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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi performs rituals during the opening of a temple dedicated to Hinduism's Lord Ram in Ayodhya, India, Monday. Press Information Bureau/AP hide caption

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India's Modi inaugurates a long-promised but controversial Hindu temple in Ayodhya

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Building cranes tower over a new Hindu temple that will be consecrated with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in attendance on Monday. Diaa Hadid/NPR hide caption

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India's Modi to inaugurate Hindu temple in Ayodhya, where rioters destroyed a mosque

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (center) performs the groundbreaking ceremony of a temple dedicated to the Hindu god Lord Ram in Ayodhya, India, on Wednesday. Rajesh Kumar Singh/AP hide caption

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Satendra Das, 80, is the chief priest in waiting for the Ram temple, which has not yet been built in Ayodhya. Furkan Latif Khan/NPR hide caption

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Nearly 27 Years After Hindu Mob Destroyed A Mosque, The Scars In India Remain Deep

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Indian activists carry placards displaying images of the Babri mosque during a December 2016 protest in New Delhi to mark the anniversary of the mosque's destruction in 1992. Sajjad Hussain/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Indian security personnel patrol a street ahead of a potentially explosive court verdict on whether Hindus or Muslims should control a disputed holy site in Ayodhya, India, Rajesh Kumar Singh/AP hide caption

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