Photos: How India reacted to landmark Ayodhya verdict

In a unanimous judgment, a five-judge Constitution bench of the Supreme Court on Saturday allotted the disputed Ayodhya land to the Ramjanmabhoomi Trust. It ordered the allotment of an alternative piece of five acres of land to the Muslims for a mosque. Here is how the country reacted to this landmark verdict, in pictures. (Credit: Indian Express, Getty, AP, Reuters and other agencies)

Residents light firecrackers to celebrate the verdict in a decades-old land title dispute between Muslims and Hindus, in Ayodhya, India , Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. India's Supreme Court on Saturday 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. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
India Temple Dispute
Residents light firecrackers to celebrate the verdict in a decades-old land title dispute between Muslims and Hindus, in Ayodhya, India , Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. India's Supreme Court on Saturday 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. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
Residents light firecrackers to celebrate the verdict in a decades-old land title dispute between Muslims and Hindus, in Ayodhya, India , Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. India's Supreme Court on Saturday 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. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
India Temple Dispute
Residents light firecrackers to celebrate the verdict in a decades-old land title dispute between Muslims and Hindus, in Ayodhya, India , Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. India's Supreme Court on Saturday 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. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
Hindu devotees perform rituals in Ayodhya, India , Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. India's Supreme Court on Saturday 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. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
India Temple Dispute
Hindu devotees perform rituals in Ayodhya, India , Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. India's Supreme Court on Saturday 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. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
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Hindu devotees attend evening prayers on the banks of Sarayu river after Supreme Court's verdict on a disputed religious site, in Ayodhya, India, November 9, 2019. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
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Hindu devotees attend evening prayers on the banks of Sarayu river after Supreme Court's verdict on a disputed religious site, in Ayodhya, India, November 9, 2019. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
A residents lights candles to celebrate the verdict in a decades-old land title dispute between Muslims and Hindus, in Ayodhya, India , Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. India's Supreme Court on Saturday 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. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
India Temple Dispute
A residents lights candles to celebrate the verdict in a decades-old land title dispute between Muslims and Hindus, in Ayodhya, India , Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. India's Supreme Court on Saturday 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. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
Indian Hindu devotees perform evening rituals on the banks of the Sarayu river in Ayodhya, India , Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. India's Supreme Court on Saturday 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. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
India Temple Dispute
Indian Hindu devotees perform evening rituals on the banks of the Sarayu river in Ayodhya, India , Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. India's Supreme Court on Saturday 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. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
An Indian hindu priest offer evening prayers on the banks of Yamuna river after Supreme Court's verdict on a disputed religious site, in Ayodhya, India, November 9, 2019. Hindus will get the entire disputed 2.77 acres in Ayodhya, SC has ruled 9 years after the Allahabad HC ruling. Muslims will get alternative land either in the surplus 67 acres acquired by central govt around the disputed structure or at another prominent place. (Photo by Ritesh Shukla/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Ayodhya Case Verdict
An Indian hindu priest offer evening prayers on the banks of Yamuna river after Supreme Court's verdict on a disputed religious site, in Ayodhya, India, November 9, 2019. Hindus will get the entire disputed 2.77 acres in Ayodhya, SC has ruled 9 years after the Allahabad HC ruling. Muslims will get alternative land either in the surplus 67 acres acquired by central govt around the disputed structure or at another prominent place. (Photo by Ritesh Shukla/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
A Hindu priest holds an oil lamp during evening prayers on the banks of Sarayu river after Supreme Court's verdict on a disputed religious site, in Ayodhya, India, November 9, 2019. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
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A Hindu priest holds an oil lamp during evening prayers on the banks of Sarayu river after Supreme Court's verdict on a disputed religious site, in Ayodhya, India, November 9, 2019. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
Residents light lamps to celebrate the verdict in a decades-old land title dispute between Muslims and Hindus, in Ayodhya, India , Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. India's Supreme Court on Saturday 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. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
India Temple Dispute
Residents light lamps to celebrate the verdict in a decades-old land title dispute between Muslims and Hindus, in Ayodhya, India , Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. India's Supreme Court on Saturday 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. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
Indian hindu priests offer evening prayers on the banks of Yamuna river after Supreme Court's verdict on a disputed religious site, in Ayodhya, India, November 9, 2019. Hindus will get the entire disputed 2.77 acres in Ayodhya, SC has ruled 9 years after the Allahabad HC ruling. Muslims will get alternative land either in the surplus 67 acres acquired by central govt around the disputed structure or at another prominent place. (Photo by Ritesh Shukla/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Ayodhya Case Verdict
Indian hindu priests offer evening prayers on the banks of Yamuna river after Supreme Court's verdict on a disputed religious site, in Ayodhya, India, November 9, 2019. Hindus will get the entire disputed 2.77 acres in Ayodhya, SC has ruled 9 years after the Allahabad HC ruling. Muslims will get alternative land either in the surplus 67 acres acquired by central govt around the disputed structure or at another prominent place. (Photo by Ritesh Shukla/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Indian Hindu devotees perform evening rituals on the banks of the Sarayu river in Ayodhya, India , Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. India's Supreme Court on Saturday 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. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
India Temple Dispute
Indian Hindu devotees perform evening rituals on the banks of the Sarayu river in Ayodhya, India , Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. India's Supreme Court on Saturday 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. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
Hindu holy man Shri Narsingh Das Maharaja, right, celebrates after a verdict in a decades-old land title dispute between Muslims and Hindus, in Ayodhya, India, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. India's Supreme Court on Saturday 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. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
India Temple Dispute
Hindu holy man Shri Narsingh Das Maharaja, right, celebrates after a verdict in a decades-old land title dispute between Muslims and Hindus, in Ayodhya, India, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. India's Supreme Court on Saturday 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. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
Hindu devotees attend evening prayers on the banks of Sarayu river after Supreme Court's verdict on a disputed religious site, in Ayodhya, India, November 9, 2019. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
INDIA-RELIGION/TEMPLE
Hindu devotees attend evening prayers on the banks of Sarayu river after Supreme Court's verdict on a disputed religious site, in Ayodhya, India, November 9, 2019. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
Hindu devotees light oil lamps at a temple after Supreme Court's verdict on a disputed religious site, in Ayodhya, India, November 9, 2019. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
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Hindu devotees light oil lamps at a temple after Supreme Court's verdict on a disputed religious site, in Ayodhya, India, November 9, 2019. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
An Indian hindu priest offer evening prayers on the banks of Yamuna river after Supreme Court's verdict on a disputed religious site, in Ayodhya, India, November 9, 2019. Hindus will get the entire disputed 2.77 acres in Ayodhya, SC has ruled 9 years after the Allahabad HC ruling. Muslims will get alternative land either in the surplus 67 acres acquired by central govt around the disputed structure or at another prominent place. (Photo by Ritesh Shukla/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Ayodhya Case Verdict
An Indian hindu priest offer evening prayers on the banks of Yamuna river after Supreme Court's verdict on a disputed religious site, in Ayodhya, India, November 9, 2019. Hindus will get the entire disputed 2.77 acres in Ayodhya, SC has ruled 9 years after the Allahabad HC ruling. Muslims will get alternative land either in the surplus 67 acres acquired by central govt around the disputed structure or at another prominent place. (Photo by Ritesh Shukla/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Supporters of the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP), a Hindu nationalist organisation, dance during celebrations after Supreme Court's verdict on a disputed religious site in Ayodhya, in Ahmedabad, India, November 9, 2019. REUTERS/Amit Dave
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Supporters of the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP), a Hindu nationalist organisation, dance during celebrations after Supreme Court's verdict on a disputed religious site in Ayodhya, in Ahmedabad, India, November 9, 2019. REUTERS/Amit Dave
Supporters of the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP), a Hindu nationalist organisation, burn firecrackers to celebrate after Supreme Court's verdict on a disputed religious site in Ayodhya, in Ahmedabad, India, November 9, 2019. REUTERS/Amit Dave
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Supporters of the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP), a Hindu nationalist organisation, burn firecrackers to celebrate after Supreme Court's verdict on a disputed religious site in Ayodhya, in Ahmedabad, India, November 9, 2019. REUTERS/Amit Dave
A Hindu devotee waves an Indian national flag and celebrates a verdict in a decades-old land title dispute between Muslims and Hindus, in Ayodhya, India , Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. India's Supreme Court on Saturday 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. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
India Temple Dispute
A Hindu devotee waves an Indian national flag and celebrates a verdict in a decades-old land title dispute between Muslims and Hindus, in Ayodhya, India , Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. India's Supreme Court on Saturday 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. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
Rapid Action Force (RAF) personnel patrol a street in Ahmadabad, India, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. India's Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a Hindu temple on a disputed religious ground and ordered that alternative land be given to Muslims. The dispute over land ownership has been one of the country's most contentious issues. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)
India Temple Dispute
Rapid Action Force (RAF) personnel patrol a street in Ahmadabad, India, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. India's Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a Hindu temple on a disputed religious ground and ordered that alternative land be given to Muslims. The dispute over land ownership has been one of the country's most contentious issues. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)
A Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) supporter feeds sweets to a passerby in Ahmadabad, India, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. India's Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a Hindu temple on a disputed religious ground and ordered that alternative land be given to Muslims. The dispute over land ownership has been one of the country's most contentious issues. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)
India Temple Dispute
A Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) supporter feeds sweets to a passerby in Ahmadabad, India, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. India's Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a Hindu temple on a disputed religious ground and ordered that alternative land be given to Muslims. The dispute over land ownership has been one of the country's most contentious issues. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)
An Indian Muslim man interacts with policemen in Ahmadabad, India, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. India's Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a Hindu temple on a disputed religious ground and ordered that alternative land be given to Muslims. The dispute over land ownership has been one of the country's most contentious issues. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)
India Temple Dispute
An Indian Muslim man interacts with policemen in Ahmadabad, India, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. India's Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a Hindu temple on a disputed religious ground and ordered that alternative land be given to Muslims. The dispute over land ownership has been one of the country's most contentious issues. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)
Indian women walk past Rapid Action Force (RAF) personnel standing guard in Ahmadabad, India, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. India's Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a Hindu temple on a disputed religious ground and ordered that alternative land be given to Muslims. The dispute over land ownership has been one of the country's most contentious issues. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)
India Temple Dispute
Indian women walk past Rapid Action Force (RAF) personnel standing guard in Ahmadabad, India, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. India's Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a Hindu temple on a disputed religious ground and ordered that alternative land be given to Muslims. The dispute over land ownership has been one of the country's most contentious issues. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)
Supporters of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) or World Hindu council celebrate the Supreme Court's verdict, outside the VHP office in Ahmadabad, India, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. India's Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a Hindu temple on a disputed religious ground and ordered that alternative land be given to Muslims. The dispute over land ownership has been one of the country's most contentious issues. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)
India Temple Dispute
Supporters of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) or World Hindu council celebrate the Supreme Court's verdict, outside the VHP office in Ahmadabad, India, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. India's Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a Hindu temple on a disputed religious ground and ordered that alternative land be given to Muslims. The dispute over land ownership has been one of the country's most contentious issues. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)
Hindus celebrate with sweets after a verdict in a decades-old land title dispute between Muslims and Hindus, in Ayodhya, India , Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. India's Supreme Court on Saturday 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. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
India Temple Dispute
Hindus celebrate with sweets after a verdict in a decades-old land title dispute between Muslims and Hindus, in Ayodhya, India , Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. India's Supreme Court on Saturday 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. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
Lawyers and supporters hug a Muslim man at the Supreme Court in New Delhi on November 9, 2019, after a ruling over a holy site contested for centuries by Hindus and Muslims. - India's top court handed on November 9 a huge victory to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist ruling party by awarding Hindus control of a bitterly disputed holy site that has sparked deadly sectarian violence. (Photo by Money SHARMA / AFP) (Photo by MONEY SHARMA/AFP via Getty Images)
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Lawyers and supporters hug a Muslim man at the Supreme Court in New Delhi on November 9, 2019, after a ruling over a holy site contested for centuries by Hindus and Muslims. - India's top court handed on November 9 a huge victory to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist ruling party by awarding Hindus control of a bitterly disputed holy site that has sparked deadly sectarian violence. (Photo by Money SHARMA / AFP) (Photo by MONEY SHARMA/AFP via Getty Images)
All India Hindu Mahasabha president Chakrapani Maharaj and supporters celebrate at the Supreme Court in New Delhi on November 9, 2019, after a ruling over a holy site contested for centuries by Hindus and Muslims. - India's top court handed on November 9 a huge victory to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist ruling party by awarding Hindus control of a bitterly disputed holy site that has sparked deadly sectarian violence. (Photo by Money SHARMA / AFP) (Photo by MONEY SHARMA/AFP via Getty Images)
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All India Hindu Mahasabha president Chakrapani Maharaj and supporters celebrate at the Supreme Court in New Delhi on November 9, 2019, after a ruling over a holy site contested for centuries by Hindus and Muslims. - India's top court handed on November 9 a huge victory to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist ruling party by awarding Hindus control of a bitterly disputed holy site that has sparked deadly sectarian violence. (Photo by Money SHARMA / AFP) (Photo by MONEY SHARMA/AFP via Getty Images)
Rapid Action Force (RAF) personnel patrol a street after Supreme Court's verdict on a disputed religious site in Ayodhya, in Ahmedabad, India November 9, 2019. REUTERS/Amit Dave
INDIA-RELIGION/TEMPLE
Rapid Action Force (RAF) personnel patrol a street after Supreme Court's verdict on a disputed religious site in Ayodhya, in Ahmedabad, India November 9, 2019. REUTERS/Amit Dave
Rapid Action Force (RAF) personnel stand guard outside a mosque before Supreme Court's verdict on a disputed religious site in Ayodhya, in Mumbai, India November 9, 2019. REUTERS/Prashant Waydande
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Rapid Action Force (RAF) personnel stand guard outside a mosque before Supreme Court's verdict on a disputed religious site in Ayodhya, in Mumbai, India November 9, 2019. REUTERS/Prashant Waydande
Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel stand guard behind concertina wire laid across a road before Supreme Court's verdict on a disputed religious site in Ayodhya, in Jammu, India November 9, 2019. REUTERS/Mukesh Gupta
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Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel stand guard behind concertina wire laid across a road before Supreme Court's verdict on a disputed religious site in Ayodhya, in Jammu, India November 9, 2019. REUTERS/Mukesh Gupta
Rapid Action Force (RAF) personnel patrol in a residential area before Supreme Court's verdict on a disputed religious site in Ayodhya, in Mumbai, India November 9, 2019. REUTERS/Prashant Waydande
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Rapid Action Force (RAF) personnel patrol in a residential area before Supreme Court's verdict on a disputed religious site in Ayodhya, in Mumbai, India November 9, 2019. REUTERS/Prashant Waydande
A Rapid Action Force (RAF) personnel walks past police officers standing inside their headquarters, before Supreme Court's verdict on a disputed religious site claimed by both majority Hindus and Muslim in Ayodhya, in Mumbai, India November 9, 2019. REUTERS/Prashant Waydande
INDIA-RELIGION/TEMPLE
A Rapid Action Force (RAF) personnel walks past police officers standing inside their headquarters, before Supreme Court's verdict on a disputed religious site claimed by both majority Hindus and Muslim in Ayodhya, in Mumbai, India November 9, 2019. REUTERS/Prashant Waydande
Police officers patrol an alley after Supreme Court's verdict on a disputed religious site in Ayodhya, India, November 9, 2019. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
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Police officers patrol an alley after Supreme Court's verdict on a disputed religious site in Ayodhya, India, November 9, 2019. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
A police officer checks identity papers at a security barricade in a street after Supreme Court's verdict on a disputed religious site in Ayodhya, India, November 9, 2019. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
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A police officer checks identity papers at a security barricade in a street after Supreme Court's verdict on a disputed religious site in Ayodhya, India, November 9, 2019. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
Nirmohi Akhara leader Dharam Das, center, celebrates the verdict outside the Supreme Court in New Delhi, India, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. State-run broadcaster says India’s top court has ruled for a disputed temple-mosque land for Hindus with alternate land to Muslims. The Supreme Court says in a judgment on Saturday that 5 acres (2.02 hecatres) of land be allotted to the Muslim community represented by the Sunni Central Wakf Board in the northern Indian town of Ayodhya where a 16th century mosque was demolished by Hindu hardliners in 1992. (AP Photo)
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Nirmohi Akhara leader Dharam Das, center, celebrates the verdict outside the Supreme Court in New Delhi, India, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. State-run broadcaster says India’s top court has ruled for a disputed temple-mosque land for Hindus with alternate land to Muslims. The Supreme Court says in a judgment on Saturday that 5 acres (2.02 hecatres) of land be allotted to the Muslim community represented by the Sunni Central Wakf Board in the northern Indian town of Ayodhya where a 16th century mosque was demolished by Hindu hardliners in 1992. (AP Photo)
Supporters of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) or World Hindu council celebrate the Supreme Court's verdict, outside the VHP office in Ahmadabad, India, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. India's Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a Hindu temple on a disputed religious ground and ordered that alternative land be given to Muslims. The dispute over land ownership has been one of the country's most contentious issues. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)
India Temple Dispute
Supporters of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) or World Hindu council celebrate the Supreme Court's verdict, outside the VHP office in Ahmadabad, India, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. India's Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a Hindu temple on a disputed religious ground and ordered that alternative land be given to Muslims. The dispute over land ownership has been one of the country's most contentious issues. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)
A woman walks past paramilitary soldiers keeping guard in Jammu, India, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. State-run broadcaster says India’s top court has ruled for a disputed temple-mosque land for Hindus with alternate land to Muslims. The Supreme Court says in a judgment on Saturday that 5 acres (2.02 hecatres) of land be allotted to the Muslim community represented by the Sunni Central Wakf Board in the northern Indian town of Ayodhya where a 16th century mosque was demolished by Hindu hardliners in 1992. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
India Temple Dispute
A woman walks past paramilitary soldiers keeping guard in Jammu, India, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. State-run broadcaster says India’s top court has ruled for a disputed temple-mosque land for Hindus with alternate land to Muslims. The Supreme Court says in a judgment on Saturday that 5 acres (2.02 hecatres) of land be allotted to the Muslim community represented by the Sunni Central Wakf Board in the northern Indian town of Ayodhya where a 16th century mosque was demolished by Hindu hardliners in 1992. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
An Indian policeman stands guard in Jammu, India, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. State-run broadcaster says India’s top court has ruled for a disputed temple-mosque land for Hindus with alternate land to Muslims. The Supreme Court says in a judgment on Saturday that 5 acres (2.02 hecatres) of land be allotted to the Muslim community represented by the Sunni Central Wakf Board in the northern Indian town of Ayodhya where a 16th century mosque was demolished by Hindu hardliners in 1992. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
India Temple Dispute
An Indian policeman stands guard in Jammu, India, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. State-run broadcaster says India’s top court has ruled for a disputed temple-mosque land for Hindus with alternate land to Muslims. The Supreme Court says in a judgment on Saturday that 5 acres (2.02 hecatres) of land be allotted to the Muslim community represented by the Sunni Central Wakf Board in the northern Indian town of Ayodhya where a 16th century mosque was demolished by Hindu hardliners in 1992. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
A Hindu pilgrim offers prayers by the River Sarayu in Ayodhya, India , Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. India's 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 Hindu temple on a site where Hindu hard-liners demolished a 16th century mosque in 1992, sparking deadly religious riots. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
India Temple Dispute
A Hindu pilgrim offers prayers by the River Sarayu in Ayodhya, India , Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. India's 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 Hindu temple on a site where Hindu hard-liners demolished a 16th century mosque in 1992, sparking deadly religious riots. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
A Sadhu or a Hindu holy man celebrates after Supreme Court's verdict on a disputed religious site, in Ayodhya, India, November 9, 2019. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
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A Sadhu or a Hindu holy man celebrates after Supreme Court's verdict on a disputed religious site, in Ayodhya, India, November 9, 2019. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
A Muslim man looks on as police officers conduct a flag march in a street outside Jama Masjid, before Supreme Court's verdict on a disputed religious site claimed by both majority Hindus and Muslim in Ayodhya, in the old quarters of Delhi, India, November 9, 2019. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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A Muslim man looks on as police officers conduct a flag march in a street outside Jama Masjid, before Supreme Court's verdict on a disputed religious site claimed by both majority Hindus and Muslim in Ayodhya, in the old quarters of Delhi, India, November 9, 2019. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
People wave a flag that reads 'Glory to lord Rama' as they celebrate the verdict outside the Supreme Court in New Delhi, India, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. State-run broadcaster says India’s top court has ruled for a disputed temple-mosque land for Hindus with alternate land to Muslims. The Supreme Court says in a judgment on Saturday that 5 acres (2.02 hecatres) of land be allotted to the Muslim community represented by the Sunni Central Wakf Board in the northern Indian town of Ayodhya where a 16th century mosque was demolished by Hindu hardliners in 1992. (AP Photo)
India Temple Dispute
People wave a flag that reads 'Glory to lord Rama' as they celebrate the verdict outside the Supreme Court in New Delhi, India, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. State-run broadcaster says India’s top court has ruled for a disputed temple-mosque land for Hindus with alternate land to Muslims. The Supreme Court says in a judgment on Saturday that 5 acres (2.02 hecatres) of land be allotted to the Muslim community represented by the Sunni Central Wakf Board in the northern Indian town of Ayodhya where a 16th century mosque was demolished by Hindu hardliners in 1992. (AP Photo)
Hindu devotees celebrate after Supreme Court's verdict on a disputed religious site, in Ayodhya, India, November 9, 2019. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
INDIA-RELIGION/TEMPLE
Hindu devotees celebrate after Supreme Court's verdict on a disputed religious site, in Ayodhya, India, November 9, 2019. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
A Hindu devotee celebrates after Supreme Court's verdict on a disputed religious site, in Ayodhya, India, November 9, 2019. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
INDIA-RELIGION/TEMPLE
A Hindu devotee celebrates after Supreme Court's verdict on a disputed religious site, in Ayodhya, India, November 9, 2019. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
Hindu devotees celebrate after Supreme Court's verdict on a disputed religious site, in Ayodhya, India, November 9, 2019. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
INDIA-RELIGION/TEMPLE
Hindu devotees celebrate after Supreme Court's verdict on a disputed religious site, in Ayodhya, India, November 9, 2019. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
Hindu devotees celebrate after Supreme Court's verdict on a disputed religious site, in Ayodhya, India, November 9, 2019. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
INDIA-RELIGION/TEMPLE
Hindu devotees celebrate after Supreme Court's verdict on a disputed religious site, in Ayodhya, India, November 9, 2019. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
Hindu devotees walk past security personnel standing guard in a street after Supreme Court's verdict on a disputed religious site in Ayodhya, India, November 9, 2019. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
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Hindu devotees walk past security personnel standing guard in a street after Supreme Court's verdict on a disputed religious site in Ayodhya, India, November 9, 2019. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
Security officers keep vigil outside Raghunath temple in Jammu city on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. State-run broadcaster says India’s top court has ruled for a disputed temple-mosque land for Hindus with alternate land to Muslims. The Supreme Court says in a judgment on Saturday that 5 acres (2.02 hecatres) of land be allotted to the Muslim community represented by the Sunni Central Wakf Board in the northern Indian town of Ayodhya where a 16th century mosque was demolished by Hindu hardliners in 1992. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
India Temple Dispute
Security officers keep vigil outside Raghunath temple in Jammu city on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. State-run broadcaster says India’s top court has ruled for a disputed temple-mosque land for Hindus with alternate land to Muslims. The Supreme Court says in a judgment on Saturday that 5 acres (2.02 hecatres) of land be allotted to the Muslim community represented by the Sunni Central Wakf Board in the northern Indian town of Ayodhya where a 16th century mosque was demolished by Hindu hardliners in 1992. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
A Muslim man looks on as police officers conduct a flag march in a street outside Jama Masjid, before Supreme Court's verdict on a disputed religious site claimed by both majority Hindus and Muslim in Ayodhya, in the old quarters of Delhi, India, November 9, 2019. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
INDIA-RELIGION/TEMPLE
A Muslim man looks on as police officers conduct a flag march in a street outside Jama Masjid, before Supreme Court's verdict on a disputed religious site claimed by both majority Hindus and Muslim in Ayodhya, in the old quarters of Delhi, India, November 9, 2019. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
Police officers stand guard in a street outside Jama Masjid, before Supreme Court's verdict on a disputed religious site claimed by both majority Hindus and Muslim in Ayodhya, in the old quarters of Delhi, India, November 9, 2019. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
INDIA-RELIGION/TEMPLE
Police officers stand guard in a street outside Jama Masjid, before Supreme Court's verdict on a disputed religious site claimed by both majority Hindus and Muslim in Ayodhya, in the old quarters of Delhi, India, November 9, 2019. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
A man carries a child as police officers conduct a flag march in a street outside Jama Masjid, before Supreme Court's verdict on a disputed religious site claimed by both majority Hindus and Muslim in Ayodhya, in the old quarters of Delhi, India, November 9, 2019. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
INDIA-RELIGION/TEMPLE
A man carries a child as police officers conduct a flag march in a street outside Jama Masjid, before Supreme Court's verdict on a disputed religious site claimed by both majority Hindus and Muslim in Ayodhya, in the old quarters of Delhi, India, November 9, 2019. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
A Muslim man rides a scooter as police officers conduct a flag march in a street outside Jama Masjid, before Supreme Court's verdict on a disputed religious site claimed by both majority Hindus and Muslim in Ayodhya, in the old quarters of Delhi, India, November 9, 2019. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
INDIA-RELIGION/TEMPLE
A Muslim man rides a scooter as police officers conduct a flag march in a street outside Jama Masjid, before Supreme Court's verdict on a disputed religious site claimed by both majority Hindus and Muslim in Ayodhya, in the old quarters of Delhi, India, November 9, 2019. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
Police officers gather in Mumbai on November 9, 2019, as security was tightened across India for a Supreme Court ruling over a holy site contested for centuries by Hindus and Muslims. - Police were put on alert nationwide ahead of the ruling, with thousands of extra security personnel deployed and schools closed in and around the northern city of Ayodhya, centre of the spat. (Photo by INDRANIL MUKHERJEE / AFP) (Photo by INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP via Getty Images)
INDIA-RELIGION-POLITICS-HISTORY-UNREST
Police officers gather in Mumbai on November 9, 2019, as security was tightened across India for a Supreme Court ruling over a holy site contested for centuries by Hindus and Muslims. - Police were put on alert nationwide ahead of the ruling, with thousands of extra security personnel deployed and schools closed in and around the northern city of Ayodhya, centre of the spat. (Photo by INDRANIL MUKHERJEE / AFP) (Photo by INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP via Getty Images)
A Sadhu, Hindu holy man, walks past security officers standing guard in Ayodhya, India , Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. India's 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 Hindu temple on a site where Hindu hard-liners demolished a 16th century mosque in 1992, sparking deadly religious riots. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
India Temple Dispute
A Sadhu, Hindu holy man, walks past security officers standing guard in Ayodhya, India , Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. India's 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 Hindu temple on a site where Hindu hard-liners demolished a 16th century mosque in 1992, sparking deadly religious riots. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
Muslims pray for peace ahead of verdict on a disputed religious site in Ayodhya, inside a mosque premises in Ahmedabad, India, November 8, 2019. REUTERS/Amit Dave TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
INDIA-RELIGION/TEMPLE
Muslims pray for peace ahead of verdict on a disputed religious site in Ayodhya, inside a mosque premises in Ahmedabad, India, November 8, 2019. REUTERS/Amit Dave TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Rapid Action Force (RPF) personnel patrol on a street in Ayodhya on November 8, 2019, ahead of a Supreme Court verdict on the future of a disputed religious site. - Indian police have arrested more than 500 people ahead of a Supreme Court ruling on a hotly disputed religious site in the holy city of Ayodhya, media reports said, with authorities fearing the verdict could trigger unrest. (Photo by STR / AFP) (Photo by STR/AFP via Getty Images)
INDIA-RELIGION-COURT-POLITICS-AYODHYA
Rapid Action Force (RPF) personnel patrol on a street in Ayodhya on November 8, 2019, ahead of a Supreme Court verdict on the future of a disputed religious site. - Indian police have arrested more than 500 people ahead of a Supreme Court ruling on a hotly disputed religious site in the holy city of Ayodhya, media reports said, with authorities fearing the verdict could trigger unrest. (Photo by STR / AFP) (Photo by STR/AFP via Getty Images)
Policewomen stand on a street in Mumbai on November 9, 2019, as security was tightened across India for a Supreme Court ruling over a holy site contested for centuries by Hindus and Muslims. - Police were put on alert nationwide ahead of the ruling, with thousands of extra security personnel deployed and schools closed in and around the northern city of Ayodhya, centre of the spat. (Photo by INDRANIL MUKHERJEE / AFP) (Photo by INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP via Getty Images)
INDIA-RELIGION-POLITICS-HISTORY-UNREST
Policewomen stand on a street in Mumbai on November 9, 2019, as security was tightened across India for a Supreme Court ruling over a holy site contested for centuries by Hindus and Muslims. - Police were put on alert nationwide ahead of the ruling, with thousands of extra security personnel deployed and schools closed in and around the northern city of Ayodhya, centre of the spat. (Photo by INDRANIL MUKHERJEE / AFP) (Photo by INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP via Getty Images)
A Hindu man walks past security personnel on a road in Ayodhya on November 9, 2019, ahead of a Supreme Court verdict on the disputed religious site. - India braced on November 9 for a Supreme Court ruling over a holy site contested for centuries by Hindus and Muslims, which in 1992 sparked some of the deadliest sectarian violence since independence. (Photo by SANJAY KANOJIA / AFP) (Photo by SANJAY KANOJIA/AFP via Getty Images)
INDIA-RELIGION-POLITICS-HISTORY-UNREST
A Hindu man walks past security personnel on a road in Ayodhya on November 9, 2019, ahead of a Supreme Court verdict on the disputed religious site. - India braced on November 9 for a Supreme Court ruling over a holy site contested for centuries by Hindus and Muslims, which in 1992 sparked some of the deadliest sectarian violence since independence. (Photo by SANJAY KANOJIA / AFP) (Photo by SANJAY KANOJIA/AFP via Getty Images)
Hindu men make their way along a road in Ayodhya on November 9, 2019, ahead of a Supreme Court verdict on the disputed religious site. - India braced on November 9 for a Supreme Court ruling over a holy site contested for centuries by Hindus and Muslims, which in 1992 sparked some of the deadliest sectarian violence since independence. (Photo by SANJAY KANOJIA / AFP) (Photo by SANJAY KANOJIA/AFP via Getty Images)
INDIA-RELIGION-POLITICS-HISTORY-UNREST
Hindu men make their way along a road in Ayodhya on November 9, 2019, ahead of a Supreme Court verdict on the disputed religious site. - India braced on November 9 for a Supreme Court ruling over a holy site contested for centuries by Hindus and Muslims, which in 1992 sparked some of the deadliest sectarian violence since independence. (Photo by SANJAY KANOJIA / AFP) (Photo by SANJAY KANOJIA/AFP via Getty Images)
Muslims participate in a special prayer asking to maintain peace and harmony across India ahead of the court verdict of disputed religious site of Ayodhya, in the campus of ancient holy shrine of Hazrat Saiyed Usman Shamme Burhani in Ahmedabad on November 8, 2019. - Indian police have arrested more than 500 people ahead of a Supreme Court ruling on a hotly disputed religious site in the holy city of Ayodhya, media reports said, with authorities fearing the verdict could trigger unrest. (Photo by SAM PANTHAKY / AFP) (Photo by SAM PANTHAKY/AFP via Getty Images)
INDIA-RELIGION-COURT-POLITICS-AYODHYA
Muslims participate in a special prayer asking to maintain peace and harmony across India ahead of the court verdict of disputed religious site of Ayodhya, in the campus of ancient holy shrine of Hazrat Saiyed Usman Shamme Burhani in Ahmedabad on November 8, 2019. - Indian police have arrested more than 500 people ahead of a Supreme Court ruling on a hotly disputed religious site in the holy city of Ayodhya, media reports said, with authorities fearing the verdict could trigger unrest. (Photo by SAM PANTHAKY / AFP) (Photo by SAM PANTHAKY/AFP via Getty Images)

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