Ayodhya: In a landmark verdict, the Supreme Court on Saturday by a unanimous judgment ruled in favour of the Hindus who sought to build a Temple at the disputed site as birth place of Lord Ram.In the troubled eighties and nineties, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad's battle cry was 'Mandir wahein baneygain.'Since then, the issue has defined Indian politics.
A five-judge Constitution bench, led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi said, in an epochal judgement this morning that Muslims be given an alternate land in Ayodhya to build a mosque.
The courtroom was filled with lawyers, journalists, litigants and advocates not even connected to the case, when the judgement was pronounced.
''The sequence of the events as noticed above clearly indicate that faith and belief of Hindus was that birth place of Lord Ram was in the three-dome structure Mosque which wasconstructed at the Janamasthan,'' held the apex court.
It was only during the British period that grilled wall was constructed dividing the walled premises of the Mosque into inner courtyard an outer courtyard. Grilled iron wall was constructed to keep Hindus outside the grilled iron wall in the outer courtyard, the Supreme Court said.
The dream of a grand Ram temple at the Ramjanambhoomi fulfilled after 70 years of intense legal struggle with three persons -- Paramhans Mahant Ramchandra Das, former Vishwa Hindu Parishad chief Ashok Singhal and former deputy PM Lal Krishna Advani.
While Paramhans and Singhal are not alive to see the day of their dreams being fulfilled whereas L K Advani, who celebrated 93rd birthday on Friday is fortunate enough to see the day.
With the Supreme Court on Saturday ending the decade-old legal conflict with giving its verdict in favour of the Ram temple, now it's all set to build the grand temple.
The first of the three Ram temple movement champion was Paramhans Ramchandra Das. Born in 1913 as Chandreshwar Tiwari in a Bihar village, he moved to Ayodhya a few years later and became an ascetic, now called Paramhans Ramchandra Das. According to historical records in public domain and the volumes of writings on the subject, Das was the city president of the Hindu Mahasabha for Faizabad at the time when the idol of Ramlalla was placed inside the central dome of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya on the intervening night of December 22 and 23 in 1949, two years after Independence.(UNI)