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Only Ram Mandir only will be constructed at Ram janmabhoomi site: Mohan Bhagwat

PTI Udupi (K’taka) | Updated on January 09, 2018

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RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat today made a strong pitch for building the Ram Temple on the disputed site at Ayodhya, saying only the mandir would come up there and not any other structure.

Addressing the “Dharma Sansad”, a congregation of 2,000 Hindu saints, mutt heads and VHP leaders from across the country at this small temple town here, he said there should be no ambiguity that Ram Temple will be built at Ayodhya.

“We will construct it. It is not a populist declaration but a matter of our faith. It will not change,” Bhagwat said.

“Close to goal”

The Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh (RSS) chief said that after years of efforts and sacrifice, the construction of the Ram temple seemed possible now, while also noting that the matter was in the court.

“Ram Mandir only will be constructed and nothing else. It will be constructed there (Ram janmabhoomi) only,” Bhagwat said.

He said the temple would be constructed in the same grandeur as it existed before, using the “same stones” under the guidance of those who were the flag-bearers of the Ram janmabhoomi movement for the last 25 years.

But prior to it (building the temple), public awareness was essential, he said.

“We are close to achieving our goal but at this juncture, we should be extra cautious,” he said.

Vishvesha Teertha Swamiji of Pejavar Math of Udupi, who chairs the reception committee, said the Ram Temple would be built in a year, well before 2019.

Addressing the meet earlier, VHP leader Pravin Togadia set the tone for the issues to be discussed in the Dharma Sansad in the next three days. He reiterated VHP’s affirmation to build the Ram Temple and a ban on cow slaughter.

The Udupi event is significant as the first formal announcement for Ram Temple at Rama Janmabhoomi in Ayodhya was made here in 1985 and a year later, the doors of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya were open to the public for darshan.

Agenda of the meet

Construction of the Ram temple, prevention of religious conversions and cow protection are among the key issues to be discussed at VHP’s three-day ‘Dharma Sansad’. The meet will also discuss issues of discrimination on the basis of caste and gender and explore ways to ensure harmony within Hindu society, the organisers said.

Elaborate security has been made for the Dharma Sansad.

Published on November 24, 2017

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