Varanasi: Vice-Chancellor Tiwari, a former mahant of the Kashi Vishwanath temple, recently claimed that he had seen a small Shivling in a shelf on the western wall of Gyanvapi mosque. He had asked the competent authorities of the city to look into it. According to a report that has come out, Vice-Chancellor Tiwari, while showing the pictures taken in the year 2014, said, "I don't know whether this Shivling is still present at that place or not. I demand the competent authorities to clarify it.''
Tiwari, who was the last serving mahant of the Kashi Vishwanath temple before taking over the management by a government-appointed trust in 1983, has claimed that, "He has also seen pictures of lotus flowers and bells on the walls of the Gyanvapi Mosque. He claimed that the rear wall of the Gyanvapi complex appears to be that of an ancient temple.'' Apart from this, referring to the pond of Vazu, he also said that, "Behind this pond, the idol of Nandi and Hanuman is visible, which was made by Lord Shiva himself from his trident. After bathing in this pond, Goddess Parvati used to worship Lord Visvesvara (another name of Shiva).''
Vice-Chancellor Tiwari claims that these pictures with him were taken in the year 2014. However, the management committee of The Gyanvapi Mosque rejects the Anjuman Intizamia Masjid (AIM) Tiwari's claim as baseless. SAYS SM Yasin, joint secretary, AIM, "His claim is baseless. There is no 'Takha' on the wall of the Gyanvapi complex. We don't know what picture he's talking about.''