The Babri Masjid was demolished, resulting in communal strife across India, for almost 24 years. One side beleived that it was the land belonging to Hanumangarhi temple in Ayodhya.
The land came into possesion of the temple trust after Nawab Shujauddaulah donated the land to the temple in around 1765, on the condition that namaz would continue at the masjid.
This all happened after Ayodhya municipal board recently put up a notice on its wall and banned entry into the masjid.
The distressed group of local Muslims met Hanumangarhi’s chief priest Mahant Gyan Das, requesting him the permission to get the masjid repaired.
“I asked our Muslim brothers to renovate and reconstruct the masjid on our expense and also issued no-objection certificate for Muslims to offer namaz as this is also a ‘Khuda ka ghar’.”
Sadiq Ali, a local Muslim leader said, “The Muslim community is thankful to the management of Hanumangarhi and specially to Mahant Gyan Das who is renovating the masjid for us to offer namaz in.”