From 1528 to 2020: The long winding road to Ram Mandir at Ayodhya

Uttar Pradesh, Aug 05 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel and RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat take part in 'Bhoomi Pujan' for Ram Temple, at Ram Janmabhoomi site in Ayodhya on Wednesday. (ANI Photo)

August 5, 2020, will be etched in the mindscape of millions of Indians as a red letter day, for years to come.

The bhoomi pujan for Ram Mandir at Ayodhya not just marks a new beginning for the construction of the grand temple which promises to be big draw for devotees worldwide but also the end of a long drawn bitter dispute over 2.77 acres of land.

New Delhi, Aug 04 (ANI): A hoarding is seen outside the residence of BJP lok Sabha MP Parvesh Verma congratulating on the occasion of foundation laying ceremony of Ayodhya’s Ram Temple, in New Delhi on Tuesday. (ANI Photo)

The Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute will be remembered in history as one of the longest cases India has ever seen with multiple twists and turns and endless hours of consultation and negotiation.

Here’s a quick look at the sequence of events which paved the way for today’s bhoomi pujan at Ayodhya by Prime Minister Narendra Modi:


Babri masjid constructed in the site believed to be birthplace of Lord Ram


Religious violence recorded near the site


Fence erected to facilitate separate access to both Hindus and Muslims


Idols of Lord Ram and Sita placed at the site. Government declares the site disputed

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Committee formed to build temple at the disputed site


VHP lays foundation for building Ram Mandir


BJP patriarch LK Advani undertakes ‘Rath Yatra’

Dec 6, 1992

Mosque demolished triggering unrest


Formation of Liberhan Commission


Allahabad High Court delivers verdict, says site should be split


Supreme Court suspends Allahabad HC verdict


SC calls suggests ‘out of court’ settlement

March 2019

SC refers the case for mediation. Three mediators include retired SC judge FMI Kalifulla, senior advocate Sriram Panchu and spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

August 2019

Mediation fails. SC begins day-to-day hearing

October 2019

Hearing concludes in SC

November 2019

SC awards a Hindu group ownership of the site. SC says possession of the land will remain with the Centre’s receiver until a trust is formed. SC orders allocating alternative piece of five acres of land to Muslims for a mosque

Uttar Pradesh, Aug 04 (ANI): Entrance gate of Hanuman Gadhi temple ahead of the preparation of foundation laying ceremony of Ram temple, in Ayodhya on Tuesday. (ANI Photo)

December 2019

Review petition filed in SC by Maulana Syed Ashhad Rashidi against its ruling in favour of the Ram temple. Other review petitions also filed in this regard. SC dismisses a clutch of review petitions

February 2020

Uttar Pradesh Sunni Central Waqf Board accepts five acres allotted to it by the state government for building a mosque

July 30, 2020

Uttar Pradesh Sunni Central Waqf Board forms a 15-member-trust to look after the construction of a mosque at the five-acre land allocated by the government

August 2020

Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath says that the COVID-19 protocol will be strictly followed during the bhoomi pujan ceremony on August 5. PM Narendra Modi at Ayodhya for the function

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