Varanasi, 31st January 2024: In a landmark ruling on Wednesday, the court has granted the Hindu side the right to perform worship at the sanctum of Vyasa Ji’s abode.
Vishnu Shankar Jain, representing the Hindu side in the Gyanvapi case, stated, “The Hindu side has been granted permission to conduct worship at ‘Vyasa’s abode.’ The district administration has been instructed to make arrangements within 7 days.” He further mentioned that the worship would commence within seven days, with everyone having the right to participate.
Vishnu Shankar Jain added, “We will file a caveat in the Allahabad High Court. If the court decides to hear the case, we will be prepared to present our case there.”
Last year, on September 25, a petition was filed by Shailendra Pathak, a descendant of Pandit Somnath Vyasa, demanding the handover of Vyasa Ji’s sanctum to the district magistrate and granting the right to perform worship there. District Judge Dr. Ajay Krishna Vishwesh had ordered to keep the matter secure on Tuesday.
Sufficient evidence suggests that there has been a traditional claim to the sanctum by the priestly lineage of Vyasa Ji, even during the British colonial period, and until December 1993, they conducted worship there. The sanctum houses numerous ancient idols and other religious artefacts related to Hindu worship.