India, Nov. 9 -- Ruling on the decades-old dispute in the ancient city of Ayodhya, the Supreme Court on Saturday held that a temple would be built at the 2.77-acre piece of land in Ayodhya and ordered the government to give Muslim parties an alternative 5-acre plot in a prominent place because they had been wronged twice, once in 1949 and then in 1992.

The verdict was preceded by appeals for calm by top religious and political leaders and a nationwide security alert to prevent any attempt by miscreants to inflame tempers in a case that has been followed intently by the Hindu and Muslim community.

Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, who read out the unanimous Ayodhya verdict by the top court's Constitution Bench in favour of Ram Lalla V...