Ram temple will fulfil dreams of 'temple warriors': VHP leader

Ayodhya
4 Dec 2017

A Ram temple in Ayodhya will fulfil the dreams of "temple warriors" who had devoted their life to the cause, says a Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader ahead of the 25th anniversary of the demolition of the Babri Masjid.

The VHP, which is celebrating the demolition anniversary on December 6 as 'Shaurya Diwas', has several special events lined up in Ayodhya and Uttar Pradesh capital Lucknow. As the group prepares for the day, Ambuj Ojha, co-media in-charge of VHP's Awadh region, said the group's chief Ashok Singhal, Mahant Awaidhyanath, the former chief priest of Gorakhnath Temple in Gorakhpur, Mahant Sri Ramchandra Das Paramhans, former head of the Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas in Ayodhya, and kar sevaks had sacrificed their lives for the cause.

"A Ram temple in Ayodhya will undoubtedly fulfil their dreams," Ojha told news agency PTI. On December 6, 1992, a large number of 'kar sevaks' - religious volunteers - had gathered in the temple town and demolished the 16th-century Babri Masjid, triggering widespread violence in the state and the country. Though the VHP has been celebrating Shaurya Diwas on December 6 since 1992 every year, Ojha said the commitment to a temple -- on what they believe to be the birthplace of Ram -- would be strengthened this coming year.
"In Lucknow, a Shaurya Sankalp Sabha will be held at Madhav Sabhagar of Saraswati Shishu Mandi Nirala Nagar.

"A large number of seers are likely to reach Karsewakpuram and hold a meeting there from 1.00 pm to 4.00 pm," he said. Preparations are on in full swing at the VHP office here. There's 20-year-old Rohit Pandey, who is busy narrating the history of Ayodhya and the demolition to curious visitors.