Gyanvapi mosque committee should handover structure to Hindus: VHP chief (The Hindu)

The VHP said that it believes that this righteous action would be an important step towards creating amicable relations between the two communities


Anjum Intezamia Masjid Commitee, the trust which looks after the management of Varanasi-based Gyanvapi mosque, should agree to ‘respectfully’ shift the Gyanvapi mosque to another appropriate place and to hand over the original site of ‘Kashi Vishvanatha’ to the Hindu Society, said the international working president of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) Alok Kumar.

“The ASI, an official and expert body, has submitted its report to the District Judge hearing the Gyanvapi matter in Varanasi. The evidence collected by the ASI from the Gyanvapi structure reconfirms that the mosque had been constructed after demolishing a magnificent temple,” added chief of VHP, which also remained at the forefront of the Ram Janambhoomi movement that demanded the Ram temple construction in Ayodhya.

Mr. Kumar added that the Shivlinga in 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.

“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.” Mr Kumar added.

The VHP, apart from calling mosque to be handed over to Hindus, also suggests that the Hindus should be permitted to offer ‘Sewa Puja’ to the ‘Shivlinga’ found in the Wazukhana area of the Gyanvapi mosque.

The right-wing organisation affiliated with the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh said that it believes that this righteous action shall be an important step towards creating amicable relations between the two prominent communities of India.

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