Mahant Nritya Das elected president, Champat Rai general secretary of Ram Mandir Trust
NEW DELHI :
MAHANT Nritya Gopal Das was elected president and Champat Rai general secretary of the Ram Temple trust at its first meeting here on Wednesday. The meeting, held at the residence of senior lawyer K Parasaran, also elected Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s former principal secretary Nripendra Misra as the head of the temple construction committee of the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Tirth Kshetra Trust. The meeting was aimed at working out modalities to speed up the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya. It was also decided to open an account in Ayodhya’s State Bank of India branch for donations for the Ram temple construction, Chanmpat Rai told reporters after the meeting.
Swami Govind Dev Giri of Pune was appointed as treasurer of the trust at the meeting. Modi had announced the formation of the 15-member trust in Parliament on February 5. Among those present at the meeting were the Central Government representative, additional secretary in Home ministry Gyanesh Kumar, UP Government’s representative Avinash Awasthy and Ayodhya District Magistrate Anuj Kumar Jha. The Trust was constituted by the Narendra Modi Government. The Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teertha Kshetra Trust has seven members, five nominated members and three trustees.
The trust was formed in adherence to the Supreme Court verdict on the Ayodhya dispute in November last year. Senior lawyer Parasaran was named as the head of the Trust and its other members include Jagatguru Shankracharya, Jyothishpeethadheeshwar Swami Vasudevanand Saraswati Ji Maharaj from Allahabad, Jagatguru Madhavacharya Swami Vishwa Prasannatheerth Ji Maharaj, Pejawar Math in Udupi, Yugpurush Paramanand Ji Maharaj from Haridwar, Swami Govinddev Giri Ji Maharaj from Pune and Vimlendra Mohan Pratap Mishra from Ayodhya.
Ram Lalla to be shifted before temple construction
THE Ram Lalla statue at the makeshift Ram Janmabhoomi temple will be shifted to another site near Manas Bhawan, when the construction of the Ram temple begins. The head priest of the temple, Acharya Satyendra Das said on Wednesday that the existing temple site will have to be vacated to facilitate construction of the new temple. “A makeshift temple will be built near Manas Bhawan where the deity will be placed until the grand temple is constructed. The site is about 150 metres away from the existing site,” he said.
According to the priest, the sanctum sanctorum of the new temple will be built at the site where the deity is presently placed. After the deity is shifted to the new temple, all rituals of worship will continue uninterrupted. Meanwhile, sources said that a group of engineers and architects had visited the temple site to assess the landfill required for the temple construction to begin. During the hearings in the court on the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title case, Ram Lalla was recognised as a living entity.