Rare Shaligram rocks reach Ayodhya from Nepal, will be used to construct Lord Ram idol


 Two rare rocks from which the idol of Lord Ram will be carved out and placed in the sanctum sanctorum of Ram Temple reached Uttar Pradesh’s Ayodhya late on Wednesday.

According to the details, the saints of the pious town will today felicitate and dedicate Dev Shilas.

“These Shaligram rocks, which are 60 million years old, will reach Ayodhya from Nepal on two different trucks. One rock weighs 26 tonnes and the other weighs 14 tonnes,” Prakash Gupta, office in-charge of Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust was quoted by PTI as saying on Wednesday.

Shaligram rocks from Nepal reach Ayodhya (Photo: ANI)

Shaligram rocks from Nepal reach Ayodhya

The idol of Lord Rama in his child’s form carved from this stone will be placed in the sanctum sanctorum of the Ram Temple, which is expected to be ready by the Makar Sankranti festival in January next year, officials told PTI.

The two rocks were found in the Gandaki river at a place close to Saligrama or Muktinath (place of salvation) in Nepal’s Mustang district, they said.

Meanwhile, a two-day meeting of the building construction committee of the Ram Temple began in Ayodhya on Saturday.

The meeting was chaired by construction committee chairman Nripendra Mishra and attended by Trust Secretary Champat Rai and Trustee Anil Mishra.

According to the sources, the progress of the temple construction was reviewed and discussions were held on the installation and carving of the new idol of the Lord.

(With inputs from PTI)