Among the changes that Varanasi…has seen in the past five years include those around the famous Lord Shiva temple – Kashi Vishwanath, one of the 12 ‘Jyotirlingas’. A Kashi-Vishwanath temple corridor is being built to join the temple – earlier hidden behind a maze of narrow congested lanes – to the Ahilyabai Ghat on the Ganga.
For it, several houses and shops were acquired and razed in the past few months. Some 100 other houses were acquired, but have not yet been demolished.… But the clearance of the area has also revealed the Gyanvapi Mosque complex, a centuries-old structure, to the gaze of Hindu devotees. It is now giving rise to apprehensions among the minority community that it could be the beginning of “Babri Masjid 2.0”.
If you stand at the cleared area facing the temple and the mosque, it is easy to hear similar conversations among the devotees any number of times. “See that. It is a mosque. It was built after razing the real temple with the ‘Jyotirlinga’. The ‘Jyotirlinga’ is still inside the mosque.” All this has got the minority community worried.…
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