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Not okay with VHP-backed Nyas temple model: Nirmohi Akhara

Members of the Nyas have since 1991 been running a workshop in Ayodhya's Karsewakpuram where craftsmen have carved stones and pillars to be used to build the temple. As per Nyas’ plan, the final structure will be 268 ft long, 140 ft wide and 128 ft high, and have 212 pillars.

, ET Bureau|
Nov 16, 2019, 08.38 AM IST
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Senior members of the RSS, including chief Mohan Bhagwat, had met the Sompura family from Gujarat that had prepared the design.
NEW DELHI: Nirmohi Akhara, among the oldest litigants in the Ayodhya title dispute, has not accepted the design of a temple complex that the VHP-backed Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas has suggested.

Members of the Nyas have since 1991 been running a workshop in Ayodhya's Karsewakpuram where craftsmen have carved stones and pillars to be used to build the temple. As per Nyas’ plan, the final structure will be 268 ft long, 140 ft wide and 128 ft high, and have 212 pillars. A wooden model of the temple in a glass encasement has been kept at the workshop site to show devotees how the final structure would look like. Recently, senior members of the RSS, including chief Mohan Bhagwat, had met the Sompura family from Gujarat that had prepared the design.

The Supreme Court last week rejected Nirmohi Akhara’s application seeking control over the land of the Ram Janmabhoomi, and also its Shebait rights, but has given directions to the central government to give it appropriate representation in a trust to be formed to oversee the temple’s construction.

“The temple that should come up in Ayodhya should be a non-ostentatious one that reflects the sacrificing, austere spirit of Lord Shri Ram; not a soulless, modern complex,” the Nirmohi Akhara’s sarpanch, Mahant Rajaramchandra Acharya, said. “The Nirmohi Akhara needs to be consulted before freezing the final design of the temple, as it must accommodate the Ramanandi practices, duties, prayers and traditions of the Nirmohi Akhara as it has always maintained for centuries towards the deity."

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