News By/Courtesy: Nikitha M | 04 Aug 2020 14:46pm IST


  • Why did the Dispute start?
  • History of the dispute
  • Current situation in Ayodhya after the verdict

The Ayodhya dispute is a socio-religious, political, and historical debate which is centered on a plot of land situated in Ayodhya, UP. It is believed by the Hindus that Ayodhya is the birthplace of one of their most worshiped deities, Lord Ram and that the Babri Masjid was constructed on the ruins of a Hindu temple that was demolished by Muslim invaders and the Muslims said that Ayodhya is a place of worship for them for generations. It is believed they offered prayers at the mosque when some Hindus placed an idol of Ram in the mosque and began to worship the god as Hindus thought that the central dome of the mosque was the place where Lord Ram was born.

A brief history of the Ayodhya Dispute:

1528 – The first Mughal Emperor Babar is believed to have constructed the Babri Masjid.

1885 – The Faizabad court declined the plea to construct a temple in the vicinity of the Babri Masjid.

1949 – The idols of Lord Ram were mysteriously found inside the mosque.

1950 – Permission to worship the idols was moved to Faizabad court.

Nirmohi Akhara filed 1959 – Plea seeking possession of the disputed land

1961 – The central Sunni Waqf Board UP applies for the removal of the idols inside the mosque and the declaration of title of the disputed territory.

1986 – The Faizabad court allowed the Hindus to worship the idols inside the mosque.

Aug 1989 – Allahabad High Court took over the title dispute and ordered the status quo.

Nov 1989 – The government allowed the Vishwa Hindu Parishad to perform a puja near the disputed land.

1992 – Babri Masjid was demolished, and the Justice Liberhan Commission was appointed to investigate the matter.

1993 – The government acquired 67 acres of land adjoining the disputed area. The Supreme Court upheld the acquisition in its Dr. Ismail Farooqui’s judgment.

2002 – The Allahabad High Court begins hearing the title suits.

2003 – The Supreme Court banned religious activities in the acquired lands.

The Liberhan Committee submitted 2009 – Inquiry Report

2010 – The High Court delivers a judgment for a three-way partition of the disputed property among Hindus, Muslims, and Nirmohi Akhara.

2011 – Based on the cross-appeals filed by the parties, the Supreme Court stays the High Court’s judgment.

2017 – a three-judge bench of the Supreme Court begins hearing the appeals. The title dispute was being side-tracked. A majority judgment was pronounced declining the prayer.

Oct 2019 – The Constitution Bench reserved judgment after a 40-day hearing.

Nov 2019 – The Constitution Bench allowed the construction of Ram Temple at the disputed site. It ordered the government to provide five-acre land to Muslims at a prominent place in Ayodhya.

Presently, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has decided to go to Ayodhya to perform the groundbreaking rituals of the Ram temple. The Prime Minister will lay five silver bricks at the temple’s construction site.



This article does not intend to hurt the sentiments of any individual, community, sect, or religion, etcetera. This article is based purely on the author’s personal opinion and views in the exercise of the Fundamental Rights guaranteed under Article 19(1)(A) and other related laws being enforced in India for the time being.

Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 04 Aug 2020 18:10pm IST

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