Varanasi Court is expected to issue a crucial verdict regarding the carbon dating of ‘Shivling’. The scientific investigation process of finding the accurate age of archaeological finds was requested, in a form of a plea, by Hindu women petitioners to the Varanasi Court. The ‘Shivling’ was found in the Gyanvapi Mosque complex, this year in a video survey ordered by the lower court of the town.
Carbon Dating Of Shivling In Gyanvapi Case
Four out of five Hindu women petitioners, who originally requested to perform prayers at the shrine inside Gyanvapi Mosque, filed a plea to perform a “scientific investigation” saying it’s very crucial to find the exact age of “Shivling”.
Her plea reads, “such an investigation could involve the carbon dating process and be carried out by the Archaeological Survey of India, a government body.”
However, one out of four Hindu petitioners have other thoughts about the scientific investigation and she thinks that carbon dating can damage the ‘Shivling’.
On the other side, Mosque is also opposing the scientific investigation plea, and said, “the case by the Hindu women was about worshipping at a shrine inside the mosque and had nothing to do with its structure. The mosque committee said the object is called a ‘Shivling’ was a “fountain.”
On September 12, “the Varanasi district judge dismissed a challenge by the mosque committee that said the case by the Hindu women for year-long worship inside the mosque complex had no legal standing. Their challenge was rejected on all three counts that they had cited. The most important of these is the 1991 law that freezes the status of a place of worship as it existed on August 15, 1947. The petitioners didn’t want ownership, just the right to worship, the court ruled.”
“The Gyanvapi mosque, located in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s constituency, Varanasi, is one of the several mosques that Hindu hardliners believe were built on the ruins of temples. It was one of the three temple-mosque rows, besides Ayodhya and Mathura, which the BJP raised in the 1980s and 1990s, gaining national prominence.”