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Yogi visits Ayodhya on Diwali, inspects site for planned Lord Ram statue

His visit to Ram Janmabhoomi site came a day after the three-day Deepotsav ended, in which Korean First Lady Kim Jung-sook was the chief guest on the last day

Press Trust of India  |  Ayodhya 

CM Adityanath

Chief Minister Wednesday visited the disputed site and several ancient temples in this pilgrim town, besides inspecting a probable location near for a planned statue of Lord Ram.

His visit to site came a day after the three-day Deepotsav ended, in whichKorean First Lady was the chief guest on the last day.

"He arrived in this morning around 8:30 am from where he stayed at the Circuit House last night. First he visited Hanuman Garhi, and then the Ram Janmabhoomi, where he spent some time," president said.

Pandey said he accompanied the chief minister at a few of the temple visits, during which Yogi also interacted with several religious leaders.

Security was steeped up at the site, where a large number of people from across the country Wednesday visited on Diwali.

A police official said about 20,000 people visit the site on Diwali, almost double the footfall recorded on regular days, adding Yogi went in the morning.

Local residents said the chief minister had visited the birthplace of Lord Ram after last year's Deepotsav as well.

Yogi's visit to Ram Janambhomi site came at a time when the chorus has grown within the party and the Sangh Parivar, seeking construction of a temple there through ordinance.

At present, a statue of Ram Lalla (child avatar of Lord Ram) is kept at the site, which attracts devotees from far and wide.

The recently fixed the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute cases for the first week of January next year before an appropriate bench, which will decide the schedule of hearing.

As many as 14 appeals have been filed against the 2010 judgement that suggested that the 2.77 acres of disputed land be partitioned equally among three parties - the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla.

Pandey said after visiting the Ramjanmabhoomi, Adityanath went to Kanak Bhawan temple and then to Sugriv Kila, located in the heart of He then visited Maniram Das Ki Chavni and Digamber Akhada.

"Yogiji also inspected a site near for a planned statue of Lord Ram there. He later went to Gorakhpur where he met children of a tribal village and attended a programme there," he said.

Pandey said one of the probable sites is a patch of land between the Ram Ghat Halt and railway bridge on Saryu, which Yogi inspected.

Incidentally, Mayor Rishikesh Upadhyay had recently said that plans are afoot to install a statue of Lord Ram on the banks of the

Yogi's Wednesday visit comes a day after he announced that district will now be renamed as Ayodhya.

Pandey had Tuesday said that the option to resolve the Ayodhya dispute through community dialogue is "over" and the will work towards construction of a here through constitutional or legislative means.

The Faizabad president also claimed that majority population of Ayodhya want to see the temple getting built as it is a "matter of faith" for them and "BJP is the only party that raises this issue for them".

Many experts have said that the Ayodhya land dispute matter should be taken up by the court after 2019 elections, as it might affect the voters.

The Akhil Bharatiya Sant Samiti, an umbrella body of Hindu seers, in New Delhi on Sunday had "directed" the Narendra Modi government to bring in a legislation or an ordinance to build the in Ayodhya.

First Published: Wed, November 07 2018. 22:20 IST