The construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya will commence either on Ram Navmi or Akshaya Tritiya in April, Swami Govind Devgiri Maharaj, a trustee of Shri Ram Janambhoomi Teertha Kshetra Trust said here on Thursday. Also Read - Ram Temple Trust Will Work From Lawyer K Parasan's Greater Kailash House

The exact date, however, will be finalised in the first meeting of the Trust, he said. Also Read - What Took so Long For Ram Temple Trust Announcement? All You Need to Know

Swami Devgiri Maharaj was talking to reporters in Pune, a day after the Modi government constituted an independent 15-member Trust, including him, to oversee the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya. Also Read - Ayodhya: Cabinet Has Cleared Ram Temple Trust, PM Modi Announces in Lok Sabha, Reiterates 'Sabka Saath'

“I welcome Modi government’s decision to form a trust for the establishment of Ram mandir in Ayodhya. The construction of the temple will commence either on Ram Navmi (April 2) or Akshaya Tritiya (April 26) this year as discussed during a meeting at Prayagraj,” he said.

“However, the date will be finalised during the first meeting of the trust,” the Swami added.

“Many people wanted that a Ram temple be built in Ayodhya…It will not just be a monument dedicated to Lord Ram, but a symbol of the country,” he said.

“We will complete its construction in the next two years,” he said.

Swami Devgiri thanked ‘karsevaks’ and late Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Ashok Singhal for their contribution to the Ram Janmabhoomi movement.