Shaligram Stones, Likely to be Used for Lord Ram Idol, Reach Ayodhya; How They Tie into BJP’s 2024 Gameplan

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Last Updated: February 02, 2023, 13:20 IST

Historically, events like 'shila pujan', 'kar seva', etc. have been successful mechanisms of diluting caste consciousness and forging a Hindu identity. (File photo: PTI)

Historically, occasions like ‘shila pujan’, ‘kar seva’, and so on. have been profitable mechanisms of diluting caste consciousness and forging a Hindu id. (File picture: PTI)

The stones, which had been introduced from the Kali Gandaki waterfall in Nepal, have been positioned on the Ram sevak puram (storage space for development materials of the Ram temple) in Ayodhya

Two giant shaligram stone slabs (fossilised stones thought-about holy), almost definitely to be used within the development of Lord Ram’s idol on the Ram Janmabhoomi temple, reached Ayodhya on Thursday from Gorakhnath temple in Uttar Pradesh.

The stones, which had been introduced from the Kali Gandaki waterfall in Nepal, have been positioned on the Ram sevak puram (storage space for development materials of the Ram temple) in Ayodhya.

The stones will be open for worship at 10:30 pm on February 2, mentioned common secretary of Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra, Champat Rai, as per ANI.

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Considered to be centuries outdated, the stones had been being accompanied by round 100 Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) workplace bearers and a five-member delegation from Nepal on a Sheela Yatra, as per Hindustan Times. Several devotees had additionally reached National Highway 28 connecting Kushinagar to Gorakhpur to worship the stones.

The method these twin stone slabs — weighing a number of tonnes every — have been placed on show at a number of places earlier than reaching Ayodhya, can be learn in context of the ‘Ramcharitmanas’ controversy as effectively.

On one hand, the Opposition is making an attempt to revive Mandal politics by elevating questions on the Ramcharitmanas and demanding a backward castes census. Meanwhile, the BJP seemingly hopes to maintain the Hindutva sentiment going robust by way of the Ram temple and symbols hooked up to it.

Historically, occasions like ‘shila pujan’, ‘kar seva’, and so on. have been profitable mechanisms of diluting caste consciousness and forging a Hindu id.

Sources mentioned that originally UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath was additionally anticipated to attain Ayodhya on Thursday. However, it’s believed he abstained due to higher give attention to the ‘vikas’ push on the Global Investors Summit.

Hindutva continues to play on the backhand within the run-up to the 2024 Assembly elections with the possible opening of the Ram temple by January subsequent yr.

(With inputs from Pranshu Mishra)

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