A seer in Varanasi, Swami Avimukteshwaranand, announced on Friday that he and his followers would offer prayers at a ‘Shivling' at Gyanvapi complex on Saturday, June 4. After this, the security in and around Kedar Ghat in Varanasi was increased.
Swami Avimukteshwaranand, a disciple of Shankaracharya Swami Swaroopanand Saraswati, said he would go to Gyanvapi with 70 people and offer prayers at the 'Shivling'.
Varanasi Police has not given permission to Avimukteshwaranand to go to Gyanvapi. They stopped Swami Avimukteshwaranand at the gate of Vidya Math. The police have increased their presence at the gate of the ashram.
The 'Shivling'-like structure was claimed to be found at the Gyanvapi complex during a court-monitored survey of the premises.
THE GYANVAPI DISPUTE
A case was filed by five Hindu women who sought access to offer prayers at the Shringar Gauri Sthal in the Kashi Vishwanath-Gyanvapi complex. A lower court in the city had ordered a video survey of the complex after the plea was filed.
The Hindu side, after the survey, claimed that a 'Shivling' was found at the premises. However, the Muslim side has maintained that the object was part of the water fountain mechanism at the “wazoo khana”.
The Varanasi district court will hear arguments on the maintainability of the plea on July 4.