Gyanvapi mosque case: Now plea moved before SC seeking permission to offer prayers to ‘Shivling’

Gyanvapi mosque located in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India. It is a Jamia Masjid located in the heart of Varanasi city. [Photo: Wikimedia]

New Delhi: A petition was moved before the Supreme Court seeking permission to conduct prayers and religious rituals at the place where Hindus claim ”Shivling” was found on the premises of the Gyanvapi mosque.

Earlier, Hindus claimed that the “Shivlin”” was found inside the ablution area of the mosque.

However, Anjuman Intezamia Masjid (AIM) which is the mosque management authority, had rubbished these claims saying it was a part of a now defunct fountain, and not a “Shivling”.

Two mahants associated with the Kashi Vishwanath temple had also debunked the “Shivling” claims.

The AIM moved an appeal against the order, but the Supreme Court on May 17, 2022, ordered to protect the area where the Shivling was found at Varanasi’s Gyanvapi mosque, without impeding Muslims’ right to enter the mosque and pray. The court subsequently transferred the matter pertaining to determining the maintainability of the suit, where five Hindu women had demanded the right to offer prayers at the Shringar Gauri temple.

Now, Rajesh Mani Tripathi, president of Krishna Janmabhoomi Mukti Dal, has moved an application before the SC.

As per a report by LiveLaw, the plea mentions: The applicant wishes to perform their religious practices as guaranteed under the Constitution of India, on the “Shiv Linga” found during the survey conducted in pursuance to the order passed by the concerned Court of Varanasi. It is a matter of record that the said “Shiv Linga” found during the survey has duly been protected vide the order passed by the concerned court.”

The petitioner also claimed that though the “Shivling” is protected, so far, there is no restriction to devotees to offer prayers to it.


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