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10 milestones on the centuries-long road to the Ram Janmabhoomi temple in Ayodhya

The Ram Mandir will be constructed on the site where the 16th century Babri Masjid stood until it was demolished in 1992. SC handed the site to Hindus in 2019.

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New Delhi: The bhoomi pujan or ground-breaking ceremony for the Ram Mandir is set to take place in Ayodhya Wednesday afternoon, in the presence of PM Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath.

But the Ram Janmabhoomi movement goes back centuries, and has been mired in politics, controversy, legal issues and violence.

ThePrint looks back at 10 important milestones that led to this point.


Mughal emperor Babar’s commander Mir Baqi builds Babri Masjid in Ayodhya.


A mob lays siege to the mosque and places idols of the child Lord Ram, Ram Lalla, under the dome.

Also read: Let Ayodhya Ram Mandir be a reminder: Indian ancestors died for it, up to us to rebuild


A local court orders the government to open the site to Hindu worshippers. Rajiv Gandhi was the prime minister when the decision was taken.


BJP officially joins the movement after a former Allahabad HC judge, Deoki Nandan Agarwala, files a title suit on behalf of ‘Ram Lalla Virajman’, the deity placed inside the structure in Ayodhya.


BJP leader L.K. Advani launches a Rath Yatra in support of the Ram Janmabhoomi movement from Somnath in Gujarat to Ayodhya.

6 December 1992

The Babri Masjid is demolished, allegedly by kar sevaks.


The Supreme Court, in the historic Ismail Faruqui judgment, says the Babri Masjid was not integral to Islam.


In a 2:1 majority verdict, Allahabad High Court rules that the disputed land be divided into three parts — one each for the Sunni Waqf Board, Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla.


Supreme Court stays HC verdict on Ayodhya land dispute after appeals are filed against it.

9 November 2019

Supreme Court delivers its verdict — government-appointed trust to get disputed site for Ram Mandir, Muslims to get another plot.

Also read: How India can prevent another Babri Masjid demolition

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  1. The print kindly do some more research and you people show you are highly intellectual but you show your dumbness everywhere.

    1853 – Nirmohi Akhara reclaims site
    1855 – British Administration divided the premises into two parts: one for Hindus, and the other for Muslims
    1883 – Hindus filed a court case to regain possession of the site
    2003 – ASI Report confirms the existence of a temple beneath the Babri structure

    Jai Jai Shri Ram!

    • Madam Fatima your chronology stating 1528 that attacker babar’s commander mir baqi build a mosque in Ayodhya is erroneous. It should be attacker barber’s commander Mir baqi destroyed a temple and then build a mosque on the same promises.?????

  3. Sir,
    History doesn’t start or end with Mughals. Your chronology should have started with tentative dates of mosque creation over temple as well. Otherwise it gives the wrong image.

    I have spent my entire childhood believing that Ram Mandir shouldn’t be built. It will hurt image of secular India.

    But the world taught me that there is nothing wrong with it. Modern & Democratic govts in Europe have restored churches which were converted to mosques after muslim conquest in medieval period.

  4. True to character


    2) RAM RAJYA denotes physical and economic and educational well being

    3) No concept of ” coversions” under RAM RAJYA.

    4) NO concept of ” TAX ON NON BELIEVERS ” in RAM RAJYA .

    5) Let’s all move towards RAM RAJYA a truly welfare state. Who fights only to defeat evil and not occupy and enslave.

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