On the second day of Dharm Sabha at Varanasi, Ram Mandir issue was discussed at great length. They ultimately and unanimously rejected the proposal of Yogi Adityanath’s proposal to construct 221- metre statue at Ayodhya.
A setback to the ambitions Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh as the Dharm Sansad showed reluctance for the statue. They even termed it as ‘inappropriate’.
The seers unanimously said that installation of Lord Ram’s statue would be against their faith.
They also suggested that statues of great men and women had been put up across the country whereas Ram was their lord and a grand temple should be built at the disputed site so that ‘puja’ could be performed.
On Sunday, Shankaracharya Swami Swaroopanand Saraswati hit out at the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), saying its Dharm Sabha in Ayodhya was purely political.
“We want Lord Ram temple should be built without disturbing communal harmony. We do not want any dispute with anyone. The Dharm Sabha in Ayodhya by the VHP was purely political. They want to build a memorial while we want to build a place for worship. Our existence is not based on hatred for Muslims. Those, who are organising Dharm Sabha in Ayodhya, are political people,” he said.
The Uttar Pradesh government has said it will install a 221-metre bronze statue of Lord Ram in Ayodhya. Unveiling details of the proposed structure, Uttar Pradesh Principal Secretary (Information) Avanish Awasthi said the statue would be 151-metre high and would be put on a 50-metre high pedestal.
There would be a head cover (chhatra) for the grand statue that would be another 20 metre, taking the total height to 221 metres.