Varanasi District Court to give order on carbon dating of Shivling found in Gyanvapi Masjid complex


Today, the Gyanvapi Mosque-Gauri Shringar case will be heard by the Varanasi District Court. According to sources, the court is also anticipated to make a judgement regarding the carbon-dating of the building located inside the complex that the Hindu side has referred to as a "Shivling."

Advocate Vishnu Jain, who represented the Hindu side at the case's last hearing on September 29, stated that the Hindu side sought that the Archaeological Survey of India conduct a scientific inquiry into the purported Shivling inside the complex.

Carbon dating of Argha and its surroundings was another demand made by the Hindu side.

The court has held off on making a ruling in the case, but it is anticipated that it will do so during today's hearing.

During a court-ordered videography assessment of the mosque's grounds in May, the Hindu petitioners claimed they had discovered a "Shivling" inside the complex of the mosque adjacent to the "wazoo khana," a tiny pond used by Muslims to perform ritual purification before performing namaz.

After that, on September 22, attorney Vishnu Shankar Jain filed a request for carbon dating and a scientific investigation of the structure on behalf of Hindu plaintiffs.

The stay on a Varanasi court judgement mandating the ASI to survey at the Kashi Vishwanath temple-Gyanvapi mosque complex and further proceedings in the case was prolonged by the Allahabad High Court on September 29 to October 31.

After speaking with the parties involved, Justice Prakash Padia set the case's next hearing date for October 18th.