Ahead of the 26th anniversary of the demolition of the Babri Masjid, Hindu right-wing groups have begun efforts to drum up support for the construction of a Ram temple at Ayodhya. With Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat lashing out at the Supreme Court and directing the Sangh Parivar to mobilise support for the demand, there are fears that the movement will only get more aggressive ahead of next year's general election.
The Babri Masjid is believed to have been built in 1528 by Mir Baqi, a commander of the first Mughal emperor Babur. The first case was filed in 1885 by Mahant Raghubir Das, who asked for permission to build a canopy outside the disputed structure.
The mosque's gates were locked after an idol of Lord Ram appeared inside the mosque in 1949.
While the Vishwa Hindu Parishad launched a movement for the construction of the temple in 1984, the efforts really gathered steam in the later part of the decade, especially when LK Advani started out on his rath yatra in 1990. The Babri Masjid was demolished in 1992.
As the Sangh Parivar and others continue the efforts to build a Ram temple in Ayodhya, here's a look at when the dispute began and how the events unfolded:
(With PTI inputs)