As per media reports, three trucks have been brought into Ayodhya for the construction of Ram Mandir.
This being the second consignment of stones after Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath took over in Uttar Pradesh, three trucks full of stones have been brought into Ayodhya for the construction of Ram Mandir. This is happening under the supervision of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) of Uttar Pradesh.
The stones were taken to Ayodhya’s Ram Sevak Puram which is the storehouse for construction of Ram Mandir. The stones are also being carved under VHP by an organisation called ‘Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas’. This organisation is headed by Nritya Gopal Das who is an accused in the Babri Masjid Demolition case.
“These red stones are for Ram Janma Bhoomi mandir’s construction. These stones were brought here previously also and now again it’s coming. Akhilesh Yadav’s government imposed restrictions on the bringing of stones for the construction of Mandir,” said Prakash Kumar Gupta from VHP.
A few days earlier, a Muslim group called Shri Ram Mandir Nirman Muslim Karsewak Manch and said that they seeked divine intervention for the construction of the temple. The President of the manch, Azam Khan also said that they will hold a feast for 1000 people if the temple is constructed and will also offer ‘chaddars’ made of gold and silver at the Dewa Sharif Dargah in Barabanki.
As per sources, a group of Ram devotees have gathered and are chanting. They say that the chanting will continue until the temple is built.
The matter of Ram Mandir is sub-judice (under judicial consideration) in the Supreme Court.
Although the Babri Masjid was demolished in December 6 1992, the case dates back to 1880s. In 1885 the Deputy Commissioner of Faziabad refused to let Mahant Raghubar Das build a temple on the land adjoining the mosque. Das then filed a title suit against the Secretary Of State back then.
Then in 1950, Gopal Simla Visharad filed a suit to have the rights to perform puja for Lord Ram on the land. Then Paramhansa Ramachandra Das filed another suit for the continuation of the pooja and to keep Ram idols in the structure. A third suit was filed by Nirmohi Akhara in 1959 seeking directions to hand over the charge of the site. Fourth suit was filed by UP’s Sunni Wakf Board in 1961 for declaration and possession of the site and the fifth suit was filed by Ram Lalla Virajman for declaration and possession.
In 1986, the district court allowed Hindu worshippers. The suits pending were transferred to the High Court. In 1991 the Uttar Pradesh Government acquired land around the structure for convenience of the devotees. In 1992, the Masjid on the site was demolished. It was only in 2011 that the CBI moved the Supreme Court.
The latest update was on May 30, 2017 when criminal conspiracy charges were levelled against L.K Advani, Uma Bharti, Vinay Katiyar and Murli Manohar Joshi.
The Hindus state that this land in where Lord Ram was born. As per Wikipedia, “The Ramayana states that the location of Rama’s birthplace is on the banks of the Sarayu river in the city of Ayodhya. A section of Hindus claim that the exact site of Rama’s birthplace is where the Babri Masjid once stood in the present-day Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh. According to this theory, the Mughals demolished a Hindu shrine that marked the spot, and constructed a mosque in its place. People opposed to this theory state that such claims arose only in the 18th century, and that there is no evidence for the spot being the birthplace of Rama.”