Ayodhya Ram Temple ‘Local Guardian’ Might See Change Of Guard

AYODHYA || As Ayodhya gears up for the initiation of the construction of the Ram temple, changes are slated to take place as the priest at the Ram temple might be replaced, sources said. Devotees will also be included in Lord Rama’s aarti. After the venue is chosen for the make-shift temple in a new place, the new priests will be given the charge.

JCB machines are currently at work to level the place for proper base preparations. Reportedly the surrounding areas are being cleaned to accommodate a temporary structure behind the Anand Bhawan located in the premises.

The changing of the trust has been planned under the supervision of the Ram Janmabhoomi Tirtha Kshetra Trust. Tentatively the change of guard is scheduled around the Ram Navami festival in Navratri.

The trust has made it clear that after the decision in favour of Lord Rama residing in Ramjanmabhoomi, many things have to be changed, including the opportunity for devotees.

Reports suggest that the grand Ram Mandir will be built on a 30-year-old model designed by a trust affiliated to the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), the Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas.

The temple as per plan will have 424 carved pillars, measuring nothing less than 16 feet each, intricately designed ceilings and a special throne for Lord Rama, along with a Sita rasoi (kitchen), dharamshala, a ‘Singh Dwar’ among other attractions.

With 70 per cent of the groundwork done, over 200 labourers have already started working on elements of the temple’s construction in Ayodhya. Decisions on the future course will be taken by Nripendra Misra, the former principal secretary to PM Modi, in charge of the construction.

–Arijit Bose/Lucknow

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