Soil from 55 different temples send to Ayodhya Ram temple foundation laying ceremony
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will perform the groundbreaking ceremony for construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya at 12.30pm on August 5, a schedule finalised as per suggestions made by a battery of astrologers, reports Akhilesh Singh.
While top BJP leaders will be in attendance, the VHP on Friday sent soil collected from 11 religious places from different parts of the country to Ayodhya to be used in the ceremony. Although Shankaracharya Swami Swaroopanand of Jyotishpeeth has questioned the timing of the ceremony, saying it was not advisable as per the Hindu ‘panchang’ (calendar), VHP working president Alok Kumar said the date and time was finalised after consultation with reputed priests and astrologers from Varanasi and Ayodhya.
Oneof the members of the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teertha Kshetra trust, Swami Govinddev Giriji Maharaj of Pune, took the lead in the consultation process and suggested the schedule as per the recommendations of priests.
“Govinddev ji held consultations with several priests from Varanasi and Ayodhya, who suggested that the time on August 5 was ideal for the groundbreaking ceremony,” Kumar said.
“Swami Swaroopanand ji has been at odds with us since 1984 and doesn’t support any of our initiatives,” he added. Mahant Kamal Nayan, assistant to trust chairman Nritya Gopal Das, said the ground-breaking ceremony was finalised after “Govinddev ji consulted priests and informed the Prime Minister”.
The trust has invited all prominent leaders related with the temple movement including L K Advani, M M Joshi and Kalyan Singh, besides home minister Amit Shah, defence minister Rajnath Singh, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath.
With questions being raised about the groundbreaking ceremony in the midst of Covid-19 restrictions, the trust has decided to ensure no big crowds at the venue. The event will be telecast live and screens will be installed in Ayodhya for devotees to watch.