Yogi Holds Puja for Shifting Idol of Ram Hours After Modi’s Appeal to Avoid Gatherings


UP CM Yogi

Clarion India

LUCKNOW – Less than 12 hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a 21-day national lockdown over coronavirus fears, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath was holding a religious gather in Ayodhya to shift the idol of lord Ram.

He participated in an early morning ritual to shift the idol of Lord Ram from a tin shed inside the Ram Janmabhoomi (birthplace) to a temporary structure made of fibre.

The idol has been moved and will remain at the temporary structure till the temple is built at the site.

The Chief Minister, who reached Ayodhya late on Tuesday night, tweeted, calling this ritual on the first day of Navratri the beginning of the first phase of the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya. A meeting to decide on the actual date of construction was to be held in the first week of April at the temple town, but it is not clear whether that will go ahead.

It was reported that the ceremony could be deferred amid the COVID-19 pandemic, caused by the Novel Corona virus for which no vaccine has been developed yet; however, the Chief Minister chose to go ahead with it. At least 20 people attended the ritual. Visuals from the spot showed the Chief Minister leading prayers with many prominent saints from the town in attendance. Senior government officials including Ayodhya’s district magistrate and the police chief were present.

Adityanath was later seen asking people to “follow lockdown boundaries”.

The Home Ministry among a list of points to be followed during the lockdown had said that “All places of worship shall be closed for public. No religious congregations will be permitted, without any exception.”

PM Modi tweeted this morning:

The Ayodhya administration has already banned entry of pilgrims into the town till April 2. The country is under lockdown with all flights and trains stopped, except for the movement of essential items and services.

The Supreme Court in November last year ruled that the land in Ayodhya belongs entirely to the deity Ram Lalla or infant Lord Ram, in a landmark verdict that paved the way for a temple at the site claimed by both Hindus and Muslims for decades. The five-judge constitution bench also ruled that a “prominent site” in the holy town in Uttar Pradesh will be allotted for a new mosque.

Home Minister Amit Shah has said the Ram temple will be built within a matter of months.

Clarion India - News, Views and Insights about Indian Muslims, Dalits, Minorities, Women and Other Marginalised and Dispossessed Communities.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Share post:




More like this

Israel Estimates Initial Cost of Gaza War to Reach $51 Billion

Officials also estimate that the Jewish state’s fiscal deficit...

‘Matter Of Concern’: Mayawati On ‘One-Sided’ Results In 4 Assembly Polls

Clarion India LUCKNOW -  BSP chief Mayawati said the "one-sided...

Telangana: Revanth Reddy Overcomes Resistance, Gets Party’s Nod to Be CM

He was the face of the Congress's winning campaign....

Israel Reopens the Gaza Slaughterhouse

Chris Hedges The skies over Gaza are filled — after...