Sadhus and devotees at the Hanuman Garhi temple in Ayodhya on Ram Navami Thursday | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Sadhus and devotees at the Hanuman Garhi temple in Ayodhya on Ram Navami Thursday | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
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Ayodhya: The festival of Ram Navami is usually celebrated with fanfare in Ayodhya, the place where Lord Ram is said to have been born according to the epic Ramayana. But amid the worldwide coronavirus crisis and the pan-India lockdown, the main road leading to the city gates and the Ram Janmabhoomi site, which was awarded to the Hindus by the Supreme Court last year, wore a deserted look Thursday, the day the festival was to be celebrated.

Yet, all of Ayodhya wasn’t deserted when ThePrint visited the city — the inner lanes and temples, including the Hanuman Garhi temple, still had devotees violating the strict social distancing norms the government has imposed in view of the Covid-19 pandemic. Also in violation were policemen, who stood in clusters at various points, instead of ensuring the orders were followed.

Sadhus feeding monkeys on the roads of Ayodhya | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Sadhus feeding monkeys on the roads of Ayodhya | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

The usual Ram Navami celebrations in Ayodhya consist of three key activities — taking a dip in the Saryu river, paying homage to Lord Hanuman at the Hanuman Garhi temple, and paying a visit to the Ram Janmabhoomi.

This time, the administration has installed loudspeakers at every 20-30 steps, blaring out warnings to anyone who would violate the coronavirus lockdown.


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Section of sadhus slams govt decision

A section of the sadhus is angry about the lockdown imposed by the Narendra Modi government at the Centre, saying it is unjust, and that only spirituality can save the country from coronavirus, not measures such as social distancing.

Subhash Yadav, a sadhu at the Hanuman Garhi temple, told ThePrint: “The administration should have allowed Ram Navami celebrations as usual this year, because a dip in the holy Saryu river will not only cleanse our body, but also provides us with nectar in the body, which will keep coronavirus at bay.”

Subhash Yadav, a sadhu at Hanuman Garhi temple in Ayodhya | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Subhash Yadav, a sadhu at Hanuman Garhi temple in Ayodhya | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Yadav added: “The Yogi and Modi administrations will have to pay a price for this, as the Indira Gandhi government did after the Emergency.”

Yadav also said the government should provide every migrant labourer Rs 10,000, as their lives have been thrown completely off track due to its decision.

However, Raju Raj, the mahant (head) of the Hanuman Garhi temple, said he and others supported the lockdown.

Mahant Raju Raj of the Hanuman Garhi temple in Ayodhya | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Mahant Raju Raj of the Hanuman Garhi temple in Ayodhya | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

“We all support the lockdown, as saving lives is a much bigger priority than celebrations and rituals,” he said.

Asked about the discontent among other sadhus like Subhash Yadav, the mahant said: “Everyone has a right to disagree, and be upset about the rights of normal life being denied to them. But each of us agrees with the fact that the lockdown and social distancing is necessary to save all of us from the deadly coronavirus.”

Violations in inner lanes

While all shops in the city were closed and most streets wore a deserted look, a lot of inner lanes and the temples standing there presented a complete contrast.

Despite the administration’s ban on processions, ThePrint spotted substantial numbers of people in temples, openly flouting the social distancing norms.

Even various local residents and police personnel at checkpoints could be spotted in close proximity with each other.

Ayodhya residents and policemen in close proximity, violating social distancing norms | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Ayodhya residents and policemen in close proximity, violating social distancing norms | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Changur, a labourer from Mirzapur, is stuck in the city due to the lockdown, and could be found sitting with another two or three workers.

“I used to chisel stones at the ‘karyashala’ for the Ram Mandir but I’m stuck here and have nowhere to go now,” he said.

Asked about not following social distancing norms, Changur merely said: “I just know that there is a killer disease spreading in the world and India which has already killed lakhs of Chinese people.”

Labourers and a policeman at the Ram Mandir karyashala in Ayodhya Thursday | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Labourers and a policeman at the Ram Mandir karyashala in Ayodhya Thursday | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

When ThePrint asked Ayodhya’s Superintendent of Police Vijay Pal Singh about the open violation of orders, he disagreed.

“We have successfully implemented a strict lockdown in the city, wherein no one is unnecessarily coming out on streets, and everyone is following the norms of social distancing,” Singh said.

However, just a few metres away from his office, beggars and other daily-wagers could be seen sitting together on the stairs of the Naya Ghat, hoping to get food. They said there is no regular arrangement of food for them, and they have to rely on people coming out and providing them some, which means sitting together at one place and waiting.


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  1. Y is Rama treated as a God ?

    As per the Valmiki Ramayana – Rama was an impotent gay pansy,a coward, a man who pimped his wife, an impotentica, a murderer and a man who was born out of bestaility ! dindooohindoo

    Case 1 – Sita called Rama an Impotent Pansy

    Book II : Ayodhya Kanda – Book Of Ayodhya Chapter[Sarga] 30

    किम् त्वा अमन्यत वैदेहः पिता मे मिथिला अधिपः | राम जामातरम् प्राप्य स्त्रियम् पुरुष विग्रहम् || २-३०-३

    “What my father, the king of Mithila belonging to the country of Videha, think of himself having got as so-in-law you, a woman having the form of a man?”

    अनृतम् बल लोको अयम् अज्ञानात् यद्द् हि वक्ष्यति | तेजो न अस्ति परम् रामे तपति इव दिवा करे || २-३०-४

    Case 2 – Rama told Sita to whore herself- this is in the Valmiki Ramayana

    Chapter [Sarga] 115

    तद्गच्छ त्वानुजानेऽद्य यथेष्टं जनकात्मजे |
    एता दश दिशो भद्रे कार्यमस्ति न मे त्वया || ६-११५-१८

    “O Seetha! That is why, I am permitting you now. Go wherever you like. All these ten directions are open to you, my dear lady! There is no work to be done to me, by you.”

    तदद्य व्याहृतं भद्रे मयैतत् कृतबुद्धिना |
    लक्ष्मणे वाथ भरते कुरु बुद्धिं यथासुखम् || ६-११५-२२

    “O gracious lady! Therefore, this has been spoken by me today, with a resolved mind. Set you mind on Lakshmana or Bharata, as per your ease.”

    įatrughne vätha sugréve räkņase vä vibhéņaëe |
    niveįaya manaų séte yathä vä sukhamätmanaų || 6-115-23

    “O Seetha! Otherwise, set your mind either on Shatrughna or on Sugreeva or on Vibhishana the demon; or according to your own comfort.”

    Case 3 – Rama killed a Sudra to save the son of a Brahmin ! Also because the Sudra was studying the Vedas

    Book 7, the ‘Uttarakanda’ [Final Chapter], sargas 73-76, in the Adhyatma Ramayana version of Ramayana.

    When Rama is reigning as a virtuous king, a humble aged Brahmin comes to him, weeping, with his dead son in his arms. He says that Rama must have committed some sin, or else his son would not have died.

    (74) The sage Narada explains to Rama that a Shudra is practicing penances, and this is the cause of the child’s death.

    (75) Rama goes on a tour of inspection in his flying chariot, and finds an ascetic doing austerities, and asks who he is. ”

    (76) Hearing the [inquiring] words of Rama of imperishable exploits, that ascetic, his head still hanging downwards [as part of his austerities] answered:— ‘O Rama, I was born of a Shudra
    alliance and I am performing this rigorous penance in order to Conquer the heavens with this body. Lord Rama killed him due to his bad intentions and there by giving Shambuka his Moksha.

    Case 4- Rama;s mother had sex with a Horse !

    Book I : Bala Kanda – The Youthful Majesties

    Chapter [Sarga] 14
    Queen Kausalya desiring the results of ritual disconcertedly resided one night with that horse that flew away like a bird. [1-14-34]

    Case 5 – Was Rama a Gay Monkey ?

    Book VI : Yuddha Kanda – Book Of War

    Chapter [Sarga] 128

    आजानुलम्बिबाहुश्च महास्कन्धः प्रतापवान् |
    लक्ष्मणानुचरो रामः पृथिवीमन्वपालयत् || ६-१२८-९७

    That Rama, having his long arms reaching down his knees, having a broad chest and glorious, ruled this earth with Lakshmana as his companion.

    No humans has arms reaching to the knees ! Is Rama an Ape ?

    Rama ruled for 10000 years with Lakshmana – as HIS COMPANION ? What about Seeta Maiya ? What do have here ? A Gay Monkey !
    Rama spent 12 years with Lakshmana and Apes, with no sex with a woman – so he became Gay –so what – it is all evolution !
    As per Ramayana – Rama ruled happily ever after for 1000 years, with Lakshmana by his side (not Seeta) – it is all the Gay Thing (although Uttarakandam says that Rama and Seeta made merry for 10000 years – as miya bibi – but that was to neuter the Gay Theory of the Valmiki Ramayana)
    Also, the Ramayana says that Rama had hands till his knees, and that explains his love and fondness for all apes and monkeys
    Rama the Limpdick spent 12 years with Lakshmana, in a jungle, with no sex – and was sexually frustrated , and then Vali was banging his brother’s wife – and so, Rama the Limpdick killed Vali –
    it is all OK La !

    Case 6 – And the proof is the limpdick of Rama !

    This is Hanooman describing the UNDERSIZED LIMPDICK VIRILE MEMBRANE OF RAMA ! (Don’t ask how did Hanooman know)

    Book V : Sundara Kanda – Book Of Beauty
    Chapter [Sarga] 35
    18.
    “He has three folds in the skin of his neck and belly. He is depressed at three places (viz. the middle of his soles, the lines on his soles and the nipples).

    He is undersized at four places (viz. the neck, membran virile, the back and the shanks). He is endowed with three spirals in the hair of his head.

  2. Nobody gather anywhere though Hindu or Muslims.

    Corona doesn’t recognize Hindu or Muslim only human.
    So i am opposed to Tabligi Jamat People ad well as people standing outside temples at Ayodhya.
    Rule is Same for all.

    One thing which all Muslim brother’s should opposed that what Tabligi Jamat People are doing at Hospital’s and qurrantine center’s.

    It’s showing how bad mentality those people and we all should oppose that.

    Tk care

  3. Nobody gather anywhere though Hindu or Muslims.

    Corona doesn’t recognize Hindu or Muslim only human.
    So i am opposed to Tabligi Jamat People ad well as people standing outside temples at Ayodhya.
    Rule is Same for all.

    One thing which all Muslim brother’s should opposed that what Tabligi Jamat People are doing at Hospital’s and qurrantine center’s.

    It’s showing how bad mentality those people and we all should oppose that.

  4. I just watched a video from Ayodhya. There was no sign of lockdown. Devotees were paying homage to Ramlalla on the occasion of Ram Navami. And they were hopeful that Lord Ram won’t allow coronavirus to attack his devotees.

    • when tablighi jamaat movement was known by the police thays why no case has been filed. now come to ayodhya your ram Terrorist couldnt save his temple. How can he save a virus 😂😂😂

  5. Go go go go go go go go go
    Dig it . Alas! But you won’t find anyone challenging and provoking against lockdown like maulana saad .
    And nobody would defend if any violations found, like tukde tukde gang.

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