P. Carnegy’s Writing (1870 A.D.) on Ayodhya

P. Carnegy, who was the officiating Commissioner of Faizabad and the Settlement Officer there for many years, wrote a book ‘Historical Sketch of Tahsil Fyzabad, Zillah Fyzabad’’ which was published in 1870 A.D. On page 21 of the book he writes:

“Hindu and Musalman differences – The Janmasthan is within a few hundred paces of the Hanuman Garhi. In 1855 when a great rupture took place between the Hindus and Mahomedans the former occupied the Hanuman Garhi in force, while the Musalmans took possession of the Janmasthana. The Mahomedans on that occasion actually charged up the steps of the Hanuman Garhi, but were driven back with considerable loss. The Hindus then followed up this success, and at the third attempt, took the Janmasthan, at the gate of which 75 Mahomedans are buried in the “Martyrs’ grave” (Ganj-Shahid). Several of the King’s Regiments were looking on all the time, but their orders were not to interfere. It is said that up to that time the Hindus and Mahemodans alike used to worship in the mosque-temple. Since British rule a railing has been put up to prevent disputes, within which in the mosque the Mahemodans pray, while outside the fence the Hindus have raised a platform on which they make their offerings.” (emphasis added).

It was a great injustice to the Hindus by the Britishers because they deprived the Hindus of the worship in the mosque-temple structure.