New Delhi: Amid stringent security measures put in place by the police, two trucks of stones arrived in the temple city of Ayodhya today for the construction of Ram Mandir.
The delivery came after Vishwa Hindu Parishad called for a pan-India drive to accumulate stones for the construction of the controversy struck Ram Mandir. Notably, they made the call in June.
Reportedly, President of Ram Janam Bhumi Nyas, Mahant Nritya Gopal Das performed the ‘shila pujan’ (worshipping the stones) after the stones were unloaded at Ram Sewak Puram.
Plenty of people attended the ceremony at the VHP property in Ayodhya.
Speaking to media after the holy ritual, Mahant Nritya Gopal Das said that the Modi-government had signaled for initiating the construction of the Temple.
“Now, the time has come for the construction of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya. Lot of stones arrived today in Ayodhya. And now the arrival of stones will continue. We have signals from Modi Government that Mandir construction would be done now,” Das said.
Faizabad Senior Superintendent of Police Mohit Gupta said that the police was on high alert following the development. Additional force was deployed apprehending any untoward situation, he said.
“We are monitoring all the developments minutely. Stones have arrived and being kept in a private premise. Due to this development, if there was any breach in peace or communal harmony we will definitely take action,” he said.
The arrival of the stone was a massive boost to the construction of the Ram Temple.
Reportedly, 1.25 lakh cubic ft of stones remained already garaged at the VHP headquarters in Ayodha.
It might be mentioned that it was estimated that the construction of the temple would require 2.25 lakhs cubic ft of stones.
However, the Uttar Pradesh government was opposed to the arrival of the stones citing that the matter was sub-judice.
The administration also said that it would not allow the arrival of stones.
But as the stones were brought and kept in a private property, no measures could be taken.
(With inputs from agencies)