All you need to know about the Gyanvapi case

  • What: A court today has agreed to hear the plea of five Hindu women who want to pray at a shrine inside the Gyanvapi mosque in Varanasi. Their petition will be heard on September 22.

  • Why: This is based on the background that they claim there are idols of Hindu gods and goddesses in the complex.

  • Background: Earlier this year, a lower court ordered the filming of the centuries-old mosque based on the petition of the women. Based on this, it was claimed that Shivling" or relic of Lord Shiva had been found in a pond in Mosque complex. The pond was then sealed and large gatherings for Namaz have been banned, limiting it to only 20 people.

  • Other side: The Muslim petitioners however argue that "such petitions and sealing of mosques will lead to public mischief and communal disharmony, will affect mosques across the country".

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