Ayodhya readies for mandir construction

Ghughuti Bulletin


AYODHYA: Heavy earthmoving machines rolled into the Ramjanmabhoomi premises in
Ayodhya on Saturday afternoon, marking the beginning of construction of the Ram Mandir.

The chief priest of the makeshift temple,
Acharya Satyendra Das, said, “Machines have begun levelling land and clearing bushes and heavy thickets… It’s a joyous moment for Hindus in India and abroad as we are now free from 500 years of slavery.”

The 67.7-acre compound also houses more than 12 ancient temples, including the Ram Janamsthan and the
Sita Rasoi, which are in ruins. No rituals have been performed here since 1993, when land was acquired by the Centre. There’s still no word from the Ram Mandir Trust — it will lay out the blueprint of the Ram Mandir — on whether these temples would be renovated or annexed into the greater temple design. Dr
Anil Mishra, a trustee, said, “The Trust will decide the fate of these structures and on restarting worship.”

As was first reported by TOI, Ram Lalla idols will be shifted 150m from the sanctum sanctorium towards the north-east during nine days Ram Navami to make way for construction of the temple. Highly placed sources in the office of Ayodhya royal Bimlendra
Mohan Pratap Mishra confirmed this to TOI.

The Vishwa
Hindu Parishad has also finalised moving carved and uncarved marble to the Ramjanambhoomi premises.

The shifting of stones will take place from the rear of Ayodhya town at night to avoid traffic snarls.

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