Udupi: ‘People should become Rams, create Ram Rajya’ - Pejawar Swamiji

Harshini Brahmavar

Daijiworld Media Network - Udupi (SP)

Udupi, Aug 6: Sri Vishwaprasanna Theertha Swamiji, head of Pejawar Math, is a member of Sri Ram Janmabhoomi temple trust. Daijiworld interviewed Swamiji on the occasion of Bhoomi Puja organised on August 5 for Sri Ram temple at Ayodhya.

The Swamiji said he is the only member of the said trust from south India. "I got this honour because of the good deeds of my Guru. My Guru, Sri Vishwesha Theertha, had served the cause and got this recognition. Efforts were put in by him," he explained.

"History tells us that Sri Vadiraja, during the pilgrimage, found the idols of Lord Hanumantha and Lord Garuda in a neglected state in a dilapidated shrine at Ayodhya. He brought them here and consecrated them here, it is said. We also treat him as the third incarnation of Lord Hanumantha. He played a stellar role in ensuring that Lord Ram incarnates in this world. Madhwacharya happens to be the third incarnation of Lord Hanumantha. All these things make it clear that Udupi and Ayodhya are always connected with each other. In the past, two important decisions arrived at Udupi relating to Ram Mandir at Ayodhya. In the past, the shrine of Ram was locked up, and no religious rituals were performed. With the pressure on the government, puja was allowed later," he explained.

The Swamiji asserted that Lord Ram and Lord Krishna are one and the same, and with the inspiration provided by Lord Krishna, Ram Mandir works are now getting a concrete shape.

He said that if Sri Vishwesha Theertha Swamiji, his Guru, was alive, he would have been elated. He recalled that the late Swamiji had become very happy when the judgement of handing over the land came in favour of the trust.

On the role of Modi in the Ram Mandir becoming a reality, he said Modi would have played a role. The verdict of the Supreme Court changed the course of the efforts, he said. "It happened during Modi's time. It could also be a matter of coincidence. He could have removed obstacles in the deliverance of judgement by the Supreme Court," Swamiji explained.

He clarified that the Mandir does not mean that it will be small. It can be spacious and grand, he commented, duly adding that making a controversy out of name is not desired.

In the matter of Nepalese politicians claiming that Lord Ram had taken birth in their country, he said we have to go by the Supreme Court verdict, and there is no need to unduly worry over such disputes.

On how grand will Lord Ram temple be, the Swamiji said that preparations for the temple construction and its concept were evolving since long, and now, with the addition of different angles, it will come out grander and greater, he remarked.

When questioned why Pravinbhai Togadia and L K Advani are not members of the trust, he said he does not like to interfere in these matters, and that his duty is to discharge the responsibility given to him.

On the issue of what things Ram temple will have, he said Lord Ram always is accompanied by others, and the shrines presently standing there will be reconstructed. "Construction committee has been chosen. They might provide exact details shortly. A basic design will be the same with changes as might suit changing times. He said because of coronavirus infection he could not hold elaborate discussions personally and he will soon decide on the matter.

On funding of the project, he said that the current estimate is Rs 300 crore. "There is 70 acres of land. Development activities will be undertaken in remaining land. Work on the entire land might need about Rs 1,000 crore. These things will move on. Corporation social responsibility funds of different companies may be used. The temple does not belong to anyone. With the support of people, we will execute it. We have proposed to collect a minimum of ten rupees per person and Rs 100 from a family. We have not requested the government to help. If they give, we might take, but we do not expect funds from the government,” he explained.

He said that Ayodhya currently witnesses a rural style of life. There is a likelihood of the place growing into a huge city. It will be appropriate if ancient relics are untouched and a new city is built separately. It will grow into a religious centre. Everyone is devotionally charged now, he added.

On the issue of undertaking projects to see that Sri Vishwesha Theertha Swamiji's name gets permanently etched in history, he said that nothing needs to be done on this issue as his works and achievements will achieve these things. "We can conserve things he used. His contributions like educational institutions he set up, cow shelter, student hostels etc are serving people. I will try to see that his name remains in our memories by developing the projects he has left behind,” he added.

When questioned whether the administration on Rama's style of the ruling can be expected in India, he recalled that the system of kings and emperors is gone. "If the country has to turn into a 'Rama Rajya (welfare state), every citizen should turn into Lord Ram. If we adhere to ideals of Ram, 'Ram Rajya' will materialise automatically," he stated.

About comments being made by some people about the construction of a huge temple at a time when coronavirus is haunting the people, he felt that those who make these comments are neither knowledgeable nor rationalists. "People keep commenting when such huge projects are undertaken. This is a kind of attack on Hindu culture. In spite of such tirades, good work continues," he stated. He also wanted to know how many schools, colleges and hospitals were built by these rationalists and advised them to speak based on their contributions to society."

When his message to the people was sought, Swamiji said that a grand temple dedicated to Lord Ram does not mean building four walls. "The main aim is the renaissance of Hinduism. For that to happen, we have to follow the culture of lofty ideals preached by our ancestors. We have to keep chanting the name of Lord Ram. Because of the following western culture, we have faced so many ills. We have already begun to move towards Hindu culture because of COVID. I desire that people will adopt ancient lifestyles, traditions and culture and imbibe them in their daily life," he commented.




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  • AnoNymouS, Mangalore

    Sat, Aug 8 2020

    Boko Haram of Coastal Karnataka. If western culture is so bad then you should unequivocally reject the gifts and donations made by these people.

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  • R.L., Udupi/USA

    Fri, Aug 7 2020

    India cannot be a Ram Rajya when central ruled by Yama Rajas.

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  • Al Dsouza, Canada

    Fri, Aug 7 2020

    why you simply blame western culture. Because of western culture many Indians earning daily bread in communicating western languages and many are working in western countries much happier and free here. Build what you want and stop blaming western culture.

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  • Kudla Stories, Kudla

    Fri, Aug 7 2020

    But some of our politicians are out to make it Ravana rajya and have become Ravanas, Swamiji

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  • KRPrabhu, Bangalore

    Fri, Aug 7 2020

    Only a Ravana natured person can see Ravana in another man....!!!

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  • Rita, Germany

    Fri, Aug 7 2020

    To a certain extent he has right.He speaks of people to become Rams ,and create RamRajya.we wish too.but what to do ?

    Present people most of us are selfish,want more and more,give less out.Everywhere corruption is seen.without money nothing functions.In this state how can a Ram Rajya exist?Self politicians are beg for votes and later forget their promise.So we have to wait for long long years to have a Ram Rajya if at all.When one builds a big temple to Ram ,or a small Mandir,matters little.Prayers can be offered in every small or big ones.Important is with whole heart you pray ,and in your daily work too remain a very simple and sincere person.Thats my way of becoming a builder of Ram Rajya.

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  • Rajesh, Mangalore

    Thu, Aug 6 2020

    Pls stop nonsense pendemice is going day by day worse and worse in India.

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  • Manoj B, Mangalore

    Thu, Aug 6 2020

    Very soon we can watch Ramayan Again Like Olden Days. this days this Corona doing all impossible to possible

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  • Vishal, Puttur

    Thu, Aug 6 2020

    It would have been better if someone practised being Ram than just preaching.

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  • moshu, mangaluru

    Thu, Aug 6 2020

    He is quite right but unfortunately at this moment Ram is used to fulfill political object.
    Lynchings are taling place in the name of Jai Sri Ram slogan, Mosques are attacked in the name of Jai Sri Ram, minorities properties are attacked in the name of Jai Sri Ram slogan. Jai Sri Ram chants become violent these days.

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  • Prakash, Mangalore

    Thu, Aug 6 2020

    We expected Bhoomi Puja of Sri Ram temple at Ayodhya from Pejawar Swamiji.

    Not from political leaders.

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  • Veer, Nagpur

    Thu, Aug 6 2020

    Who is contesting elections?????....Thanks to Lord Ram, Thanks to Ayodhya and Thanks to Swamis for promoting BJP vote bank.

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  • H. Almeida., Bendur/Andheri

    Fri, Aug 7 2020

    Dude, Rajiv Gandhi, unlocked the gates of Babri Masjid !!! He sowed the wind, now the Congress and its allies are reaping the whirlwind !!!!

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Aug 6 2020

    Our Good Wishes to Ram Rajya but please Respect our Freedom ...

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  • Ryan, Udupi

    Fri, Aug 7 2020

    Freedom doesn't means that you convert all. It doesn't mean to persecute Hindus. Gauge your word when you say freedom and you addressing it to whom. Of course pope has no business or freedom here in India to talk about whom to vote and democratic values of India.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Fri, Aug 7 2020

    Ryan, Udupi
    Have you Converted ...

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  • Deshbhakt, Mangalore

    Thu, Aug 6 2020

    What happens when Laksman doesn't care about Ram and takes all the glory of the Crown ?? Does a seat of PM makes a Laxman 'Ram' ??

    Why knowledgeable personalities like Pejawar Swamiji did not suggest the Shila ceremony to be conducted by Sri Advaniji ? Advaniji, who reached the minaret but NaMo was nowhere near ?

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  • Veer, Nagpur

    Thu, Aug 6 2020

    Everybody wants Ram Rajya in India but only AAP can realize that dream. It's the most bitter pill for BJP to swallow followed by other parties as reality is always bitter and painful.

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  • Wilfred Fernandes, Dubai/Vamadapadavu.

    Thu, Aug 6 2020

    We must welcome what Swamiji has said. People should become Ram and create Ram Rajya. Ram Rajya is the Indian Concept of Welfare State. When each one of us become like Ram ( Perfect) and work towards Ram Rajya ( welfare state), Our Country will become true welfare state one day. India is Welfare state per say but not in reality at the moment.

    Our Political leaders become Ram First or we must vote the RAMs ( Perfect Persons)

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  • Ajay Rebello, Kallianpur

    Thu, Aug 6 2020

    Advani got all the thorns while Modi got the roses.

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  • Din Dayal, Puttur

    Thu, Aug 6 2020

    August 5 is stepping stone for one and all. Many changes will occur in near future. We once again going to attain Ram Rajya and rule the world. Once again India will be called a ' Golden Bird'..

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  • Deshbhakt, Mangalore

    Thu, Aug 6 2020

    'Golden Bird' with -3 GDP ?

    This time I too will vote in favour of your opinion. Yenchala murkere unde...

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