Sun. Mar 3rd, 2024


Ayodhya-Acharya Satyendra Das, the chief priest of Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Temple, has reacted sharply after a number of opposition social gathering leaders refused to attend the ‘Pran Pratishtha’ ceremony in Ayodhya on Monday, saying that Lord Ram doesn’t belong to anybody political social gathering however is a logo of collective consciousness and unites thousands and thousands of Indians residing within the nation and elsewhere.

Acharya Satyendra Das has been residing in Ayodhya since his early childhood and has been worshipping in the identical temple because the final 32 years, a lot earlier than the demolition of the Babri Masjid in 1992. He remains to be the chief priest of the newly-constructed Ram temple.

Acharya Satyendra Das in an unique dialog with IANS spoke on a number of points, together with worship on the Ayodhya temple.

Reacting to the a number of opposition social gathering leaders elevating questions concerning the ‘Pran Pratishtha’ ceremony, Acharya Satyendra Das mentioned: “There is an environment of fervour in the complete nation relating to the Pran Pratishtha ceremony of Ram Lalla in Ayodhya, however some political social gathering leaders are elevating questions concerning the timing of this auspicious and momentous event. I wish to inform the critics of this grand inauguration occasion that Shri Ram doesn’t belong to anybody particular person, He belongs to each Indian. Shri Ram doesn’t belong to anybody political social gathering.

“Therefore, if there is faith in God, then one has faith in God. This is beyond politics and only those who have faith and reverence in Him will worship Him. Please be kind to Shri Ram, everyone should visit Him to get his blessings and accept Him as God and you will be benefitted by it… if you don’t do so then no problem, so let those who believe in Shri Ram work in their own way.”

“Somewhere in between, Congress leaders started asking, why was there a need for a new statue of Prabhu Shri Ram? Shiv Sena also makes a different kind of rhetorical statement, ” mentioned Satyendra Das, including “Shiv Sena supported the decision of building a new statue of Shri Ram. However, Congress has never been cooperative… rather it was anti-Ram.”

“But Shiv Sena remained with the Ram Janmabhoomi movement since the time when party founder Bal Thackeray was alive. They had great faith and belief in Shri Ram and even when the disputed structure collapsed during the time of Kar Seva, Shiv Sena activists and workers were present there. Shiv Sena should follow the same ideology which Bal Thackeray was known for and carry on his ideology. Shiv Sena should continue to believe in God and continue to respect God. Uddhav Thackeray should also follow the same path as his late father.”

Commenting on whether or not Congress leaders would go to Ram temple ceremony or not, Acharya Satyendra Das says, “See, God says that those who come from deceitful intentions have no importance. Those who come with dedication will get the same results and only they will get recognition.”

The chief priest of the non permanent temple of Shri Ram Lalla, mentioned: “The priests of the newly constructed Ram temple in Ayodhya have not been appointed yet. This has to be done in Shri Ram Janmabhoomi pilgrimage area. Yes, I can definitely tell that some selected priests are being trained.”

On the query of what sort of coaching shall be supplied to the monks chosen for the newly constructed Ram temple, Das provides: “There are many sects in Sanatan Dharma.”

“Everyone has their own way of worshipping God. It is different for Shaivites, Vaishnavites and Shaktas. The system of Nathpanthis is also different. Everyone has information about their worship methods. Training is also being given for worshiping Shri Ram Lalla. The temple of Shri Ram Lalla is a temple of Ramanandi Vaishnav tradition. Worship will be done here according to this tradition. Similar training is being given to selected priests.”

Das mentioned: “New priests have been selected to offer prayers in the grand Ram temple built in Ayodhya. Recently applications for puja were issued, after which they have been selected. Imparting training is very important to these priests.”

“There should be such a system in every temple that one who has knowledge of worship should be selected, ” he mentioned.

The chief priest of Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Temple mentioned that at current 4 assistant monks, together with him, are taking care of the temple, the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust will determine what number of extra monks could be chosen.”

Reacting to the settlement of Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid by the Supreme Court and the way do you are feeling about Ayodhya now, Acharya Satyendra Das mentioned: “The problem of Ram Lalla staying in a tarpaulin for 28 years is now over. Now a grand temple has been built in Ayodhya. The Pran Pratishtha ceremony of the Ram Temple will take place on January 22 after which Ram Lalla will reside in it. Therefore, all the problems that existed here are over. Now only Ram Lalla should be worshiped and his devotees should have ‘darshan’ of him easily.”

Regarding the event of Ayodhya as a non secular and vacationer vacation spot, Das says: “Development is taking place at a brisk pace. Especially our Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath who keeps coming here regularly. He has visited Ayodhya at least 40 to 45 times and reviewed the developmental works here. That is why the work is progressing faster. All previous government’s neglected Ayodhya. Now Ayodhya is getting revamped in a new way.”

“PM Modi also took special interest in the development of Ayodhya. It was because of him that a new airport was built here. The construction of bus stations, railway stations and roads are being widened. In this way, Ayodhya has developed very well, due to which the people who come now are very happy. Now people from all over the country and abroad can come here for Ram Lalla’s darshan. They will not face any problems now.”

Eighty-three yr outdated Acharya Satyendra Das had been worshiping Ram Lalla as a priest for about 9 months earlier than the demolition of Babri Masjid in 1992. He additionally obtained the diploma of an acharya from the Sanskrit Vidyalaya in 1975. In 1976, he taught as an assistant trainer in Sanskrit College, Ayodhya.

After the demolition of the disputed construction, on March 5, 1992, the then receiver of the disputed website appointed him because the priest.

“Initially the monthly remuneration was only Rs 100, but it started increasing in the last few years. Till last year, only Rs 12, 000 monthly honorarium was being received, but this year it has increased, ” Das mentioned.

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