Ayodhya: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday confirmed that the state government will build a grand statue of Lord Ram in Ayodhya. Addressing a press conference in Ayodhya, Adityanath said that he has asked the architects to prepare a design and the discussion to construct a Ram temple is in the last stage. “Mandir hai, mandir tha, aur mandir rahega (There was, is and will be a Ram mandir)” he said.Also Read - Travelling To Uttar Pradesh? Read These Latest Guidelines Issued by Yogi Govt Amid Omicron Scare

“…bhumi ke anusar uske bare mein charcha karenge. Pujaniya murti mandir mein hogi, lekin ek darshaniya murti jo yahan ki pehchan ban sake. Hum wo sari vyavasthaein karenge jisse astha ka samman bhi ho aur Ayodhya ki pehchan ban sake (Will discuss the statue of Lord Ram as per the land. The statue will be placed in the temple, but a statue which will be the identity of Ayodhya. We’ll do all the arrangements that will respect the sentiments of the devotees…)” Adityanath said. Also Read - UPTET Paper Leak: 29 Arrested So Far; CM Yogi Adityanath Says Will Invoke NSA Against Culprits

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The announcement comes a day after Adityanath renamed Faizabad district as Ayodhya. “Ayodhya is a symbol of our ‘aan, baan aur shaan’ (honour, pride and prestige). Nobody can do injustice to Ayodhya,” he said, adding that the holy city is identified by Lord Ram.

On Sunday, asserting that a Ram temple will be built in Ayodhya soon, the Uttar Pradesh CM had said the devotees all over the world will not have to wait for long for a piece of good news regarding this (a Ram mandir in Ayodhya), giving hints at the construction of a grand temple for Lord Ram.

“Light a ‘diya’ (earthen lamp) for Lord Ram this time, work there will start very soon. We have to take this up after Diwali,” the UP CM had said. A few days ago, CM Yogi had called for an early resolution to the Ayodhya dispute. “If justice is given in time, it is appreciated as fair but when delayed it is equivalent to injustice,” the Uttar Pradesh CM had tweeted last week.

The construction of a Ram temple was first hinted by UP Bharatiya Janata Party president Mahendra Nath Pandey. He had claimed that Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has a plan for the Ayodhya issue and will make an announcement around Diwali.

Yogi Ji mukhyamantri ke saath-saath bahut bade sant hain. Nishchit roop se unhone Ayodhya ke liye yojana banayi hai. Diwali aane dijiye,khushkhabri ki pratiksha kijiye…Mukhyamantri ke haathon wo yojana saamne aayegi to uchit hoga (Yogi Ji is a great saint along with the Chief Minister. He has drafted a plan for Ayodhya. Let Diwali come. An appropriate plane will come out in the hands of the CM),” Pandey stated.