The proposed bhoomi pujan to start construction of a grand Ram temple at Ayodhya has been deferred indefinitely as Sri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra, the trust which has been entrusted with the work to build the temple, said a decision would be taken after considering the internal situation of the country.
A statement issued by Sri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra (SRJTK) in Ayodhya on Thursday said that official announcement of bhoomi pujan would be made later. “Do not believe the rumours,” it said.
Earlier, a tentative date to start bhoomi pujan was fixed for July 2 and Prime Minister Narendra Modi was supposed to attend the function virtually.
The SRJTK further said that a decision would be taken after considering the internal situation of the country.
The official release did not elaborate further but paid homage to martyrs who sacrificed their lives at Indo-China border, throwing enough hint that the recent tension at Indo-China border might have forced the Trust to take this decision.
The SRJTK also launched its website — srjbtkshetra.org — and said that information about bhoomi pujan would be uploaded soon.
There is confusion over date to start bhoomi pujan as a section of local sadhus believe that if it cannot be held on July 2, then it need to be postponed till Navratri as there is no auspicious date in between.
The sadhus are, however, unanimous in their view that construction of boundary wall and other structures should start while the construction over sanctum sanctorum could wait.