Varanasi, May 16, 2022: The court-mandated videography survey of the Gyanvapi Masjid complex was completed today, May 16. Nearly 65 per cent of the exercise was completed yesterday.
Lawyer Vishnu Jain told Aaj Tak/India Today TV over the phone, that a shivling was found inside the well. He said he would go to civil court to seek its protection.
The shivling is 12 feet by 8 inches in diameter. An advocate from the Hindu side, Madan Mohan Yadav, claimed that the shivling is Nandi faced.
Heavy security was deployed as the court-appointed committee reached the spot to conduct the survey.
On Sunday, the survey of the areas of the mosque which, according to lawyers Harishankar Jain and Vishnu Jain, used to be a part of the temple was done.
On the western wall of the Gyanvapi complex, the remains of Hindu temple demolition are visible and the pictures which are the biggest proof, will be surveyed. For this, the fourth lock was opened today, 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.
Courtesy: India Today