Donation Drive for the Ram Temple of Ayodhya Next Month
Ram Janmabhoomi Temple Trust will launch a month-long donation drive across the country to build the ambitious Ram Temple in Ayodhya, Swami Govind Dev Giri Maharaj said Monday.
Giri, treasurer of Ram Janmabhoomi Tirath Kshetra Nyas, also said that around 1.1 billion rupees will be spent on the project, which includes more than 300 million rupees to build the main structure of the temple.
During the donation drive, coupons worth Rs1,000, Rs100 and even Rs 10 will be sold. The idea is to get contributions even from the poorest for whom 10 rupee coupons will be sold.
Swami Govind Giri Maharaj was in Nagpur on Monday to announce the beginning of a month-long donation drive to raise funds for the construction of the temple starting on January 15.
“We want to reach the last man in society for his contribution to the project,” he said.
“This is a special campaign under which there will be a door-to-door contact to collect donations through the sale of coupons. Contributions to the temple, in addition to the special campaign, have already started and will continue, ”Giri said, reporting that 100 million rupees have been raised for the project so far.
Responding to a question, he said that the 6 million rupees raised during the 1990 campaign had also been given to the Trust. The Ram temple campus will have a number of facilities such as a yagnashala, a library and a monument to the martyrs. “The monument will pay tribute to all those who have given their lives for the temple, including those who fought in the war during the Mughal invasion of AD 1528 and also the Karsevaks, who lost their lives,” he said.
According to Giri, the design of the temple’s foundation will be decided shortly after a meeting with experts from IIT in Mumbai, Hyderabad, Surat and Roorkee. “They have presented two suggestions for the foundation. After finalizing the plan at the meeting, we expect to begin construction in January. It will take at least three and a half years to complete the structure of the temple.