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Acharya Dharmendra Dev arrives to present himself at a special court in connection with Babri Masjid demolition case, in Lucknow.

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General Secretary of Ram Mandir Trust Champat Rai appears wait to appear before a special CBI court in connection with Babri mosque demolition case, in Lucknow.

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Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, chief of Ram Mandir Trust, appears before a special CBI court in connection with Babri mosque demolition case, in Lucknow.

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Former DM of Faizabad, RN Srivastav, arrives at a special CBI court for a hearing in Babri mosque demolition case, in Lucknow.

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Senior BJP leader Uma Bharti arrives at a special CBI court for a hearing in Babri mosque demolition case, in Lucknow.

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Sadhvi Rithambara arrives at a special CBI court for a hearing in Babri Masjid demolition case, in Lucknow.

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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath visits the Ram Janmabhoomi site to inspect the ongoing temple construction work, in Ayodhya.

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Mahant Dharam Das reacts as he arrives for a hearing at CBI special court on the Babri mosque demolition case, in Lucknow.

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Mahant Kamal Nayan Das Ji Maharaj, spokesperson to Mahant Nritya Gopal Das who is the head of Ram Mandir trust, performs 'Rudrabhishek', a ritual to offer prayers to Lord Shiva, at Kuber Tila shrine in Ayodhya.

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VHP leader Rajendra Singh offers prayers at a camp near Ram Janmabhoomi, during the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown, in Ayodhya.

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Hindu religious leader Ram Vilas Vedanti comes out of the CBI Special Court after being summoned in the Babri mosque demolition case, during the ongoing COVID-19 nationwide lockdown, in Lucknow.

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Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Vinay Katiyar comes out of the CBI Special Court after being summoned for questioning in the Babri mosque demolition case, during the ongoing COVID-19 nationwide lockdown, in Lucknow.

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Inscribed bricks at Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas Karyashala in Ayodhya.

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Tourists visit Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas Karyashala in Ayodhya.

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Brick carvings at Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas Karyashala in Ayodhya.

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Inscribed bricks at Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas Karyashala in Ayodhya.

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A model of Ram temple at Kar Sewak Puram in Ayodhya. The Ram Lalla idol in Ayodhya was shifted to a temporary new location today, thus clearing the site to begin construction of a Ram temple.

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A monkey climbs on a pole of a flag at Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas Karyashala in Ayodhya.

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A view of Ram ki Paidi near the banks of River Saryu, in Ayodhya.

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A model of Ram temple at Kar Sewak Puram in Ayodhya. The Ram Lalla idol in Ayodhya was shifted to a temporary new location today, thus clearing the site to begin construction of a Ram temple.

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UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath offers prayers to Ram Lalla idol at temporary new location near Manas Bhawan, in Ayodhya. The idol was shifted from the makeshift temple to the new location by the Chief Minister himself to clear the site to allow construction of a Ram temple.

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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath offers prayers at Asthai Temple in Ayodhya.

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UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, accompanied by District Magistrate Anuj Jha and priests, shifts the idol of Ramlala from the makeshift temple to a new structure near Manas Bhawan, in Ayodhya. Social distancing was observed, and there was no participation of the public due to the complete lockdown imposed to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.

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Head priest of the Ram Janambhoomi temple Mahant Satyendra Das speaks during an interview with PTI, in Ayodhya.

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Nripendra Mishra, the chairman of the Ram Temple Construction Committee along with Senior VHP leader Champat Rai during their inspection at Ramjanmabhoomi Nyas kaaryashala, in Ayodhya.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi rises to make a statement in the Lok Sabha, during the ongoing Budget Session of Parliament in New Delhi. PM Modi announced the formation of a trust for the construction of a Ram Temple in Ayodhya as directed by the Supreme Court in its verdict in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case in November last year.

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Members of Akhil Bharatiya Sant Samiti during a meeting to support to the BJP government on CAA, 35A, 370 and Ram Janmm Bhoomi, at Mavalankar Hall in New Delhi.

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A devotee prays at Ramjanmabhoomi Nyas kaaryashala in Ayodhya.

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Members of Tamil Nadu Thowheed Jamath stage a protest against Supreme Court's verdict on Ayodhya land case, in Chennai.

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All India Muslim Personal Law Board secretary Zafaryab Jilani and member S.Q.R. Iliyas address a press conference, in Lucknow. AIMPLB will file review petition against Supreme Court verdict on Ayodhya issue and said it was against accepting the five-acre alternative land given for a mosque.

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Ramalya Nyas Secretary Swami Avimukteshwaranand Saraswati (C), P N Mishra (L) and Ajay Gautam during a press conference on Ram Janambhoomi Temple construction issue, at Press Club of India in New Delhi.

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Shivam Kumar, 16, sporting a tee-shit with 'Jai Shri Ram' visits Karsewakpuram Ram temple workshop, in Ayodhya. Kumar travelled all the way from Bihar's Rohtas district to Ayodhya, carrying a sack full of bricks to deposit at a Ram temple.

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Rajiv Gandhi at a 1989 election rally in Faizabad. His unlocking the disputed site at Ayodhya in 1986 led to the shilanyas.

Babri Masjid before it was demolished.

Image courtesy: The Babri Masjid Ram Mandir Dilemma: An Acid Test for India’s Constitution by Madhav Godbole

Replica of the proposed Ram Mandir on display at Karsewakpuram, in Ayodhya

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Hindu political activist Sadhvi Ritambhara addresses the media after SCs judgement in Ram Janmabhoomi case, in Mathura

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Hindu devotees pray and take holy dips at the banks of Saryu River in Ayodhya, India. India's Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Hindu temple on a disputed religious ground in the country's north and ordered that alternative land be given to Muslims to build a mosque - a verdict in a highly contentious case that was immediately deplored by a key Muslim body.

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Hindu women devotees pray to the bricks reading "Shree Ram" ( Lord Ram), which are expected to use in constructing Ram temple, in Ayodhya, India. India's Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Hindu temple on a disputed religious ground in the country's north and ordered that alternative land be given to Muslims to build a mosque - a verdict in a highly contentious case that was immediately deplored by a key Muslim body.

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A Sadhu, or a Hindu holy man prostrates himself on a street on way to a temple, in Ayodhya, India. India's Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Hindu temple on a disputed religious ground in the country's north and ordered that alternative land be given to Muslims to build a mosque - a verdict in a highly contentious case that was immediately deplored by a key Muslim body.

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People buy newspapers to read about the verdict in a decades-old land title dispute between Muslims and Hindus in Ayodhya.

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Senior priest Mahant Raju Das of Hanuman Garhi Mandir and a local Muslim leader Babloo Khan at Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas in Ayodhya. The Supreme Court in a historic verdict backed the construction of a Ram temple by a trust at the disputed site in Ayodhya and ruled that an alternative five-acre plot must be found for a mosque in the Hindu holy town.

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A devotee prays at Ramjanmabhoomi Nyas kaaryashala in Ayodhya. The Supreme Court is likely to deliver its verdict on the Ayodhya title suit before November 17.

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Sadhus celebrate after Supreme Court's verdict on Ayodhya case, in Prayagraj.

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Senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi talks to media after Supreme court's verdict on Ayodhya case, in New Delhi.

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Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Uma Bharti leaves after visiting party leader L.K. Advani after the Supreme Court verdict in the decades-old land title dispute between Muslims and Hindus, in New Delhi.

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Activists of Jammu and Kashmir Dogra Front feed sweets to portraits of the five Supreme Court judges involved in the verdict in the decades-old land title dispute between Muslims and Hindus, in Jammu. Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a Hindu temple on a disputed religious ground and ordered that alternative land be given to Muslims.

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Rapid Action Force (RAF) personnel patrol in a street as a precautionary measure in view of Supreme Court's historic verdict on the Ayodhya land case, in Ayodhya. The apex court cleared the way for the construction of a Ram Temple at the disputed site at Ayodhya, and directed the Centre to allot a 5-acre plot to the Sunni Waqf Board for building a mosque.

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People offer sweets to each other as they celebrate Supreme Court's historic verdict on the Ayodhya land case, in Ayodhya.

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People belonging to various faiths celebrate the Ayodhya Case verdict, in Ranchi.

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A devotee waves an Indian national flag and celebrates a verdict in a decades-old land title dispute between Muslims and Hindus, in Ayodhya.

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People distribute sweets to celebrate the verdict in a decades-old land title dispute between Muslims and Hindus, in Ayodhya.

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People celebrate with sweets after a verdict in a decades-old land title dispute between Muslims and Hindus, in Ayodhya.

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People feed a cow as they celebrate the verdict in a decades-old land title dispute between Muslims and Hindus, in Ayodhya. Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Hindu temple on a disputed religious ground and ordered that alternative land be given to Muslims to build a mosque. The dispute over land ownership has been one of the country's most contentious issues.

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People celebrate the Ayodhya case verdict outside the Supreme Court, in New Delhi.

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An advocate, displaying a scarf with a picture of Lord Hanuman and religious slogans Jai Shri Ram, shouts slogans along with others in the Supreme Court complex after the pronouncement of Ayodhya case verdict, in New Delhi.

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People distribute sweats and celebrate after the Supreme Court judgement in Ayodhya.

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Security personnel check commuters at the entrance of the city of Ayodhya. Security has been beefed up in Ayodhya and adjoining areas ahead of the Supreme Court verdict on the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri masjid title suit.

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Hindu Mahasabha's advocate Varun Kumar Sinha arrives at the Supreme Court premises for the Ayodhya case verdict, in New Delhi.

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Mahant Dharam Das of the Nirwani Akhara talks to the media as he arrives at the Supreme Court for the Ayodhya case verdict, in New Delhi.

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Security personnel keep vigil outside the Jama Masjid Mosque in New Delhi. Security has been beefed up across India ahead of the Supreme Court verdict on the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri masjid title suit.

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In this file photo, a security officer guards the Babri Mosque in Ayodhya, closing off the disputed site claimed by Muslims and Hindus. Supreme court is expected to pronounce its verdict on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, in the decades-old land title dispute between Muslims and Hindus over plans to build a temple on a site.

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Pilgrims carry their belongings and prepare to leave as authorities turned back thousands who were congregating for a religious event on Tuesday in Ayodhya.

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Pilgrims gather by the banks of the River Sarayu to perform morning rituals in Ayodhya.

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A statue of god Rama stands beside the River Sarayu in Ayodhya. Security forces were on high alert ahead of the Supreme Court's verdict Saturday in a decades-old land title dispute between Muslims and Hindus over plans to build a temple on a site where Hindu hard-liners demolished a 16th century mosque in 1992, sparking deadly religious riots.

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Pilgrims walk by the River Sarayu in Ayodhya. The Supreme Court is scheduled to pronounce on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019 its verdict in the politically sensitive case of Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute in Ayodhya .

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Police personnel near the site of disputed Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid site, in Ayodhya.

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Police personnel conduct searches near the site of disputed Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid site, in Ayodhya. The Supreme Court is scheduled to pronounce on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019 its verdict in the politically sensitive case of Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute in Ayodhya.

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Tourists visit Ramjanmabhoomi Nyas kaaryashala in Ayodhya. The Supreme Court is likely to deliver its verdict on the Ayodhya title suit before November 17.

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People for Peace and Justice members during a candlelight vigil to spread the message of peace in the light of the Ayodhya verdict by Supreme Court, in Bengaluru.

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Police personnel stand guard at Naya Ghat in Ayodhya. Centre has dispatched 4000 paramilitary personnel to Uttar Pradesh ahead of SC verdict on Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute.

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Police personnel conduct searches near the site of disputed Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid site, as the verdict date nears, in Ayodhya.

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Police personnel guard the premises near the disputed Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid site, as the verdict date nears, in Ayodhya.

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Police personnel leave after being discharged of their duty for the day from near the disputed Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid site, as the verdict date nears, in Ayodhya.

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Navi Mumbai Police personnel flag march at Shivaji Chowk Vashi ahead of final verdict by Supreme Court on Ayodhya land dispute case, in Navi Mumbai.

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Police personnel conduct searches near the site of disputed Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid site, as the verdict date nears, in Ayodhya.

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Police personnel conduct searches near the site of disputed Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid site, as the verdict date nears, in Ayodhya.

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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath meets Mahant Nritya Gopal Das on the occasion of Diwali at Choti Chawni, in Ayodhya

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Devotees light earthen lamps on the bank of Saryu River during Deepotsav celebrations in Ayodhya

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A sadhu clicks pictures as devotees light earthen lamps on the bank of Saryu River during Deepotsav celebrations in Ayodhya

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Devotees light earthen lamps on the bank of Saryu River during Deepotsav celebrations in Ayodhya.

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Devotees light earthen lamps on the bank of Saryu River during Deepotsav celebrations in Ayodhya

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A road roller being used in road construction ahead of 'Deep Mahotsav', in Ayodhya

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Commuters ride across a street near Ram Ki Paidi area in Ayodhya

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A view of the temple city of Ayodhya as seen from the roof of the famous Hanumangarhi.

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Sadhus look at stone slabs, carved-out for the construction of Ram Temple, at Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Karyashala (workshop) in Karsewakpuram, Ayodhya.

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Media personnel outside the Supreme Court, in New Delhi.

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Mahant Ramdas of Nirmohi Akhara with Jamaat Ulama-e-Hind president Molana Suhaib Qasmi at Supreme Court premises, in New Delhi. SC has granted 3 days to contesting parties to file written note on moulding of relief in Ayodhya land dispute case.

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People commute through a street in Ram Ki Paidi area in Ayodhya.

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A police personnel checks a rider as other stand guard, in Ayodhya. The Supreme Court Wednesday concluded hearing in the politically sensitive case of Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute in Ayodhya and reserved the judgement. The bench heard for 40 days the arguments of the Hindu and the Muslim sides.

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Babri Masjid Action Committee convenor and senior advocate Zafaryab Jilani addresses the media, at Supreme Court premises in New Delhi. SC grants 3 days to contesting parties to file written note on moulding of relief in Ayodhya land dispute case.

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A view of the Supreme Court in New Delhi. The Supreme Court said parties to the Ram-Janmabhoomi Babri Masjid land dispute case can amicably resolve the matter through mediation if they want to and that it wants day-to-day hearings in the case to be concluded by October 18.

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VHP's Vice President Champat Rai speaks during a meeting on 'Shri Ram Janmbhumi' organised by Akhil Bhartiya Sant Samiti, in New Delhi

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Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy speaks during a meeting on 'Shri Ram Janmbhumi' organised by Akhil Bhartiya Sant Samiti, in New Delhi

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Jitendranand Saraswati, Akhil Bharatiya Sant Samiti General Secretary, speaks as Alok Kumar, working president of VHP, looks on during a press conference to announce the program on Shri Ram Janmabhoomi, at North Avenue in New Delhi.

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Mahant Dharam Das and others react after Supreme Court hearing on Ayodhya land dispute case, in New Delhi. The SC ordered day-to-day hearing from August 6 of the politically sensitive Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case after noting that mediation proceedings to resolve the dispute amicably have failed.

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Hindu Mahasabha advocate Hari Shankar Jain arrives for a hearing on Ayodhya land dispute case, at Supreme Court in New Delhi. The Supreme Court today extended the mediation in the case till July 31.

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Ram Janmbhoomi Nyas member Ram Vilas Vedanti addresses a press conference at Press Club in Lucknow.

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Advocate Vishnu Shankar Jain speaks to media personnel after a hearing on Ayodhya land dispute case, at Supreme court in New Delhi.

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Advocate Varun Kumar Sinha, advocate for Hindu Mahasabha, after a hearing on Ayodhya land dispute case, at Supreme court in New Delhi. The Supreme Court sought a fresh status report on the ongoing mediation proceedings in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid Ayodhya land dispute case within a week and made it clear that if the vexatious issue was not resolved amicably, it would hear the matter on a day-to-day basis from July 25.

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A Ramjanmabhoomi rally by the VHP, an RSS affiliate

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