VHP working president Alok Kumar told ET that the ‘finding proved that there has been a shivling in the mosque’ even before 1947, and that at least where the ‘shivling has been found’, cannot be part of the mosque. He, however, clarified that the petition was not limited to the mosque, but concerns over the back wall and rear side of the complex which features the deity Shirngargauri.
“There are enough accounts to prove that pilgrims would pray at Kashi Vishwanath and then walk up to the back wall where the women would offer sindoor to the goddess. But after 1999, puja has been limited to the two chaturthis in a year. So, there is no disagreement that the goddess continues to be worshipped. The inner portion is a mosque where we have found the Shivalinga. It is for the courts to decide but anyone would agree that if there is a consecrated deity in a place, it is a temple,” Kumar claimed.
There were many ways to determine if it was Shivalinga, he said. The nature, the direction in which Nandi looks, travelogues and historical accounts all would help, he said. “There are many writings to say this was one of the 12 jyotirlingas and is a very important place in our belief system,” he claimed.
“After the unearthing of the shivling, the country would move in the direction of its natural outcome. The court sealed that area of Gyanvapi. It is the responsibility of the police administration to ensure that there is no tampering there,” he said. Since the matter was still in the court of law, it would not be appropriate to make ‘further comments’, he said.
“The Vishva Hindu Parishad would consider it further and only then it would be decided what next step would be taken. We had said that we would wait for the verdict of the court of law till the construction of Shri Ram Janmbhoomi temple. Now under the changed circumstances, we will place this matter before the seer community at the Kendriya Margdarshak Mandal scheduled in Haridwar on June 11-12,” he said.