Two trucks of stones have reportedly arrived in Ayodhya. Why? For the proposed Ram Temple in the city.
According to reports, VHP leader Sharad Sharma confirmed the unloading of the stones in the ancient town near Faizabad in Uttar Pradesh.
“Two trucks of stones have been unloaded at Ram Sewak Puram, a VHP property in Ayodhya, and ‘Shila Pujan’ (praying of the stones) has been performed by Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, the president of Ram Janam Bhumi Nyas,” VHP spokesman Sharad Sharma told PTI.
First lot of stones for Ram temple arrived in Ayodhya yesterday. pic.twitter.com/kSWfAkcxeY
— ANI (@ANI_news) December 21, 2015
The development comes six months after the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) announced its nationwide drive to collect stones for the construction of the Ram Mandir.
At the time VHP leader Ashok Singhal had said that around 2.25 lakhs cubic ft of stones were required for the construction of which the VHP’s headquarter in Ayodhya had about 1.25 lakh cubic ft. “The rest one lakh cubic ft stones would be collected nationwide from Hindu devotees,” Singhal had said.
Singhal passed away in Gurgaon on November 17. During the cremation, controversial VHP leader Pravin Togadia had remarked that Singhal’s dream (a grand temple in Ayodhya) will come true when parliament passes a legislation to build the temple. His view was echoed by union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.
On December 2, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat called on the people to honour Ashok Singhal by helping build the Ram Temple.
“The essence of India’s culture is unity in diversity. Rama is the symbol of that identity,” Bhagwat said adding:
“Our grand aim is to build the temple there. But it is not a question of just a temple, it his birthplace, the birthplace of the one who is symbol of our intrinsic moral values.”
According to PTI, Mahant Nritya Gopal Das has claimed that the Modi government has given a “signal” for the construction of the temple. “Lots of stones arrived today in Ayodhya and their arrival will continue. We have signals from Modi government that Mandir (temple) construction would be done now,” he said.
But the city administration is closely monitoring the situation. Senior Superintendent of Police, Faizabad, Mohit Gupta said that if they sense any breach in peace of communal harmony, action will definitely be taken.
The UP government has made it clear that any move for the construction of the temple will not be allowed since the matter is sub judice.
On September 30, 2010, the Allahabad High Court had ruled that the Ayodhya land be divided into three equal parts between Ram Lalla – represented by Hindu Maha Sabha – Sunni Wakf Board, and Nirmohi Akhara.
But on May 9, 2011 the Supreme Court stayed the High Court order.