Varanasi, a city in Uttar Pradesh, on August 8th.
The ASI team examined the wall, dome, and basements of the Gyanvapi complex. They were trying to find out if the mosque was built on top of a temple. This was part of a court-ordered investigation.
Muslims were also there during the survey.
The ASI team did the job of measuring, mapping, and taking pictures of the Gyanvapi complex, according to government counsel Rajesh Mishra.
The team split into three groups and examined the northern wall, dome, and basements of the complex, explained the person.
Vishnu Shankar Jain, the lawyer representing the Hindu side, said that a careful scientific study is being conducted inside the area as instructed by the court.
Subhash Chaturvedi, a lawyer for the Hindu side, mentioned that the ASI team is gathering evidence. They have surveyed the basements in addition to the dome and pavilion of the complex.
The survey will go on Wednesday.
On August 3, the Allahabad High Court rejected a request by the Anjuman Intezamia Masjid Committee, who takes care of Gyanvapi, to disagree with a decision made by a lower court. The lower court had ordered the ASI to examine the mosque.
The Supreme Court agreed with and supported the decision of the High Court the next day.
On Friday, during the ASI survey, the Muslim side refused to participate.
The area of the mosque called the ‘wazu khana’, where some Hindus believe there is a ‘shivling’, will not be included in the survey. This is because the Supreme Court has given an order to protect that spot in the complex.
Hindu activists say there was a temple at the place before, but it was destroyed in the 17th century by order of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb.
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