The report on the Gyanvapi mosque video survey was submitted before the Varanasi court on Thursday by the court-appointed special assistant commissioner. The video survey was ordered by the civic court based on the plea by five women, seeking permission to worship Hindu deities whose idols are located on the outer wall of Gyanvapi Masjid.
The Hindu side claims that a portion of the Kashi Vishwanathan temple was destroyed by Mughal emperor Aurangzeb on which the Gyanvapi mosque stands. The evidence of the temple’s destruction finds reference in Maasir-i-Alamgiri, an account of Aurangzeb’s rule written by Saqi Mustard Khan.
WHAT DOES THE BOOK SAY?
The first part of the book was written when the emperor was alive and the rest of it was completed after his death.
This book was written in Persian and was translated by historian Jadunath Sarkar during the British era.
According to the book, on April 8, 1669, the emperor came to know about the teachings of “misbelievers” in Benaras (Varanasi).
“The lord cherisher of faith learned that in the provinces of Tetta, Multan and especially in Benaras the brahmin misbelievers used to teach their false book in their established schools and that admirers and students of both Hindu and Muslim used to come from great distances to these misguided men to acquire this vile learning,” a passage in the book reads.
“His majesty eager to establish Islam orders to the governor of all the provinces to demolish the schools and temples of the infidels and with the utmost urgency to put down the teachings and public practice of the religion of these misbelievers,” reads the book.
On September 2, 1669, it was reported that according to the emperor’s command, his officials had demolished the temple of Vishwanath at Varanasi, mentions the book.
– A plea was filed by five Delhi-based women seeking permission to perform the daily worship of Hindu deities whose idols are located on the outer wall of Gyanvapi Mosque.
– The court-appointed a committee to survey and videography of basements in the Gyanvapi-Gauri Shringar complex and asked it to submit the report by May 10.
– The survey was stalled amid objections by the mosque committee, which claimed that the advocate commissioner appointed by the court did not have the mandate to film inside the premises.
– The committee accused him of bias and filed a plea for his replacement.
– The court, on May 12, ordered the committee to continue the survey and submit the report by May 17.
– The Anjuman Intezamia Masjid committee moved the Supreme Court on Friday seeking a stay on the survey of the Kashi Vishwanath temple-Gyanvapi Masjid complex.
– The exercise resumed on May 14 amid tight security arrangements. On Day 1, four rooms in the basement were videographed three rooms belonged to Muslims and one to the Hindus. According to sources, 50% of the survey was completed.
– On Day 2 of the survey, the western wall of the Gyanvapi complex, where, even today, the remains of Hindu temple demolition are visible and whose pictures are the biggest proof, was surveyed. For this, the fourth room was opened.
– The court-mandated videography survey of the Gyanvapi Masjid complex was completed on May 16. A lawyer from the Hindu side in the case claimed that a Shivling had been found inside a wazukhana or reservoir on the mosque complex.
– The Supreme Court ordered local authorities to protect the shivling that was apparently found in the Gyanvapi Mosque complex in Varanasi without affecting the right of Muslims to offer prayer
– The report on the Gyanvapi mosque video survey was submitted before the Varanasi court on Thursday, May 19, by the court-appointed special assistant commissioner, Vishal Singh. People from both sides were present before the court.