Plaintiffs to give details of rituals, number of deities at Gyanvapi to court | India News

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VARANASI: The five women plaintiffs seeking the right to worship Shringar Gauri and other deities in the Gyanvapi mosque compound will have to produce court evidence about the kind of prayer and rituals which were performed, besides the exact number of deities, till 1993.
After the plea of Anjuman Intezamia Masajid (AIM), the Gyanvapi mosque management committee, was dismissed on Monday, the plaintiffs’ lawyer Hari Shankar Jain said: “The order, which said that the suit of the plaintiffs is not barred by the Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act, 1991, has also sought the history of puja and rituals offered to deities at different places inside Gyanvapi.”
Elaborating the points made in the 26-page order by district judge Ajay Krishna Vishvesha given in suit No. 693/2021 Rakhi Singh vs state of UP and others, Jain said: “Page 12 of the order contains that averments made in the plaint makes it clear that the plaintiffs were claiming that even after August 15, 1947 till the year 1993, they were allowed to have ‘darshan’ and ‘pooja’ of Maa Shringar Gauri, Lord Ganesh, Lord Hanuman and other visible and invisible deities daily which existed within the property in question at the backside of Gyanvapi in northeast corner. But, thereafter, the district administration of Varanasi restricted their entry within the disputed property on all days and they were allowed to worship within the old temple only on the fourth day of Navratri in Chaitra.”
“If this contention is proved then the suit is not barred by Section 4 of the Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act, 1991. At this stage, the averments made in the plaint are to be seen and plaintiffs will have the right to prove their averments by cogent evidence,” he quoted the order.
“In view of the order, we will start producing evidence through witnesses details of the rituals performed as well as the places in Gyanvapi,” said Jain, mentioning that the plaintiffs have sufficient time to reach the stage of producing evidence as initially the AIM has to file a written statement against the suit No. 693/2021.
“It will be followed by a counter-reply by us and disposal of the court commission report. After this, we will start producing evidence about the prayer and rituals performed at the different deities in Gyanvapi till 1993,” he told TOI on Tuesday.
In para 43 of their suit, the plaintiffs have mentioned that ‘devotees of Lord Shiva were performing daily ‘pooja’ and worship of Shringar Gauri and other deities within the old temple continuously till 1990, when during Ayodhya movement the then government of Uttar Pradesh put restrictions on the daily ‘pooja’ to appease Muslims and since 1993 the state administration working under the oral orders of the state government to allow the devotees to perform pooja only on fourth day of Navratri in Chaitra’.



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