Gyanvapi Mosque Survey: A team of 30 people from the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) entered the Gyanvapi Masjid complex in Kashi in the early morning on Monday (24 April) and started searching every nook and corner of the Gyanvapi Masjid leaving the Vajukhana. To find out which side’s claim regarding Gyanvapi is strong? Hindu side or Muslim side?
After the order of the district court of Varanasi, it is to be ascertained whether the Gyanvapi mosque is over the structure of the Hindu temple? Are there signs like Kamal, Damru, Trishul in the Masjid premises? Are there any paintings of Gods and Goddesses on the wall of the mosque? How old are the three domes at Gyanvapi Mosque?
Supreme Court has stayed it till Wednesday
The survey was going on in the Gyanvapi Masjid complex in Varanasi, whereas in Delhi, the Muslim side’s petition challenging the survey had reached the Supreme Court. At 11.45 am, the Supreme Court ordered that the survey be stopped in the Gyanvapi Masjid complex. At present, the Supreme Court has asked to stop the survey till 5 pm on 26 July. During this, the Muslim side has been asked to file an application in the High Court.
What did the survey team do?
The district court of Varanasi had ordered the survey in the Gyanvapi campus, but now the High Court will give further orders. The ASI team marked the places in the mosque premises for about four hours before the Supreme Court ordered an interim stay on the survey. Video and Photography. Radar technology was used in the survey.
The mosque side had claimed in the Supreme Court that the excavation was done during the survey but the administration denied it. The administration says that no excavation of any kind was done in the mosque premises. Currently, there will be no archaeological survey in Gyanvapi Masjid of Varanasi till 26th.
What will the survey reveal?
Now the big question is what will happen from the survey? And the answer is that from the survey it will be known that how strong is the claim of which side. The survey will provide strong evidence on the claims of both the sides. Not only this, scientific evidence will be found from this survey which will take the matter forward. To which side the results of the survey will be favourable, it will be known only later, but it will also confirm whether the Gyanvapi Masjid was once a temple or not..
However, the Gyanvapi Masjid dispute seems to be standing at a turning point after nearly three and a half hundred years, but this will not only reveal the truth of the temple-mosque dispute, but also open a new chapter of politics.