The Vyas family still owns one basement in Gyanvapi, Uttar Pradesh.

Vyas family of Varanasi has owned one of the four basements of the complex since 1880 . The Vyas family has a long association with the Kashi Vishwanath Temple .

VARANASI (English) — The Vyas family of Varanasi has continued to own one of the four basements of the complex, which were discovered on Saturday by the Gyanvapi mosque administration, since 1880.The Vyas family brought a lawsuit in 1991 to demand that the Gyanvapi mosque structure be given to Hindus, claiming that the entire structure on the Lord Visheshwar temple stands today except for the upper structure, where namaz is offered and the domes.Although the Vyas family now lives in the Kashi Vishwanath-Gyanvapi complex, one of the four basements of the mosque is still in its possession.The Vyas family has a long association with the Kashi Vishwanath Temple (KVT), if Shailendra Kumar Pathak Vyasji, the son of late Somnath Vyas, is to be believed.

Vyasji said: My ancestors not only fought different cases with the mosque authorities since 1880, but also filed the first petition in the Varanasi civil court in 1991, seeking permission for worship at Gyanvapi.This tahkhana (basement) is in the southern part of the Gyanvapi mosque, facing the face of Nandi (in Kashi Vishwanath Dham), according to him.This section of the old Visheshwar temple was called garbhgriha (sanctum sanctorum).The idol of Goddess Shringar Gauris was revered there until December 5, 1992, the day before the Babri masjid was demolished.

Our family owned the basement, and we were allowed to use it to store Ramayan items like wooden poles, kanats, etc.The Ramayan recital was held twice a year in Magh and Kartik.On the fourth day of Chaitra Navratri, the Vyas family was able to pray at Shringar Gauri, according to Vyasji.Gulshan Kapoor, a self-proclaimed nationalist, said he and his cabal sparked a backlash to get permission for prayer at Shringar Gauri.