Gyanvapi Masjid: “Nandi Bail” to face towards a Masjid? Secrets of Gyanvapi

Gyanvapi Masjid : Is it common for a “Nandi Bail” to face towards a Masjid?

India’s oldest city Varanasi originally known as Kashi is one of the oldest living cities in this world, and the city which is known as Lord Shiva’s own, one of the holiest sites for Hindus across the world, situated along the shores of the Holy Ganga, believed by Hindus to be the supreme giver of life, the ancient city in North India wakes up in mist.
What is story behind a Nandi Bail facing towards a wall besides the main Kashi Vishwanath Temple of Varanasi?

Gyanvapi Masjid: Is it common for a “Nandi Bail” to face towards a Masjid?


Nandi Bail, Hindu deity Shiva’s abode is facing a wall, not his owner, the Great Lord Rudra. With face towards the wall; near the north wall of the Gyanvapi mosque, a century-old structure that shares a boundary wall with the even older Kashi Vishwanath temple. The temple is a site of tremendous importance for the devotee of its deity. Shiva.
It is said that the Gyanvapi Mosque which is located just beside Kashi Vishwanath Temple of Banaras was built by the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb in 1669 CE, after destroying the Kashi Vishwanath temple. The remnants of the Hindu temple can be seen on the walls of the Gyanvapi mosque. The demolished temple is believed by Hindus to be an earlier restoration of the original Kashi Vishwanath temple. The original temple had been destroyed and rebuilt a number of times. The temple structure that existed prior to the construction of the mosque was most probably built by Raja Man Singh during Akbar’s reign.
In Kolkata’s Asiatic Society Library, it can be found that in the year 1666 CE, Aurangzeb has given orders to his Commander, in General, to “demolish the ancient temple of Kashi Vishwanath” so that they can build a Mosque on the same space.

Gyanvapi Masjid: Is it common for a “Nandi Bail” to face towards a Masjid?

According to ancient literature and findings “Kashi” was established by Lord Shiva himself around 5000 years ago. It is also believed that he appeared here in the form of a “Jyotirlinga” because of which Kashi is one of the most important sites for Hindus.
In scriptures like Skanda Puran, the religious text which is believed to exist since 8th Century CE and texts like Ramayan and Mahabharata there are mentions of this Holy City and the temple.
The then priests of the temple protected the Jyotirlinga by hiding it in the “Gyanvapi Kopa”.
Mr. P N Mishra, learned Counsel adverted to the work of Niccolo Manucci titled ― Indian Texts Series- Storia Do Mogor or Mogul India 1653-1708 ‖31, translated in English by William Irvine.
Manucci identifies ―the chief temples destroyed by Aurangzeb, among them being:
(i)Maisa (Mayapur);
(ii)Matura(Mathura);
(iii)Caxis(Kashi); and
(iv)Hajudia(Ajudhya).
Manucci was a traveler who had visited India during the reign of Aurangzeb.
Sources: Supreme Court Verdict on Ram Janmabhoomi Case.

Gyanvapi Masjid: Is it common for a “Nandi Bail” to face towards a Masjid?

The great Lord Shiva waited for more than 108 years to get his establishment back. From 1777 to 1780, Indore’s Queen Ahilyabai Holkar constructed new temple beside the Mosque. In 1853 Punjab’s King Ranjit Singh decorated the 51 feet “Gumbaj” of the main temple with Pure Gold.
In 1936 the Suni Waqf Board filed a plea in court claiming that the whole site of the temple belongs to the

Is the case still pending?
There’s still an ongoing case pending in court regarding the ownership of the land.

Mark Twain, an American writer and publisher quoted “Benaras is older than history, older than tradition, older than legend and looks twice old as all of them put together.”

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