Rituals of puja in a cellar of the Gyanvapi Masjid began on Thursday after the court on Wednesday granted permission to worship idol in the ‘Vyas Ka Tekhana.’ This was a significant development in the legal battle over the mosque adjacent to the Kashi Vishwanath temple.
A look at first visuals of ‘puja’ at Vyas basement of Gyanvapi in Varanasi:
Official sources in the district administration said at around 9.30 pm on Wednesday, the members of the Kashi-Vishwanath Trust were called and the barricades before the Nandi statue facing the mosque’s ‘wazukhana’ were removed.
The court had directed the local administration to make arrangements within seven days for prayers in the cellar. This will involve “proper arrangements” with metal barricades at the complex, it said.