New Delhi: As Ayodhya remain on tenterhooks over the construction of Ram Temple, Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government has announced that it will install a 221-metre bronze statue of Lord Ram in the holy town. If reports are to be believed, five firms shortlisted for construction of the statue gave presentations before Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday evening. However, the location for the construction has not been finalised yet. Also Read - UP Govt to Take Help from Religious Leaders to Raise Awareness Among People Not to Dump Bodies in Rivers
“While the height of the actual statue would be 151 metres, its overhead umbrella would be 20 metres while the pedestal would be 50 metres. A museum would be housed at the pedestal”, Uttar Pradesh Principal Secretary (Information) Avanish Awasthi told reporters. He added that soil testing is being done for installing the statue. Also Read - UP Govt to Provide 5 Kg Foodgrain to BPL Families For 3 Months, Rs 1000 Per Month to Daily Wagers
On November 7, CM Yogi had made it clear that a statue of Lord Ram will soon be built in Ayodhya. “One idol (of Lord Ram) will be placed inside the temple for worshipping and another will be constructed outside the temple, for the latter idol, we will decide a place after discussion. We will ensure that everything is done in a manner that people’s faith is also respected and Ayodhya gets the needed recognition,” he had said. Also Read - Lockdown in Uttar Pradesh Likely to be Extended Till May 24: Reports
Notably, the UP government’s announcement comes amid Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) massive Dharam Sabha in Ayodhya. The RSS affiliate body has claimed that more than 3 lakh ‘devotees’ will attend the event, organised at Bade Bhakt Mal Ki Baghia, around 300 metres from the Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas workshop.