New Delhi: The Ram Mandir in Ayodhya is likely to be open for devotees by December 2023, ANI sources said on Wednesday. The sources also added that the entire complex of Ayodhya’s Ram Temple is expected to be constructed by 2025, which will include a museum, digital archives and a research centre within the temple premises.
On Monday, Vishawa Hindu Parishad Joint General secretary Surinder Jain said the construction of ‘Garbhgirah’ of Ram Lalla in Ram Mandir, Ayodhya will be completed by the end of 2023. Speaking to ANI, he said, “Hopefully the construction of Garbhgirah of Ram Lalla at Ram mandir will be completed by the end of 2023 so that we can install Ramlala at his respected birthplace”.
On August 5, 2020, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took part in the ‘bhoomi pujan’ to mark the beginning of the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya. The iconic Ram Mandir has been at the centre of many controversies.
The latest has been the allegations of money laundering and corruption over a fraudulent land deal at Bagh Bijaisi against the Ram Mandir Trust.
Aam Aadmi Party and the Samajwadi Party accused the Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust of a land scam. It’s being claimed that the price of land changed from Rs 2 crore to Rs 18.5 crore within minutes.
Top Congress Party leaders including Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi later hit out at the Trust, and said that the misuse of funds is an insult to the faith of the crores of people who have donated money for the construction of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya.
The Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust refuted the allegations. Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Champat Rai who is also the general secretary of the trust, said in a tweet that all land bought so far has been purchased at a price much less than market rates. People are spreading confusion inspired by political vendetta.
The Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Tirth Kshetra Trust was formed in February 2020 to supervise the construction of the Ram Temple following the Supreme Court verdict in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid property dispute in November 2019. The Supreme Court, on November 9, 2019, had directed the Central government to hand over the site at Ayodhya for the construction of the Ram temple.
(with inputs from ANI)