The Archaeological Survey of India’s (ASI) survey report on Gyanvapi Mosque in Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi claims that there existed “a large Hindu Temple before the construction of the existing structure”, LiveLaw reported.
The report also asserts that the parts of the pre-existing temple including pillars were used in the construction of Gyanvapi mosque. On Wednesday, the Varanasi Court ordered that the survey report be made public with all relevant parties getting access to the same.
According to the ASI report, 34 inscriptions were discovered during its survey, with a significant number found on the stones of the pre-existing Hindu temple. These stones were subsequently reused in the construction/repair of the current structure.
Reacting to the findings of the report AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi said,” This wouldn’t stand academic scrutiny before any set of professional archaeologists or historians.
“The report is based on conjecture and makes a mockery of scientific study. As a great scholar once said “ASI is the handmaiden of Hindutva“.”
ASI conducted the scientific survey of the Gyanvapi complex as per the order of the Varanasi district court to determine if the mosque was constructed over a pre-existing structure of a Hindu temple.