Thu, 07 Oct 2010 09:31:38 GMT

An underground temple?

New Delhi: Faced with the lack of a conclusive documentary and oral evidence to prove (or not) if a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Ram was “demolished” to construct a mosque in the 16th century, the Allahabad High Court in 2002 commissioned the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to excavate part of the disputed Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid site.

An underground temple?

For nearly six months, from March 12, 2003, to August 7, 2003, the country's best excavators worked on the premises - though under instructions to dig 10 feet "around" the spot under the central dome where the idol of Shri Ram Lala existed -- to verify claims about the presence of a previous structure, allegedly a Hindu temple.

The ASI report in 2003 concluded that there is "architectural evidence of a massive structure just below the disputed structure and evidence of continuity in structural phases from the 10th century onwards up to the construction of the disputed structure".

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