The Ram temple built at a cost of around two thousand crores of rupees is being inaugurated in Ayodhya, a city of Hindu-dominated Uttar Pradesh, India. Another reason for so much discussion about this is that the Babri Masjid was demolished and this temple was built there. Ayodhya is now in full swing due to the inauguration of this temple. But the local Muslims are in fear and fear.
According to the American media CNN, about five lakh Muslims live in Ayodhya. Maulana Badshah Khan, a 65-year-old local resident, said he would be at home on the day of the temple’s inauguration.
Badshah Khan fears that the religious riots that erupted over the demolition of the Babri Masjid 30 years ago may recur. Built in the 16th century, the mosque was demolished by Hindutva organizations in 1992. According to Hindu belief, Ayodhya is the birthplace of Lord Rama.
Modi will inaugurate the temple on Monday. Analysts say that the BJP wants to use this temple as a trump card before the Lok Sabha elections. It is a monument to Hindu nationalist ambitions.
Badshah Khan feels that the organization of this temple inauguration shows the contempt Muslims are being treated under the BJP government.
He said, ‘The wounds of the construction of Babri Masjid are still in my mind.’
According to the calculations of the Government of India, for the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya approximately 1800 crore rupees (two thousand 370 crores in Bangladeshi currency). This Ram temple has not been completed yet. The construction of the first and second floors of this temple will be completed by the end of December 2024. The temple is expected to be completed by the end of 2025. About 11,000 people have been invited to attend the inauguration of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya tomorrow, Monday. Among them are several high profile politicians of India.
Even in the mood of such a festival, fear prevails among the Muslims of Ayodhya. The 39-year-old head of a local religious organization, Azam Qadri, said, ‘People who witnessed the violence of 1992 are becoming more apprehensive. Whenever people come from outside there is trouble. No one wants to lose their valuables, savings or identity cards anymore. It is not so easy to start life again.’
Indian media NDTV reported that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is strictly following some rules and rituals before inaugurating the Ram temple in Ayodhya. Quoting sources, NDTV reported that Modi is strictly following the ‘Yama Niyama’ for the ritual. He is sleeping on the floor with only a blanket and drinking bottled water.
Along with following a special diet. As a result, several items including onion and garlic have been removed from the food list.
The ritual of sanctification of the temple has started from January 12. On January 22, Modi will perform the Pran Puja at the temple. A team of priests led by Laxmikanta Dixit will perform the main rites of establishing prana.
The temple committee said, ‘Pran Stashga’ means imbuing the idol with divine consciousness and is essential for every idol worshiped in the temple. The auspicious time for this is January 22 at 12:30 PM.
Haji Mahbub, a resident of Ayodhya, witnessed the religious riots in 1992. He said local Muslims are worried about this as the agitated crowd will raise provocative slogans against them. They will call for a Hindu Rashtra (Jati) by expelling Muslims from Ayodhya.
On November 9, 2019, the verdict of the historic Ayodhya case was given by a five-judge constitutional bench of the Supreme Court. In that judgment, the Supreme Court ordered to give the original disputed 2.77 acres of land in Ayodhya to Shishu Ram or ‘Ramlala’. After that, the Muslims of Ayodhya thought that the Babri Masjid controversy would end here. But it didn’t happen.
BJP came to power in India under the leadership of Modi in 2014. The party came to power with promises of economy and development but is spreading Hindutva ideology across India.
After the verdict in the Ayodhya dispute case, a mosque was built at Dhanipur in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh on the site designated by the Supreme Court of India. This mosque is located about twenty two kilometers from the Ram temple in Ayodhya.
BJP member Arafat Sheikh was given the responsibility of building this mosque. He said that he had never come to Ayodhya before the construction of this mosque.
It is planned to use ocher color in this mosque too. About this, Arafat Sheikh said, this color was liked by the poor and famous dervishes. It will bring two communities closer in India.
Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay has written a book titled The Demolition and the Verdict on the 1992 Babri Masjid demolition incident. He said Modi’s decision to preside over Monday’s festival is a sign of Hindu supremacy in India.
Sources: CNN, NDTV, Hindustan Times, News18