Ayodhya: Lockdown 'shadows' Temple construction

Ayodhya: Lockdown 'shadows' Temple construction

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New Delhi, Mar 25: The proposed construction of the grand Ram Temple in Ayodhya, scheduled earlier to begin either on April 2 ( Ram Navami) or on April 26 (Akshay Tritiya) may be deferred if the nationwide lockdown from Wednesday to April 14 stretches beyond the time period, sources said.

The sources, however, said that the final decision in this regard will be taken after April 14, in the event of the lockdown's further extension. Earlier, the Shri Ram Janmabhumi Teerth Kshetra Trust had informed that the construction of the Ram Temple will start on either of the two 'auspicous' days. The construction of the Ram Temple was awarded by the Supreme Court through its verdict on November 9, 2019. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced on Tuesday that a nationwide lockdown was being implemented from March 25 to April 14 to prevent spread of pandemic Coronavirus.

Meanwhile, a Lucknow report said amid chanting of hymn and Vedic shlokas in the presence of Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath and saints, ritual to shift 'Ram Lalla' and other idols from the Garbha Grihya to a temporary structure near Manas Bhawan in Ram Janmabhumi premises was completed on early Wednesday, the first day of Navaratra.

The report also said a Bhumi Pujan of the Ram Temple will be held on April 30, where PM Modi and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat are likely to be present. The first meeting of the Ram Janmabhumi Teerth Kshetra Trust had approved the proposal on February 19, at the residence-cum-office of K Parasaran - the counsel of the Hindu parties who successfully argued the case in the Apex Court.

The meeting was attended by 7 office bearers along with some nominated members of the Trust. The PM had told Parliament on February 5, about the formation of the Trust with 15 members (7 members, 3 trustees and 5 nominated members). This was in line with the Supreme Courts verdict in the Ram Janmabhumi - Bari Masjid dispute. The announcement of the Prime Minister came four days before the three-month deadline set by the Apex Court in that regard was to end. (UNI)