Even before the Ram temple reaches completion, Ayodhya now has a temple that is turning out to be a major tourist attraction. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath enjoys a vast fan following across the country and beyond. His supporters often make headlines for their unique ways of showering praise and admiration on the beloved political leader.
The temple is located near the Bharat Kund. The idol of the chief minister shows him carrying a bow and arrow and an ‘aarti’ is performed at the temple every evening.
According to The Week, Prabhakar Maurya, a 32-year-old describes himself as a ‘Yogi pracharak’ (Yogi publicist) and Youtuber who has created numerous songs for the party. He said he had promised himself that he would build a temple for whoever would enable the construction of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya.
On August 5, 2020, the day of the bhoomi pujan of the Ram Janmbhoomi temple at Ayodhya, Maurya started work on the Shri Yogi Mandir. Two sculptors, one from Rajasthan and another from Barabanki were roped in to build a statue in the likeness of Adityanath. This July the small temple spread over 20 by 20 feet was thrown open to devotees.
No priest has been appointed and Maurya himself sings a self-composed aarti twice a day. The chorus for the hymn goes, ‘Jai, Jai Yogi Baba’. The life-size statue of Adityanath bears a quiver full of arrows and a bow in its right hand. Behind his head is the likeness of the sun. Lord Ram was of the sooryavanshi dynasty of which the sun was the symbol.
The construction cost of the temple is Rs 7 lakhs. This cash was obtained from Maurya’s YouTube channel, which is overrun with songs like “Garaj rahein hanuman gagan mein, kalyug jaane wala hai, poora desh ye bol raha hai Yogi yug aane wala hai” (Hanuman is thundering in the heavens, Kalyug is on its way out, and the entire country is proclaiming