Will delay Ram temple bhumi pujan if PM unable to attend ceremony: Mahant Nritya Gopal Das
Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teertha Kshetra Trust chairman Mahant Nritya Gopal Das’s long wait for construction of the Ram temple will end with the groundbreaking ceremony likely on August 5. Das wrote an emotional letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi last month, requesting him to visit Ayodhya for the bhumi pujan.
It was after this letter that the Prime Minister’s Office sought tentative dates from the trust for Modi’s maiden Ayodhya visit for the bhumi pujan. Now, with the PM likely to visit Ayodhya on August 5 for the ceremony, Nritya Gopal Das is about to see his dream come true. The Mahant wants bhumi pujan of the Ram temple on lines that was held for the Somnath temple in Gujarat.
A day after the trust’s meeting in Ayodhya, Nritya Gopal Das interacted with Hindustan Times. Excerpts:
Q: You always wanted a grand bhumi pujan for Ram temple. But due to the Covid-19 pandemic, will the ceremony be low-key?
A: We had planned a grand bhumi pujan for Ram temple like the one organised for the Somnath temple. Then President of India Rajendra Prasad and home minister Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel attended the Somanth temple bhumi pujan. The ceremony continued for three days. It was a grand and elaborate event. We wanted something like this. But due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this is not possible now. After much effort, we were able to get the PM’s consent to attend the bhumi pujan.
Q: The tentative date for bhumi pujan is August 5. But, if due to some unavoidable circumstances, the PM is not able to visit Ayodhya, what will be the trust’s plan?
A: We are confident that the PM will definitely come to Ayodhya for the bhumi pujan. However, if due to some unavoidable circumstances and national issues, the PM is not able to come to Ayodhya on August 5 for bhumi pujan then, in the nation’s interest, we will delay the ceremony and will wait for the PM’s visit.
Q: Finally, has the trust agreed to make changes in the existing model of the proposed Ram temple?
A: The Ram temple model prepared by VHP (Vishva Hindu Parishad) in 1989 will not be changed. It will remain the same. Ram temple will be constructed on the existing model. But some additions have been made to the temple’s model and that is what saints had been demanding. Now, the temple’s height will be 161 ft instead of 128 ft. The number of domes has been increased from three to five. Ram temple’s chief architect Chandrakant Sompura has approved these changes. A grand Ram temple will be constructed. In the meeting (Trust meeting on Saturday), we also discussed these changes.
Q: Will the stone slabs lying at Shri Ramjanmabhoomi Nyas Karyashala be used in construction of the Ram temple?
A: Yes. All stone slabs carved at the Karyashala will be used in construction of the Ram temple.