In the case seeking permission to worship the idols of Hindu gods in the Varanasi Gnanavabi Mosque, approval has been sought from the Varanasi District Court to calculate the antiquity of the Shiv Lingam in the mosque.
The Gnanavabi Masjid is located near the Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. Alleging that the mosque was built during the reign of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb after demolishing a part of the temple, some Hindu women filed a petition in court to allow them to worship the images of Hindu gods on the side wall of the mosque every day.
The Supreme Court heard appeals and appeals regarding this petition and ordered that a district judge with twenty years of experience should hear the case. Based on that, the district court is investigating the case. The hearing of the case was held on Thursday before Justice AK Visesh.
At that time, advocate Vishnu Shankar Jain, who appeared on behalf of the petitioners, argued, “Carbon analysis should be conducted to calculate the antiquity of the Shivlingam in the place set up to store water in the mosque.”
After that, the judge adjourned the next hearing of the case to the 29th and ordered the administration of Gnanawabi Mosque to record its opinion on the demand for carbon audit by then. The judge rejected the request made on behalf of the mosque management to adjourn the trial for 8 weeks.
It is noteworthy that on the 12th, the court rejected the argument presented on behalf of the Anjuman Indiajamia Masjid Committee, which is managing the Gnanawabi Masjid, that the petition of the Hindu women should not be accepted for investigation.