‘Mandir tha, hai aur rahega’ : Yogi Adityanath on Ayodhya Ram Temple

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Controversy stirred by UP CM on the Lord Ram temple.

Published November 7, 2018 14:25 IST


  • Yogi Adityanath said there is already a Ram temple in Ayodhya
  • Adityanath offered prayers in Ayodhya a day after renaming Faizabad district
  • Adityanath confirmed plans to construct a statue of Lord Ram in Ayodhya


Lord Ram is back in the limelight with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath saying that there is already a Ram temple in Ayodhya and the government is trying to make it grander. “I come to offer prayers. Mandir tha, hai aur rahega (the temple was there, is there and will continue to be there),” said Adityanath.

Adityanath offered prayers at Hanuman Garhi temple in Ayodhya, celebrating Diwali,  a day after renaming Faizabad district as Ayodhya. He confirmed the plans to construct a statue of Lord Ram in Ayodhya.

The Faizabad district comprises the twin towns of Faizabad and Ayodhya on the banks of the river Saryu.  “All options are open to us, but solutions will come amidst the norms of our law and the Constitution. We are waiting for it,” confirmed Adityanath.

Adityanath also revealed that he had visited two spots being considered to build the Ram statue, along with the announcement of a new airport named after Ram and a new medical college named after Raja Dashrath (Lord Ram’s father) to be set up in Ayodhya.

He also vowed that a “solution” to Ram Mandir within the limits of the Constitution, will be finalised soon, saying, “Ram Mandir is, was and will be in Ayodhya”.

Amid speculations that seers and saints were upset with the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government in the state and Centre after deferring of the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case, the chief minister declared, “All seers and saints are with me.” Rs 175 crore has also been earmarked by the state government for the development in name of Lord Ram at ‘Ram Rajya’.

Yogi Adityanath has been politicising the issue of Ayodhya for long, as is evident from his Diwali celebrations last year.

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