Hindus allowed to pray at sealed basement of Gyanvapi complex | India News – Times of India

Hindus allowed to pray at sealed basement of Gyanvapi complex | India News - Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Varanasi court on Wednesday allowed the Hindus to offer prayers at sealed basement‘Vyas Ka Tekhana’, of Gyanvapi complex.
Advocate Vishnu Shankar Jain, representing the Hindu side said that the “Puja” will start within seven days and everyone will have the right to offer prayers.
“The district administration will have to make arrangements within 7 days,” Vishny Shankar Jain said.
The court issued the order in response to a plea submitted by head priest of Acharya Ved Vyas Peeth temple, Shailendra Kumar Pathak Vyas, seeking worship of Shringar Gauri, other visible and invisible deities in the cellar of Gyanvapi mosque.
The court had previously granted Vyas’s request to appoint the district magistrate as receiver for the southern cellar of the Gyanvapi mosque on January 17.
In compliance with this order, the district magistrate took custody of the southern cellar on January 24. Vyas initiated his suit on September 25, 2023. After the disposal of Vyas’s plea for the appointment of a receiver, a hearing took place on the issue of worship rights.
An objection was also filed by the Anjuman Intezamia Masajid (AIM), the mosque management committee, against the plea made by Shailendra Kumar Pathak Vyas. The mosque committee claimed that the plea is not maintainable according to the Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act and the Waqf Act.
The Anjuman Intezamia Masjid also disapproved the ASI report on the scientific study of the Gyanvapi mosque, stating it sets a false narrative. They claim that the ASI report is similar to the court commissioner survey conducted in May 2022.
The Archaeological Survey of India has revealed a Kannada inscription in the Gyanvapi Mosque in Varanasi, exciting historians in Karnataka. The inscription, dating back to the 16th century, mentions Doddarasayya and Narasimha. Historians are now requesting the Karnataka government to send a team to explore the historical links between Karnataka and Varanasi.

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