As the deadline for submitting the scientific survey report of the Gyanvapi mosque premises is today (28 November), the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is now anticipated to present the report to the Varanasi district court, as reported by NDTV.
The extensive survey, conducted over 100 days, has witnessed multiple extensions, with the ASI seeking additional time to compile the report.
Concluding almost a month ago, the survey excluded the Wuzukhana area, as per the Supreme Court's orders sealing the region.
Despite completing the survey on 2 November, the ASI requested further time to organise the report and detail the equipment used in the process.
The last extension granted on 18 November allowed the ASI 10 more days to submit the comprehensive document.
Initiated on 4 August, the survey was ordered by a Varanasi court on 21 July, in response to a petition by four women seeking permission to pray at the Shringar Gauri Shrine, located behind the western wall of the temple.
The court's decision in April of the previous year mandated a video survey of the complex, revealing a structure in the Wuzukhana area claimed by petitioners to be a 'shivling.'
Allegations by activists suggest that a temple existed at the site, purportedly demolished in the 17th century under the orders of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb.
Notably, the mosque is situated adjacent to the iconic Kashi Vishwanath temple.
Nayan Dwivedi is Staff Writer at Swarajya.
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