Bhoomi Pujan of Ram mandir on 5 August is no less than a festival for Hindus. It is not laying the stepping stone for rebuilding a sacred site but also is a mark of culmination that the rightist faced in bringing to the country the birthplace temple of Lord Ram. All of us are very well aware of the long struggle race, being fought, mostly under hopeless conditions. The struggle for the claim began as early during the decline of Islamic imperial power.
While some people considered the idea of reclaiming Janmabhoomi as a fanatic. But just think about it, will you just fight for a piece of land for at least five centuries that have null significance for you? Would you withstand the slavery of Barberic Mughals and foreigners just in the belief of having that piece of land again? Now answer, can someone do it, just for a “piece-of-land” or would it be something they can live by forever?
THE BEGINNING OF THE STRUGGLE!
The struggle began from as early as the time of the great Maratha warriors fight against Pathans in 1751 undertaking Banaras, Ayodhaya, and Allahabad under their control, but still, a long way was to be fought in the road of the struggle. Our country has been a silent witness of thousands of temples being downed and mosques being erected by Islamic Invaders. But all thanks to our Rishi’s and the Gurus who didn’t let the memories fade including the ones such as Shiva’s Kashi, Mathura- being Krishna’s birthplace and most importantly Ayodhya- Rama’s Janmabhoomi. All of them are not just mass of land but are the center of nerve for dharma.
LET US DIG DEEPER INTO THE LEGAL FACTS
To understand what actually was the ground made for, a temple, or a mosque we first need to know a few facts related to the case. The history ranges back from the year 1528 when Babri Masjid was built as a tribute to Babar by Meer Baagi. Localities believed that this mosque was built by the demolition of Ram Mandir. The disagreement grew further which then turned into riots in 1853-1859, which lead the ruling British government to make a decision of dividing the land to both Hindus and Muslims for temple and mosque simultaneously.
The situation worsened in 1949 when the idol of Lord Rama was placed in the central area of the land which happened to be Babri Masjid, which then leads to the sealing of the entire area so as to control the growing riots. Lines of cases were then filed by the civilians, which began the struggle of getting back the Janmabhoomi, most notably in 1950 by Mahant Ram Das and in 1959 by Nirmohi akhara, asking for the possession of the land.
The next case filed for possession was from SunniWaqf board in 1961 claiming that the land belonged to them. Landmark changes that came in the way included the decision of Faizabad high court, allowing the land to be worshipped as Janmabhoomi, which lead to the formation of the Babri masjid action committee.
The next stay on the area was held in the year 1991 due to the imprisonment of Lal Krishna Advani, further aggravating the communists leading to the demolition of Babri masjid in 1992 and kept the foundation of Ram Mandir instead.
The case had more than 40 sessions, making it the second-longest case in history. Having proof from all the three parties claiming the land to be theirs. In 2002, the case being filed in Allahabad high court, further strengthened our claim of being it the Janmabhoomi based on the archeological survey that found traces of idols of Lord Rama, giving the fact that it was the temple built first.
In 2010, the benchmark judgement was given:
- The place claimed to have Ram murti, which was the heart of the place was given to Ram Lalla Virajman.
- The second area was given to Nirmohi akhara.
- The third area was given to the SunniWaqf board.
The judgment later disagreed and a new petition was filed in the supreme court, 2019. The judgment that passed was no less than a festival for all the Indians who finally won the struggle they’ve been facing from years. 2.77 acre of worship area was then given to Ram Lalla Virajman board leading to the change that we had always desired for!
THE UNTIRING EFFORTS FINALLY THAT FINALLY MADE THE CHANGE
The untiring efforts of all the Hindu and Sikh communities who never gave up on Sri Ram and the fight for his birthplace were the pillars behind that kept Dharma of Hindus alive. It was the tireless struggles and efforts of many unsung heroes who never let their children and coming future generations to forget the temple, that was not just a piece of land that was demolished after the mosque was built.
The unsung tales of Nihang Sikhs, who enabled swopping of the Islamic occupation in the middle of 19 century so as to strengthen the stand of Hindus. The petitions that were filed ranged back from the times of the British era are the ones whom we own too. Most importantly the struggle faced by Hindus who considered it their moral responsibility to keep Janmabhoomi out of the odds faced during partition.
The list of struggles faced is not complete without focusing on those lakhs of Kar Sevaks, who even after being a victim of bullets and batons of Mulayam Singh’s police, never lost the faith that Dharma would win. The Sawa-Rupaya that was collected from each household no matter small or big, is the next pace who owes our thankfulness.
Ram Bhoomi has a special corner in every Indian heart. A case that not only revolves around the odds faced and the felony caused by but also has had a history of criminal genocide, which solely focused on wiping out the culture.
The struggles and the non-tiring efforts of Hindus have not only given a full proof definition of “tatva”, but also made the country re-live the dream seen by past generations of having the eternal land sustaining the “tatva” of teertha Rama!