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Stones from Rajasthan, sent by bhakts of Lord Ram, have arrived in Ayodhya's Ram Temple

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  • Stones from Bharatpur, Rajasthan have arrived in Ayodhya’s Ram Temple as donations
  • The 2,000 cubic feet stones have been donated by ‘Ram Bhakts’ for carving out structures in the temple 
  • The donation comes as an appeal from Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas who in 2015 requested stones instead of cash 

July 07, 2017: 2,000 cubic feet of stones have arrived in Ram Temple, Ayodhya on Wednesday in the form of donations from Bharatpur, Rajasthan. The stones are to be used for carving out proposed structures in the temple.

The 18 blocks of sandstones were delivered in three trucks. Sharad Sharma, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) Spokesperson, stated that the donation in stones rather than cash came as Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas had appealed for the same from Ram’s followers all over the country in June 2015.

The whole consignment is presently kept at Ramsevakpuram of Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas, which is 500 meters from the VHP workshop. VHP is responsible for the carving of stones of the temple since 1990. Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas is an organization of VHP leaders and saints that will supervise the construction.

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Previously, the Commercial Tax Department during the Samajwadi Party’s tenure had not allowed Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas to bring stones from Rajasthan. But with Yogi Adiyanath’s approval, the pending construction shall resume very soon.

This year in May, CM Yogi Adityanath became the first CM in over 15 years to visit the Ram Janmabhoomi, a disputed area with supporters of Babri Masjid.

Ayodhya’s case is a political agenda. There are also questions directed at VHP’s decision as Yogi Adityanath assumes power and the next Lok Sabha election 2019 is on its way. The All India Muslim Law Board has called this an “open contempt of the Supreme Court” and hace called for the ban of any further delivery.

– By Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2394

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Exploring the Rajasthani Cuisine

The foodie in you is sure to stumble upon more exotic and unique culinary delights if you set out to explore the place in detail

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Rajasthani snacks make a great accompaniment to a glass of their special Adraki chai (ginger tea).
Rajasthani snacks make a great accompaniment to a glass of their special Adraki chai (ginger tea).

Home to royal palaces, mighty forts and unending deserts, Rajasthan is the land of legends and kings and queens. Rajasthani cuisine is famous all over India for its rich flavours and unique cooking styles. Being an arid state, the traditional cooking style has evolved in such a way that very less water is used in cooking. More oils and spices are used in order to preserve the food for longer times. Also, Rajasthani cuisine uses milk, ghee and butter in large quantities owing to the local production and availability of dairy products. Here are some top dishes which has made the Rajasthani cuisine famous worldwide. All you have to do is contact one of the car rentals in Jaipur for a day of restaurant hopping in the city.

Daal Baati Churma
This is the signature Rajasthani dish which is a combination of baked round bread called Baati, spicy lentil curry or Daal and a lightly sweet crumble known as Churma. It is so simple yet tasty and healthy. The baati is made out of wheat flour, ghee and milk and cooked in a baati cooker or tandoor whereas the daal is made of five different types of lentils. Churma is nothing but crushed baati mixed with sugar or jaggery and flavoured with cardamom.

Gatte ki Sabzi
Gatte is the gram flour balls which are used in the preparation of various dishes. Gatte ki sabzi is an everyday dish made by cooking gram flour balls in a gravy of buttermilk and spices. The sabzi can be relished with rice or roti.

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Gatte ki Sabzi.

Ker Sangri
Ker Sangri is yet another traditional dish of Rajasthan which is a preparation of dried Ker berries with Sangri beans. These berries and beans grow easily in desert conditions, and hence it evolved as a staple food item. Ker Sangri pairs best with roti, daal and rice.

Laal Maas
Rajasthani cuisine is mainly vegetarian. However, the Rajput influence has led to the inclusion of some mouthwatering meat preparations in the cuisine. Traditionally, Laal Maas used to be prepared with deer meat or boar meat. In modern days, the dish is prepared using tender mutton. The spicy red curry is best relished with bajra ki roti. Liberal use of fiery red chillies imparts the unique red colour to the curry.

Mohan Maas
This is yet another mutton dish where well-cooked delicious mutton chunks are dunked in a
rich gravy of milk, cream, spices and nuts.

Rajasthani sweets and snacks.
A man with Rajasthani sweets and snacks.

Snacks
Rajasthani snacks make a great accompaniment to a glass of their special Adraki chai (ginger tea). Kachoris and Samosas are commonly found in every local sweetmeat shop in the city. Kalmi Vada, Bikaneri Bhujia, and Mirchi Vada are some of the other snacks to be tried.

Sweets
Rajasthani cuisine is not complete without mentioning its wide variety of mouth-watering
sweets and desserts. Most of their sweets are rich preparations involving generous usage of
milk, cream, ghee, and sugar. Sweet lovers cannot miss trying out Mava Kachori, Rabri Jilebi, Malpua, Balushahi and Ghevar.

The foodie in you is sure to stumble upon more exotic and unique culinary delights if you set out to explore the place in detail. Jaipur Outstation taxi services are also available for intercity trips within Rajasthan, to make the most out of your Rajasthan food expedition journey.