Arya, who was with the court commission for the mosque survey, said they had received “determined evidence”.
“Shivalinga …. Jiski Nandi Pratiksha Kar Rahi Thi … The moment things became clear, the sound of ‘Har Har Mahadev’ echoed in the mosque premises,” he claimed.
The survey was carried out as per the directions of the Varanasi Civil Court to continue the survey despite the objections of the mosque authorities.
Following the completion of the survey, the Varanasi court directed Varanasi District Magistrate Kaushal Raj Sharma to “seal the place where Shivling was found and prevent people from entering the place.”
In his order, the court said the DM, Commissioner of Police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Commandant Varanasi would be responsible for the security of the sealed area.
The civil court appointed a court commissioner to conduct the survey and videography of the site and this was challenged in the Allahabad High Court, which on April 21 dismissed the appeal. The High Court’s April 21 order was challenged in the Supreme Court.
Gyanbapi mosque survey completed, Hindus happy; May 17 report must be submitted
The final phase of the court-directed videographic survey was completed on Monday at the premises of Gyanvapi Mosque in Varanasi. Significantly, a large portion of the survey practice has been completed in the last three days. A survey team led by court-appointed commissioners and police members with lawyers from both sides conducted the raid on the mosque complex.
Five women had applied to the court seeking permission for daily worship at the Shringar Gauri temple, which is claimed to be located on the premises of Gyanvapi Mosque.
Later, the court ordered the civil court to conduct survey and videography in the premises.
Another petition, filed by Vijay Shankar Rastogi, claimed that the entire precinct belonged to the Kashi Bishwanath temple and that the Gyanvapi mosque was part of the temple complex, also pending in court since 1991.
Rastogi further claimed that the Kashi Bishwanath temple was built two thousand years ago and the temple was demolished by the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb.
Advocate Vishal Singh, a court-appointed special assistant commissioner in Varanasi, said the survey was conducted without hindrance.
Varanasi Police Commissioner Satish Ganesh thanked the people of Kashi for their cooperation during the three-day survey and said, “We have spoken to all stakeholders and reached a consensus that it is important to follow the court order. The three-day survey is over. ”