"The disputed site is (indeed) the birthplace of Lord Ram," said the brief two-page official synopsis of the judgement. It ruled that the place of Ram's birth must also be construed as a juristic person and a deity.
"It is personified as the spirit of divine worshipped as birthplace of Lord Rama as a child," the majority ruling said.
The other highlights of the eagerly awaited judgement were that idols of Ram were sneaked into the Babri mosque in December 1949 and that archaeological evidence proved that a temple had existed at the mosque site.
The judgement, running into about 10,000 pages, was furiously analysed across the country, where tens of thousands of security forces had been deployed to prevent any communal violence.
Image: Sadhus listen to radio news on the Ayodhya title suit verdict in Mathura on Thursday, September 30, 2010.