Allahabad: Ram temple replica a major draw

VHP had unveiled the Ram temple’s replica at its camp on sector 1 of Magh Mela venue on January 12.

ALLAHABAD: The replica of proposed Ram temple in Ayodhya, which has been put on display at the camp of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) in Magh Mela area, is drawing devotees in droves.

According to VHP office-bearers, at least 1.5 lakh devotees have already seen the replica.

VHP had unveiled the temple’s replica at its camp on sector 1 of Magh Mela venue on January 12, decades after the structure was first put up on display during Kumbh Mela in 1989.

This is the first time when VHP has displayed Ram temple’s model in Magh Mela. Earlier, the model was displayed only during Kumbh and Ardh Kumbh.

Talking to TOI, VHP spokesman Ashwani Mishra said, “Over 1.5 lakh devotees/pilgrims have already viewed the replica of Ram temple so far in the ongoing Magh Mela. This is the first time that the replica has been set up in Magh Mela.

“Visitors are keen on viewing the replica and offering prayers. We will make elaborate arrangements in view of Mauni Amavasya snan when lakhs of pilgrims will visit VHP’s camp,” he said.

“We have made a special camp for the replica so that more devotees can take a glimpse of it,” he said.

Preetam Das, who came to visit Magh Mela from Jharkhand, said, “I could not get the opportunity to have a glimpse of the replica during Kumbh last year but this time I visited the camp to see the replica.”

Ramanand from Bihar said, “We used to see the model of proposed Ram temple in Ayodhya in newspapers but this time we saw it at VHP camp.”

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