Sangh-led Ram Rajya Rath Yatra begins from Ayodhya, will travel across 6 states

Last Updated: Tue, Feb 13, 2018 10:29 hrs
Ayodhya Rath Yatra

Ayodhya: After 28 years of the Rath Yatra taken out by BJP stalwart Lal Krishna Advani, BJP and VHP is all set to re-visit the yatra politics when it will take out a Rath Yatra from February 13 that will culminate in Rameshwaram on Ram Navami day.

This yatra is initiated by Ram Das Mission Universal Society while the VHP will provide logistic support.

The Yatra will be flagged off by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath from Karsevakpuram in Ayodhya MP from Faizabad and party’s Mayor will also attend that function.

The Yatra will travel from UP, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and end in Tamil Nadu.

The Yatra is designed to revive the Ram temple movement in time for the next Lok Sabha elections.

Sreesakti Saanthananda, the mahant of the Mission who is in-charge of this yatra minced no words in accepting that the mission of this rath yatra is to ensure construction of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya. "Everyone wants a temple at that site and we are just galvanizing people in this cause."

“The people who are not able to visit Ayodhya will set to see how this proposed temple will look like as the Rath has been modeled on the lines of the proposed Ram Temple in Ayodhya,” he said.

The re-modelled Ram Rajya rath was designed in Mumbai and it reached Karsevakpuram in Ayodhya on Saturday night. It is around 28 feet high Rath having pillars all around it. It has picture of Lord Ganesh in the middle flanked by pictures of Tulsidas and Balmiki – the two ancient poets credited with writing Ram Charit Manas and Ramayana.

BJP stalwart Lal Krishna Advani had taken out a Rath Yatra in 1990 that re-defined the political landscape of India. Twenty eight years later BJP and VHP is all set to re-visit the yatra politics when it will take out a Rath Yatra from February 13 that will culminate in Rameshwaram on Ram Navami day.

VHP Spokesman Sharad Sharma said that Ram Jamabhoomi Nays is of the belief that Ram temple will be constructed on the Ram Janmabhoomi complex. “People want a grand temple at that place and their wish will be fulfilled,” he said in a statement issued here.

The Supreme Court last week made it clear that it will deal with the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute case “purely as a land dispute” and posted the batch of 14 appeals for hearing from March 14.

The demolition of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya resulted in several months of inter-communal rioting between India's Hindu and Muslim communities, causing the death of at least 2,000 people.

More from Sify: