In a recent development, the Allahabad High Court has granted permission to the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to carry out carbon dating of the ‘Shivling’ discovered within the premises. It is noteworthy that the ASI has been permitted to conduct the test without causing any harm to the structure. The court has mandated that the process must not cause any harm to the structure.
The ASI has submitted a report detailing its opinion on the methods that can be used to determine the age of the Shiva Linga that was allegedly discovered within the Mosque premises in Varanasi.
As per a report on LiveLaw website, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has made a clear statement that it is not feasible to directly determine the age of the Shiva Linga/Lingam. The ASI can determine the age via proxy dating of materials that have a direct correlation with the Shiv Linga’s establishment, if any.
According to the report, in order to determine the age of religious artefacts like the Shiv Lingam or any other stone object or symbol, it is necessary to obtain dates from the surrounding sediments and items.
The widely used method of carbon dating is employed to determine the age of organic material that was once believed to be alive.
In a recent development, the Supreme Court has granted an extension of protection to the area within the Gyanvapi mosque where a “Shivling” was reportedly discovered. This protection will remain in place until further orders are issued by the court.