Ayodhya is going to be the venue of a big function on August 5 when the Prime Minister will lay the foundation stone of a grand Ram temple at the place where the lord is believed to have taken birth. But will it not be a misinterpretation of what the spot is known for? Ram was born as a prince and heir apparent to a powerful kingdom in a palace and not in a temple. So, in order to properly commemorate Ram, a grand palace should be built and not a temple — one with rooms, say in which Kekayi asked king Dashrath for Ram’s banishment, in which Dashrath died, in which Ram was crowned and more significantly the ones, in which he ordered Sita’s exile, and, in which she went back to the womb of mother earth. Then only the structure will represent the deep-rooted feelings and sentiments of thinking Indians.
R C Mody New Delhi
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