Hand over Varanasi's Gyanvapi structure to Hindus, demands VHP : The Tribune India

Join Whatsapp Channel

Hand over Varanasi's Gyanvapi structure to Hindus, demands VHP

Says evidence collected by ASI reconfirms that a mosque had been constructed after demolishing a temple

Hand over Varanasi's Gyanvapi structure to Hindus, demands VHP

The Hindus believe a Lord Shiva temple was razed to build the mosque at the site. PTI file



Tribune News Service

Aditi Tandon

New Delhi, January 27

The Vishwa Hindu Parishad, a sister organisation of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the ideological mentor of ruling BJP, on Saturday cited the Archaeological Survey of India report to demand the return of Varanasi's Gyanvapi structure that houses a mosque to the Hindu side.

The Hindus believe a Lord Shiva temple was razed to build the mosque at the site, with the matter in a Varanasi court.

International working president of VHP Alok Kumar on Saturday said that the evidence collected by the ASI, an official and expert body, from the Gyanvapi structure reconfirms that the mosque had been constructed after demolishing a magnificent temple.

"A part of the temple structure, particularly the western wall is the remaining part of the Hindu temple. The report also proves that parts of the pre-existing temple, including pillars and pilasters were reused with modifications to extend the span of the mosque and in the construction of the sahan," Kumar said.

He said the Shivling in what was called the wazukhana leaves no doubt that the structure does not have the character of a mosque.

"The discovery of the names, including the Janardana, Rudra and Umeswara in the inscriptions found in the structure, are the tell-tale evidence of this being a temple," he said.

Kumar also said that the evidence collected and the conclusions provided by the ASI do prove that the religious character of this place of worship existed on the 15th day of August, 1947, and as at present is of a Hindu Temple.

"Thus, even as per Section 4 of the Places of Worship Act, 1991, the structure should be declared as a Hindu Temple," he said.

The VHP said the Hindus be permitted to offer prayers to the Shiva Linga found in the Wazukhana area and also called upon the Intezamia Committee representing the Muslim side to agree to respectfully shift the Gyanvapi mosque to another appropriate place and to handover the original site of Kashi Vishvanatha to the Hindu Society.

"The VHP believes that this righteous action shall be an important step towards creating amicable relations between the two prominent communities of Bharat," Kumar said.

The VHP was at the forefront of the Ram Mandir movement which culminated on January 22 with the inauguration of a temple to the deity, at the place of His birth, in Ayodhya.

 

About The Author

The Tribune News Service brings you the latest news, analysis and insights from the region, India and around the world. Follow the Tribune News Service for a wide-ranging coverage of events as they unfold, with perspective and clarity.

#BJP #Gyanvapi


Top News

After NEET, controversy surrounds UGC-NET as exam is cancelled; CBI to probe matter

After NEET, controversy surrounds UGC-NET as exam is cancelled; CBI to probe matter

The examination was conducted on June 18 in two shifts acros...

Union cabinet decides to hike MSP on 14 crops

Government raises paddy MSP by Rs 117 per quintal

The cabinet approves the minimum support prices for 14 khari...

NSA detention of Khadoor Sahib MP-elect Amritpal Singh's aides extended by 3 months

NSA detention of Khadoor Sahib MP-elect Amritpal Singh, 9 others extended by 1 year

The detention of Amritpal Singh and three associates was set...

Arvind Kejriwal’s judicial custody extended till July 3 in money laundering case

Arvind Kejriwal demanded Rs 100 crore bribe, ED tells court while opposing bail plea

The central probe agency tells the court that if AAP, which ...

Police arrest terror associate in Reasi pilgrim bus attack case

Police arrest terror associate in Reasi pilgrim bus attack case

“The arrested person is a prime militant associate who helpe...


Cities

View All