Top 10 Facts Know About The Gyanvapi Masjid, Varanasi


1. According to the Hindu side, there is a 10 feet deep well between the mosque and Vishwanath temple, which is called Gyanvapi. It is also mentioned in Skanda Purana. It is believed that Lord Shiva himself had made this well for Lingabhishek with his trident.

2. In May, the Supreme Court assigned the case to the Varanasi district judge’s court, shifting it from a lower court where it was being heard till then.

3. There was a complete ban on the movement of people within 500 meters of the Gyanvapi mosque complex. The police had also banned the movement of vehicles from Godauliya and Maidagin areas.

4. District judge AK Vishvesha is likely to pronounce orders on whether the case by the women — that led to a survey inside the Gyanvapi mosque — will continue to be heard or whether it will cease to have any legal standing.

5. There have been indications of placing the mosque’s dome instead of the temple’s top. Trishuls, swastikas, ancient rocks, fragmentary sculptures, and a place to keep lamps have been found inside the cellars. Apart from this, the artwork of Snake and Swan has also been found on the walls.

6. The report claimed a “Shivling” had been found in a pond within the mosque complex used for “Wazoo”, or purification rituals before Muslim prayers. The judge hearing the case at the time had ordered the sealing of this pond.

7. This filming inside the centuries-old mosque was challenged in Supreme Court by the Gyanvapi mosque committee.

8. The petitioners said the filming goes against the Places of Worship Act of 1991, which maintains the religious status of any place of worship as of August 15, 1947.

9. The mosque committee made similar arguments before the Varanasi district judge’s court in the “maintainability” case. At the same time, lawyers for the Hindu petitioners claimed the law does not bar their case and that they could establish in court that the mosque premises were a temple as on the day of Independence.

10. According to the notice uploaded on the website of the Supreme Court, a bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud on the petition of Anjuman Intejamiya, the committee to manage the affairs of Gyanvapi Masjid, will hear the matter tomorrow.

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