I am looking for clarity on the case, argument or evidence of destruction (non-existence) of the Ram temple in Ayodhya before the Babri Masjid.
That is, is there any source that talks about the temple before the destruction happened in the early 16th century (1528 AD, I believe)?
Note: There is sufficient evidence that a temple existed in the mosque site, but is there any direct evidence that the temple was actually destroyed to build the mosque there?
Also, Wikipedia states:
The Ramayana states that the location of Rama's birthplace is on the banks of the Sarayu river in the city of Ayodhya. A section of Hindus claim that the exact site of Rama's birthplace is where the Babri Masjid once stood in the present-day Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh. According to this theory, the Mughals demolished a Hindu shrine that marked the spot, and constructed a mosque in its place. People opposed to this theory state that such claims arose only in the 18th century, and that there is no evidence for the spot being the birthplace of Rama.
.... Since then, the archaeological excavations have indicated the presence of a temple beneath the mosque rubble, but whether the structure was a Rama shrine (or a temple at all) remains disputed.
This question is not a duplicate of the generic question Was there a Rama Temple in Ayodhya? (there can be many temples of Rama in Ayodhya!)
In this question, I'm specifically looking for evidence that proves there once stood a Temple of Rama in Ayodhya that was demolished to build the Babri Masjid.
Also, I don't understand why people are downvoting my question. My intention is not to offend anyone, I'm merely seeking credible information here. Thanks.