Lord Ram’s birthplace mentioned in 16th century book, top court told

Prime News, National (New Delhi), August 14:- It is the “belief and faith” of Hindus that Ayodhya is the birthplace of Lord Ram and he was born at the site of the disputed structure, ‘Ram Lalla Virajman’ told the Supreme Court today.
The counsel appearing for ‘Ram Lalla Virajman’ told a five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi that according to Hindu ‘Puranas’ (ancient sacred writings) it is the belief of Hindus that Lord Ram was born in Ayodhya and the court should not go beyond to see how rational it is.

Advancing the arguments on the sixth day of the hearing, senior advocate CS Vaidyanathan, appearing for the deity, referred to the travelogue written by English merchant William Finch, who had visited India between 1608-1611, and recorded that there was a fort or castle in Ayodhya where Hindus believed Lord Ram was born.

“It is the faith of the people that it is the place where Lord Ram was born,” he told the bench, also comprising Justices SA Bobde, DY Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and SA Nazeer.

“It is always considered to be the birthplace of Lord Ram,” Mr Vaidyanathan said.

William Finch’s travelogue, published in the book ‘Early Travels to India’, has mentioned that Hindus believed Ayodhya was the ‘Janmasthan’ (birthplace) of Lord Ram, he said.

He also referred to other travelogues, including those by British surveyor Montgomery Martin and Jesuit missionary Joseph Tiefenthaler, to support his arguments about the faith of people that Ayodhya was the birthplace of Lord Ram.

During the arguments, the bench asked Vaidyanathan, “When was it first called Babri Masjid?”

Responding to the query, the senior counsel said, “In the 19th century. There is no document available to show that earlier (prior to the 19th century) it was known as Babri Masjid.” (MR, Inputs: Agencies).


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