Chief priest of Ram temple opposes new trust arrangement for distribution of prasad

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PTI, November 9, 2022, 09:46 IST

Ram Temple Chief Priest Acharya Satyendra Das has objected to the Sriram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust’s decision to stop distribution of ‘prasad’ among devotees of a makeshift temple where the idol is housed .

The deity is at the temporary structure until the temple of Ram is built. It was placed earlier in the structure of the Ram Janmabhoomi complex mosque on December 22, 1949.

Under a new arrangement, implemented a few days ago, trust officials have been tasked with distributing ‘prasad’ some distance from the temple.

Since January 25, 1986, when the lock of Babri Masjid was opened for the worship of Lord Rama, ‘prasad’ has been distributed from there.

About the arrangement, Das asked if it was correct to offer ‘prasad’ to devotees by trust workers instead of priests.

“I am unable to understand how many people are part of the trust who are responsible for giving orders. Anyone from anywhere becomes a trustee,” he said, naming a few people he said were behind this “incorrect practice”.

On the matter, Prakash Gupta, the trust office in charge at the Ram Janmabhoomi premises, said, “We have introduced this arrangement to put things in order. He claimed that when ‘prasad’ was distributed from the temple, the smooth movement of devotees was hampered. Therefore, “we have set up a stall some distance from the temple from where we distribute ‘prasad’,” Gupta said.

This arrangement has proven to be a relief for devotees as they are not stuck in crowds to get ‘prasad’, he said.

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