What is Gyanvapi Mosque and Kashi Vishwanath Temple Controversy? – Gyanvapi Mosque is adjacent to the Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India. Gyanvapi Mosque was constructed on the site of an older Shiva temple which had been demolished by Aurangzeb in 1669.
- At present, it is facing a legal battle. A court in Varanasi directed the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to probe the structure of the Gyanvapi Masjid.
- In 1991, A petition was filed in the Varanasi court where the petitioners and local priests sought permission to worship in the Gyanvapi Mosque area.
- As per the petition, Mosque was built on the orders of Aurangzeb by demolishing a part of the Kashi Vishwanath Temple during his reign in the 16th century.
- In April 2021, The Varanasi court directed the ASI to carry out the survey and submit its report.
- Uttar Pradesh Sunni Central Waqf Board and the Anjuman Intezamia Masjid Committee that runs the Gyanvapi Mosque contested the petition by Rastogi and opposed the Varanasi court’s order for a survey of the mosque.
GYANVAPI MOSQUE DISPUTE
- Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) raised the Kashi Vishwanath Temple-Gyanvapi Mosque dispute during the campaign for the Ram Mandir construction in Ayodhya along with the Krishanjanma Bhoomi-Shahi Idgah Masjid in Mathura.
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