Will set up one Ram temple in every village: Vishva Hindu Parishad

The target is to reach 1.25 lakh villages, says Vishva Hindu Parishad spokesman Sharad Sharma

Lucknow: With the Ayodhya Ram temple issue bouncing back to the centre stage of Uttar Pradesh politics ahead of the 2017 assembly polls, the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) has decided to construct temples in every village across the country.

“The organization has decided to set up a temple of Lord Ram in every village," VHP spokesman Sharad Sharma said on Monday. He said that from 15 April—Ram Navami—the organization would start a seven-day-long Ram Mahotsava.

“During this period Lord Ram will be worshipped in every village," he said.

Sharma said the target is to reach 1.25 lakh villages. “We had been observing Ram Mahotsava in the past and the organization has already reached 70,000-75,000 villages pan India," he said.

Sharma said that during Ram Mahotsava, statues of Lord Ram would be worshipped. “Whether it is a statue or picture it will be installed at a place after worship," he said.

The Ayodhya Ram temple issue is pending before the Supreme Court but it is again in focus in UP politics ahead of assembly elections next year. BJP leader Subramanian Swamy recently exuded confidence that work on the construction of the temple in Ayodhya would start before the year-end.

He, however, made it clear that the temple would not come up through a movement but only after the court verdict, which he hoped would come by August-September, and with the mutual consent of Muslim and Hindu communities.

On whether raising the Ram temple issue was linked to the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections in early 2017, he said, “Ram should not be linked with elections. Ram is a matter of faith for Hindus and construction of the temple at Ayodhya is a commitment of every Hindu." PTI

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