‘Invitations To Devotees Of Lord Ram Only’: Ayodhya Ram Mandir Chief Priest After Uddhav Thackeray’s Jibe

Shiv Sena (UBT) chief Uddhav Thackeray had earlier said that he had not received invitation for the inauguration event of Ayodhya's Ram Temple.

Construction work underway at Shri Ram Janmabhoomi temple in Ayodhya

The Chief Priest of Ayodhya’s Ram Temple Satyendra Das has snubbed Shiv Sena (UBT) chief Uddhav Thackeray saying that invitations have been extended only to those who are "devotees of Lord Ram".

Uddhav Thackeray had earlier said  that he had not received invitation for the inauguration event of Ayodhya's Ram Temple.

"Invitations are only extended to those who are devotees of Lord Ram. It is totally wrong to say that BJP is fighting in the name of Lord Ram, our PM is respected everywhere. He has done immense work under his tenure. This is not politics. This is his devotion," Satyendra Das was quoted by news agency ANI as having said.

Satyendra Das also lashed out at Shiv Sena (UBT) leader Sanjay Raut on his remarks "BJP is left now to announce Lord Ram as their candidate,” the report said.

"Sanjay Raut has so much pain that even he can't express that, they were the ones who used to fight elections in the name of Lord Ram. Those who believed in Lord Ram are in power, what nonsense he is talking about? He is insulting Lord Ram," the chief priest was quoted as having said.

Earlier today, Shiv Sena (UBT faction) leader Sanjay Raut lashed out at the BJP amid the hype around the Ram Temple opening in Ayodhya next month, saying that it will seek votes in the name of Lord Ram ahead of the Lok Sabha elections next year.

"The PMO and government should shift base to Ayodhya. They will ask for votes only in Ram's name because they have done nothing else," Raut had said.

Raut added that Shiv Sena members put their blood and toil into the Ram Mandir movement.

"Balasaheb Thackrey and thousands of Shiv Saniks contributed to it," he said.

"Even we are devotees of Ram. In fact, we are the biggest devotees of Ram and our party has sacrificed a lot for the Ram temple. They have taken our country back by 5000 years," he said.

As per temple officials, the consecration ceremony in Ayodhya's Ram Mandir will be held over seven days, starting on January 16.

On the final day, January 22, after the morning puja, the deity of Ram Lala will be consecrated in 'Mrigashira Nakshatra' in the afternoon.