Timeline of Babri Masjid - Ram Janmabhoomi Dispute Case

Jan 4, 2019 12:23 IST
Timeline of Babri Masjid - Ram Janmabhoomi Dispute Case

According to the Hindu Mythology, the city of Ayodhya is the birthplace of Lord Rama. The Babri Masjid- Ram Janmabhumi Disputes has become religious and political conflicts because the main issues is moving around possession of site. The groups of Hindu organisation claim that Mosque was built after demolishing the temple and also the site to be the birthplace of the Hindu deity i.e. Rama whereas Muslim claims that the Mosque was never built after the demolition but with the help of the ruins of temples.

History behind the Babri-Masjid Construction

When Babar came to India in 1526 at the request of Indian Governor to defeat Ibrahim Lodhi. One of his general during the conquest of northeast India visited Ayodhya where he built Mosque (There is a debate on the construction that whether it was built on the demolished site of the temple or built after demolition) and named it Babri-Masjid to give tribute to the Babar. The Mosque was constructed with huge campus where both the Hindus and Muslims can worship under a single umbrella which means Muslims inside the mosque and Hindus outside the mosque but inside the compound, i.e. "Mosque-Temple,”.

Here, we are giving a complete timeline of Babri Masjid - Ram Janmabhoomi Dispute Case to understand the issue, how and why the issues remain unsolved.

Timeline of Babri Masjid - Ram Janmabhoomi Dispute Case


It was first time when incident of communal violence was recorded during the reign of Nawab Wajid Ali Shah of Awadh. People's who represented the Hindu community stated that Mosques was built after the demolition of Hindu temple.


The possession of site led to the community clashes. Hence, British built a fence that separates the places of worships which means the inner court to be used by Muslims and the outer court by Hindus.

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Faizabad District Court rejected the plea of Mahant Raghubir Das for the building a canopy on Ram Chabootra.


The Plight of violent controversies arises when Idol of Ram was placed inside the temple by Hindu activist and they spread the message that idols had 'miraculously' appeared inside the mosque. Muslims activist protest and both parties file civil suits and the end government proclaims the premises a disputed area and locks the gates. Jawaharlal Nehru took a firm stand on the illegal installation of the idols and insisted that Idol should be removed but the local official K. K. K. Nair (known for his Hindu nationalist connections) refused to carry out orders, claiming that it would lead to communal riots.

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January 18, 1950

Gopal Singh Visharad suit filed for seeking permission for the right to worship the idols installed at 'Asthan Janmabhoomi'. The court held back the removal of idols and allowed the worship.


Nirmohi Akhara emerges as a new contender and suit file for the possession of the site who claimed themselves as the custodian of the spot at which Ram was supposedly born.

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December 18 1961

Sunni Waqfs Board (central) move to court against forceful Idol installation and seeking for the possession of the mosque and adjoining land.


On the basis of Hari Shankar Dubey’s plea, a district court directed to unlock the gate for ‘darshan’ to Hindu community. In the protest of verdict, Muslims set up Babri Masjid Action Committee. As a result, gate was opened for less than an hour and again remains locked.


The former VHP vice-president Deoki Nandan Agarwala suit file for the title and possession at the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court.

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October 23 1989

The entire file suit related to the Babri-Masjid Disputes comes under the scanner of a Special Bench of High Court.   


Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) puts foundation stone on land adjacent to the disputed mosque.


Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) activist try to demolish the Mosques and as a result they partially damage the mosques. The contemporary Prime Minister of India Chandra Shekhar tries to arbitrate the dispute through negotiation but failed.

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December 6 1992

This year witnesses nationwide communal riots which claimed more than 2,000 lives when the disputed mosque is razed by Hindu activist in support of VHP, Shiv Sena and BJP.

December 16 1992

Librahan Commission (Librahan Ayodhya Commission for Inquiry) was set up to investigate the destruction of the disputed structure of Babri Masjid under retired High Court Judge M. S. Liberhan by an order of the Indian Home Union Ministry.

July 1996

During this year, Allahabad High Court clubs all civil suits under single table.


The High Court passes an order to the Archaeological Survey of India to find out if there would be evidence of temple beneath the Mosque.

April 2002

The High Court under judge started the hearing to find out the real owner of Babri-Masjid Disputed Site.

January 2003

The Archaeological Survey of India started excavation to find out the evidence of temple beneath the Babri-Masjid disputed land and submitted its report that there is evidence of temple on the basis of stone columns and pillars that might be representation of Hindu, Buddhist or Jaina elements. All India Muslim Personal Law Board says it will challenge the ASI report in court.

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June 2009

Librahan Commission submitted its report and the report blames politician from BJP for their role in the demolition.

July 26 2010

Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court reserves its order and suggested all the parties to resolve issue through friendly discussion but unfortunately no one keen interested.

September 17 2010

R C Tripathi filed a suit in the High Court to defer pronouncement of the verdict which was refuses by the High Court.

September 21 2010

R C Tripathi move to Supreme Court to challenge the High Court order but the bench of Altamas Kabir and A K Patnaik refuses to hear the case then the matter was referred to another bench.


During this year, the Allahabad High Court given historic judgement that the disputed land be divided into three part: one-third part goes to Ram Lalla (Under representation of Hindu Mahasabha); one-third to the Islamic Waqf Board; and the remaining third to the Nirmohi Akhara.

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December 2010

During this year, Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha and Sunni Waqf Board challenges the Allahabad High Court’s judgement in the Supreme Court.


Supreme Court stays with the judgement of Allahabad High Court on splitting of disputed land and states that the status quo remains.

Babri 2015

The Vishwa Hindu Parishad declared nationwide to collect stones for the construction of the Ram Mandir at disputed land of Babri-Masjid. Mahant Nritya Gopal Das asserted that Government of India under Modi given green signal on the construction of temple. The Uttar Pradesh government under Akhilesh Yadav says it will not allow the arrival of the stones in Ayodhya for the construction of the Ram Mandir because that leads to communal tension.

March 2017

The Supreme Court on the basis of Babri-Masjid demolition case said the charges against Advani and other leaders cannot be dropped and case must be revived.

March 21 2017

The Supreme Court of India states that Babri-Masjid demolition case is sensitive and it cannot be resolve without unification of issues. Hence, it appeal to the all the stallholders of Babri-Masjid case to find an amicable solution.

April 19 2017

The Supreme Court of India reinstates the conspiracy case against politicians like L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti. The apex court also order Allahabad Court’s bench of Lucknow to complete the hearing within two years.

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