Verdict on Kashi Vishwanath-Gyanvapi Issue: ASI Survey Ordered for Gyanvapi Complex

In a significant decision regarding the Kashi Vishwanath-Gyanvapi issue, the Varanasi district court has granted approval for a scientific investigation of the Gyanvapi complex, siding with the temple’s demand. District Judge Dr. Ajay Krishna Vishwesh, on Friday, ruled in favor of the temple despite objections from the mosque side. The court ordered the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to conduct a survey of the Gyanvapi complex, excluding the Wujukhana but including the Vaju tank, which remains sealed.

The media has received confirmation from Vishnu Shankar Jain, the senior lawyer representing the Hindu side in the Gyanvapi Masjid case, that the court has indeed ordered the ASI survey. Jain expressed satisfaction that their application was accepted, and the survey will be conducted with radar technology to assess the entire area except the sealed warehouse.

The ASI survey of the Gyanvapi Masjid complex is expected to provide valuable insights into its historical significance. The survey’s findings will help determine the age of stones, idols, walls, and other constructions without causing any damage to the site.

The application for the survey was filed on May 16 by four litigants from the Hindu side – Rekha Pathak, Manju Vyas, Lakshmi Devi, and Sita Sahu. The petition sought ASI’s radar survey of the entire campus, excluding the sealed Vajukhana.

The Anjuman Intezamia Masjid Committee had objected to this application on May 19. However, after the completion of the hearing on July 14, the court finally granted approval for the survey.

The Hindu side celebrated the court’s decision, considering it a significant victory. They believe that the survey will reveal the truth about Gyanvapi’s historical aspects without causing any harm. On the other hand, the opposition Anjuman Intezamia Masjid Committee remains against the survey.

Previously, on May 12, the Allahabad High Court had ordered carbon dating of the Shivling found in the Gyanvapi campus during the Advocate Commissioner’s inspection.

The temple’s lawyers had argued that a scientific investigation of the entire Gyanvapi campus, except the part sealed by the Supreme Court, was necessary. However, the mosque’s representatives contended that such a survey could cause damage to the existing mosque.

The petition, initially filed by five women in May, also included a request for permission to pray at the “Shringar Gauri Sthal” inside the shrine complex. One of the women later withdrew from the plea.

The ASI is expected to conduct the survey diligently, and its report will be submitted to the District Judge on August 4. This investigation could potentially shed light on the historical significance of the Gyanvapi complex, bringing clarity to the long-standing dispute between the temple and mosque sides.

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