Ayodhya verdict welcomed by 'one and all': Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar said the Supreme Court's verdict on the Ayodhya land dispute case was welcomed by 'one and all' in the country as citizens have responded peacefully since the judgement was announced.

Pointing out that the past few days have been tranquil across the country, the founder of 'The Art of Living Foundation' said "... that means people have really welcomed this great judgement. It has been welcomed by one and all."

The apex court, in a historic verdict on Saturday, backed the construction of a Ram temple by a government-formed trust at the disputed site in Ayodhya. It ruled that an alternative five-acre plot must be allotted for construction of a mosque in the Hindu holy town.

"It has been a long-standing, unresolved conflict between two communities. In India, it was a thorn in the harmonious relationship between two communities," Ravi Shankar said.

The Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute had been going on for over a century and has for long polarised the country and frayed the secular tapestry of Indian society.

"Today, it is resolved and the same solution which I have been offering since 2003 proved to be right and the same solution has been now promulgated by the court as such," the spiritual leader, who was part of the Supreme Court-appointed mediation panel in the Ayodhya case, said.