Gyanvapi case: The ‘Shivling’ carbon dating verdict may come today in Varanasi

Gyanvapi case: The 'Shivling' carbon dating verdict may come today in Varanasi
Gyanvapi case: The 'Shivling' carbon dating verdict may come today in Varanasi

The Varanasi court will likely pronounce its verdict on Friday in relation to the Hindu side’s plea to carbon date a structure found inside the Gyanvapi Mosque that they claim to be a ‘Shivling’.

Gyanvapi Mosque-Shringar Gauri case was reserved on September 29 after both sides presented their arguments. Ajay Krishna Vishwesh will deliver the order from Varanasi District Judge’s bench.

When the videography survey of the mosque premises, ordered by the court, was conducted, the Hindu side claimed a ‘Shivling’ was found near the ‘wazukhana’. In contrast, the Muslim side claimed it was a fountain. Hindus then requested a carbon dating of the object they claimed was a ‘Shivling’ on September 22.

Archaeological objects and archaeological finds are dated by carbon dating, a scientific method.

Additionally, two other cases that could not be heard on Thursday due to the holiday will be heard today. On behalf of Shankaracharya Swami Avimukteshwarananda, the court requested to worship the Shivling found in Gyanvapi.

In the second case, Hindus are demanding the handover of the ‘Shivling’ site in Gyanvapi. Both applications will be heard today by Senior Civil Judge Kumudlata Tripathi.

On September 29, the Hindu side demanded a scientific investigation of the ‘Shivling’ and the carbon dating of ‘Argha’ and its surroundings by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).

“The Hindu side demanded that the ASI conduct a scientific investigation of the Shivaling. We have also requested that Argha and the surrounding area be carbon dated,” Advocate Vishnu Jain said.

“The Muslim side also presented its side before the court. They argued that carbon dating should not be performed since it is a fountain, not a Shivling, so its authenticity cannot be determined,” Vishnu Jain said.

Additionally, the advocate said there is no breakup on the Hindu side, rather all Hindus want the Shivalinga found to be scientifically investigated without causing any harm.

According to the Supreme Court, the case related to worship at Gyanvapi mosque has been transferred from the civil judge to the Varanasi District Judge.
Five Hindu women were seeking worshipping rights in the Gyanvapi mosque compound when they filed a suit to challenge the maintainability of the suit filed by Anjuman Islamia Masjid committee. The Varanasi Court had dismissed the merits of the suit earlier on September 12.