Shankaracharya advises BJP not to talk about Ram Mandir, vows to build temple on ownNew Delhi: Taking a dig at the BJP government, Hindu religious leaders on Tuesday said they will construct Ram temple at the "Lord's birthplace" in Ayodhya without any political assistance if the Supreme Court gives
New Delhi: Taking a dig at the BJP government, Hindu religious leaders on Tuesday said they will construct Ram temple at the "Lord's birthplace" in Ayodhya without any political assistance if the Supreme Court gives order in their favour.
The statement came in the wake of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh stating the NDA government can't bring law on Ram temple without majority in Rajya Sabha.
Addressing the Hindu Dharma Sansad at Ramlila Maidan here on Tuesday, Shankaracharya of Dwarkapeeth Swaroopananda Saraswati asked BJP leaders to stop talking about construction of Ram temple.
"We request you (Singh) with folded hands, don't talk about Ram Janmabhoomi. We will build Ram temple at the spot," Shankaracharya said.
Shankaracharya alleged that a section of political class brought in the name of Mughal emperor Babar to gain "political advantage" and said that the court has accepted the fact that Babar had never been to the place. There were remains that proved that it was a place of worship of Hindus, he claimed.
"It is Ram janmbhoomi and if the Supreme Court gives its verdict soon... because they have agreed it is Ram Janmabhoomi, but some portion has been given to Muslims while their plea has been rejected... If that is decided, then we will... without any political party... the saints, great souls, gentlemen will construct Ram temple at the spot of Lord's birth.
"And by God's grace, we won't need their (politicians) money, people will give us. We will construct temple, you please forgive us. Leave the discussion now," he added.
The Sansad also passed a resolution in this regard. Amongst other resolutions adopted by the Sansad are for ban on cow slaughter, imparting knowledge of 'Ramayana' and 'Mahabharata' to youngsters at educational institutes, and for imposing ban on alcohol.
Hindu Dharma Sansad is a gathering of various Hindu religious bodies and organizations.
The Sansad also sought to provide relief and help in restoring temples in Nepal which were destroyed in the massive earthquake.
Shankarcharya also said the political class lacked knowledge of Hindu religion.
Referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi gifting 'Bhagvad Gita' to Japanese emperor Akihito during his visit to the east Asian country in September last year, Shankaracharya quipped that he should rather ensure children across India are taught lessons from the book.
Amongst other demands, the gurus demanded introduction of uniform civil code and abolishing article 370 of the Constitution which gives special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
The two-day meet, which concluded tonight, was attended by heads of 13 'aakhadas' across the country.