Ayodhya is in full swing for historic ‘bhoomi pujan’ ceremony at Ram temple on August 5, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone of the temple. The grand temple is expected to be about 270-280 feet in breadth, 280-300 feet in length and 128 feet in hight.
As preparations is in full swing, the city will evidence Diwali like celebrations to mark the construction of the Ram Temple. As devotees are thrilled ahead of the foundation stone laying ceremony, soil, holy water from across the country have reached Ayodhya to be used in Ram Mandir rituals on groundbreaking day.
Once again as a nation we look to be living up to our reputation of creating a controversy on an issue that in reality should be an occasion of pride for the whole nation. After nearly five centuries aspirations of all Indians, who believe in India, are about to be realized in the form of Ram Mandir at Ayodhya. Lord Ram is not only a religious deity for Hindus but also part of Indian heritage and therefore it is appropriate to say ‘All Indians’ instead of just limiting it to Hindus.
There was a lot of doubt before the Supreme Court gave its verdict/decision on the Ayodhya land dispute in November 2019. To the credit of Muslim litigants and the community as a whole, they accepted the verdict with grace and humility, a few disgruntled voices notwithstanding. This was particularly true for Hindu and Muslim communities in Ayodhya where everyone seemed to be relieved that a verdict had been reached. They have lived there in harmony for ages and continue to do so today also when the construction of Ram Mandir is expected to start on 05 August with a simple ceremony. Both communities in Ayodhya have pledged to work towards building the temple and it is indeed a very welcome step as it also means development and prosperity for all.
But then there are some on our country who cannot digest this simple truth. For them it is a taboo to see Hindus and Muslims standing shoulder to shoulder. Therefore, they have to create a controversy and ensure that Hindu Muslim divide raises its ugly head and vitiates the environment. The sad part is that most of these people are neither local residents of Ayodhya nor directly concerned in any manner with temple construction. Some political leaders from the opposition, a few pseudo seculars and some Muslim community leaders have jumped in the fray to question the building of the temple for various reasons. Needless to say, none of the reasons expounded by them stand to any scrutiny or have any merit.
Some are now casting aspersions on the retired Chief Justice of India (CJI) under whose tenure the verdict was delivered while conveniently forgetting that it was a five-judge bench that delivered the judgment where CJI was just another member. One of the most senior politicians in the country wonders if building of the temple will help the nation in its fight against coronavirus? A question that frankly does not even warrant a response as it just shows a biased mindset and a deliberate lack of understanding of what Lord Ram means and stands for in this country.
For any right-thinking Indian citizen, irrespective of his religion, Ayodhya event has to be seen as a national event that is linked to nation’s heritage first and foremost. Any linkage to Hindu religion comes later. If any Indian cannot accept this axiomatic truth then his being a true Indian itself will be questionable.
There has been a lot of debate on the participation of Prime Minister in the event in Ayodhya on 05 August. It is nothing but a ploy by Modi baiters to deride the Prime Minister. For many of them it is their only vocation since PM Modi assumed the highest elected office in the country in 2014. Are Prime Ministers not allowed to have their beliefs as individuals? Nowhere dose the Indian constitution say that such leaders cannot practice their religion. Is it possible to believe that none of India’s past Presidents, Vice Presidents or Prime Ministers ever visited a religious place of worship? Ayodhya event is a once in a life time event for the nation. Attendance of the Prime Minister, who is holder of the highest elected office in the country, is warranted in his capacity as the NUMBER ONE representative of the people.
Some have questioned the wisdom of holding ‘Bhoomi Pujan’ when the nation is going through the current Corona pandemic. Suffice it to say that all safeguards will be in place and all preventive measures taken as required. There are some who have put forth an argument that if this event can be allowed why not allow Eid celebrations that are around the corner. This is again a very motivated argument aimed at creating mistrust and to stroke communal tensions. The festival of Eid comes every year unlike the Ayodhya event which is a one-time event that the nation has been waiting for five centuries. Next, a festival like Id will mean thousands of congregations across the country unlike the Ayodhya event which is restricted to one place. It is obvious that while a single national event can be organized in a controlled manner with all precautionary measures in place, it will be impossible to exercise similar control over thousands of localized and uncontrolled Id events across the country. A similar logic would be applicable to Ganesh Chaturthi, Durga Puja and Diwali events this year if the pandemic threat continues to loom over the nation.
It is need to understand that ‘Bhoomi Pujan’ for Ram Temple is not a political event. But given the opposition’s opposition to the event, there is a danger of it being seen as one. If that happens the onus will be on the opposition and not the government of the day. If there is any indirect political fallout from the event in favour of Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) then there is very little the opposition can do about it. However, by opposing it and coming out with lop sided statements and baseless reasons on why it should not be held, the opposition is only ensuring political gains for BJP. Frankly a mature opposition should have seen the writing on the wall and supported the event. That would have resulted in a favorable political fallout for them many times more than what BJP may get today. But then current Indian political opposition and maturity were divorced five years ago and a remarriage is nowhere on the cards given the quality of their leaders and politicians.
About 135 Saints/sages belonging to 135 spiritual traditions will take part in the spiritual programme. Some citizens of Ayodhya have also been invited by the Shri Ram Janm Bhumi Teerth Shetra Trust. Whereas, Ayodhya is already in the festive mood and eagerly waiting for the historic moment. Many religious activities including Ram Keertan and reciting of Ramcharitmanas have already began in Ayodhya.
The preparations for Deepotsav will happen on and Ghats of holy Sarayu River are beautifully decorated. The town is all ready to witness the historic Bhoomi Poojan ceremony tomorrow. PM Modi will first have Darshan at Shri Hanumangarhi Mandir tomorrow after which he will perform Pooja of Bhagwan Ramlalla at Shri Ram Janmabhoomi.
After that it’ll be followed by the Bhoomi Poojan and the stage programme. Secretary of Shri Ram Janm Bhumi Teerth Shetra Trust Champat Rai said that Apart all from the 175 invitees for the ceremony, Mahesh Bhagchandka and Pawan Singhal from family of late Ashok Singhal, Former President of Vishwa Hindu Parishad will be Mukhya Yajman in Bhoomi Pujan.
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