Gyanvapi Mosque Line | Varanasi court issues notice for ‘Shivling’ carbon dating, next hearing September 29


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Case of the Gyanvapi Mosque | A video survey of the Gyanvapi-Shringar Gauri Mosque Complex was conducted in May this year, following which the Hindu side claimed that a ‘Shivling’ had been found near the ‘wazu khana’. This claim was contested by the Muslim side.

During the hearing of the Gyanvapi Mosque case on Thursday, the Varanasi court issued a notice to the Muslim side regarding a plea filed by the Hindu side requesting carbon dating of the ‘Shivling’ allegedly found in the mosque complex.

Vishnu S Jain, representing the Hindu side in the Gyanvapi Mosque case, said they had filed a request to demand carbon dating. He said the court issued a notice regarding their claim and asked for objections from the Muslims.

“We demand carbon dating. The Muslim side says it’s a fountain, but we say it’s a Shivling. An independent body should investigate and verify this,” Jain had said earlier. He also mentioned that the court rejected the eight-week deadline requested by the mosque committee to prepare for the next hearing.

The next hearing in this case will take place on September 29.

The Gyanvapi Mosque case concerns a plea filed by five women seeking permission to worship Hindu deities whose idols were allegedly found on an exterior wall of the Gyanvapi Mosque.

A video survey of the Gyanvapi-Shringar Gauri Mosque complex was also conducted in May, following which the Hindu side claimed that a ‘Shivling’ had been found near the ‘wazu khana’ – a small reservoir used by worshipers Muslims to perform ritual ablutions before offering namaz.

This claim was contested by the Muslim side. The Anjuman Intezamia Masjid Committee declared that the Gyanvapi Mosque is Waqf property and questioned the maintainability of the plea.


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