Structure found in Gyanvapi mosque is fountain, not Shivling, says Hindu priest

New Delhi, June 08 (KMS): The head priest of Kashi Karvat temple, which is located behind the Gyanvapi mosque, has said that the structure found at the Masjid is a fountain, not Shivling. He said he has been observing the structure since his childhood.

In an interview, the priest, Ganesh Shankar Upadhyay, said, “We have seen this fountain since childhood. It has been almost 50 years now.” He added that he has not seen the fountain operating.

Upadhyay said he observed the fountain very closely several times and interacted with the workers and Islamic clerics associated with the mosque about it. The latter explained to him about the shape of the structure.

Scores of Hindu groups have called the structure “Shivling” to strengthen the claim that the mosque was built after demolishing of a temple. They are campaigning to convert the mosque into a temple.

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