Hindu’s most important temple dedicated to Shri Rām which had stood for centuries at the sacred spot in the city of Ayodhyā, the birthplace of Shri Rām, was razed to the ground by the Mughal invaders in the 15th century. Worse was to follow this most painful event for the Hindus. The invaders erected a structure intended to be a mosque at the exact spot where they destroyed the grand Shri Rām temple. The invaders’ aim of this act was simply to eradicate the Hindu civilization from the land of Hindus, India.
A long struggle ensued lasting over five hundred years to restore the glory of Shri Rām at His birthplace in the city of Ayodhya. Bhagwān Shri Rām had taken birth thousands of years ago playing an exemplary role in history showing the way to live our lives based on ethical principles (Dharma).
Countless small and big battles took place between Hindus and the invaders, resulting in the loss of countless lives. During British rule in India, in 1885 a legal process was initiated by Hindus to reclaim the sacred spot of Shri Rām’s birth. India witnessed unprecedented events through this troubled period, the end of Mughal rule, the end of British rule and several changes in ruling parties in the independent democratic republic of India.
However, the process of acquiring the sacred site of Shri Rām’s birthplace continued in the courts of India. Following two archaeological surveys of the land, countless artefacts and sacred statues of Hindu deities were excavated. Evidence after evidence proving the existence of a Hindu temple at the site was submitted to the high courts. Finally, on 9th November 2019, the courts declared the existence of an ancient Hindu temple beyond any doubt, handed over the land to the Hindus and granted permission to build a new temple dedicated to Shri Rām.
This was the day of a huge victory for over 1.2 billion Hindus all over the world. Immediately, the process to build a new temple began and on 22nd January 2024, the temple was completed with a marble stone statue of Shri Rām ceremoniously installed. This was a most auspicious day according to the Hindu calendar which proved to be the most joyful day for Hindus the world over.