The survey of Gyanvapi Masjid in Varanasi was completed on Monday. The commissioner’s action began on Saturday morning, during which an investigation was conducted inside the Gyanvapi Masjid and videography was made in the presence of all the complainants and defendants. As the video investigation of the Gyanvapi Masjid complex concluded on Monday, defenders on the Hindu side claimed a ‘shivling’ was found inside the well.
Shivling found in Gyanvapi Masjid
Madan Mohan Yadav, a lawyer representing the Hindu side, said the Shivling found inside the well is 12 feet by 8 inches in diameter and faces Nandi.
On May 12, a court bench in Varanasi ordered the release of videographs there. Concluding this investigation and giving related information, Benares Police Commissioner Satish Ganesh said: “First of all, I would like to state that the large-scale security we had provided has We had a meeting with everyone There was consensus that this is the court order and that we all have a constitutional obligation to follow it.
Because the issue related to the mosque investigation was sensitive, extensive preparations were made. Giving information about him, Satish Ganesh said: “Interacted with people at all levels of police stations in the city, interacted, dispelled misconceptions in their minds.”
“We also deployed security forces and one more we did the confidence-building work. For this reason, this three-day operation officially ended today.”
In 1991, the first petition, in this case, was filed in the Varanasi Court by the self-styled Jyotirlinga Lord Vishweshwar.
In 1998 the Anjuman Intejamia Masjid Committee filed a case in the Allahabad High Court. The committee, in its petition before the court, said that the temple-mosque land dispute could not be decided by a civil court as it was barred by law.
In 2019, a petition was filed by a person named Rastogi on behalf of the self-styled Jyotirlinga Lord Vishweshwar in the Varanasi District Court. The petitioner demanded that an archaeological survey of the entire Gyanvapi mosque complex should be conducted.
In 2020, the Anjuman Intejamiya Masjid Committee opposed the petition seeking an ASI survey of the entire Gyanvapi complex. In the same year, the petitioner again approached the lower court with a petition, requesting a resumption of the hearing as the Allahabad High Court had not extended the adjournment.
In 2021, the city court ordered the Archaeological Survey of India to conduct the requested survey. In addition, a five-member committee of experts in archaeology was asked to be formed, consisting of two members from the “minority community”, to determine whether a temple existed at the site prior to the mosque.