The ongoing archaeological survey of the Gyanvapi mosque in Varanasi has reached its third day, with the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) team intensifying its efforts to unravel the historical secrets held within its walls. Utilizing advanced technology, including radar machines, the ASI is diligently working towards determining whether the 17th-century mosque was constructed over a pre-existing temple.
In a significant development, the ASI team is expected to explore the 'tahkhana' within the mosque complex today. Rekha Pathak, a petitioner representing the Hindu side, revealed that the examination of the 'tahkhana' is on the agenda for the day.
She emphasized that this area could potentially hold crucial insights, and the survey of both the 'tahkhana' and the main dome is anticipated.
Although access for women remains restricted within the mosque, lawyers from the Hindu side have been present during the survey. Rekha Pathak confirmed that measurements and videography are being carried out, yet the findings are yet to be disclosed.
The survey's second day saw the ASI team examining the central hall and the three domes of the Gyanvapi mosque. Notably, the Muslim side, after boycotting the initial day, participated in the survey for the first time during this phase.
The Gyanvapi mosque's history has been mired in controversy, with legal battles involving the High Court and subsequently the Supreme Court. The ASI's involvement stems from these legal proceedings, aiming to shed light on the structure's origins and provide clarity on the historical narrative.
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