ASI official provides answers in Gyanvapi survey case as hearing resumes in Allahabad High Court

Archaeological Survey of India representative presents findings amid contentious dispute over Gyanvapi Mosque in Varanasi

The hearing in the Gyanvapi survey case resumed at the Allahabad High Court today, with an official from the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) appearing before the court to address queries related to the ongoing dispute surrounding the Gyanvapi Mosque in Varanasi.

The case, which has been a subject of contention for several years, revolves around the historical Gyanvapi Mosque, located adjacent to the revered Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. The petition, filed by the Varanasi seers and the Anjuman Intazamiya Masjid Committee, seeks to challenge the constitutional validity of a 1991 verdict that ordered the ASI to conduct a survey of the mosque.

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During today’s hearing, the ASI official presented the survey findings and answered the court’s questions. The survey was commissioned to ascertain whether any ancient Hindu temple existed beneath the mosque’s structure, raising questions about the mosque’s historical and religious significance.

The Gyanvapi Mosque is a historically significant monument, believed to have been built by Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb in the 17th century. It stands in close proximity to the Kashi Vishwanath Temple, which is one of the holiest sites for Hindus and attracts millions of devotees each year. The coexistence of the mosque and the temple has been a delicate issue, and the dispute has led to protracted legal battles.

The Allahabad High Court had directed the ASI to conduct the survey to provide clarity on the historical origins of the site, a decision that has sparked heated debates among various religious and cultural groups.

The Gyanvapi Mosque has been at the center of religious and legal disputes, and the present case is a crucial one as it seeks to address the historical significance of the site. The ASI’s role in examining the site’s archaeological evidence has further added to the complexity of the case.

As the hearing progresses, the court will examine the survey report presented by the ASI official and evaluate its implications on the contentious issue. The court’s decision will likely have far-reaching consequences and could impact religious sentiments and communal harmony in the region.

Both Hindu and Muslim communities in Varanasi and across the country are closely observing the developments in the Gyanvapi survey case. The verdict will be eagerly awaited by all concerned parties, as it may have significant ramifications for the site’s future status and the religious sentiments of millions of devotees.

The hearing has been adjourned, and the case will resume on the next scheduled date, as the court continues to meticulously evaluate the arguments and evidence presented before arriving at a just and equitable resolution for this longstanding dispute.