The city of Kashi, now known as Varanasi stands as the keeper of Sanatan Dharma and repository of Hindu culture, since the time immemorial. But the place and its importance were always undermined. The Islamic invaders in their hate for Hindus and Hindustan, time and again demolished the cultural sites of the city including Kashi Vishwanath.
Then, the place of Islamic invaders were taken up by the Western invaders that successively transferred it to the Left-liberals distorians, who till today are busy portraying the repository of Hindu culture as a city of Brahmanical hegemony to the city of thugs. However, the court of law has once again shown the door to them, maligning the history of Banaras.
Gyanvapi-Shringar Gauri case
In the Gyanvapi-Shringar Gauri case, the Varanasi district and sessions court has upheld the maintainability plea of Hindus and has rejected the petition of Muslim side. A petition was filed by five women seeking permission to regularly worship the Hindu gods whose figurines are said to be on the Gyanvapi Masjid’s exterior wall.
On April 18, 2021, Rakhi Singh, Laxmi Devi, Sita Sahu, Manju Vyas, and Rekha Pathak filed a lawsuit demanding the right to regularly worship and perform rituals at Shringar Gauri, Lord Ganesh, Lord Hanuman, and Nandi. The petition also proposed prohibiting opponents from harming the idols inside the disputed Gyanvapi structure.
The court dismissed the application by Anjuman Intezamia Masjid committee which citing the Places of Worship Act, 1991 had challenged the maintainability of the Gyanvapi-Shringar Gauri suit filed by five Hindu women.
A look at the history
First, in the 11th century, Qutb al-Din Aibak attacked the holy city of Banaras following the orders of Mohammad of Ghor. The Kashi Vishwanath Mandir of Banaras was demolished yet again, during the rule of either Hussain Shah Sharqi (1447–1458) or Sikandar Lodi (1489–1517).
The final assault on the mandir was executed by Mughal tyrant, Aurangzeb. In 1669 CE, Aurangzeb destroyed the mandir, also known as Adivisheshwar Mandir out of sheer hatred for Hindu culture, and built the Gyanvapi masjid in its place. The remains of the erstwhile mandir can still be seen in the foundation, the columns, and at the rear part of the mosque.
The first bone of contention struck when in 1809, Hindus attempted to construct a shrine on the neutral space between the Gyanvapi Masjid and the Kashi Vishwanath Mandir. The situation was so grim that it even led to communal riots.
The temple trust even filed a suit in 1991, claiming that a temple was constructed by Maharaja Vikramaditya more than 2000 years ago on the site where the mosque has been erected by Aurangzeb.
The suit sought removal of the Gyanvapi Masjid from the site and possession of the entire piece of land. However, nothing could happen then, courtesy Places of Worship Act.
The road ahead
It was in the same case that the court had ordered a video survey of the disputed complex in May this year. Not so surprising revelations were made, including the discovery of a Shivling on the alleged Wazukhana of the Gyanvapi complex.
This proves that this masjid is a symbol of oppression and subjugation, also claimed by the Hindu groups. The groups believe that the Masjid was erected on the ruins of Mandir. In the aftermath of which, the structure was sealed.
The ones witnessing the things unfold can remember how the Hindu community had won its long drawn battle of Ayodhya. Will this battle also take decades? It doesn’t seem so, as earlier petitions and demands were quashed, and there was no stage for Hindus to state their facts.
There was no support from the political front as they all were busy in the appeasement politics to seek the votes of the minority communities.
Hindus were reduced to mere second class citizens in their own country. Now, the situation has changed. Today, India is being governed by a government that believes in cultural renaissance and calls a spade a spade rather than beating around the bush.
The public is also more aware and knows its rights. To add on, the precursors suggest that in less than 3 years, Hindus will be delighted by a Bhavya Kashi Vishwanath complex and no trace of tyranny.
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