The remarks came even as preparations were underway in full swing to start the construction process of Ram Temple in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh.

  • Varanasi seers oppose Ram Temple ‘bhoomi poojan’ on August 5, say ‘Muhurat’ is not auspicious
  • They also stressed that the rituals for Ram Temple should ideally be done by revered saints and not a politician

Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh: The seers and saints of Varanasi have come out to oppose the ‘Bhoomi Poojan’ ceremony of Ram Temple in Ayodhya by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on August 5, arguing that it was that the ‘Muhurat’ for the ceremony is not auspicious
After Surrey Shankracharya Swaroopanand Saraswati, now Swami Avimukteshwarananda and Shumeru Peeth Shankracharya Narendranand Maharaj have also spoken against the ground-breaking ceremony on August 5 saying that they ‘Muhurat’ is not auspicious.
“They are doing it as per their convenience, there’s no auspicious ‘Muhurat’ for the ‘bhoomi poojan’ in the month of August. If the ceremony is not done according to the shastras, then it’ll have negative consequences,” said Swami Avimukteshwarananda.
While Narendranand Maharaj said the ‘bhhomi poojan’ of Ram Janamabhommi had already been done on November 5, 1990, in presence of VHP leaders, then RSS chief and seers and saints.
On Thursday, revered seer Shankaracharya Swaroopanand Saraswati had opposed the ceremony and said that the work for construction of the Ram Temple should start at the right time.
“We don’t want any position or to be a trustee of the Ram Temple. We only want that the temple should be built properly and the foundation stone should be laid at the right time, but this is an ‘ashubh ghadi’ (inauspicious time),” he was quoted as saying by ANI. While the Shankaracharya did not give any specific reason for calling it inauspicious time, he might have been referring to the coronavirus pandemic.
Ram Janmabhoomi Teertha Kshetra Trust had proposed two dates in August for laying the foundation stone of a Ram Temple. After which, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had finalised August 5 – as the day for the ‘bhoomi poojan’. He’s likely to visit Ayodhya to attend the ceremony.
The proposed Ram temple in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh will be 161-feet tall with five domes. It has been designed by renowned architect Chandrakant Sompura.
Allahabad HC dismisses against ‘bhoomi poojan’
Meanwhile, Allahabad High Court has dismissed the petition by a social activist, seeking direction to restrain respondents from ‘Bhoomi Pujan’ for laying down the foundation stone of Ram Mandir.
The Petition claimed that respondents invited about 300 people and that may cause social distancing violation amid Covid-19 pandemic.