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Advocate Vishnu Shankar Jain has remembered the challenges faced by him and his fathere in May 2022 when they were engaged to the disputed Gyanvapi structure, to oversee the court ordered survey and videography. He reminded how helpless he was at the moment when almost 50,000-60,000 muslims protesting the court order of video survey of the disputed structure had surrounded their car.

They had gathered at the commandment of the Anjuman Intezamia masjid committee in order to stop the order of video survey over the disputed structure by the court. The advocate shared his terrifying experience, now will be included in historian Vikram Sampath’s upcoming authoritative book on Kashi. 

Advocate Vishnu Jain along with his father Hari Shankar Jain, senior SC advocate are representing the hindu side in the case which relates to the Kashi Vishwanath temple-Gyanvapi Mosque dispute. The case was all about the dispute over the religious significance and ownership of the Gyanvapi Mosque which is located in Varanasi.

Advocate Vishnu Jain said that the memories of that day are etched in his heart while he was divulging details of the day on which the survey and videography of the disputed mosque structure was to be conducted. It was either 5 or 6th May when the secretary of the Anjuman  Intezamia Masjid Committee said that they would not allow the video survey over the disputed structure. He called 50,000-60,000 muslims and blocked the roads from Maidagin crossing to Gate no. 4 of the Kashi Vishwanath Temple. For a moment, me and my father thought that we would never reach our destination. We presumed that we would be attacked and would not reach gate no. 4. At that moment, the only inspiration for me was that when my father told me that dead or alive, we were going to meet our mahadev.

He further added that few days later survey team founded not only the Shivling but also the several presence of several Hindu motifs including the Swastika, Nandi and lotus motifs at the outer walls of the mosque walls. 


It may be remembered that on May 8, 2022, the court ordered the survey and videography team to stopped the videography of the disputed structure as muslims started protesting and prevented the team from entering into the mosque. While the team was able to survey the outer premises but couldn’t enter into the premises due to the court’s order. 

After stopping the documentation on court’s order for a day, a videographer who accompanied the survey team involved in the process of revealing the facts of the presence of Hindu Motifs which includes Swastika, Nandi, lotus motifs over the outer walls. Later on, on 16th May, a survey team founded the Shivling within the disputed structure of Gyanvapi Mosque’s premises Wuzukhana. After the discovery of the Shivling, the Supreme Court ordered the District Magistrate of Varanasi to protect the sacred structure.

Lately, the Allahabad High Court after dismissing the plea of Anjuman Intezamia Masjid Committee which challenges the ASI survey of the disputed structure, allowed the Archaeological Survey of India to conduct a survey.  

The Hindu side said that while doing the survey, ASI teams have founded many fragmented idols, symbols, a four-foot idol, resembling its half part from human being and half part from an animal has been found. This purported ideal is of Narsimha Avatar. Further, they found two-foot trident, 5 kalash and symbols resembling to hindu temples.



Written by:- Dolly Singh Gehlot, College:- BM Law College, Semester:- 5th an intern under Legal Vidhiya

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