Gyanvapi Mosque Row: Hindus file plea in SC to perform religious rituals at ‘Shivling’

Hindus have sought permission from the Supreme Court to conduct rites or religious activities at the ‘Shivling’ at the controversial site of Gyanvapi, which is close to Varanasi’s famous Kashi Vishwanath temple.

According to the appeal submitted by Rajesh Mani Tripathi, Chairman of Shri Krishana Janma Bhumi Mukti Sthal, Hindus can be allowed to perform puja and exercise their rights because the month of “Shravana” has begun.

It is true that the month of Shravana is observed to offer puja to Lord Shiva, and the petitioner came to court to seek permission to practice his prayer in the month of Shravana to offer puja, exercise the rights of “freedom of conscience and free profession”. , the practice and propagation of racial and religious beliefs in accordance with Hindu customs as provided for in Article 25 of the Constitution of India.

Further, the petitioner has stated that he wishes to perform religious rituals on the ‘Shivling’ discovered during the investigation as per the Varanasi court ruling as permitted by the Indian Constitution.

On May 20, the Supreme Court issued an order transferring the civil case from the Civil Judge regarding the prayer at Gyanvapi Mosque to the Varanasi District Judge.

In order to protect the area where the Shivling was discovered and allow Muslims access to the namaz, the May 17 Interim Order was ordered to remain in effect until the maintainability of the suit is decided, then for an additional eight weeks to allow the parties to pursue legal remedies.

According to the request made by the management committee of Anjuman Intezamia Masjid Varanasi, the district judge must determine whether the civil lawsuit filed against Gyanvapi-Kashi Vishwanath on a matter of priority can be maintained.

However, the Allahabad High Court’s judgment authorizing a court-appointed commissioner to visit, investigate and take video of the Gyanvapi Mosque, which Hindus and Muslims have claimed the right to worship in, has made the appealed by the committee overseeing the mosque to the highest court.

Ruth R. Culp