Ram Rajya Rath Yatra: Temple in Ayodhya, Ram Rajya in India by 2019: Seerlucknow Updated: Feb 16, 2018 15:10 IST
People clicking photographs after teh Rath Yatra reached Allahabad on Thursday.(HT Photo)
The Ram Rajya Rath Yatra, a 41-day tour covering six states to create an atmosphere for the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya, was welcomed in Allahabad on Thursday amidst the chants of ‘Jai Shri Ram’ and ‘Mandir wahin banayenge’.
Addressing the activists of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and devotees, Shrishakti Shantanand Maharishi of Maharashtra-based Shri Ramdas Mission Universal Society said a Ram temple would be constructed at Ram Janambhoomi site in 2019.
“A Ram temple will be constructed in Ayodhya in 2019 which will usher in Ram Rajya in the country. Lord Ram will then return to Ayodhya from Rameshwaram in a similar Rath Yatra. To celebrate this achievement, we will also take out another Rath Yatra from Kashmir to Kanyakumari in 2020,” said Shrishakti Shantanand, who is leading the Rath Yatra.
The 28-feet Rath — a converted Tata mini-truck — modelled on the lines of the proposed Ram temple at Ayodhya was greeted by VHP activists led by its district president Sarvesh Mishra and city president Ajay Gupta at Manmohan Park in Katra area.
An aarti of the Rath was also performed by devotees at around 7.30 pm.
As the slogan ‘Baccha Baccha Ram Ka, Janmbhoomi ke kaam ka’ reverberated the air, Shantanand Maharishi said the Rath Yatra was symbolic of Lord Ram’s exile.
Shantanand Maharishi, who is leading the group of 50 seers in the Yatra, said the tour was not political as they were not asking for votes for any party.
“We are neither anti-Muslim nor anti-Christian. We are the followers of Lord Ram who want a temple in Ayodhya. We have given land for churches and mosques in the country and now we want land for our temple,” he added.
“Our demands include re-establishment of Ram Rajya, inclusion of the Ramayana in syllabus of schools and colleges, week offs on Thursday instead of Sundays and a declaration of a day as Vishwa Hindu Diwas,” he said.
The seers also administered an oath to all those present at the spot seeking fulfilment of their demands.
Earlier, the Rath Yatra entered Allahabad from Baraut and passed through Handia, Saidabad and Jhunsi before reaching Katra. Later, it proceeded to Puramufti for overnight. It will leave for Kaushmabi on Friday.
Built at a cost of Rs 25 lakh, the Rath carries idols of Lord Ram, goddess Sita and Lord Hanuman besides an ‘akhand jyoti’ and ‘Shri Ram paduka’.
People bowed their heads and folded hands as two buses and a few four-wheelers carrying the seers and volunteers travelled with the Rath.
First Published: Feb 16, 2018 15:10 IST