Karnataka priest receives threat calls after fixing muhurta for Ram temple at Ayodhya

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The Tilakwadi police in Belagavi registered an offence against unidentified accused based on the complaint of the priest

A septuagenarian priest in Karnataka allegedly has been receiving threat calls for the past few days after he fixed the muhurta or auspicious time for the ground-breaking ceremony of Ram Temple at Ayodhya, said news reports.

The Tilakwadi police in Belagavi of the state registered an offence against unidentified accused based on the complaint of the priest, N R Vijayendra Sharma, a resident of Shastri Nagar in the same district.

The caller reportedly asked the 75-year-old priest to withdraw the date fixed for the ceremony. Keeping in view the sensitivity of the issue, security has been provided to Sharma and his house.

The Ram Mandir trust had approached Sharma in February this year for the auspicious time of ground-breaking ceremony at Ayodhya. Accordingly, he suggested four dates - July 29, July 31, August 3 and August 5, said a report in The Times of India.

The date for the ceremony at Ayodhya was fixed on August 5 by the Prime Minister Office (PMO) after due deliberations with the stakeholders of the temple.

Sharma has been associated with the Ramjanma Bhoomi movement for past several years. The priest said that he had selected Akshaya Tritiya, which was in April, for foundation-laying ceremony of the temple, reported The New Indian Express.

The plan was postponed due to national lockdown in the wake of coronavirus outbreak.

Image credit: The New Indian Express

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