AYODHYA || Amid an unprecedented lockdown across the state of Uttar Pradesh and elsewhere in India over the Coronavirus pandemic, the first phase of the long-awaited Ram temple construction in Ayodhya got underway on Wednesday, also the first day of the holy Navratri.
According to officials, a proper puja was done by saffron-robed chief minister Yogi Adityanath, in presence of a handful of seers and religious pundits. In the event, Ram Lalla, the presiding deity of Ayodhya was shifted from under the make-shift temple where he was housed since 1992-when the Babri mosque was razed to the ground by overzealous kar sevaks.
He is now seated on a silver throne weighing 9.5 kgs. The idols of Lord Ram, his wife Sita, brother Laxman and a statue of Lord Hanuman have now been shifted to another makeshift place made of fibreglass near the Manas Bhawan in the temple town.
The silver throne has been made by artists from Jaipur, Rajasthan and King Vimlendra Mishra handed it over to the Ayodhya Ram Temple Construction Trust on Tuesday. Chief Minister Adityanath also gave a cheque of Rs 11 lakh from his personal account as a contribution towards the construction of a grand Ram temple, which once stood at a site disputed by Muslims as theirs.