Ahead of the grand consecration event of the Ram temple in Ayodhya, more than 100 applications for building five-star hotels have been submitted to the administration, according to Bimlendra Mohan Pratap Mishra, often referred to as the 'King of Ayodhya.'
Mishra, a member of the Ayodhya royal family and part of the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust, highlighted the significant transformation in Ayodhya's landscape since the Supreme Court's verdict on the land dispute, as reported by NDTV.
He stated, "ever since the Supreme Court verdict, there is an environment of joy (in Ayodhya). The temporary temple was built. On holidays, Tuesdays, any festival, there is no space to even walk. Ayodhya did not have a proper hotel, and now more than 100 applications to open five-star hotels have come in, the district magistrate told me."
Ayodhya is not only witnessing a surge in hotel applications but is also undergoing extensive development as a smart city.
Mishra expressed optimism, stating that in the next five years, Ayodhya will attract visitors not only for religious purposes but also as a tourist destination. He further envisioned Ayodhya becoming the best holy town in the country.
The city's ongoing revitalisation includes the development of a new airport and enhancements to the railway station, aiming to accommodate the influx of pilgrims.
Mishra remarked that the comprehensive development initiatives in Ayodhya have led him to believe that the curse, according to local legend, placed on the city by Mata Sita after she was banished by Lord Ram over rumours, has been withdrawn.
The historical association of Ayodhya with the Ram Janmabhoomi movement is deeply ingrained in Mishra's life, spanning over three decades.
He recounted providing shelter to karsevaks at his palace during the 1990 incident when police firing resulted in the deaths of at least 50 karsevaks.
Expressing his good fortune, Mishra stated that he never expected to witness the construction of the Ram temple in his lifetime.
Bhuvan Krishna is Staff Writer at Swarajya.
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