Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath inspects the Chauri Chaura martyrs' memorial site in Gorakhpur, Wednesday. (PTI)
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath inspects the Chauri Chaura martyrs' memorial site in Gorakhpur, Wednesday. (PTI)

UP CM Adityanath says plans afoot to make Ayodhya major tourist centre

The chief minister was speaking at a programme, Ram Mandir Nidhi Samarpan Abhiyan, organised in the Gorakhnath temple in Gorakhpur to raise funds for the construction of the Ram Temple
UPDATED ON JAN 28, 2021 09:27 AM IST

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath said the state government has prepared a plan for the expansion and development of Ayodhya as a major tourist centre in the country. The construction of Ram Temple has started at Ayodhya, he said.

The chief minister was speaking at a programme, Ram Mandir Nidhi Samarpan Abhiyan, organised in the Tilak hall of the Gorakhnath temple in Gorakhpur on Wednesday to raise funds for the construction of the Ram Temple.

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Yogi said the Gorakhnath temple has a long association with the Ram Temple movement. Former mahants of the temple, Mahant Digvijay Nath and Mahant Avaidyanath, played active roles in the movement. Mahant Avaidyanath was chairman of Ram Janambhoomi Sangarsh Samiti, and under his leadership the temple movement turned into a mass movement, he said.

He called upon the people to donate with generosity for the construction of the Ram Temple.

A spokesperson of the Goraknath Temple Trust said it donated 50 lakh for the construction of the temple whereas 51 lakh was donated by Gorakhnath temple in Devipatan.

Over 40 traders and businessmen of the city also donated funds for the construction of the temple. They handed over donation cheques to the general secretary of Shri Ram Janambhhomi Teerth Kshetra and vice-president of Vishwa Hindu Parishad Champat Rai.

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