Nepal has initiated the transportation of two Shaligram stones to Ayodhya to construct the idols of Ram and Janaki. Once the stones reach Ayodhya, The Ram Janmabhoomi Teertha Kshetra will create the idols of Ram and Sita. These idols will be placed in the main temple complex at Ayodhya.
The Shaligram stones are considered the non-anthropomorphic representation of Lord Vishnu in the Hindu religion. Meanwhile, these stones are found exclusively in the Kali Gandaki River that flows through Myagdi and Mustang districts. The Times of India report that the Shaligrams are on their way to Ayodhya via Janakpur.
A prominent leader of the Nepali congress and former deputy Prime Minister of Nepal, Bimalendra Nidhi, is coordinating with the Janaki Temple in Janakpur regarding the transport of the Shaligram Stones. The said political leader hails from Janakpur, considered Sita’s historical birthplace.
Nidhi reveals that the Shaligram stones are considered precious and widely renowned across the globe. They are also widely considered a Vishnu symbol in Hindu religious communities. Champat Rai, the General Secretary of the Ram Janma Bhoomi Teertha Kshetra, requested that the stone are transported to Ayodhya.
The Nepali Congress leader, Bimalendra Nidhi, expressed that he was actively interested in the process. Meanwhile, he also added that he accompanied his colleague, Ram Tapeshwar Das, to a meeting with the Ram Janma Bhoomi Teertha Kshetra. During the session, the priest of the Janaki temple, Ram Tapeshwar Das, interacted with the trust. They decided that if the Shaligram stones were available, it would be great for the temple authorities to make idols from these stones.
The authorities approved two stones for the purpose. One stone weighed 18 tonnes, while the other weighed approximately 16 tonnes. The authorities have also supported the stones both technically and scientifically for the making of the idols.
According to Nidhi, the stones will reach Ayodhya on February 1. Following the arrival, the Ram Janam Bhoomi trust will start working on the construction of the idols.