Despite my meager knowledge and the ocean-like seriousness of the subject of Shri Ram Mandir, by the grace of God I have been inspired to write this. Although I often write on social and travel-related topics, this is a difficult task for me to consider. Whereas a few days ago. I was discussing the farmers’ movement with my friends and colleagues, among whom I found a true critic and watcher, Mr. Singh and Sunny suggested me to write on Ram Mandir Ayodhya.
History of Ram Temple
For Hindus, Lord Rama is not just a king or a character but he is a God and he is highly revered by Hindus. He is so popular that people say “Ram Ram” in common greetings in North India. Ram is one of the most searched terms on Google and other search engines.
The history of Shri Ram Temple is very old. Hindus believe that there was a grand temple at the birthplace of Lord Shri Ram, superior to other temples. Many old temples were demolished during Babur’s invasion and his reign. On his orders, his commander Mir Baqi demolished the old Ram temple and built a mosque at that place.
After the fall of Mughal rule in independent India, Hindus had long been demanding a grand Ram temple at the mosque site. Many cases were filed from time to time in the local court and the High Court. It was the reign of former Congress Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi when the locks of the temple were opened for worship.
The time came when top leaders of BJP under the leadership of Lal Krishna Advani led a mass movement known as Kar Seva. The move was supported by various Hindu groups like Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Bajrang Dal, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and lakhs of sadhus from various Akharas.
The year was 1992 and the day was 6th December when VHP and BJP held a joint rally with more than 2 lakh volunteers. The Kar Sevaks became uncontrollable and in a fit of rage they broke the disputed structure into pieces. The demolition of the structure resulted in communal and sectarian violence and the loss of approximately 2000 lives.
Who is the chief architect of Ram Temple?
The chief architect of Ram temple is Chandrakant Sompura. This renowned architect will be assisted by his two sons – Nikhil and Ashish who are equally renowned architects. The Sompura family has a long history and has been involved in over 100 temple projects around the world for generations. The architecture of the divine temple will be in Nagar style and iron will not be used in it due to the risk of rusting.
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Construction cost and time of Ram Temple Ayodhya
According to the Supreme Court, the local administration handed over a total of 67.07 acres of land to the Trust. Of this land, 10 acres will be used for the construction of the temple of Lord Shri Ram and the remaining 57 acres will be used for other facilities such as prayer rooms, guest houses and convenience centres.
The project will cost approximately Rs 1100 crore out of which Rs 300 to 400 crore will be used for temple construction and the remaining Rs 700 crore will be used for other construction and is expected to be completed in the scheduled time period of 3-4 years . The Ram temple is proposed to be 161 feet high and 360 feet long. The width of the temple will be 235 feet, under the main approval, Ram Lala idol will be present.
Bhoomi Pujan of Ram Temple
It was the auspicious day of 5th August 2020 when the Bhoomi Pujan ceremony of Ram Temple was held. Ram Charan Puja was performed on 4th August in which major deities were invoked. Soil and holy water from Ganga, Yamuna, Saraswati, Kaveri and many other famous Indian rivers were brought in the Bhoomi Pujan ceremony. PM Narendra Modi officially performed Bhoomi Pujan by placing 40 kg silver brick in the foundation.
Supreme Court’s decision on Ram Temple
A lot of decisions were given by local courts and Allahabad High Court, but there was no unanimous decision. Ultimately, the Supreme Court of India had to face all the arguments. After a lengthy hearing process, the Honorable Court delivered a historic judgment paving the way for the construction of Ram Temple at the disputed site. Under the historic decision, the Center was ordered to form a trust for the construction of the temple within 3 months. It also ordered the government to allot 5 acres of separate land to Muslims to build mosques.
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Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra
The Government of India, following the order of the apex court, formed this trust, which is known as Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra. Thus a trust was established for the construction of the temple and it consists of 15 members including a Dalit Hindu. The chairman of this committee is Mahant Nritya Gopal Das and the general secretary is Champat Rai. Other members include Jagatguru Shankaracharya Jyotidpetha, Dr. Anil Mishra, Kameshwar Chaupal etc.
Shri Ram Mandir Fund Dedication Campaign.
This is the beginning of a massive donation campaign for the construction of Ram temple. Shri Champat Rai, General Secretary of the Temple Trust, announced that this program will start from January 15 and it will end on February 27 next year. The basic idea is to make it a Rashtra Mandir (National Temple) by getting support from various sections of the society without any distinction of caste, creed, language or religion. To bring transparency, the Trust created coupon receipts of Rs 10, 100 and 1000. This program is not limited to India only but is also gaining popularity in neighboring countries like Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka etc.
How to donate for Ram Mandir Ayodhya?
Under Nidhi Samarpan, volunteers are collecting money from door to door. The President of India donated Rs. Donated Rs. 500000 for this reason. Similarly, various businessmen, politicians, students, women, service class people, daily wage earners and religious heads contribute money to the temple.
The Trust also made provision for online donations. Payment can be made on the payment portal of the Trust’s website. It also includes three banks SBI, PNB and Bank of Baroda. You can easily transfer money through NEFT or RTGS and many other methods.
Lucknow to Ayodhya Itinerary
At 07:00 AM, after a healthy breakfast, you will be driven to the mystical city of Ayodhya. You enjoy the countryside in your own private luxury car.
After reaching Ayodhya at 9:30, you can spare half an hour for tea or coffee and thus refresh yourself.
10:00 AM Visit Hanuman Garhi Temple – This temple is dedicated to Lord Hanuman (Monkey God) who is extremely devoted to Lord Rama. In this temple, Lord Hanuman is depicted sitting in the lap of his mother Anjani. Legends say that sitting in one’s mother’s lap is considered the strongest position. Another legend says that Hanuman lived in a cave here and guarded the Ram Darbar or birthplace. This temple is open every day from 6 am to 9 pm. You can make any wish for any area and later proceed to visit any other attraction on your Ayodhya trip.
11:00 am Kanak Bhawan – This place is located at a short distance from Hanuman Garhi. People believe that Lord Rama appeared here for the first time with his wife Mother Sita and this place was gifted by his step mother Kaikeyi as a manifestation to Sita. In this way, Kaikeyi wanted to show that she had the same maternal feelings towards Ram as her real mother Koshaliya. This place is also open every day from 6 am to 9 pm.
12:30 PM Lunch – Now it is time for a delicious lunch at a pure vegetarian restaurant.
02:00 PM Ram Janmabhoomi Temple – This is the major attraction of one day tour of Ayodhya. Here you get a divine experience by seeing Ram Lala (child form Ram). This temple is open from 7 am to 11 am and from 2 pm to 6 pm.
03:15 PM Valmiki Ramayana Bhavan – Now let’s move to a nearby place known as Valmiki Ramayana Bhavan. At this place, quatrains from Valmiki’s Ramayana are engraved on marble.
04:15 PM Guptar Ghat – If you have time and wish, visit the famous ghat of Saryu River. It is believed that Lord Ram took Jal Samadhi here.
05:30 PM Departure for Lucknow – After enjoying the sightseeing of Ayodhya, you will depart back for Lucknow. Our driver will drop you at your hotel/airport.