The Archaeological Survey of India(ASI) along with a team from the Department of Earth Sciences, IIT Kanpur continued the scientific survey of the controversial Gyanvapi mosque on Sunday. This controversy over the Mandir-Masjid caught momentum after a case was filed by five Hindu women seeking the right to worship inside the mosque at Varanasi, next to the famous Kashi Vishwanath Temple.
Take a look at the major 10 facts about the Gyanvapi controversy:
- Earlier this year, a group of five women filed a petition in the Varanasi court seeking permission for daily worship of the idols in Gyanvapi Mosque. These idols are carved on the outer walls of the mosque. In the hearing of this, the judge (senior division) of the civil court directed the videography of the entire mosque complex and submit the report by May 17.
- According to the Hindu outlook, there is 10 feet deep well between the mosque and Vishwanath temple, which is called Gyanvapi, even mentioned in the Skanda Purana. It is said that Lord Shiva himself dig this well for Lingabhishek with his trident(Trishul).
- Sources related to the survey of the Gyanvapi Masjid complex reported to the media discovering an eye-captivating idol of a crocodile. And other than the crocodile structure, the survey team also found broken pieces of temple shikharas.
- After the survey to avoid any brawl or disturbance, a complete ban was imposed on the movement of people within 500 meters of the Gyanvapi mosque complex. The police also banned the movement of vehicles from the Godauliya and Maidagin areas.
- There have been reports of the architectural replacement of the top of the temple with the dome of the mosque. Apart from this, Trishuls, swastikas, ancient rocks, fragmentary sculptures, and places to keep lamps have been found inside the cellars, and artwork of Snake and Swan was sighted.
- Vishnushankar Jain, son of Supreme Court advocate Harishankar Jain, claims that a Shivling, 12.8 feet long has been found during the survey. It was placed in the Vazukhana of Gyanvapi Masjid. Later, Judge Ravi Kumar Diwakar of Varanasi Civil Court ordered to seal off the place of Shivling and handed it over to CRPF for security reasons. However, the Muslim parties have rejected all such claims of the Hindu parties. Also, the Muslim petitioners quoted the Places of Worship Act of 1991, to state the decision of videography was wrong and offensive.
- A scientific survey is executed by the Archaeological Survey of India and the Department of Earth Science over the complex of Gyanvapi mosque. Measurement, photography and other methods are being used to know the truth about Temple-Mosque controversy.
Government and officials are ready with their foolproof security plans to avoid any chaos in the city amid the Gyanvapi Mosque compound controversy. Section 144 is imposed, patrolling vehicles are positioned at strategic points, also the police and paramilitary forces are deployed. The Varanasi Commissioner of Police A.Satish Ganesh also requested people to not get misled by any rumours.