The demolition, which the Supreme Court previous year called a "violation of the rule of law", fanned communal tensions and led directly to the deaths of over 2,000 people in communal riots and deepening religious fault lines within the country.
Smaller reports on the front page highlighted the silver crown presented to Modi at the Hanuman Mandir and the reactions of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh to the event. "But I am sure entire India is joyous today as a centuries-old dream has been realised", he further said.
Prime Minister also released postage stamps on the model of Ram Temple and on Ramayana encyclopedia on this occasion.
The building of the Lord Ram temple propelled the BJP to centre stage in Indian politics as the party - with its message of Hindu nationalism - emerged stronger with a campaign crafted around the issue.
Many Hindus believe the god-king Ram was born on the exact spot where the mosque was built in the 16th century by Muslim Mughal rulers.
Ayodhya is widely believed by Hindus to be the birthplace of Hindu deity Ram. "Usurpation of the land by an unjust, oppressive, shameful and majority appeasing judgment can't change its status".
Clumsily - and perhaps inadvertently - weighing on the centuries-long conflict, Twitter marked footage of a billboard honoring the event from Times Square in NY, shared by Jagdish Sewhani, president of the American India Public Affairs Committee, as "potentially sensitive content". "Situations don't last forever".
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The district magistrate of Ayodhya told The Print, an Indian news publication, that there would be a distance of at least 8 feet (2,5 meters) between seats for the program.
PM Modi described Ram as the common thread in India's unity in diversity, and drew a parallel between the country's independence movement and "centuries" of people's struggle to build the temple at Ram Janmabhoomi.
About 175 guests are attending the event, including 135 saints from India and Nepal.
Among those invited to the groundbreaking ceremony was Iqbal Ansari, one of the Muslim litigants in the Ayodhya land dispute case.
"The extreme haste in starting construction of a temple at the Babri Mosque site amid the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic, anti-Muslim Citizenship Amendment Act, the looming National Register of Citizens to disenfranchise Muslims, the targeted killings of Muslims in Delhi with state complicity early this year, and other anti-Muslim measures point to the fact how Muslims in India are being demonized, dispossessed, marginalized, and subjected to targeted violence", the statement stressed.
He justified the need for the ceremony being conducted today. "All nine planets are propitiated before laying hands on mother earth", he said.