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Ram Temple: Trust aims to begin temple work in May

Meanwhile, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has ordered for 1,000 models of the proposed Ram temple, weighing about 15 kg each, to be prepared for the public.

Last Updated: Mar 04, 2020, 11.41 PM IST
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The trust has also made it clear to engineering conglomerate L&T—which the trust has approached for the temple’s construction—that the temple is to be built “totally pro-bono”, citing that people like Parasaran and architect C Sompura had also not charged anything for their services.
NEW DELHI: The trust committed to build the Ram temple at Ayodhya is keen to finalise a date in May for its “shubh aarambh” (auspicious beginning) ceremony, while the deity will be moved to a “bullet-proof ” structure by Ram Navami, which is on April 2.

“This Ram Navami, Ram Lalla (deity) will be out of the tarp tent which has housed him for years. The devotees will get to see him from just 26 feet through a bullet-proof glass, not from 52-feet away, as they do now,” Nritya Gopal Das, president of Sri Ramjanmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust told ET. “Ram Navami will be celebrated in a grand way and devotees will need to walk only 500 m to see the deity, rather than 1.5 km at present.”

ET has learnt that the fibre-structure that will house the deity till the temple is constructed is being prepared in Kolkata.

While the ‘shubh aarambh’ ceremony for the temple was earlier being planned for Ram Navami or Akshaya Tritiya—both of which fall in April—the trustees said that crowd management could be difficult on those occasions, particularly during Ram Navami. According to one official, a suitable date in May is now being looked at by astrological experts. The ceremony will be termed as ‘shubh aarambh’ as both the foundation-laying and ‘bhoomi pujan’ ceremonies of the temple were held several years ago.

Meanwhile, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has ordered for 1,000 models of the proposed Ram temple, weighing about 15 kg each, to be prepared for the public.

One of them could be presented to Prime Minister Narendra Modi when the trustees go next month to invite him with a date for the ‘shubh aarambh’ ceremony. A team of engineers are expected to submit a technical report containing their findings on the temple site to the trust on March 25. Another meeting of the trustees is expected to take place soon in Delhi. Temple trust president “K Parasaran's age and comfort is also a factor and he cannot be expected to travel to Ayodhya", an official said.

The trust has also made it clear to engineering conglomerate L&T—which the trust has approached for the temple’s construction—that the temple is to be built “totally pro-bono”, citing that people like Parasaran and architect C Sompura had also not charged anything for their services.

The trustees said the company will take a call on the matter soon. "This is a matter of faith. We don't want any commercial interests associated with the temple. Anyone who wants to do something here should do it with faith, and for the people," VHP spokesperson Vinod Bansal said.
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