Gyanvapi Row: Wazukhana Locked After Court Order To Prevent Damage Of ‘Shivling’

Varanasi: The Varanasi administration has sealed the ablution area of the Gyanvapi Masjid. The area housed the reservoir, in which a Shivling was reported to have been discovered during a survey. On May 18, the officials placed locks on the doors leading to the wazukhana (ablution area), making it off-limits to all.

The reservoir is already surrounded by iron, according to the administration. 

On Tuesday, hearing the Gyanvapi Mosque case, the Supreme Court ordered the Varanasi district Magistrate, to protect the ‘Shivling’, without obstructing the Muslim community’s right to worship.

CRPF Personnel have been deployed at the wazukhana doors. This is done in order to prevent a law-and-order situation at the Gyanvapi Masjid-Kashi Vishwanath temple complex. The security on the campus is being looked after by a deputy SP-rank officer and a CRPF commandant.

On the last day of survey lawyer Vishnu Jain said that a Shivling was found inside the reservoir. The Shivling is 12 feet by 8 inches.

He also said he would go to civil court to seek its protection. Hours later, the civil court issued an order to seal the area and prohibit the entry of people into the area.

The Muslim side lawyer said that their claims are incorrect. According to mosque committee the structure that was being said to be a Shivling was actually a defunct fountain.

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