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Historic Puja Resumes at Gyanvapi Mosque After 31 Years: Court Ruling Sparks Controversy

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In a significant development, a puja ceremony was conducted at the Gyanvapi Mosque’s southern cellar, marking the first time in 31 years. The event occurred following a court ruling permitting the resumption of a practice discontinued decades ago. Varanasi District judge AK Vishvesha granted permission to Shailendra Kumar Pathak Vyas, who sought the right for prayers, along with a priest appointed by the Kashi Vishwanath Trust, to enter the premises.

The prayers took place at 3 am, reviving a tradition that ceased in December 1993. Nagendra Pandey, President of the Temple Trust, confirmed the opening of the southern cellar around 10:30 pm on the same day. He emphasized the administration’s swift action in compliance with the court order.

However, this move has stirred controversy, with the Gyanvapi Masjid Committee challenging the district court’s decision in the Allahabad High Court. The committee’s opposition underscores the ongoing tensions surrounding the site.

Meanwhile, the Anjuman Intezamia Masjid Committee has sought an urgent hearing from the Supreme Court. Despite this, they were directed by the Supreme Court registrar to approach the high court for resolution.

The Muslim side has criticized the administration’s rapid execution of the court’s directive, accusing collusion with the plaintiffs to prevent the Mosque Managing Committee from pursuing legal remedies. This development adds to the complex legal and social dynamics surrounding the historic site.


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