Nepal has offered two Shaligram Shilas from the Kali Gandaki River to Ayodhya to help build the much-awaited Ram temple. The stones will be used to create idols of Lord Ram and Sita in the temple to be made by the Ram Janmabhoomi Teertha Kshetra.
A ceremony was organized in Pokhara on January 26th to hand over the two holy stones to Janakpurdham. The rocks were examined on January 30th in Janakpur and then transported to Ayodhya via road on February 1st.
Former Deputy Prime Minister Bimalendra Nidhi, also the Mahantha of Janaki Temple, was among the 250 people who travelled with the stone convoy as it passed through Janakpurdham, Pipraun Girjasthan of Madhubani, Muzaffarpur, and Gorakhpur before reaching Ayodhya.
The handing over of the Shaligram Shilas is seen as a way to deepen the religious and cultural ties between Nepal and India, which have been vital for centuries. The stones are considered sacred and pious in Sanatan Dharma and are believed to reside in the Hindu deity Vishnu. They are usually found in every temple in the country and are used to carve out statues.
While the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust has not yet decided if the Shaligram Shilas will be used to carve out the idol of Lord Ram, the priests are conducting puja as per Vedic rituals to celebrate the arrival of the stones.
This exciting event will surely bolster the religious ties between the two countries and bring excitement to the people of Ayodhya as they prepare to construct the much-anticipated Ram Temple.
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