Gyanvapi Mosque: Final Report Of Survey Submitted In Varanasi Court

Varanasi: Gyanvapi Mosque video survey report was submitted in sealed cover in Varanasi court today. The report was submitted by court surveyor Vishal SIngh to the court

The team who filmed the mosque complex delivered the report in a sealed cover, which is thought to be 10-12 pages lengthy.

A petition filed by five Hindu women in Varanasi claims that the Gyanvapi mosque complex contains idols of Hindu gods and goddesses.

A “Shivling” was discovered inside a pond commonly used for “Wazoo” or Islamic purifying procedures before namaaz, according to one of the lawyers engaged in the recording

The Supreme Court ordered earlier this week that the area where the “Shivling” is claimed to have been discovered be secured while Muslims continue to pray in the mosque.

A Varanasi court is hearing a petition from five Hindu women who want to worship idols on the outer walls of the Gyanvapi mosque complex, which is located next to the famed Kashi Vishwanath temple.

A “Shivling” was discovered inside a pond commonly used for “Wazoo” or Islamic purifying rites before namaaz, according to one of the lawyers participating in the recording at the mosque.

The Supreme Court has ruled that if a “Shivling” is discovered in the complex, the place must be secured, but Muslims must be allowed to pray at the mosque.

A top official leading the filming, Advocate Commissioner Ajay Pratap Singh, said he stayed up all night to prepare the report, including videos and pictures from inside the mosque, even the basement.

“The court had given us a big responsibility and we conducted the survey honestly in the sweltering heat, even in dirty basements. We took all parties along, the petitioners and mosque representatives, so that there’s no question of impropriety,” he said.

Ajay Mishra, who was in charge of the filming, was fired by a Varanasi court on Tuesday after the report was reportedly leaked by a “personal cameraperson” he had hired. In his place, a team member named Vishal Singh was appointed.

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