Bhumi Pujan is going to be done on August 5 for the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya. In such a situation, people who are deeply associated with the Ram Mandir movement are repeatedly reminded of Mahant Avedyanath. Mahant Avedyanath had expressed his intentions only on 26 July 1988. Taking a pledge for political change in the country, along with VHP Union General Secretary Ashok Singhal and State General Secretary Shri Shree Chandra Dixit, it was clear that without this the liberation of the janmabhoomi is not possible. With this announcement, it was decided that every person of the country and the world who has faith in Rama will have to be connected with the Muktasangram of Ramjanmabhoomi. In January 1989, during the Dharmasand in Prayagraj, a Sriramshila worshiped from every village of the country and a call was made to raise a quarter of a rupee from every faithful person.
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This call spread enthusiasm from village to village. There were small programs. Shilapujan was a symbol. An alumnus of Gorakshanath Sanskrit Vidyapeeth and currently the faculty head of the Institute of Sanskrit and Elementary Education Studies at JNU (New Delhi), Prof. Santosh Shukla is witness to the Shilapujan campaign across the country after the lock of the disputed structure and the Dharmasand. He explains that the villagers used to participate in the program with the belief that these bricks would be installed in the proposed magnificent temple on Ramjanmabhoomi. Shilapujan made the atmosphere of the whole country beautiful. The poor and the rich and people of all castes participated vigorously. All differences were erased. For the Ram temple, the Hindu society began to look united for the first time.
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Prior to this, on October 19, 1988, seven bricks were duly worshiped on the Saryu coast in Ayodhya and performed seven rounds of the Yajna school. At the same time, the date of November 9, 1989 for the construction of the temple on Sri Ram Janmabhoomi was also announced. Dr. Pradip Rao, Principal of Maharana Pratap PG College, who is a knowledgeable of the Nath Panth, says that for 40 days the program of Shilapujan was conducted in three lakh villages. From 30 September 1989 to 9 November 1989, rocks from all corners of the country reached Ayodhya. During this time the Ram temple movement spread from village to village. For this reason, the foundation stone of Ram Mandir on 30 October 1989 and the Karseva program of 30 October 2 November 1990 received immense public support.
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Rocks from abroad
Ram Shila reached Ayodhya not only from every corner of the country but also from America, England, Australia, New Zealand and Holland for construction of Ram temple. For the first decade, these rocks were kept in the Fakireram temple, some distance away from the disputed site. In 1998, he was taken to the temple building workshop complex in Ramghat. Meanwhile, the work of stone carving for the temple also continued. The time has come to use these rocks. It will begin with the foundation of the temple on August 5.
Devarahwa Baba said with support – Ram temple will be built in every situation
On February 1, 1989, at Prayagraj Mahakumbh, the famous saint Deorahwa Baba, who was among the monk saints from all over the country, filled the Ram temple movement with a new energy. In his speech, he said, ‘Sri Ram Janmabhoomi is of Hindus and a temple will definitely be built there.’
In his research article on ‘History of Ramjanmabhoomi Movement’, Dr. Avinash Pratap Singh, senior teacher of Maharana Pratap PG College, writes, ‘Mahant Avedyanath played an important role in shaping the nationwide form of the Sri Ram Janmabhoomi movement. He knew that for the liberation of the janmabhoomi, it would have to be made a mass issue. The leaders of the Ram Mandir movement met with the then Chief Minister and Prime Minister at different times under his leadership. But each time these meetings became inconclusive, Mahanta Avedyanath’s clear view was that it is difficult to achieve the goal like Ram temple without favorable political power. Due to this view, he accepted the return of politics on the proposal of Dharmasansad and devoted himself fully in giving impetus to the Ram temple movement from Road to Parliament.