Hindu petitioners now have the right to worship in the sealed basement, ‘Vyas ka tekhana,’ of the Gyanvapi mosque complex. This landmark decision is crucial for religious inclusivity in the region. The court emphasized arrangements, including barricade removal, must conclude within a week. Transitioning from a longstanding dispute, this decision promotes religious inclusivity.
Hindus Granted Right To Offer Prayers In Sealed Mosque Area
The court’s decision enables Hindu petitioners to offer prayers inside the ‘Vyas ka tekhana’ of the Gyanvapi mosque, marking a legal triumph. The judge’s directive emphasizes the district administration’s responsibility to facilitate these arrangements promptly. Vishnu Shankar Jain, representing the Hindu petitioners, highlights the significance of this verdict in granting everyone the right to pray at this contested site.
Mosque Committee Likely To Contest The Ruling
Anticipating resistance, the mosque committee will likely challenge the court’s order in a higher judicial instance. This move adds complexity to the ongoing legal battle. The intricacies are layered on the already complex history and controversies surrounding the Gyanvapi mosque. The adjacent Kashi Vishwanath Temple further intensifies the situation.
‘Tekhana’ Ownership And Priestly Rights
The Gyanvapi mosque complex contains four ‘tekhana’ or cellars in the basement. One remains under the possession of a priestly family that historically resided there. The court’s decision acknowledges their hereditary rights, highlighting the nuanced aspects of ownership and worship rights within the contested structure.
Supreme Court Approach And Historical Dispute
In a recent development, four Hindu women approached the Supreme Court. They seek an excavation and scientific survey of a ‘shivling’ found in the sealed ‘wazukhana’ area of the Gyanvapi mosque complex. This move adds a new layer to the ongoing legal complexities. The Allahabad High Court’s recent judgment rejected petitions against civil suits seeking temple restoration. This decision further intensifies the historical dispute’s narrative.
This legal battle involving the Gyanvapi mosque and Kashi Vishwanath Temple is intricate. It stands as a poignant chapter in India’s religious landscape. As legal proceedings continue, the recent court ruling signifies progress toward fostering religious harmony. The decision addresses the nuanced historical and legal aspects of this contested sacred space.