Muslims said they prayed at the medieval era Babri Mosque for centuries until idol of Ram deity was surreptitiously placed inside the mosque in 1949.
Hindus believe that the mosque was built under Mughal ruler Babur after destroying a Hindu temple. In 1992, Hindu mobs demolished the Babri mosque, and constructed a makeshift temple of Lord Ram, a physical incarnation of the god Vishnu, who is believed to have been born at the site.
The destruction of the 16th-century mosque sparked nationwide anti Muslim violence by Hindutwa wings that left about 2,000 people dead.
In the decades since it was razed, religious groups have fought in the courts over who should control it.