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KASHI VISHWANATH TEMPLE-GYANVAPI MOSQUE DISPUTE

KASHI VISHWANATH TEMPLE-GYANVAPI MOSQUE DISPUTE

Context:

Recently, a Varanasi court permitted the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to survey the Kashi Vishwanath Temple-Gyanvapi mosque complex.

Court Orders:

  • The court has ordered the development of a 5-member committee to identify any traces of a pre-existing temple at the mosque site.
  • Two of the individuals of the committee should be from the minority community.
  • The Committee is to analyze the age, size, monumental and architectural design or style of the religious structure standing at the disputed site and what materials  were utilized to fabricate something similar.
  • During the review and other examination, Muslims should in any case be permitted to offer namaz at the site.

Gyanvapi Mosque:

  • It is located in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.
  • The masjid shares a boundary wall with the Kashi Vishwanath Mandir.

Kashi Vishwanath Mandir:

  • It is one of the most famous Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva.
  • It is located in Vishwanath Gali of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.
  • It is situated on the western bank of the holy river Ganga, and is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas, or Jyotirlingams, the holiest of the Shiva Temples.

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