Gyanvapi Masjid Committee makes weird claims in Court saying Aurangzeb didn’t demolish the Kashi Vishwanath Mandir. However, historians and locals have always opined otherwise based on the fact that the ruins of the temple that are still present in the same place as the foundations and columns of the destroyed building, bearing the proof of demolition at the rear end of the Gyanvapi Masjid.
Gyanvapi Masjid controversy
The Gyanvapi Masjid Committee had submitted an application before the Court in Varanasi that opposed the plea of the Hindu Worshippers who had taken up legal measures for surveying the disputed structure. The Hindus feel that there are numerous Shivlings buried below the controversial mosque which was erected on the orders of the then Mughal emperor, Aurangzeb who had ordered the demolition of the temple in 1669 CE and built the Gyanvapi Masjid on its ruins. Aurangzeb has been widely known to date as one of those Mughal Emperors who harbored radical views and was intolerant to any other religion apart from the one he followed.
Claims of the Gyanvapi Masjid Committee
The latest news is that the committee claims before the Court that Aurangzeb was not cruel or intolerant towards other religious beliefs and he was not the one who ordered the demolition of the actual Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi. The claims have been made after the Hindu worshippers had sought a survey from the Archeological Survey of India of the entire disputed structure in their plea claiming that the Adi Vishweshar Temple was attacked and destroyed by Muslim invaders, which was later restored by Raja Todar Mal in 1580 CE.
The Mosque Committee further claimed that there was no concept of two Kashi Vishwanath Temples in the holy city. They also objected to the term “invaders” used by the Hindu Worshippers and called it an attempt to instigate hate among Hindus and Muslims.
In 2021, the Civil Judges Court in Varanasi passed the order for conducting the ASI survey in the said premises which was challenged by the Masjid Committee in Allahabad High Court. The matter is still sub-judice and hence the Gyanvapi Masjid Committee claims that the ASI survey cannot be done right now before the High Court decides on the pending case.
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