President Kovind donates Rs5 lakh for Ram Temple construction in Ayodhya
The trust set up to oversee the construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya has launched a nationwide donation drive and regional drives that will continue till February 27. Many leaders of various political parties have joined the drive and President Ram Nath Kovind today donated ₹ 5 lakh and one hundred.
Today, on behalf of the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust, its co-president Govind Dev Giriji Maharaj, met President Kovind. VHP working president Alok Kumar and temple construction committee’s chief Nripendra Mishra, and RSS leader Kulbhushan Ahuja also joined.
In Patna, launching the Samarpan Nidhi Sangraha Abhiyan, BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi said, “I hope every Hindu family in Bihar contributes towards the building of the beautiful temple. I’m sure that whatever fund is required for the temple, we will get it out of people’s cooperation.”
When asked if followers of other religions can also contribute Mr. Modi said: “Why not? But the thing is if it is a mosque, it is expected that Muslims will be at the forefront. So, it is the Hindu community’s responsibility that they come forward for Lord Ram’s temple. We will certainly take cooperation from the followers of other religions too.”
From Hindu household to construction, volunteers of various organizations will seek ₹ 10, Rs100, or ₹ 1,000 – the three types of coupons available against contribution. The Trust has decided against using any government fund, money from abroad, or corporate donations.
The five-judge constitution bench ruled that a “prominent site” in the same holy town will be allotted for a new mosque, in place of the one unlawfully razed down by Hindu activists in 1992. In November 2019, the Supreme Court of India brought the curtains down on the long-standing religious dispute over the site in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, saying it belonged to Lord Ram. It ordered the Central government to set up a Trust to manage and oversee the construction of the temperature.
In August 2020, Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for the construction of the temple at the site.