Gyanvapi case: Lawyer says ASI survey found remnants of Hindu temple in Varanasi mosque
09:11PM Sat 27 Jan, 2024
New Delhi: The recent survey conducted by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) on the Gyanvapi Masjid in Varanasi has brought to light some interesting findings. According to the ASI report, there was a ‘large Hindu temple’ present at the site before the construction of the existing mosque. The report further states that parts of the temple were used in the construction of the Islamic place of worship. The survey was conducted to address the claims made by Hindu petitioners who sought year-round access for darshan and pooja of Maa Shringar Gauri in the Gyanvapi Masjid compound. The ASI, in its 839-page report, concluded that there indeed existed a Hindu temple before the construction of the mosque. The conclusion was drawn based on a scientific survey, study of architectural remains, exposed features and artifacts, inscriptions, art, and sculptures.
The Gyanvapi Masjid, built in the 17th century, is located adjacent to the Kashi Vishwanath Temple, one of the holiest sites for Hindus. The dispute over the site has been ongoing for decades, with both Hindu and Muslim communities claiming ownership and access rights. The ASI survey was conducted as part of the legal process to determine the historical facts and resolve the dispute.
It is important to note that the ASI report is still being analyzed, and its full contents have not been made public yet.
ASI report findings
Madan Mohan Yadav, a lawyer representing one of the Hindu petitioners, Rakhi Singh, said during the survey, evidence has been found at 32 places suggesting the existence of a temple there.