Ram Lalla idol shifted to temporary new location in Ayodhya for temple construction
THE Ram Lalla idol here was shifted to a temporary new location on early on Wednesday morning in the presence of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, clearing the site to allow construction of a Ram temple. The idol of Ram Lalla was placed on a 9.5-kg silver throne in the new structure where the idol would remain till the construction of the Ram temple is completed on the site, allotted for it by the Supreme Court in a landmark verdict in November.
The throne has been ‘gifted’ by the Raja Ayodhya Vimlendra Mohan Mishra, who is also a member of the Shri Ram Teerth Kshetra Trust. The intricately carved throne has been made by artisans from Jaipur. The idol of Ram Lalla was shifted to the new makeshift temple at Manas Bhawan here at 4 am on Wednesday on the first day of ‘Navratri’, amid pealing of bells and clanging of gongs. After the idol was placed, the Chief Minister offered special prayers in the presence of Ram Mandir Trust Secretary Champat Rai.
Adityanath in his personal capacity also donated Rs 11 lakh for the construction of the Ram temple. The makeshift temple structure, built over 432 square foot, is made of fibre and is bullet proof. The new temple, which is bound to attract thousands of devotees as soon as the lockdown is lifted, has separate entry and exit points which will make ‘darshan’ more convenient.
The head priest of the Ram Lalla temple, Acharya Satyendra Das said that after a gap of 28 years, the deity would finally have a roof over his head. The local administration did not allow people to gather on the occasion as a lockdown has been imposed across the country to check the spread of the coronavirus. A few senior leaders of RSS and VHP were present on the occasion.