New Delhi, Nov. 9 -- In an unanimous and historic verdict, the Supreme Court on Saturday settled the long-festering Ayodhya dispute by allowing Hindus to build a Ram temple on the disputed land while sanctioning Muslims five acres to build a mosque in the temple town.

The verdict by a five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi is expected to bring to an end a 70-year-old dispute that has divided Muslims and Hindus and caused to widespread bloodshed in the 1990s.

The Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land title case was awarded in favour of "the deity of Lord Ram" who was held to be a "juristic person". The court directed that the disputed 2.7-acre land is to be handed over to a trust formed by the Central Gov...