Indian court rules in favor of Hindu temple on disputed land

A Hindu pilgrim touches in obeisance an image of Hindu deities Rama, Sita and Lakshman in Ayodhya, India , Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. India's security fo...

A Hindu pilgrim touches in obeisance an image of Hindu deities Rama, Sita and Lakshman in Ayodhya, India , Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. India's security fo...

A Hindu pilgrim touches in obeisance an image of Hindu deities Rama, Sita and Lakshman in Ayodhya, India , Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. India's security fo...

A Hindu pilgrim touches in obeisance an image of Hindu deities Rama, Sita and Lakshman in Ayodhya, India , Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. India's security fo...

FILE - In this Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018 photo, a man holds a brick reading "Jai Shree Ram" (Victory to Lord Ram) as bricks of the old Babri Mosque are pi...

FILE - In this Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018 photo, a man holds a brick reading "Jai Shree Ram" (Victory to Lord Ram) as bricks of the old Babri Mosque are pi...

A police officer stands guards on a street in Mumbai, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. ndia's security forces were on high alert ahead of the Supreme Court's v...

A police officer stands guards on a street in Mumbai, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. ndia's security forces were on high alert ahead of the Supreme Court's v...

A police officer gives instructions in Mumbai, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. ndia's security forces were on high alert ahead of the Supreme Court's verdict ...

A police officer gives instructions in Mumbai, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. ndia's security forces were on high alert ahead of the Supreme Court's verdict ...

A Rapid Action Force soldier stands guards on a street in Mumbai, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. ndia's security forces were on high alert ahead of the Supre...

A Rapid Action Force soldier stands guards on a street in Mumbai, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. ndia's security forces were on high alert ahead of the Supre...

A statue of Hindu god Rama stands beside the River Sarayu in Ayodhya, India , Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. India's security forces were on high alert ahead...

A statue of Hindu god Rama stands beside the River Sarayu in Ayodhya, India , Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. India's security forces were on high alert ahead...

Hindu pilgrims wait in a queue to board a bus as authorities turned back thousands who were congregating for a religious event on Tuesday in Ayodhya, ...

Hindu pilgrims wait in a queue to board a bus as authorities turned back thousands who were congregating for a religious event on Tuesday in Ayodhya, ...

Hindu pilgrims gather by the banks of the River Sarayu to perform morning rituals in Ayodhya, India , Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. India's security forces ...

Hindu pilgrims gather by the banks of the River Sarayu to perform morning rituals in Ayodhya, India , Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. India's security forces ...

Hindu pilgrims carry their belongings and prepare to leave as authorities turned back thousands who were congregating for a religious event on Tuesday...

Hindu pilgrims carry their belongings and prepare to leave as authorities turned back thousands who were congregating for a religious event on Tuesday...

Hindu pilgrims walk by the River Sarayu in Ayodhya, India , Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. India's security forces were on high alert ahead of the Supreme Co...

Hindu pilgrims walk by the River Sarayu in Ayodhya, India , Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. India's security forces were on high alert ahead of the Supreme Co...

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...

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...

Hindu pilgrims wait in a queue to board a bus as authorities turned back thousands who were congregating for a religious event on Tuesday in Ayodhya, ...

Hindu pilgrims wait in a queue to board a bus as authorities turned back thousands who were congregating for a religious event on Tuesday in Ayodhya, ...

Security officers stand guard in Ayodhya, India , Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. India's security forces were on high alert ahead of the Supreme Court's verd...

Security officers stand guard in Ayodhya, India , Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. India's security forces were on high alert ahead of the Supreme Court's verd...

Hindu pilgrims walks past security officers standing guard in Ayodhya, India , Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. India's security forces were on high alert ahea...

Hindu pilgrims walks past security officers standing guard in Ayodhya, India , Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. India's security forces were on high alert ahea...

A Sadhu, Hindu holy man, offers prayers in Ayodhya, India , Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. India's security forces were on high alert ahead of the Supreme Co...

A Sadhu, Hindu holy man, offers prayers in Ayodhya, India , Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. India's security forces were on high alert ahead of the Supreme Co...

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 ...

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 ...

NEW DELHI (AP) — 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.

The 16th-century Babri Masjid mosque was destroyed by Hindu hard-liners in December 1992.

The Supreme Court says in a judgment on Saturday that 5 acres (2.02 hectares) of land will be allotted to the Muslim community in the northern Indian town of Ayodhya.

The disputed land will be given to a board of trustees for the construction of a temple for Hindu god Ram.