Ayodhya had created a lot of suspense over the years, or more precisely for over a decade. And finally, the much-awaited verdict is out on Saturday. The Supreme Court said that the decision was based on the evidence which they found at the site.
Archaeological Survey Of India (ASI) gave a report to the Supreme Court that the mosque was not built on vacant land. The five-judge constitutional bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said that there is no strong evidence about breaking the temple and building a mosque.
According to the verdict, the disputed Ayodhya site belongs to the Hindus. Furthermore, five acres of land has been given to Sunni Waqf Board. The Supreme Court further exclaimed that the demolition was a violation of law and order.
The Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi said in the verdict that ASI excavation has found proof of Hindu structure. Supreme Court also emphasized and said that Hindus were used to offer prayers before 1856 in the premises.
The report further stated that Hindus were not allowed to worship inside the structure and that is when they started offering prayers outside the main structure.
The Investigation By ASI
For investigation regarding the case, the ASI excavated the disputed site. This was done when the Allahabad High court gave directions to excavate the site for investigation.
Regarding the dispute at the Ayodhya site, there were two excavations conducted by the ASI. The first one was done in 1976-77 and the second one was done in 2003. After the excavation, the ASI submitted the report and evidence of what they found at the site.
ASI conducted a survey to save the mosque from demolition. The excavation project was conducted between 12 March 2003 to 7 August 2003. This task was completed with the help of a company named Tojo Development International.
These Are The Evidence Found At Ayodhya
In the ASI excavation, a lot of things came into light. Here are some of the findings in Ayodhya.
- ASI excavations have found remains which date back to the 13th century BC. Among all this, some other evidence was also found. The remains of Kushan and Shung periods to the Gupta period and the early middle ages were also found.
- A platform of 15×15 meters was also found in the excavation that resembles some important object was placed in the center of this platform.
- It is believed that the circular temple was from the 7th and the 10th century. The structure of 50 meters north-south building of the early 11th-12th century was found. One more structure of a huge building was found, the floor of this was made in three attempts.
- According to the reports by ASI, the disputed structure was built in the 16th century on top of the ruins of this building.
- 50 pillars were found in the excavation site, which is located right under the Gumbad of the disputed structure.
- ASI also mentioned in its report that they have found ruins of other eras also. These ruins could be the ruins of Buddhist or Jain temples.
These are some of the evidence founded by the ASI. The Supreme Court’s verdict was solely based on the evidence provided by the ASI. The five-judge constitution looked thoroughly the matter and gave their verdict, hoping for no chaos by the people.