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Wednesday, 13 March, 2002, 16:48 GMT
In pictures: Ayodhya
The town of Ayodhya in northern India prepares for an expected showdown between hardline Hindus and the administration over a religious dispute.

Hindu holy men in Ayodhya
Emotions are charged as Hindu hardliners say they will go ahead with some kind of symbolic ceremony

A Hindu woman prays at the River Saryu  and a pilgrim carries holy water
Tight security arrangements have restricted the movement of pilgrims

VHP leader Ashok Singhal and Paramhans Ramchandra Das, leader of the committee to  build a temple at Ayodhya
VHP leader Ashok Singhal (L) says protests will be peaceful

Hindu holy men
Many Hindus are said to be on their way to the town from across India

Statues for proposed Hindu temple
A Hindu holy man by statues intended for the temple on the disputed site

Devotees take a dip in Saryu river
The ancient town of Ayodhya is one of Hinduism's holiest places
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