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Gyanvapi case: Court rejects demand for carbon dating of alleged Shivling

03:17 PM Oct 14, 2022 IST | Ground report
gyanvapi case  court rejects demand for carbon dating of alleged shivling

Varanasi court has rejected the decision of carbon dating of the alleged Shivling in Gyanvapi Masjid. Four women petitioners had sought carbon dating of the sealed vazukhana in the Benaras district judge’s court.

Through scientific investigation, the petitioners want to find out how tall, how wide and how deep is the alleged Shivling. He says that after this investigation it will be clear whether it is a fountain or a Shivling.


The Hindu petitioners demanded scientific proof to establish the age of the alleged ‘Shivling’, but the court found no legal merit in their claim.

The claim was disputed by the Muslim side, which said the object was part of a ‘fountain’.


The Hindu petitioners had claimed during a court-ordered video survey of the mosque premises that a ‘Shivling’ was found near the ‘wazookhana’, a small reservoir used by Muslim devotees to perform ritual ablutions before offering namaz.


Arguments on the guilty plea were completed on Tuesday and the court will deliver its verdict on Friday, district government lawyer Mahendra Pratap Pandey said.


On the other hand, the Muslim Muslim side opposed this demand. Akhlaq Ahmed, counsel for the Anjuman Intezamiya Masjid Committee, says that carbon dating is about things that absorb carbon.


He said, ‘Just like a human, he died, his bones can be examined, and there are animals. Trees are also plants. This cannot be carbon dating of stone and wood. Because they cannot absorb carbon.’

On this, the court had reserved the decision last week after hearing the debate, which has been pronounced today.

In the month of May this year, the Gyanvapi Masjid was surveyed, after which the Hindu side claimed that a ‘Shivling’ was found in the middle of the mosque’s Vazukhana. After which a lower court had ordered to seal it.

Gyanvapi case?

  • In April, the civil court ordered the survey and videography of the Gyanvapi mosque.
  • Masjid Inzamiya challenged this order in the High Court on the basis of several technical aspects, which was dismissed.
  • In May, he approached the Supreme Court regarding videography of Masjid Intzamiya Gyanvapi Masjid.
  • The report of the survey was filed on May 16, before the hearing in the Supreme Court.
  • On 16 May, the Varanasi Civil Court ordered the sealing of the area inside the mosque where the Shivling was claimed to be found. There prayer was also banned.
  • On May 17, the Supreme Court ordered the sealing of the ‘Shivalinga’ security wuzukhana, but at the same time allowed prayers in the mosque to continue.
  • On 20 May, the Supreme Court sent the matter to the district court of Varanasi, the Supreme Court asked the court to decide whether the matter is worth further hearing.

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