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The Allahabad High Court recently permitted Archaeological Survey of India to resume scientific survey of a mosque complex near Kashi Vishwanath temple; however, its committee challenged this order in Supreme Court.
On May 20, the Supreme Court transferred a civil suit brought by Hindu devotees against the Kashi Vishwanath temple-Gyanvapi mosque committee from civil judge to district judge due to its complexity and sensitivity, saying a senior judicial officer would better handle it. A videographic survey had captured what petitioners claimed was a shivling structure within its complex; however, its committee denied this claim and insisted that this part was part of a fountain instead.
On August 3rd, the court granted ASI permission to conduct a scientific survey of Gyanvapi Mosque premises. They stated that any areas such as wazukhana’ – where shivlings had been discovered – will remain out of scope of this work, and no damage will be caused during its conduct. They further stipulated that their survey will look into whether its western walls and domes atop a preexisting temple and whether Swastikas or verses from shlokas have appeared among other factors among other matters.
Dev Deepawali in Varanasi is an exquisite festival held each November on Kartik Purnima Tithi 11, commemorating Lord Shiva’s victory over Tripurasura the demon. Also known as “Festival of Lights”, Dev Deepawali makes for an incredible time to visit Varanasi; visitors can even enjoy laser light shows along the ghats of Kashi during this festival!
Nyooz, India’s first city-centric local video news platform, brings all of the latest Varanasi news directly to you – from Uttar Pradesh health improvement initiatives and Delta variance cases, to learning more about Varanasi’s Ghats and their ability to wash away sins when bathing in the Ganges; you’ll also experience their magical charm as thousands of earthen lamps light them beautifully while hymn chanting and conch shell blowing fill the atmosphere – an enchanting experience indeed!
Lal Bahadur Shastri Jayanti
Lal Bahadur Shastri Jayanti is observed every October 2nd to commemorate the life and legacy of India’s second Prime Minister, Lal Bahadur Shastri. Known for his dedication towards agriculture, which led to significant reform in India. Many schools and non-governmental organizations organize programs dedicated to supporting farmers during this holiday.
He was born in Mughalsarai, an unassuming railway town seven miles outside Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, but later lived with his uncle in Varanasi so he could attend school there. Nanhe would walk miles without shoes to reach school on time each day; often hungry! Inspired by Mahatma Gandhi he joined the freedom struggle at age sixteen before eventually joining Kashi Vidya Peeth where some of India’s leading intellectuals and nationalists would influence him further.
As part of his fight for India’s independence, he was imprisoned numerous times. Later he served as Jawaharlal Nehru’s deputy and held various ministries such as Railways, Transport & Communications, Commerce and Industry as well as Home. Posthumously he received the Bharat Ratna award.
G20 Development Ministers’ Meeting
Varanasi, known for its spiritual and wise traditions, hosted the G20 Development Ministers Meeting under India Presidency this month and witnessed candid dialogue on multilateralism and progress toward Sustainable Development Goals.
Deliberations focused on nature-based approaches that integrate scientific and traditional knowledge, zero waste strategies to increase resource efficiency, the role of MSMEs, and its influence. Participants also addressed the necessity for concessional resources as an additional form of Official Development Assistance as well as increased support for climate-related projects.
Delegates reaffirmed their dedication to combatting food security as an international challenge and pledged to accelerate development progress, already off track due to pre-pandemic slowness, towards SDG targets. They adopted the Matera Declaration on Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture which will guide discussion at September’s G20 Summit. In addition, they called for effective reform of Multilateral Development Banks and International Financial Institutions.