Ram Temple will hold piece of history from Sri Lanka
(Sourced from PTI)
A stone from Sita Eliya, the place in Sri Lanka where Goddess Sita is believed to have been held captive, will be used in the Ram Temple construction in Ayodhya and serve as a pillar of strength for India-Lanka ties, the Indian High Commission in Colombo said. The stone is expected to be brought to India by Sri Lankan High Commissioner to India Milinda Moragoda.
This morning I together with HE Mr. Gopal Bagalay, High Commissioner of India in #SriLanka, visited theMayurapathi Amman Temple where astone from the Sita Eliya temple which had been blessed was handed over. This will be presented byme to the Ram Temple in #Ayodhya. #lka pic.twitter.com/nsqgFxLM7h— Milinda Moragoda (@MilindaMoragoda) March 18, 2021
A temple in Sita Eliya is dedicated to Goddess Sita and is said to mark the place where she was held captive by the Lankan king Ravana and where she regularly prayed for Lord Rama to rescue her. En route to Hakgala Gardens, the vibrant and colorful temple is known as the Seetha Amman Temple.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had last year performed the bhoomi pujan of the Supreme Court-mandated Ram temple in Ayodhya, bringing to fruition the BJP's mandir movement that defined its politics for three decades and took it to the heights of power.
The Print had reported earlier that more than 400 kilograms of silver bricks have been donated for the mandir so far. Members of the Trust, Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Tirtha Kshetra, which has taken charge of the temple construction, appealed to the donors through the publication not to donate any more bricks as their bank lockers have no more space to store them.
The trust is also responsible for the collection of donations for Ram Temple construction in Ayodhya. The publication had also reported that so far the trust has received Rs. 1,600 crore cash donations so far.
On November 9, 2019, a five-judge constitutional bench of the Supreme Court headed by former Chief Justice of India, Ranjan Gogoi, unanimously announced that the disputed 2.77 acres of land will be allotted to the Trust for the construction of Ram Temple. The bench also stated that an alternate five acres of land should be allotted for Babri Masjid construction.