Ayodhya: The VHP said that seers will light 5,100 earthen lamps at the disputed Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid site on Diwali but the district administration asserted no religious activity beyond the SC’s mandate on the issue will be allowed.
Ayodhya admin denies permission to VHP to light diyas on Diwali at disputed site, says no religious activities allowed before SC verdict.
VHP spokesperson Sharad Sharma said the seers of Ayodhya will go inside the Ram Mandir and light up diyas before the deity.
He also said a delegation of seers will meet Faizabad Divisional Commissioner Manoj Mishra, who is the authorised person in-charge of the disputed land by the Supreme Court.
When asked about the matter, Mishra said, “Any type of new tradition will not be allowed at the disputed site. Only those religious activities will be allowed which are permitted by the apex court.”
According to the apex court’s order of Jan 7, 1993, any type of religious activity is prohibited inside the disputed site except the chief priest performing only routine prayers.
Acharya Satyendra Das, the chief priest, claimed “Diwali is always celebrated at the Ram Janambhoomi shrine by lighting up 51 diyas in the temple.”
Section 144 imposed in Ayodhya till December 10
Lucknow: Authorities have imposed Criminal Procedure Code’s Section 144 prohibiting the assembly of more than four people in Ayodhya in views of the festive season and the verdict expected in the ongoing Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case in the Supreme Court by November 17. “In view of Diwali, other festivals and the ongoing hearing in the SC [related to the title suit in Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case), Section 144 has been imposed in Ayodhya. It will be in force till Dec 10,” said Ayodhya district magistrate Anuj Kumar Jha. "I must add that already there is another order in force since August 31 covering aspects of unlawful and undesirable activities.