‘Lord Ram’s birthplace itself a deity, cannot be divided’

The birth place of Lord Ram is also a deity and the Muslims cannot claim right over the 2.77-acre disputed land in Ayodhya as any division of the property would amount to “destruction” and “mutilation” of the deity itself, ‘Ram Lalla Virajman’ told the Supreme Court on Tuesday.

The counsel for deity ‘Ram Lalla Virajman’ was responding to a query posed by a five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi that if Hindus and Muslims were jointly possessing the disputed Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid site then how Muslims can be ousted.

“When property (janmsthanam) itself is the deity then the concept is that you cannot have the destruction, division or mutilation of deity. If the property is the deity then it will continue to remain as the deity and the mere fact that later a mosque came up does not make the deity itself divisible,” the counsel for ‘Ram Lalla Virajman’ told the bench, also comprising Justices S A Bobde, D Y Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S A Nazeer.

Senior advocate C S Vaidyanathan, appearing for the deity, had started advancing the arguments on the fifth day of the hearing in the politically sensitive case. “Place of birth of Lord Ram has become a deity by the faith of the people. The three-domed Babri mosque coming up in 1500s did not shake the faith in the sanctity and dignity of Hindus,” he said.

The access was always contested but Hindus were never stopped worshipping, he said, adding, “There would be no death of a diety and hence, no question of succession of the deity”.

Moreover, Muslims have not been able to prove that the mosque belonged to Babar, he said. At the outset, Vaidyanathan referred the Allahabad High Court verdict and said all three HC judges had taken the view that a temple was there at the place where mosque came up.

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