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Gyanvapi Case: Allahabad HC Rejects Plea Challenging Hindu Prayers In Basement

The Gyanvapi's identity as a mosque or temple has stirred controversy. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) report revealed marks indicating a previous Hindu temple on the premises. Gyanvapi is situated beside the renowned Kashi Vishwanath temple, with four basements in the mosque complex. The court has granted permission for worship in Vyasji's basement.

Edited By : Saurav Gupta | Updated: Feb 26, 2024 10:49 IST
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Gyanvapi: Allahabad HC Rejects Plea Challenging Hindu Prayers
Gyanvapi: Allahabad HC Rejects Plea Challenging Hindu Prayers

The Gyanvapi Masjid Committee’s plea to ban Hindu worship in the Gyanvapi complex’s basement has been dismissed by the Allahabad High Court. This challenge arose after the Varanasi District Court permitted Hindus to worship in the said basement.

High Court’s Verdict

Justice Rohit Ranjan Aggarwal, in his ruling, stated that a thorough examination of the case records and arguments from all parties didn’t reveal grounds to overturn the district court’s decision. The district court, on January 17, had appointed the District Magistrate as the property’s receiver, allowing worship in the basement on January 31.

District Court’s Decision

The Varanasi district court’s January 31 order allowed Hindu worship in the Gyanvapi Masjid’s Vyasji basement. The court directed the District Magistrate to facilitate the puja and appoint a priest nominated by the Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple Trust. The Muslim side contested this decision in the Allahabad High Court.

Gyanvapi – ASI Report and Controversy

The Gyanvapi’s identity as a mosque or temple has stirred controversy. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) report revealed marks indicating a previous Hindu temple on the premises. Gyanvapi is situated beside the renowned Kashi Vishwanath temple, with four basements in the mosque complex. The court has granted permission for worship in Vyasji’s basement.

First published on: Feb 26, 2024 10:49 AM IST

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