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Big day for the devotees of Ram, Yogi laid the first stone of the sanctum, remembered that cold night of 1949


Ayodhya/Lucknow: It was the day of 5th August 2020, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi worshiped in yellow clothes and laid the foundation of the grand Ram temple. Today, after nearly two years, UP chief Yogi Adityanath reached to lay the first stone for the construction of the sanctum. By the way, whenever Yogi comes to Ayodhya, he definitely reaches to see Ramlala, but today’s visit is very special. Pouring his feelings into words, he tweeted this morning, ‘Ram kaju kinhe bin mohi kahan bisram…’. In fact, the commencement of the construction of the sanctum sanctorum is a festive occasion for the crores of Ram devotees who have dreamed of a grand temple of Ramlala. The dates of the struggles from 1528 to 9 November 2019 have been troubling the devotees of Ram, but now the luxurious house of Ramlala is getting ready. Ramlal will be seated in the sanctum sanctorum till December 2023. It may be time consuming for some people but it has been told that the trust wants to keep the grandeur of the temple unparalleled. From the foundation, every single stone is being carved and given a divine form. The new Ram temple which is coming into existence after 500 years of struggle will remain a source of energy for the devotees not for another 200 or 500 years but for more than a thousand years.

Yogi worshiping for the sanctum.

crane-laden stones
On the west corner of the sanctum sanctorum, 22 carved stones have been installed at 9 places on the Parikrama Marg. These rocks are very heavy, they can be lifted only by crane. They were installed here just three days before the worship. These stones will now remain in their place, the rest will be placed on top of them. Along with Veda mantras, these rocks were worshiped by offering water, offering flowers, Akshat Archana etc. The size of the sanctum sanctorum will be 20 feet wide and 20 feet long.

brought from rajasthan
The walls of the sanctum sanctorum of the temple will be made 6 feet thick. Carved sandstone will be introduced in and around the sanctum sanctorum. Makrana white marble will be used in the sanctum. Pink sandstone from the hills of Bansi-Paharpur in Bharatpur district of Rajasthan is being used in the temple. About 4.70 lakh cubic feet of carved stones will be used here. Ayodhya carving stones are reaching from Rajasthan.

what is the sanctum sanctorum called
Usually the most prominent part of Hindu temples is the sanctum sanctorum where the main idol is kept. It is surrounded by pillared mandapas which are connected to the sanctum sanctorum by corridors. There is also a circumambulation path around the sanctum. Above is the peak. In simple words, if the temple is a house, then the sanctum sanctorum is the most important room.

I remembered that night of 1949
The importance of the sanctum sanctorum increases even more with respect to the Ram temple of Ayodhya, because after independence, on 22-23 December 1949, it is believed that Ramlala appeared in the sanctum sanctorum at night. But the matter remained embroiled in a legal battle. After the demolition of the disputed structure on 6 December 1992, Ram Lalla lived under a temporary roof for 27 years, three months and 19 years. Finally, on 25 March 2022, Ramlala was kept in the alternate sanctum.

Will return to ‘Garbha Griha’ after 500 years Ram Lalla
Actually, the sanctum sanctorum of Ramlala has a long story of 500 years of struggle. For centuries, Ram devotees have been worshiping the place in Ayodhya as the site of Ram Janmabhoomi. In the same place in 1528, an invader got the mosque built. It was known as Babri Masjid. During the British rule, Hindus organized in 1853 and raised their voice that a mosque was built by demolishing the temple of Lord Ram. It was here for the first time that there was a conflict. The country got freedom from the British but Ramlala was still in ‘captivity’. He was like a foreigner in his own house.

Then on the cold night of 23 December 1949, the statue of Lord Rama appeared in the center of the disputed structure. After this the Hindus started worshiping at that place. Muslims stopped offering Namaz. In 1984, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad campaigned for the unlocking of the disputed site and for the construction of the temple.

In 1986, a decision comes from the court to allow the worship of Hindus. In 1989, the Rajiv Gandhi government allowed the foundation stone to be laid near the disputed site. In 1992, kar sevaks demolished the disputed structure. The legal battle continued. Allahabad High Court’s decision came in 2010. The matter reached the Supreme Court and on 9 November 2019, Ram Lalla won the legal battle of his ‘ghar’.

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