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What does Ayodhya Ram Mandir mean to us youngsters ?

(Nidhi Samarpan Event – 7th Feb 2021 – Panel talk)

Vaishnavi Palreddy

When I was first asked to speak as part of the panel and on behalf of the youth of India, I wasn’t quite sure about what to talk. So, I decided to give my friends a call and ask them what they think of Rama and the Ayodhya Ram mandir. They said he is a great king, one who chose his people over his family. And that the principles of Rama, honesty and self-discipline, are essential for life and success. On the other hand, the Ayodhya Ram Mandir was either an unknown concept or an unseen one between school, exams, assignments, family and friends and of course, who can forget, COVID. Of them all, one line that struck me as particularly odd was ‘how would I know about something I’ve never seen?’ 

In this global world, we do many things and hashtag and re-share many more while being on opposite ends of the globe. So maybe the reality is that we couldn’t care less. That it isn’t a priority. After all, why should we know of a place that doesn’t exist, hasn’t for a very long time? A place that we never heard of before, a place that we will probably never see unless we are dragged to. Because it is an integral part of our  region, an integral part of the foundation of the society we live in. A piece of land with hundreds of millions of stories. A piece of land for which lakhs of people were gladly willing to give up their lives and so much more. 

Why is Ayodhya so important? Yes, I have been told that Ayodhya is the birth-place of Rama, but so what? Does it truly deserve the hype? Or is it just another one of those over-done, over-stated things? I remember when for the first time after 18 years, I went to Seattle, the place where I was born. A place I have no memories of, I was only a few months-old baby when we moved to India. A place that I found out I was born in, only when I looked at my birth-certificate. But when I went there, I had a strange feeling. A feeling of… apnapan. A feeling I’ve had in every house I have ever lived in. A feeling I have when I visit the place of my parents’ birth and upbringing. A scratch on the wall, a crack on the floor, a half-broken glass pane, every nook and corner, everything seems to have a story hidden inside. An exciting adventure worth telling and re-telling. And just like it feels easier to breathe – the weight on your shoulders seems to have lifted as soon as you get home. That’s just the magic of home, isn’t it? The magic of birth-place or even of birth in general. 

Another point that one of my friends raised is – everyone keeps telling us that we are fortunate. Our generation is privileged that such an important temple is being built in our lifetime. But what does that mean? Why are we privileged? I’m pretty sure every year – or maybe even every month – probably around 100 temples are built throughout the nation. I mean in such a big country for such an important God. So, what makes this one so special that we are fortunate? Why is this generation privileged? Why not people presently in their 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s. After all, isn’t a temple just a place of worship? And people of older age groups typically pray the most. So, shouldn’t they be the privileged ones? After all, they got a brand-new spot for prayer? 

Uhh, kind of – not exactly. Like we’ve discussed before, this particular temple is extraordinary. Even more so, because 500 years ago, in a show of dominance, Babar- a famous king who invaded India, tore down the temple present in the premises and built a structure to commemorate their victory. In that sense, winning the court case and building the temple can be taken to say that the Indian ideology is not beneath any religion practiced in the world. 

On 15th August 1947, India was officially declared azad from the clutches of the British. From 200 years of oppression. However, this winning of the court case and building of the Ayodhya Rama mandir is slowly but surely winning the round II of azadi from 492 years of struggle. From 1000 years of invasions. 25 whole generations, some more than others, fighting for a single cause. Azadi from the pacifist mentality we have adopted. This is us beginning to fight for what is ours. And just like the previous round, azadi brings benefits to all in the society, but the greatest are always reaped by the up-and-coming. After all, azadi is a time when the past and present are fighting for the future. And this azadi is worth a century of celebration. 

Sri RamaJanmabhoomi Mandir Nirmaan Abhiyaan

रामो विग्रहवान् धर्मः ॥

Shri Ram is the embodiment of Dharma. He is the soul of Bharat. A grand temple on the Shri Rama Janma Bhumi site at Ayodhya is the perpetual inspiration to all Bharateeyas and devotees of Shri Ram have been fighting for this ceaselessly for the last 492 years. In 76 battles of the past, more than four lakh devotees of Shri Ram have sacrificed their lives. The result of a series of movements over the last 36 years has been that people have risen above identities of gender, caste, class, language, sect, region and have emerged as one society with the thought of building the grand temple for Shri Ram. The outcome of their unparalleled sacrifices has been that on Nov 9th, 1989, a Shilanyas Puja was conducted at the Sri Rama Janma Bhumi site by a member of the Scheduled Caste, Shri Kameshwar Chaupal, in the presence of Sants.

This matter of faith got entangled in the long processes of courts (from the Sessions Court to the Supreme Court). Based on Puranic evidence, archaeological excavations, ground penetrating radar pictures and historical evidence, a five-judge Bench of the Supreme Court on Nov 9th , 2019, delivered an unanimous verdict and said that ‘the 14,000 square feet of land belonged to Ram Lalla.’ Truth has been established. Devotion, faith, and belief have won along with evidence and facts. 

On February 5th , 2020, Government of Bharat has formed the Sri Ram Janmabhumi Teertha Kshetra Trust and handed over the 70 acres of acquired land to the Trust. After that, on March 25th, 2020, Sri Ram Lalla has been moved from a temple of tarpaulin to be reinstalled in His temporary new wooden temple. 

A dream and resolve of centuries came to be fulfilled at a divine moment on August 5th , 2020 when in the auspicious presence of respected Mahant Shri Nrutya Gopaldas ji , Sants and Acharyas representing various spiritual institutions from across the nation and the Sarsanghchalak of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh Dr Mohan ji Bhagwat, our beloved and honourable Prime Minister of the nation Shri Narendra Modi ji performed the Bhumi Puja for the Ram Mandir. On this occasion, water from more than 3000 rivers and teerthas across Bharat, soil brought from holy institutions of various castes, communities and the homes of the martyred Karsevaks was used in the Bhumi Puja, spiritually bringing all Bharatiyas to the divine site. 

Venerated Saints have exhorted people to establish Shri Ram and the values of His life in their hearts along with the construction of the grand temple at Sri Ram Janma Bhumi. Shri Ram had roamed barefoot through jungles for 14 years. He reached every section of society. He affectionately embraced those people who were deprived and neglected, gave them a sense of belonging and became a friend of everyone. He respected Jataayu as his father. He restored a position of dignity for women. He destroyed demons and eliminated their terrorism. Ram Rajya, the rule of Rama, was abound with mutual love and goodwill, friendship, compassion and empathy, affection, unity and kinship, health and lives filled with prosperity. All of us need to summon the same steely resolve and collective will and effort to make Bharat like that once again. 

Call for Dedication

Charity and donation have been essential traits of Bharat since ancient times. It has been the eternal and essential nature of the affluent people to give means of sustenance to students, retired people, mendicants and bhikshus. Donating to build Dharmshalas for use by devotees at temples and other places, extending other kinds of assistance has also been considered as a social responsibility. It is in this spirit that the Shri Ram Janma Bhumi Teertha Kshetra Trust seeks donations and assistance from the entire society. The way a humble squirrel helped Shri Ram to build a Setu ( bridge)  across the sea, it is requested to donate and become a part of this sacred project. 

  • Ram Mandir lay-out details
  • Total Area: 2.7 acres
  • Total Area of Construction: 57,400 sq feet.
  • Total Length: 360 feet
  • Total Breadth: 235 feet
  • Total Height (Till Shikhar): 161 feet
  • Number of Mandaps: 5
  • Total Number of floors: 3
  • Height of each level: 20 feet

    Bank account details
  • Bank Name   : State Bank of India ( SBI ) ;  Branch  : Ayodhya ; 
  • Saving Account : 39161495808;  Current Account : 39161495809
  • IFSC Code    : SBIN0002510; PAN No.        : AAZTS6197B