Chandkhuri: Days before the ‘bhoomi pujan’ ceremony is set to take place in Ayodhya next month on August 5, a Muslim man from Chhattisgarh’s Chandkhuri has decided to walk over 800 kilometres to reach the venue. Also Read - Time Capsule To Be Kept 2,000 Feet Under Ram Temple in Ayodhya: Official
Notably, the village Chandkhuri is believed to be the birthplace of Lord Ram’s mother Kaushalya and a resident of the village, Mohammed Faiz Khan is a devotee of Lord Ram.
Mohammad Faiz Khan, who has reached Madhya Pradesh’s Anuppur, told ANI, “I am a Muslim from my name and religion but I am a devotee of Lord Rama. If we find out about our ancestors, they were Hindus. Their names might be Ramlal or Shyamlal. We all have Hindu origin whether we go to church or mosque.”
“Our main ancestor is Lord Rama. Allama Iqbal (Pakistan’s national poet) had tried to explain in a way in which he said that the one who has perfect sight, will consider Lord Rama as lord of India. With this reverence, I am taking soil from Kaushalya’s birthplace at Chandkhuri to Ayodhya for dedicating it during the ground-breaking ceremony,” he said.
When asked about people criticising his initiative, he said, “Some people in Pakistan have created fake IDs with Hindu and Muslim names and are abusing each other to show that all communities are fighting in India.”
He claimed that he has walked 15,000 km to various temples and even stayed there.
“This is not the first time I am walking to the temples. I have walked 15,000 km and stayed in temples and mutts. Nobody said a word against me. This journey is only 800 km. Pakistan is trying to create communal tension in India on the occasion of Ram temple construction,” Khan said.
The Bhumi Pujan on 5 August will be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and he is likely to be accompanied by senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L K Advani and Uttar Pradesh (UP) Chief Minister (CM) Yogi Adityanath.
(With ANI inputs)