Ram Mandir: Morari Bapu, spiritual leader, says no problem with PM Narendra Modi doing Pran Pratistha on January 22
Morari Bapu, who is the biggest donor of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya, praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead
Morari Bapu, who is the biggest donor of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya, praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of the mega ‘Pran Pratistha’ (consecration) ceremony on January 22. Speaking to India Today TV, he also spoke about those who have decided not to attend the inauguration, saying it is a “lost opportunity” for them.
“I have no problem with PM Modi doing the pran pratistha. He is the Prime Minister of the country. One should not look at which side (party) he hails from, but the fact that he represents the nation. He has made an immense contribution, which is why Ram Mandir inauguration is even happening today,” Morari Bapu said.
Bapu donated Rs 18.6 crore for the Ram temple construction. He told India Today TV that his followers sent the money within three days only.
Morari Bapu also shared his views on those who have declined to attend the inauguration, saying that they get “proof in the next few months” whether the move was “good or bad”. He, however, said it’s one’s choice to go to an event or give it a miss, and did not divulge the matter, stressing that he does not associate himself with any side and maintains an “honourable distance”.
“Nobody is happier than me about the Pran Pratistha,” he told India Today TV in an exclusive interview.
Morari Bapu, who is known to narrate Ram Katha (stories of Lord Ram), said he can feel his happiness about the Ram Mandir inauguration but “cannot give proof” of the same.
Asked about the four Shankaracharyas questioning the consecration and saying it is against the scriptures, Morari Bapu appealed to them to give their blessings for the occasion.
“I am sure the Shankaracharyas find no fault in Ram Mandir, I request them to send their blessings,” he said.
He added that no ‘muhurat’ (auspicious time for a ritual) need not be selected for the consecration as when it happens on January 22, it in itself will be a “sacred moment”.
“(Lord) Ram is the image of dialogue. There should not be any controversy (around it). All debate should end now. Everyone should bless this occasion,” Morari Bapu said during the interview.
He said that on January 22, he will attend the consecration ceremony alone. He also termed the event as the “biggest festival” of the country and through which, India will “inspire the world”.
Morari Bapu has been reciting Ram Kathas since he was a child. In August last year, he became the first Hindu leader to recite Ram Katha at Cambridge University. The spiritual leader’s event was hosted for nine days from August 12 to 20 at the historic Jesus College.
UK Prime Minister, who is the first Hindu premier of the country, was among the attendees at the event.
Notably, during an exchange with Morari Bapu, Sunak said, “Bapu, I stand before you not as the Prime Minister, but as a Hindu.”