February 18, 2024
Worship Resumes at Gyanvapi Mosque Complex After Varanasi Court Decision
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Worship Resumes at Gyanvapi Mosque Complex After Varanasi Court Decision

Worship Resumes at Gyanvapi Mosque Complex After Varanasi Court Decision/ANI

Worship Resumes at Gyanvapi Mosque Complex After Varanasi Court Decision

Following the Varanasi Court’s decision allowing Hindu devotees to worship inside the Gyanvapi mosque complex, the Vyas Ka Tehkhana (basement) barricades were opened. Early Thursday morning, daily arti and puja took place. The Hindu side lawyer, Vishnu Shankar Jain, reported the Mangla Arti at 3:30 am, and bhog at 12 pm. The court instructed the district administration to make necessary arrangements within seven days. Jitendra Nath Vyas, a Vyas family member granted permission to offer prayers, expressed happiness about resuming puja in the Tehkhana. This development follows the Muslim side challenging the Varanasi Court’s decision in the Allahabad High Court.

Daily Worship Timings and Rituals

Vishnu Shankar Jain shared the schedule for daily worship at Vyas cellar, including Mangla at 3:30 am, Bhog at 12 pm, Apranh at 4 pm, Sanykaal at 7 pm, and Shayan at 10:30 pm. This marks a significant development as Hindu devotees regain access to the Gyanvapi mosque complex.

Legal Challenge and Controversy

The Muslim side, represented by the Anjum Intejamia committee, has approached the Allahabad High Court to contest the Varanasi Court’s decision. The Hindu side has filed a caveat, urging to be heard before the plea is taken up. Muslim side lawyer Akhlaq Ahmed pointed out that the order overlooked key reports and historical decisions in their favor. The court’s decision has sparked controversy, particularly regarding the possession of the mosque complex’s cellars and the historical context of prayers at the site.

Background and Varanasi Court’s Ruling

The Gyanvapi mosque complex, adjacent to the Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi, has been a subject of legal disputes. The Varanasi Court recently allowed Hindu devotees, including the Vyas family, to offer prayers inside the ‘Vyas Ka Tekhana’ area of the complex. This decision is met with both satisfaction and opposition, leading to further legal proceedings.

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