Ayodhya done, Kashi and Mathura next: Akhara Parishad

The Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad (ABAP) has said that the saint community is happy over its long-pending dream of having a grand temple of Lord Ram at Ayodhya being fulfilled finally, and wants Kashi and Mathura to be next on the agenda.

ABAP president Mahant Narendra Giri told reporters: “It is a matter of solace and pride that the bhumi pujan for the construction of a grand Ram temple in Ayodhya has been done after a prolonged battle. We now demand that the flag of ‘Sanatan Dharma’ be hoisted in Kashi and Mathura also, for which the Akhara Parishad would do everything possible, remaining within the limits of the Constitution.”

He said that the seers would soon hold a meeting to discuss plans for starting a movement for Kashi and Mathura and ‘liberating’ the two key places of importance for the Hindus.

Just days back, the Krishna Janmabhoomi Trust with 80 seers from 14 states has been set up in Mathura to ‘liberate’ the Krishna Janambhoomi.

“The bhoomi pujan ceremony in Ayodhya was a wonderful and unique event. Seeing Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeting the saints before the auspicious event by bowing to them shows how humble and down to earth he is. The foundation of fulfilling the pledge taken by Sanatan Dharma has been laid. The sacrifices of those associated with the cause for years have borne fruit,” Giri said.

Parishad general secretary Hari Giri said the construction of a grand Ram temple will mark a new dawn for those who believe in the establishment of Ram Rajya in the country.“It is a matter of pride for those who believe in Sanatan Dharma,” he added and applauded the efforts of PM Modi for fulfilling his promise on coming to power.

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