After Ayodhya, will Varanasi's Kashi Vishwanath Temple see the light of dawn?
The decision will be taken at the commencement of the debate with the Sunni Central Waqf Board petition being approved at the hearing.
The trial in the Kashi Vishwanath temple and Gyanvapi mosque case will be held in the district judge's court today. The decision will be taken at the commencement of the debate with the Sunni Central Waqf Board petition being approved at the hearing.
Kashi Vishwanath temple
Like the Ayodhya-Babri Masjid dispute, there are several other temples and mosques that are disputed. One such dispute is over the Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi and the Gyanvapi Masjid built by Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. The Kashi Vishwanath Temple stands on the western bank of the holy river Ganga, and is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas, making it the holiest of Shiva temples.
It was destroyed and re-constructed a number of times in several Islamic invasions. It was last demolished by Aurangzeb.
The current existing Kashi Vishwanath temple has been built on an adjacent site by the Maratha ruler, Ahilya Bai Holkar of Indore in 1780, and not on the original site where a functioning mosque today stands. This is an ongoing dispute in the district court.