Artists giving final touches to the idols for proposed Ram temple premises at a workshop in Ayodhya on Monday. (ANI)
AYODHYA (UP) :
WITH days to go for the August 5 “bhoomi pujan” ceremony of the Ram temple in Ayodhya, the mosques adjacent to the Ram Janmabhoomi premises are spreading the message of communal harmony. “It is the greatness of Ayodhya that the mosques surrounding the Ram temple are giving a strong message of communal harmony to the rest of the world,” Haji Asad Ahmad, the corporator of the Ram Kot ward, told PTI. The Ram Janmabhoomi premises is situated in Ahmad’s ward. “Muslims take out the ‘juloos’ of Barawafaat that goes through the periphery of Ram Janmabhoomi.
All religious functions and rituals of Muslims are respected by their fellow citizens,” the corporator said. There are eight mosques and two mausoleums located close to the 70-acre Ram Janmabhoomi premises mandated by the Supreme Court for a temple of Lord Ram. Azaan and namaaz are offered in the mosques and the annual “Urs” is held at the mausoleums without any objection from the local Hindus.
The mosques located near the Ram Janmabhoomi premises are Masjid Dorahikuan, Masjid Mali Mandir ke Bagal, Masjid Kaziyana Achchan ke Bagal, Masjid Imambara, Masjid Riyaz ke Bagal, Masjid Badar Paanjitola, Masjid Madaar Shah and Masjid Tehribazar Jogiyon ki. The two mausoleums are Khanqaahe Muzaffariya and Imambara. The priests of various temples here said Ayodhya is a town where Hindus and Muslims have always lived together peacefully. On the presence of mosques near the Ram Janmabhoomi premises, the chief priest of the temple, Acharya Satyendra Das, said, “We had a dispute only with the structure that was connected to the name of (Mughal emperor) Babur. We have never had any issue with the other mosques and mausoleums in Ayodhya. This is a town where Hindus and Muslims live in peace.”
“Muslims offer namaaz, we perform our puja. The mosques adjacent to the Ram Janmabhoomi premises will strengthen Ayodhya’s communal harmony and peace will prevail,” he added.
Uttarakhand Governor Baby Rani Mourya presents ‘Ganga-jal kalash’ (holy water and sand of Ganga River) to VHP leaders for the construction of Ayodhya’s Ram Temple, in Haridwar, on Monday. (PTI)
Badrinath soil, Alaknanda waters dispatched for Ayodhya
July 27 (PTI)
SOME soil from Badrinath and water from Alaknanda river, a tributary of the Ganga, were ceremoniously dispatched to Ayodhya on Monday for the foundation stone laying ceremony of the Ram temple. Alaknanda’s water contained in a Kalash and the soil of Badrinath were dispatched from the Singh Dwar of the Himalayan temple by RSS, BJP and VHP workers, people associated with the programme said. They will also collect waters on way to Ayodhya from Haridwar where Ganga and its tributaries originating in the Himalayas merge with each other and become one, they said.
‘Sacred’ soil, water from Bengal to be sent to Ayodhya: SACRED soil from major temples in West Bengal and holy water from ‘sangam’, the confluence of the Ganga with other rivers, will be sent to Ayodhya for ‘bhoomi pujan’ (groundbreaking ceremony) of the Ram temple on August 5, a senior VHP leader here said.
“Holy water from confluences of rivers such as Gangasagar, Bhagirathi, Triveni, along with the sacred soil of various temples like Kalighat, Dakhineshwar, Gangasagar and Madan Mohan temple of Coochbehar will be sent to Ayodhya. It will be used during the ‘bhoomi pujan’ ceremony of the Ram temple,” senior VHP leader and its media-in-charge in Bengal, Sourish Mukherjee, told PTI.