Gyanvapi Case: Aurangzeb had ordered Temple demolition not mosque construction, Hindu parties tell Supreme Court

New Delhi:

The Supreme Court will hear the matter at Gyanvapi Masjid after 3 pm today. Yesterday, Justice DY Chandrachud said that the trial court (i.e. Varanasi Court) had been barred from taking any action on the matter.

However, now a petition has been filed in the Supreme Court on behalf of the Hindu side, claiming that Gyanvapi is not a mosque.

The Hindu parties filed a fresh petition before the Supreme Court, claiming that the Gyanvapi Masjid in Varanasi is not a mosque, as the copy of the decree/order issued by Aurangzeb clearly states that the then Mughal ruler had ordered the destruction of Temples in the holy town. 

Visheshvara’s Temple to be demolished and “no order was passed to form a waqf on doubtful land or to hand over the land to any Muslim or body of Muslims.”

The petition was filed by the respondents through advocate Vishnu Shankar Jain. In the petition, the apex court was informed that the copy of the decree was reported to be kept at the Asiatic Library, Kolkata. 

Describing Aurangzeb as a “champion in the destruction of Hindu temples”, the petition states that several temples, including those of Kashi and Mathura, were demolished on the orders of the Mughal ruler.

Respondents claimed that though part of the temple was demolished and the Gyanvapi mosque was constructed in the same area, they failed to replace Hindu religious texts and idols of deities that are still in the premises.

The petition said, “The administration complied with the order and demolished a part of the temple of Adi Visheshwar in Varanasi and later a construction was carried out, which they alleged of ‘Gyanvapi Masjid’, but they were the religious leaders of the Hindu temple. The charter could not be changed, as the idols of Goddess Shringar Gauri, Lord Ganesha and other associate deities were built in the same building complex.”

The petition said, “Historians have confirmed that the Islamic ruler Aurangzeb had issued an order on April 9, 1669, directing his administration to demolish the temple of Lord Adi Visheshwar at Varanasi. so as to prove that the then ruler or any subsequent ruler has passed any order to build a waqf on the disputed land or to hand over the land to any Muslim or Muslim body.Copy of the decree/order issued by Aurangzeb Asiatic Library There is a notice to be kept by Kolkata.”

The Hindu side held that a mosque can only be built on waqf land and in this case it is clear that the temple was demolished to pave the way for the mosque, hence the land and property belong to the deity.

The response argued that a mosque can be built on the property dedicated by the Waqf, who should be the owner of the property and that any construction done on temple land under the orders of any Muslim ruler or a Muslim cannot be considered a mosque. could.

The petition states that the temple of Adi Visheshwar was attacked, looted and demolished from 1193 to 1669.

It claimed, “Adi Vishweshwara Jyotirlinga in Kashi is the self-styled god and this ‘Tapobhoomi’ is the oldest of the 12 Jyotirlingas established in different parts of India. Jyotirlingas have great status under Hindu mythology and its importance is described in the Vedas, Puranas, Upanishads and Shastras, followed by saints as devotees and worshipers of Vedic Hinduism.”


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