VARANASI: A Varanasi court on Friday rejected the plea seeking carbon dating and scientific investigation of the purported ‘Shivaling’, claimed to be found in the Gyanvapi mosque complex.
The Hindu side had claimed that a ‘Shivaling’ was found in the premises near the ‘wazukhana’ during the videography survey of the mosque premises, which was ordered by the court.
However, the Muslim side said that the structure found was a ‘fountain’. The Hindu side had then submitted an application on September 22 that sought carbon dating of the object they claimed to be ‘Shivaling’.
Carbon dating is a scientific process that ascertains the age of an archaeological object or archaeological finds.
On September 29, the Hindu side demanded a scientific investigation of the ‘Shivaling’ by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and carbon dating of ‘Argha’ and the area around it. The court had reserved the order in the Gyanvapi Mosque-Shringar Gauri case after hearing both sides. (ANI)