Hindu Side Appeals to Supreme Court to Unseal Wazukhana in Gyanvapi Case

The Hindu side in the Gyanvapi case has approached the Supreme Court to request the de-sealing of the ‘wazukhana’ area in the Gyanvapi complex. This comes after the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) conducted a survey at the mosque, leading to new findings. The ‘wazukhana’ had been sealed in 2022 following a Supreme Court order.

Advocate Vishnu Shankar Jain, representing the Hindu side, filed the plea in the Supreme Court, urging the court to allow the ASI to conduct a comprehensive survey in the ‘wazukhana’ area without causing any harm to the ‘Shivling’. Jain emphasized the importance of conducting this study.

“I have filed an application in the Supreme Court, requesting the vacation of the stay order issued on May 19, 2023. The ASI should be permitted to conduct a study and feature examination of the ‘Wazukhana’ area. Only after the study will it be determined whether it is a fountain or a Shivling,” Jain stated.

The survey of the Gyanvapi mosque premises began following the Allahabad High Court’s rejection of a petition filed by Muslim litigants seeking a stay on the Varanasi court’s order for a scientific survey by the ASI. Using ground-penetrating radar and other scientific instruments, the ASI commenced the survey on August 4 to uncover what lies beneath the surface of the Gyanvapi mosque premises.

During the survey, the ASI examined the inner and outer walls, the cellar, and other parts of the premises, excluding the ‘wuzukhana’, where Muslims perform ablution before prayers.

Earlier, Vishnu Shankar Jain had claimed, based on the ASI report, that there was evidence suggesting the Gyanvapi mosque was constructed after demolishing a Hindu temple in the 17th century. The ASI report mentioned the discovery of ancient scriptures in Kannada, Devanagari, and Telugu languages within the mosque premises, which were related to Rudra, Janardan, and Vishweshwar. Jain also stated that the pillars of the demolished temple were used in the construction of the mosque.

According to the ASI report on the Gyanvapi mosque complex, it appears that a pre-existing structure was destroyed in the 17th century, and some of its elements were modified and reused in the current structure. The report also noted that the western wall of the existing structure is the remaining section of a pre-existing Hindu temple. The ASI referred to an Arabic-Persian inscription found inside a room, stating that the mosque was built during the reign of Aurangzeb in the 20th regnal year (1676-77 CE). The ASI concluded that there was a Hindu temple prior to the construction of the existing structure, based on scientific studies, architectural remains, inscriptions, and other artifacts.

The Hindu side’s plea to de-seal the ‘wazukhana’ area in the Gyanvapi complex is now awaiting a response from the Supreme Court.

The Hindu side involved in the Gyanvapi case has approached the Supreme Court of India seeking the de-sealing of the sealed spot known as Wazukhana. The spot, located inside the Gyanvapi mosque complex in Varanasi, is believed to be a sacred place for Hindus. The appeal comes after a lower court rejected their plea to open the sealed area for worship. The case revolves around the disputed site where the Gyanvapi mosque stands, which is claimed by Hindus as the birthplace of Lord Shiva. The Supreme Court will now examine the matter and make a decision regarding the de-sealing of the spot.

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