‘Ram Mandir Wahin Banega’ (Conditions Apply)
VHP says preparations on, temple at Ram janmabhoomi will be ready in four months if SC gives its assent
Ayodhya: Preparations are on to build a temple at Ram janmabhoomi soon after the Supreme Court rules on the matter, the Vishva Hindu Parishad has said days ahead of the polling in Ayodhya. “The Ram Mandir will be ready in just four months. We are only waiting for the court’s aadesh (verdict) to begin work,” said Sudarshan Maharaj, who heads the VHP unit in Ayodhya, where voting is due on February 27. The Supreme Court had stayed the 2010 Allahabad High Court verdict, which declared Hindus and Muslims joint title-holders of the disputed site in Ayodhya which is revered by many as the deity’s birthplace, and agreed to hear appeals against it.
VHP, part of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, has been at the forefront of the agitation to build a Ram temple at the spot where the Babri mosque, built in 1528, was demolished by a crowd of Hindu activists in 1992. The temple also figures among BJP’s promises in its manifesto for the ongoing assembly election in Uttar Pradesh. Ayodhya has always elected a BJP leader except once, in 2012.
Maharaj’s confidence does not appear misplaced.
Hundreds of stone pillars crafted in Bharatpur lie stacked in VHP’s Ram Mandir Karyalaya, a workshop right next to the makeshift Ram Lalla temple which is guarded fiercely by central forces. The workshop has stones and pillars of various sizes stored for the construction of the temple in the future. The stones had started arriving in 1992 and this continued till December 2015.
“It will take us only two days to transport the stones… 70% of the preparations for building the temple are already over,” said Swadesh Singh, who takes care of the workshop.
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