BHU history exam asks question on ‘demolition of Adi Vishweshwar temple by Aurangzeb’, row begins

In the recently held MA History exam at Banaras Hindu University (BHU), the question paper asked students to name the book and author that mentions ‘Demolition of Adi Vishweshwar Temple by Aurangzeb’. This question was asked at a time when the matter regarding the Gyanvapi Masjid-Adi Vishweshwar Temple dispute is still going on in the court. The question has started a new row where the protesters claim that the question is biased towards the Hindu side in the dispute.

The question was asked in MA History exam. The present Gyanvapi Mosque was reportedly the same site as the Adi Vishveshwara Temple dedicated to the Hindu deity Shiva. However, these claims are from the followers of Hinduism, and those who follow the Muslim religion debate this claim.

In 1991, local priests filed a petition seeking permission to worship at the Gyanvapi mosque complex in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. Over the years, several petitions have been filed claiming that the mosque was built by demolishing parts of the Kashi Vishwanath temple.

The Hindu side had claimed in the trial court that a Shivling was found during a videographic survey of the Gyanvapi Masjid-Shringar Gauri complex, but the Muslim side opposed it. The structure was built by the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb in 1699. It is situated near Kashi Vishwanath Temple.

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