Ayodhya is all set for tomorrow, celebrating its historical moment and an end to the long lasting clash with the success of building a temple for Ramar as a witness to his birthplace.
Inaugural Ceremony: The Bhoomi Pooja of Ramar Temple began on August 3 and completed on August 5 i.e. Wednesday. Following the Vinayagar Pooja yesterday and Hanuman praises today, the Bhoomi Pooja for Ramar will be held tomorrow. Due to the CoronaVirus, only five people allowed on stage includes Prime Minister Narendra Modi, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, trust chairman Niruthiya Gopal Das Maharaj, Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandi Ben Patel, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. So far, 175 people have been invited to this Bhoomi Pooja festival.135 of them are various spiritual priests.
Uma Bharati, a key figure in the Ramar Temple construction movement and accused in the Babar Masjid demolition case, did not attend the function due to the Coronavirus scare. Uma Bharati tweeted today, stating that an official message has been declared to the Prime Minister in advance regarding her visit to the place after the end of ceremony, pointing to the high chances of getting an infection on the way from Bhopal to Ayodhya. Senior BJP leaders Advani and Murali Manohar Joshi are also expected to attend the event via video conference.
Architectural Specialities In the Ramar Temple: The sacred soil of about 2000 temples from all over the country and the holy water of 100 rivers have been sent for Bhoomi Pooja of Ramar temple in Ayodhya.
Regarding the construction of the temple, the officials said: In the temple for Shri Raman, iron rods, wood, copper and white cement will not be used. Since it will last for many centuries, it will only be built entirely of stone. The stones required for this are already in Ayodhya. Additional required stones are to be procured from Banshi Hills of Rajasthan.
Ram Temple is to be built with 360 pillars, five spacious balconies and a 161 feet high coffin. Written as Shriram in various languages across the country, the bricks collected over the last 30 years are a special feature to be used for the foundation of this temple.
The temple stairs are to be set 16 feet wide. The Ranga and Nritya halls were used for dancing by the goddesses working in the temple in the past, but now they are set up to see Lord Rama from all three sides to serve the purpose of history.
History behind the 500 years long dispute:
1528-1530: According to inscriptions and government documents found in the Mosque, the Mosque was built by his governor Mir Baki on the orders of the Mughal Emperor Babur on the hill at Ramkot Moghla in Ayodhya.
1853-1949: The dispute between Hindu and Muslims rose in 1853. During the British rule in 1859, the colonial government ordered Muslims to worship inside and Hindus to pray in the outer lane by fencing. Meanwhile, a civil case has been registered, stating that Ramar statues are being kept inside the Mosque in 1949. Consequently, the gates were closed from then.
1984-1990: Vishwa Hindu Parishad announced to build a temple for Ramar in Ayodhya, ignoring the pending case in 1984, which was supported highly by BJP leader L.K. Adwani in 1984. While in 1986, the district judge ordered to open the doors for the construction process. As a result, Muslims formed a Bhabar Masjid Action Committee. However, in 1989, Vishwa Hindu Parishad laid the foundation for Ramar temple, but in dispute, they demolished parts of the Babri Mosque. The negotiations also failed in 1990.
1991-1998: In 1991, BJP attained power in Uttar Pradeh, which then led to the destruction of the Mosque in 1992, resulting in religious disputes losing more than 2000 lives. In 1998, Ayodhya partition began ferociously once again as the BJP party won the Central elections with Vajpayee as Prime Minister.
2002-2009: By attending the condolence ceremony of an important petitioner in Ayodhya issue Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, P.M. Vajpayee inculcated victory confidence to the Hindus. Pending for about 11 years, in 2003, a court-ordered to punish the Mosque demolishers, but Deputy P.M.Advani has not been accused on that time. The Liberhan Commission report on the demolition of the Babri Masjid is being filed after 17 years. It blames BJP leaders for demolishing the Mosque in 2009.
2010: The Allahabad High Court has ruled that the disputed 2.77 acres of land in Ayodhya should be divided into three parts, one-third to Ram Lalla, the other one-third to the Sunni Waqf Board and the remaining one-third to the Nirmohi Akara group of monks. Fourteen appeals were filed in the Supreme Court against the verdict.
2019: Headed by the Chief Justice of India Ranjan Kokoy, along with five judges in the Supreme Court, unanimously ruled on the Ayodhya issue. Based on the ruling, the Indian government was ordered to set up a foundation within three months to build the Ram Temple on the disputed 2.77 acres and to provide five acres elsewhere in Ayodhya for the Islamists to hold prayers.