By: Nandika Chand | Last Updated July 20, 2020
Despite over a million positive COVID-19 cases in India and the poor struggling to have a decent two meal per day, the Ram Temple Trust, the Uttar Pradesh state administration and Centeral government are going ahead with the Ram Temple ground-breaking ceremony on August 5.
Nritya Gopal Das, president of the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teertha Kshetra, said the bhoomi pujan will be performed by placing a 40-kg silver brick at the sanctum sanctorum. He said there will be a three-day long Vedic rituals before the main ceremony, set to begin on August 3.
Sources said over 50 VIPS, including PM Narendra Modi, Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Aadityanath and senior BJP leaders associated with the Ram temple movement, will attend the event. The organizers said social distancing norms and safety rules for COVID-19 will be strictly followed. Moreover,giant CCTV screens have been installed across Ayodhya for devotees to watch the programme.
The construction had been put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Trust met on Saturday to set a date for the construction and initially settled on two dates, August 5 and 9 as auspicious. Later, the Trust decided on August 5.
The Supreme Court, in November 2019, settled the Ram Temple dispute by giving the Muslims a five-acre suitable plot for their mosque.