NEW DELHI: Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister
on Friday stirred a row after he raised questions about the
and asked if
is confined to a single temple.
Speaking to reporters in Jammu, Farooq Abdullah also asked if Lord Ram exclusively belongs to the BJP or RSS emphasising that “nobody is the custodian of Ram”.
“Is Lord Ram residing only in one temple? Isn’t Ram having any other home (temple)? Are other Ram temples useless ones? Ram is omnipresent. He is also there where there is no Ram temple. He is the Ram of the entire universe,” Abdullah told reporters.
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He further stated that Shri Ram should not be confined to one sect and it is misleading to portray him solely as a Hindu deity. Abdullah also questioned the exclusivity associated with the temple opening on January 22 and criticized the invitation process.
“Is Ram of the BJP only? Does Ram belong to only the RSS? Who are they to invite anyone? Why do you need an invitation to go to a temple?” the former chief minister asked.
“If I am going for an Umrah, shall I expect an invite from there? The invitation process is wrong. Nobody is the custodian of Ram,” he added.
The consecration ceremony of the Ayodhya Ram Mandir, also known as the ‘Pran Pratishtha’ of Ram Lalla’s idol, is scheduled for January 22, 2024. On the day of “pran pratishtha,” over a lakh devotees are anticipated to gather in the temple town. The Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust has sent invitation cards to over 6,000 individuals.