Ayodhya, one of the holiest Indian cities, located in Uttar Pradesh is acknowledged as an important pilgrimage site. Being located on the banks of the Saryu River and known as the birth place of Lord Rama gives a huge significance to it. There are several temples in this small city, among which most are dedicated to Lord Rama and his kin. The city is believed to have been existed since long, even before the human race existed on the earth. It is believed that when Gods were present on the earth, Ayodhya was the place of all their activities. Lord Rama’s birth took place here and ruled the kingdom from this place that adds to its significance.
As for the Ram Mandir Ayodhya, there have been many conflicts and controversies since years. According to Hindus, the land on which the Babri mosque was built back in 1528, is the real birthplace of Lord Rama. It is also said that Mughals demolished the Hindu shrine called Ram Mandir Ayodhya and constructed a mosque. The controversy in reality emerged as most severely since the partition in 1947, since the issue is said to have been sharply built up by some Hindutva forces to use in the contemporary politics. There have not been many evidences of such scandalous hype about the temple for most of the pre-independence era, as back then so called Babri Masjid simply didn’t exist for majority of Indians. Thus, the controversy of Ram Mandir Ayodhya exists more mythological than historical, for being a matter of faith rather than sheer fact.
Ever since the demolition of Babri Masjid back in 1992, the archaeological excavations have hinted the presence of a temple (unsure of a Rama shrine) beneath the mosque ruins; but due to uncertainty about the structure belonging to Rama shrine, it still remains a dispute. Without any tangible evidence about the Ram Mandir Ayodhya, the issue has faced several changes since it began. Seeing the present situation and its hurtful outcomes, the Uttar Pradesh government had denied allowing arrival of stones in the city to build the temple or even allow any fresh starting of any new tradition regarding the issue.