Bengaluru: With the disputed Ayodhya land in its kitty, the VHP has a new mission now. 

The pro-Hindu organisation is now seriously mulling, what it believes is recapturing the Gyanvapi mosque in Kashi Vishwanatha and Krishna temple in Mathura.

The VHP has called a meeting on 16 February to push for the demand and devise strategy on the Gyanvapi mosque in Varanasi.
It is interesting to note that Gyanvapi shares the boundary with the Kashi Vishwanatha temple in Varanasi. 

A civil court in Varanasi will start hearing the Gyanvapi Temple-Masjid complex case from 17 February.

Though earlier the pro-Hindu organisation did not have any inclination to fight the case, it is to be noted that it is buoyed by the top court’s verdict on the historic Ram temple issue. 

It is believed that the mosque was built by Aurangzeb, a Mughal emperor on a Hindu temple, which many believe is an older version of the Kashi Vishwanath temple. 

On the other hand, Mathura, which is the place where Lord Krishna was born, has a temple complex. The temples were destroyed a myriad times in history, latest (as quoted by a website) by Mughal emperor Aurangzeb in 1670 who erected Eidgah there. 

However, the new temple complex was built with generous financial contributions from industrialists. 

It has the Keshavdeva temple, the Garbha Griha temple at the birthplace and the Bhagavata Bhavan.

Back to the issue of the Ayodhya temple row, the top court last November awarded the disputed land of 2.77 acres to Hindus while asking the centre to form a trust to oversee all aspects related to temple construction. In line with this, PM Modi also announced the formation of a trust on the floor of the Parliament. 

The top court has also asked the government to grant 5 acres of land to Muslims to build a mosque in the holy town of Ayodhya.