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Ram Temple Trust Invites PM Modi to Lay Foundation Stone of Temple in First Week of August

Devotees look at a model of the proposed Ram temple in Ayodhya. (Reuters)

Devotees look at a model of the proposed Ram temple in Ayodhya. (Reuters)

Mahant Kamal Nayan Das, spokesperson of Ram Mandir Trust president Nritya Gopal Das, said they have suggested two auspicious dates -- August 3 and 5 -- for Modi's visit.

At a key meeting of the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust on Saturday evening to discuss the construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya, it was decided that 'Bhumi Pujan' of the construction area will be done either on August 3 or August 5. The date will depend on when Prime Minister Narendra Modi is able to visit the site.

This will be Modi's first visit to Ayodhya and the Ram temple area.

"We have sent to the Prime Minister two dates to choose from - either August 3 or August 5 - as the date to lay down the foundation of the Ram Temple. The construction will begin on the date he deems fit," said Kameshawar Chaupal of the Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust.

Modi had announced the formation of the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teertha Kshetra Trust on February 5.

Mahant Kamal Nayan Das, spokesperson of Ram Mandir Trust president Nritya Gopal Das, said, "We have suggested two auspicious dates -- August 3 and 5 -- for the prime minister's visit based on calculations of movements of stars and planets."

Champat Rai, general secretary of the Sri Ram Janmabhoomi Tirth Kshetra Trust, said Larsen & Toubro is collecting samples for soil testing and a drawing of the temple's foundation will be made on basis of the strength of soil 60 metres below. "The work to lay down the foundation will begin on basis of the drawing," he said.

"It was discussed that 10 crore families across four lakh localities of the country will be contacted after monsoon and, when the situation becomes normal, for financial support to build the temple," he added. "After the situation becomes normal, the funds are collected and all drawings for the construction of the temple are complete, we think the construction will be completed within three to 3.5 years."

After a protracted legal tussle, the Supreme Court had last November paved the way for the construction of a Ram Temple by a trust at the disputed site in Ayodhya, and directed the Centre to allot an alternative 5-acre plot to the Sunni Waqf Board for building a new mosque at a "prominent" place in the holy town in Uttar Pradesh.