Varanasi court orders Archaeological Survey of India to survey Gyanvapi complex
Thursday, 8 April 2021 () In its order on Thursday, the court of civil judge (senior division), fast track, Ashutosh Tiwari, directed the ASI director general to constitute a five-member committee of eminent persons who are experts and well-versed in the science of archaeology, two of whom should preferably belong to the minority community.
A Varanasi court has once again raised the dormant issue of the presence of a temple under the site of a mosque in India's ancient pilgrimage town for Hindus. The court ordered the Archeological survey of India to examine the site.
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'Ram Navami' is being celebrated across the country on April 21. Devotees visited Varanasi temple on the occasion. They were seen performing 'puja' at the temple. Amid COVID scare, devotees were seen following COVID SOPs.
With the resurge of COVID-19 cases in the national capital, Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) on April 15 announced that monuments would remain shut till May 15. Famous Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Jantar Mantar, Humayun's Tomb, Qutub Minar and other centrally protected monuments would remain closed. Malini, a visitor said, "I had came here to visit Red Fort but could not get inside only look at it from outside." Another visitor Sandesh said, "I had came to visit Delhi but we have to follow government's protocol too."