The agitators for the Ram temple in Ayodhya, veteran BJP leaders LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi, have been “requested” not to attend the temple’s consecration ceremony next month.
Advani is 96; Joshi will turn 90 next month.
“Both are elders of the family and considering their age and health, they were requested not to come, which was accepted by them,” Ram Temple Trust General Secretary Champat Rai was quoted as saying by The Statesman.
Rai provided a comprehensive list of those invited, stating that Advani and Joshi might be unable to attend the consecration ceremony because of age and health issues.
A three-member team will visit former Prime Minister Deve Gowda and invite him to the ceremony, Rai said.
He said that 2,200 additional people had been invited to the ceremony, in addition to roughly 4,000 saints.
Rai stated that invites have also been extended to heads of significant temples such as Kashi Vishwanath and Vaishno Devi, as well as representatives of religious and constitutional organisations.
He mentioned that more than three locations throughout Ayodhya have been booked for the guests’ stays. In addition, 600 rooms have been made available by a number of household families, temples, and monasteries.
A number of notable figures, including film director Madhur Bhandarkar, renowned painter Vasudev Kamat, ISRO Director Nilesh Desai, spiritual leader Dalai Lama, Mata Amritanandamayi of Kerala, yoga guru Baba Ramdev, and movie stars Rajinikanth, Amitabh Bachchan, Madhuri Dixit, Arun Govil, and others will attend the event.