Ram Mandir issue is one of the oldest and longest pending issues awaiting justice . Officialy India is a secular country but India’s very existence is on the foundation of religion and faith . Ram Mandir issue dates back to the times when Mughals ruled India .
1. What is the controversy ?
The controversial site called Ramkot in Ayodhya is the place where Lord Ram(popularly known as Ram lalla) was born and is now referred to as the Ram Janmabhoomi . According to Archeological survey of India , the 2003 excavations indicated presence of 10th century temple under the mosque .The Ram temple was demolished by Babur’s general Mir Baqi in 1528-29 and a mosque was constructed which was known as Masjide-i-Janmsthan till 1940 . In 1992 on December 6, a crowd of around 2 lakhs Kar Sevaks gathered in Ayodhya and demolished the Babri Masjid , since then this issue is pending and Supreme Court would be hearing the case on the day to day basis from 5 December 2017 .
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2. Proof behind the theory that a Ram Mandir existed underneath the structure of Babri Masjid ?
There are several theories around this controversy but the most popular and the widely accepted one states that the Ram temple existed underneath the remains of the Babri Masjid . This theory is also backed by Archeological survey of India . The ASI did various excavations in 1970, 1992, 2003 and each time new proofs of the existence of an older building underneath Babri Masjid surfaced .
3. The sequence of events :-
1527 – The Ram temple is demolished by Mir Baqi on the orders of Babur .
1853 – First time the riots take place over this controversy .
1859 – A fence was put in place by British Govn. and both the communities used to worship .
1949 – Idols of Shri Ram is placed inside the mosque .
1950 – First case in Faizabad Civil Court is filed by Gopal Visharad followed by Paramhansa Ramachandra Das for
the continuation of pooja .
1959 – Another case is filed by Nirmohi Akhara claiming the posession of the disputed site .
1961 – Sunnni Wakf Board also files case for the posession of the land .
1986 – Disrict court orders to open the gates of the disputed site for the continuation of pooja .
1989 – All the pending cases are transferred to Allahabad Highcourt .
1991 – State government acquires land for easy and smooth darshan of Ram lalla .
1992 – Babri Masjid is demolished .
1996 – Case hearing begins in Lucknow bench of Allahabd High Court .
3rd Sep 2010 – Lucknow bench of Alld High Court awards Central Dome to the Hindu Mahasabha , 1/3rd to Nirmohi
akhara and another 1/3rd to Sunni Wakf board . To understand the judgement quickly read Facts about judgement described briefly
2011 – Supreme Court stays Allahabad High Court’s judgement
5th Dec 2017 – Supreme Court to start day to day hearing .