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Karni Sena seeks construction of ‘Ram palace’ at Ayodhya

Files a petition in the Supreme Court which is hearing the Ayodhya land dispute case


Amid an ongoing campaign by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its affiliates for construction of Ram temple in Uttar Pradesh’s Ayodhya, the Rajput Karni Sena (RKS) has added a new twist to the campaign by seeking for construction of a grand palace for Ram, instead of a temple there. The RKS made this demand at a function in Patna.

“Ram was born in a palace, not in a temple. Hence, a magnificent palace should be constructed at Ayodhya,” RKS chief Lokendra Singh Kalvi told the media on Thursday evening, adding his organisation had already filed a petition in the Supreme Court which is currently hearing the Ayodhya land dispute case.

“Religious leaders have been demanding the construction of a Ram temple. Some political parties oppose this but we are of the opinion that a magnificent palace be constructed there since Ram was born in a palace,” Kalvi said. He announced the RKS would fund the construction of palace if they are allowed to go ahead with the plan.

The city of Ayodhya is a holy site for Hindus who consider it as the birthplace of Ram or Rama, also known as Ramachandra. According to Hindu mythology, Ram was born to Kaushalya and Dashratha in Ayodhya, the ruler of the kingdom of Kosala. He married Sita who hails from Sitamarhi district in Bihar.

Construction of the Ram temple at Ayodhya has been the key political agenda of the BJP which is now in power at the centre. The issue hit the national headlines when the then BJP chief Lal Krishna Advani took out a rally in September 1990 to erect a temple for Ram on the site of the Babri Masjid, which was later razed to the ground in December 1992.

In another twist to the Ram temple controversy, Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar has now announced the construction of a temple dedicated to Sita, wife of Ram, in Sitamarhi district and has also earmarked 20 acres for the temple. Kumar who inaugurated Sitamarhi festival on Tuesday in the presence of prominent Hindu saint Ram Bhadracharya also sanctioned Rs480 million for the construction of the temple.

As per reports, the restoration and construction of the temple dedicated to Sita in Sitamarhi is part of Narendra Modi government’s ambitious programme of building a ‘Ramayan circuit’. The Bihar government and the Union tourism ministry have joined hands for the project.

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