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Complete Detailed Timeline, Chronology of Ayodhya Ram Mandir and Babri mosque Demolition –

Complete Detailed Timeline, Chronology of Ayodhya Ram Mandir and Babri mosque Demolition –

Allahabad High Court’s Lucknow bench will deliver its verdict on the 60-year-old Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi case.

The judgment on the 60-year-old title suit will be pronounced at 3.30 p.m. on September 24. The court reserved its judgment on July 26.

It combines five suits, the last of which, filed in 1989, actually lists the two plaintiffs as “Bhagwan Shri Ram Lala Virajman and Asthan Shri Ram Janmabhoomi”, represented by “their next friend” Justice Deoki Nandan Agarwal, a retired judge and a former VHP vice-president. Agarwal is dead, as are two other petitioners Gopal Singh Visharad and Mahant Paramhans Ramchandra Das.

The date of the construction of the Babri Mosque is disputed. Before the 1940s, the Mosque was called "Masjid-i Janmasthan".

The Indian city of Ayodhya, in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, is located 550 km east of New Delhi. The name Ayodhya means, “Not to be warred against,”

Below is history, chronology, timeline of the Ram Temple and Babri Mosque Demolition:–

1. Year 1528: Babur, Mughal Empire, builds a mosque in Ram Janmabhoomi, Ayodhya. Some Hindus say Ram Janmabhoomi is the birthplace of Lord Rama

2. Year 1853: First recorded incidents of religious violence at the site.

3. Year 1855: Hindus and Muslims clash over possession of the mosque. There are claims that Sita Rasoi and Ram Chabootara were built around this time

Year 1859: British colonial administration erects a fence to separate the places of worship, allowing the inner court to be used by Muslims and the outer court by Hindus.

Year 1885: Mahant Raghubar Das files a suit seeking permission to build a canopy on Ram Chabootra

Year 1949: Idols of Lord Rama appear inside mosque allegedly placed there by Hindus. Muslims protest and both parties file civil suits. The government proclaims the premises a disputed area and locks the gates.

Year 1950: Gopal Singh Visharad and Mahant Paramhand Ramchandra Das file suits in Faizabad, asking for permission to offer prayers to the idols installed at Asthan Janmabhoomi. Inner courtyard gates are locked, but puja is allowed

Year 1959: Nirmohi Akhara and Mahant Raghunath file a case, claiming to be the sect responsible for conducting puja

Year 1961: Sunni Central Board of Waqfs, UP, files a case claiming the mosque and the surrounding land was a graveyard

Year 1984: Hindus form a committee to "liberate" the birth-place of Lord Rama and build a temple in his honor, spearheaded by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad party (VHP). Then Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Lal Krishna Advani takes over leadership of campaign.

Year 1986: On a petition of Hari Shanker Dubey, a judge directs masjid gates be unlocked to allow darshan.District judge orders the gates of the disputed mosque opened to allow Hindus to worship there. Muslims set up Babri Mosque Action Committee in protest.

Year 1989: VHP steps up campaign, laying the foundations of a Rama temple on land adjacent to the disputed mosque. Former VHP vice-president Justice Deoki Nandan Agarwal files a case, seeking the mosque be shifted elsewhere

Year 1990: VHP volunteers partially damage the mosque. Prime Minister Chandra Shekhar tries to resolve the dispute through negotiations, which fail the next year.

Year 1991: BJP comes to power in Uttar Pradesh state, where Ayodhya is located.

Year 1992: The mosque is torn down by supporters of the VHP, the Shiv Sena party and the BJP, prompting nationwide rioting between Hindus and Muslims in which more than 2,000 people die.

Year 1998: The BJP forms coalition government under Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee.

Year 2001: Tensions rise on the anniversary of the demolition of the mosque. VHP pledges again to build Hindu temple at the site.

Year 2002: The High Court directs the Archaeological Survey of India to excavate the site to determine if a temple lay underneath

Year Jan 2002: Mr Vajpayee sets up an Ayodhya cell in his office and appoints a senior official, Shatrughna Singh, to hold talks with Hindu and Muslim leaders.

Year Feb 2002: BJP rules out committing itself to the construction of a temple in its election manifesto for Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. VHP confirms deadline of 15 March to begin construction. Hundreds of volunteers converge on site. At least 58 people are killed in an attack on a train in Godhra which is carrying Hindu activists returning from Ayodhya.

Year Mar 2002: Between 1,000 and 2,000 people, mostly Muslims, die in riots in Gujarat following the train attack.

Year Apr 2002: Three High Court judges begin hearings on determining who owns the religious site.

Year Jan 2003: Archaeologists begin a court-ordered survey to find out whether a temple to Lord Rama existed on the site.

Year -Aug 2003: The survey says there is evidence of a temple beneath the mosque, but Muslims dispute the findings. Mr Vajpayee says at the funeral of Hindu activist Ramchandra Das Paramhans that he will fulfill the dying man's wishes and build a temple at Ayodhya. However, he hopes the courts and negotiations will solve the issue.

Year -Sept 2003: A court rules that seven Hindu leaders should stand trial for inciting the destruction of the Babri Mosque, but no charges are brought against Mr Advani, now deputy prime minister, who was also at the site in 1992.

Year -Oct 2004: Mr Advani says his party still has "unwavering" commitment to building a temple at Ayodhya, which he said was "inevitable".

Year -Nov 2004: A court in Uttar Pradesh rules that an earlier order which exonerated Mr Advani for his role in the destruction of the mosque should be reviewed.

Year -July 2005 Suspected Islamic militants attack the disputed site, using a jeep laden with explosives to blow a hole in the wall of the complex. Security forces kill five people they say are militants, and a sixth who was not immediately identified.

Year -June 2009: The Liberhan commission investigating events leading up to the mosque's demolition submits its report - 17 years after it began its inquiry. Its contents are not made public.

Year -July 2010 - On July 27, the court took the initiative for an amicable solution to the dispute when it called on counsel for the contending parties to go into the possibility. But no headway was made.

Year -September 2010 - The Special Bench, at its Bench of Judicature here, comprising Justices S.U. Khan, D.V. Sharma and Sudhir Agarwal, said that Mr. Tripathi's application lacked merit. It also imposed “exemplary costs” of Rs. 50,000, terming his effort for an out-of-court settlement as a “mischievous attempt.”

Year - Mr. Tripathi's plea was opposed by the Akhil Bhartiya Hindu Mahasabha and the Sunni Central Board of Waqfs, which submitted separate replies to the OSD on September 16. Stating that an amicable solution was not possible, they alleged that the application was mala fide.

Year -24th September 2010 - The judgment on the 60-year-old title suit will be pronounced at 3.30 p.m. on September 24. The court reserved its judgment on July 26.

UPDATE- Thursday, September 23, 2010
SC delays the verdict for one week in Ram Mandir and Babri Case-
Supreme Court of India delays the verdict in the Ram Temple and Babri Mosque Demolition.
Ramesh Chandra Tripathi filed a petition regarding this and Supreme court of India delayed the verdict for one week and issued the notice to all concern parties.
So there will be no verdict tomorrow that is on 24th in this case.
SC will again hear this deferment petition on 28th September 2010.
SC Bench is headed by Justice Ravindran and Bench itself has different opinion on this and now next hearing will be heard on 28th September.

The Ayodhya verdict - Update – 25th September 2010 -
The Ayodhya verdict deferment petition in the Supreme Court will be heard by a three-judge bench headed by the Chief Justice of India S H Kapadia on the September 28.The other judges are Justice Aftab Alam and Justice KS Radhakrishnan.
The matter has been listed as the first item on the agenda at 10.30 am on Tuesday.
The Ayodhya verdict Update - 28th September 2010 –

A three-judge special bench comprising of Chief Justice of India SH Kapadia, Justice Aftab Alam and Justice KS Radhakrishnan announced that the three-judge High Court bench could go ahead with the pronouncement of judgement while dismissing the special leave petition of Ramesh Chandra Tripathi that had appealed for deferment of the verdict so that an out-of-court settlement could be tried.

All the three judges concurred that the stay order must be lifted and dismissed Tripathi's petition.

Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court. Will deliver the verdict on September 30 at 3:30 PM.

The three-judge special bench of the High Court comprising of Justice SU Khan, Justice Sudhir Agrawal and Justice Dharam
Veer Sharma is scheduled to deliver the verdict.
Justice Dharam Veer Sharma will be retiring on October 1.

The verdict in the Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit dispute would decide whether the 2.77 acres of disputed land on which Babri Masjid stood before it was demolished on December 6, 1992, belongs to Sunni Central Wakf Board or to the Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha.

Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court. Will deliver the verdict on September 30 at 3:30 PM.

Suggested Reading –

Allahabad high court gives final judgment in Ayodhya case – Complete judgment of the Ayodhya case

Reality Views by sm-

Saturday, September 18, 2010


chitra September 18, 2010  

Not to be warred against has becoming the warring grounds. All in the name of God. God is love, compassion, kindness.

sm,  September 18, 2010  

yes it is all because we Indians do not have certified history by government of India and no scientific history and no one is interested.

BK Chowla, September 18, 2010  

I tend to agree with Chitra

Sid September 18, 2010  

I just hope the verdict doesnot start another riot... Good details as usual :)

SG September 18, 2010  

60 years to decide a case? It can happen only in India. No wonder.

Admin September 18, 2010  

This is very useful and informative for me. Ayodhya, Ram Mandir and Babri Masjid...seems that these are burning issues still. Whatever maybe, justice should prevail. Let us hope for the best.

sm,  September 18, 2010  

BK Chowla,,

sm,  September 18, 2010  

Yes it happens only in India

sm,  September 18, 2010  


Insignia September 19, 2010  

How ironic that "not to be warred against" is the birthplace of greatest religious riots in Indian history. Too much of bloodshed and hatred for a place claimed by both the parties. Did God insist that he would be available to be worshiped only at this place? Why cant people be tolerant and remain at peace?

Its sad. I am apprehensive about the judgement. Hope it does not create another furor yet again. People are fed up!

sm,  September 19, 2010  

yes i agree with you,
solution is simple
but political business houses just want vote

Anonymous,  September 19, 2010  

what a superb collection of events. hats off to sm.fingers crossed till 24/11.

Anonymous,  September 19, 2010  

Why did you miss out TWO important things in timeline?

1. What was the structure before Babar placed the mosque there in 1528 ? History stared long before that.

2. Role of Rajiv Gandhi in unlocking the gates ?
What if Rajiv Gandhi hadn't unlocked Babri Masjid ?"

Hope peace prevails.

sm,  September 20, 2010  


sm,  September 20, 2010  

Rajiv Gandhi did nothing wrong.
Nov 9, 1989: The then prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, allowed ’shilanyas’, or ground-breaking ceremony, at an undisputed site.
1989 : Allahabad High Court order opened the locks of the main gate and restored the site for eternity to the Hindus.

Every Indian should follow the court order then it may favor any party.
Supreme Court is supreme not Religion.

There is no dispute just it is possible to keep mosque and temple side by side and everyone will worship both.
what is bad in worshiping Mohammad as well as Ram same time.

As a Indian never be fooled by Religious leader and political business houses.

Never listen them learn to think and learn to think why ?

john,  September 20, 2010  

war and murders
All in the name of God

Maya September 20, 2010  

they should just break the temple and the mosque and build a court there

sm,  September 20, 2010  

Uncommon Sense,,
No one will agree with you even judiciary will not agree.
Our law system is based on religion and not humanity.

sm,  September 20, 2010  

Monday, September 20, 2010
one of the three judges of the Allahabad High Court's special bench issued a dissenting note to the order issued by his two co-judges, and allowed postponement of its verdict on the long-pending Ayodhya issue.
Justice D.V. Sharma, who had not signed the Sep 17 order, said the possibility for an out-of-court settlement should still be explored.
HC special bench earlier last week dismissed the plea for deferment of the verdict, scheduled for Sep 24.

Rachna September 20, 2010  

It's all very sad. When religion gets dragged in and leads to people dying.

Sathish Chandrasekaran (சதீஷ் சந்திரசேகரன்) September 20, 2010  

Ur blog's sure is a treasure trove for information :)
gr8 work ,very useful facts ,keep em comin :)
cheers !!!

sm,  September 20, 2010  


sm,  September 20, 2010  


ravi,  September 21, 2010  

no body should take its hard religion
because that palace never say that
i m only 4 hindu or muslim.
At last i wanna say that "GOD IS ONE"

sm,  September 21, 2010  


Mike,  September 23, 2010  

Hope for right decision...

Sudha Thangavel September 23, 2010  

Hi Guys, In place of weapons of violence, we have to use our mind, our heart, our sense of humor..because no one has the right to take the life of another human being.
Nonviolence is something very powerful, and the power behind it is not weapons, but the support of the people. We all should move away from greed, selfishness, possessiveness and dominance perhaps we can dominate our love, compassion, understanding and respect.

This is the right time to show/prove our unity among Indians. Say no to WARS. We can build both MOSQUE and TEMPLE in the same place. That will be right JUDGEMENT !!!! :)

sm,  September 23, 2010  


sm,  September 23, 2010  

Sudha Thangavel,,
yes right judgment is same place temple + mosque equals true India.

deeps September 26, 2010  

60 years have yet the verdict hasn’t come or some ‘forces’ don’t want it to come?

Well, you have a load full of facts for us …thanks :)

Unknown!!! September 26, 2010  

Thats a wonderful piece of information..never knew most of that you wrote...crisp and clear.. thank u so much for this..and keep updating.
I followed u from the blog of "uncommon sense" if u have seen the comments there

sm,  September 26, 2010  


sm,  September 26, 2010  

I know his blog and comments

Kamlesh Kumar,  September 29, 2010  

It is my personal view that the disputed piece of land at Ayodhya be made a common place of worship for all the people of the world on the pricipal."Vasudevkam Kutumbkam". All religious function through out the year be celebrated by all with out any distinction or aversion to cast, cread,customs and systems of any person or persons. Not only this The Governments may also celeberate Republic Day and other national functions. This may make a new "Heaven on Earth". All ills will vanish and only Love, peace and brother/sisterhood will established all over-(positive thinker for peace and love all over)

Kamlesh Kumar,  September 29, 2010  

on 29 Sept,2010 please read in place of 'pricipal'
the actual word as 'principle' i.e. 'sidhant' in Hindi language. Thanks excuse me for error.

sm,  September 29, 2010  

Kamlesh Kumar,,
yes good suggestion.

Kamlesh Kumar,  September 29, 2010  

My return thanks to you sm.

Kamlesh Kumar,  September 29, 2010  

I wish a good sense will dominate on all the concerned people after knowing the judgment of Allahabad High Court Lucknow Bench tomorrow on disputed land. I also wish every one will be peaceful and show a very high level of responsibility and maturity and find out a peaceful solution of tomorrow out come.Thanks everybody in advance.

deepak gupta,  September 29, 2010  


sm,  September 29, 2010  

Kamlesh Kumar,,
Lets hope there will be peace and no fighting.

Munishwar September 30, 2010  

When was it decided that judgement is to be delivered on 24th September, 2010.

SM September 30, 2010  


sm,  October 12, 2010  

Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha has filed a caveat in the Supreme Court to pre-empt any ex-parte order on the Ayodhya title dispute.
In the caveat, the Hindu Mahasabha has asked the court not to pass order on any appeal against the September 30 Allahabad High Court verdict without hearing it.
The organisation has filed the caveat through its national president Swami Chakrapani.

sm,  October 17, 2010  

The All India Muslim Personal Law Board decided to challenge the Allahabad High Court's verdict on the Ayodhya title suits in the Supreme Court.

"During a meeting of the working committee, it was decided that the AIMPLB will move the Supreme Court directly or through the Sunni Central Waqf Board,"

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