Lucknow: The Ram Mandir Trust, set up on the Supreme Court’s directions to facilitate the construction of a temple for Lord Ram in Uttar Pradesh’s Ayodhya, has invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the ceremony for the construction of the temple in Ayodhya either on August 3 or 5, both auspicious dates, a spokesperson said on Saturday.
Saturday’s was the trust’s first formal meeting in Ayodhya and the members deliberated upon a possible date for beginning of temple construction, already delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic.
PM Modi had announced the formation of the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teertha Kshetra Trust on February 5.
“We have suggested two auspicious dates — August 3 and 5 — for the prime minister’s visit based on calculations of movements of stars and planets,” Mahant Kamal Nayan Das, the spokesperson of Trust’s president Nritya Gopal Das, was quoted as saying by news reports.
In November 2019, the Supreme Court ruled that the then disputed land in Ayodhya would be given to a government-run trust for the building of a temple for Lord Ram and Muslims will be given a five-acre “suitable” plot elsewhere in the district.
The verdict in the case — which had a religious and political flashpoint over the country for decades — was passed by the five-judge constitution bench.
The proposed Ram temple would have a height of 161 feet along with five domes now.
Kameshwar Chaupal, a member of the Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust, said: “Ram Temple will be 161 feet high and now five domes will be built instead of three.”
Chaupal said that for the construction of Ram temple, a proposal has been sent to the Prime Minister’s Office for Bhoomi Pujan.
Besides, there was a discussion on the overall look and design of the Ram temple in the meeting. Ram temple would be modelled on the basis of the design proposed by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad but its length, width, and height will be increased.
It would take around 3 and a half years to complete the construction of the temple. (With IANS inputs)