’s court, the petition was admitted on September 25 of last year. On the Supreme Court’s directions, district judge Vishvesha took over the Shringar Gauri case and then took legal actions related to Gyanvapi.

Vishnu Shankar Jain, a lawyer for Shailendra Vyas, stated that the complaining family has been going to the southern cellar “for centuries” to worship the deities there.

“In December 1993, the then Mulayam Singh Yadav government built a steel fence without any judicial order, thus prohibiting the puja,” he said.

A fresh dispute has been ignited by the survey report of the Gyanvapi Mosque in Varanasi, which was released by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) on January 25. Photos of what appear to be pieces of Hindu deity sculptures and other iconography inside the mosque compound are included in the story.

On December 18, 2023, the ASI submitted their results in a sealed cover to the Varanasi district court. Afterward, on January 24, the Varanasi court decided that the results ought to be published.

The biography of Emperor Aurangzeb, Maasir-i-Alamgiri, was additionally mentioned in the report. It mentioned that on September 2, 1669, an order was made to demolish the Vishwanath temple in Kashi.

“The central chamber of the pre-existing structure (temple) forms the central hall of the existing structure (mosque).

Gyanvapi’s administrator, Anjuman Intizamia Masajid (AIM), said it would challenge the decision in the Allahabad High Court.

FAQs: Gyanvapi Case

What is the Gyanvapi Masjid case about?

The Gyanvapi Masjid case is a complex legal dispute centered on a mosque in Varanasi, India. Hindus claim a temple dedicated to Shiva, the Kashi Vishwanath Temple, originally stood on the site before being destroyed by Mughal emperor Aurangzeb in the 17th century, and the mosque was built on its remains. They seek permission for worship rights within the mosque complex.

What is the current status of the Gyanvapi case?

As of March 22, 2024, a Varanasi court ruled that Hindus can offer prayers in the Gyanvapi mosque’s basement. This decision comes after a series of legal challenges and surveys. The Muslim side continues to contest the claims and argue the mosque’s sanctity.

What are the Places of Worship Act and its role in the Gyanvapi case?

The Places of Worship Act of 1991 prohibits the conversion of any place of worship from one religion to another after 1947. The Muslim side argues this act protects the mosque’s status. However, the act exempts the Ayodhya dispute, and some argue it shouldn’t apply if a temple existed before the mosque.

What are the potential implications of the Gyanvapi case?

The case has sparked religious tensions in India. A peaceful resolution is crucial. The court’s decision may set a precedent for similar disputes. It also raises questions about balancing religious rights and historical claims.

Where can I find more information about the Gyanvapi Case?

Several news outlets have covered the case extensively. You can find articles and explainer videos online using keywords like “Gyanvapi Mosque case” or “Kashi Vishwanath Temple dispute.” Remember to consult reliable sources for balanced information.

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