Ram Temple: UP CM to visit Ayodhya on Saturday to take stock of preparations for Bhumi Pujan

Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath will be rushing to Ayodhya on Saturday to review the arrangements for the bhumi pujan of Ram temple at the Ramjanmabhoomi premises by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on August 5.
Official sources here on Friday said that Chief Minister would visit Ayodhya tomorrow where he will take stock of the preparations for the bhumi pujan.
During his stay, the CM will also have the darshan of Ram Lalla and visit Hanumangarhi temples along with holding meeting with the seers and the district officials.
The CM would also meet Shri Ramjanmabhumi Tirath Khetra Trust members and will finalise the list of the invitees for the programmee.
A petition challenging the proposed ground breaking ceremony on August 5 under the pretext of Covid 19 was rejected by Allahabad High Court on Friday.
Meanwhile, one of the Shankaracharyas Swaroopanand Saraswati has claimed that the time fixed for the Bhumi Pujan was inauspicious. He said that the date falls in the Dakshinayan Bhadrapada month and is the second day of Krishna Paksha. In Hindu scriptures, home and temple work is prohibited during the Bhadrapada month. He cited Vishnu Dharma Shastra and the Naivagna Ballabh Granth to support his claim.
“We are Ram devotees, we will be happy if anyone builds the temple of Ram, but for that appropriate date and auspicious time should be chosen,” he told reporters.
However, several saints of Ayodhya have rejected the Swaroopanand Saraswati’s statement. Ramjanmabhumi temple chief priest Acharya Satyendra Das said the month of Chaitra is auspicious as it is the birth month of Lord Ram and Bhadoh is auspicious as it is the birth month of Lord Krishna. Hence any religious works can be commenced in both the months.
Similar views were expressed by Mahant Paramhans Das of Tapasvi Chhavni of Ayodhya claiming that the entire Bhadoh month is auspicious for any religious work.
Mahant Kamal Nayan Das, the successor of Mahant Nritya Gopal Das and President of Shri Ram Janmabhumi Tirtha Kshetra Trust said that the Ram Temple Bhumi Pujan event will last for three days. The programme will begin on August 3 with ‘Ganesh Pujan’, followed by ‘Ramcharna’ on August 4.
On August 5 at 12:15 pm, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone of the Ram Temple. The Bhumi Pujan will be done by Vedic scholars and Acharya Pandits of Kashi, Prayagraj and Ayodhya.
The Trust, formed after Supreme Court’s decision on the Ayodhya issue on November 9, 2019, had expedited the preparations for the temple construction in the premises of Ram Janmabhumi.
Within the same period, on March 25, the idol of ‘Ram Lalla’ was shifted to a temporary temple, after which the leveling of the land was done.
The sanctum sanctorum of the temple will remain within the 2.77 acres of the land, in which Kashi scholars and priests of Ayodhya, along with Modi, will perform Bhumi Pujan with full Vedic customs.