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Hindu lawyers claim 'presence' of Shivling in Gyanvapi Masjid pond

Following the latest development, a court in Uttar Pradesh's Varanasi ordered that the pond in the Gyanvapi mosque complex be sealed

Monday May 16, 2022 2:28 PM, ummid.com with inputs from IANS

Gyanvapi Mosque

Varanasi: As the videography survey of the Gyanvapi Masjid complex was completed on Monday, the lawyers of Hindu side claimed that a 'shivling' had been found inside the mosque pond used for ablution (wuzu) purification rituals.

Following the latest development, a court in Uttar Pradesh's Varanasi ordered that the pond in the Gyanvapi mosque complex be sealed.

The court order came after Lawyer of the Hindu side Vishnu Jain approached the civil court to seek the protection of the mosque pond.

Another advocate from the Hindu side, Madan Mohan Yadav, claimed that the shivling is Nandi faced.

"The shivling is 12 feet by 8 inches in diameter," he added.

'No Shivling till 2010'

Syed Mohd Yaseen of the Mosque Committee while talking to BBC had earlier said that the masjid management had in 2010 cleaned the pond, and there was no shivling as claimed by some Hindu groups.

Heavy security was deployed as the court-appointed committee reached the spot to conduct the survey on Monday. Nearly 65 per cent of the exercise was completed on Sunday.

The advocate commissioners will submit their report to the court on Tuesday.

On Sunday, the survey of the areas of the mosque which, according to lawyers Hari Shankar Jain and Vishnu Jain, used to be "a part of the temple" was done.

For the survey, the fourth lock was opened on Monday, while the first three rooms were opened during the survey on Saturday.

Gyanvapi Mosque, adjacent to the Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi, is currently facing a legal battle. A court in Varanasi has directed the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to probe the structure of the Gyanvapi Masjid.

The survey is to find out the truth behind the claims of the presence of Hindu symbols of worship in the mosque complex.

Five Delhi-based women -- Rakhi Singh, Laxmi Devi, Sita Sahu and others moved the court with their plea on April 18, 2021, seeking permission for daily prayers before the idols of Hindu deities on its outer walls.

They also sought to stop the "opponents" from causing any damage to the idols.


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