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Ayodhya temple idol believed to be from the Nepalese Himalayas: Bimlendra Nidhi

Former Deputy Prime Minister of Nepal brings proposal from prominent citizens of neighboring country

Former Deputy Prime Minister of Nepal brings proposal from prominent citizens of neighboring country

Ancient Himalayan rocks found in Nepal should be considered for the making of Lord Ram’s idol in the upcoming Ayodhya temple, a group of prominent citizens of Nepal have suggested.

Former Deputy Prime Minister and senior Nepalese Congressman Bimlendra Nidhi, who represents this group, visited Ayodhya earlier this month and proposed that in addition to the specific Himalayan rock for the idol, the people of Janakpur would also like to offer a metal “Shiv Dhanouch” which would be on display at the temple complex.

“I visited the Kali Gandaki River and did a survey of the types of ancient rocks found in the area and came to the conclusion that there is indeed a wide variety of rocks of high quality that can be considered for the making of Lord Ram idol in Ayodhya,” said Mr. Nidhi The Hindu.

The banks of Kali Gandaki, also known as Narayani, are famous for being the only source in the world where the shilas shaligram are found. They are revered as aniconic representations of Lord Vishnu. Lord Ram is believed to be the incarnation of Lord Vishnu, and Mr. Nidhi said that this spiritual connection between the Narayani and the Hindu community should be considered when making Lord Ram’s idol.

According to the available information, the idol of Ram Lalla which is currently worshiped in Ayodhya will continue to be worshiped in the new temple, but alongside the old deity, a larger idol is envisaged, as is often found in the large Hindu temples where a larger idol is worshiped along with a smaller deity. Larger idols are more suitable for major pilgrimage centers which attract larger numbers of pilgrims who must worship from a distance.

While the shaligram shilas which are basically small, prehistoric marine fossils cannot be used for making the main idol, Nidhi said the region offers many ancient rocks that can be used for making the idol. There is a tradition of offering Himalayan ingredients from Nepal at Hindu temples. For example, the Jagannath temple in Puri is known for its source kasturithe fragrant extract of musk deer, from Nepal.

During his visit to India, Mr. Nidhi met several seers and monks in Ayodhya who are closely involved in the construction activities of the Ram temple, and presented his ideas.

“During my interaction with the members of the temple construction committee at Ayodhya, we agreed in principle that a bow made of eight metals would also be donated by the people of Janakpur for the temple of Ram, where it should be placed in a special viewing gallery so that pilgrims can also appreciate the history of the arch which played an important role in the union of Lord Ram with Sita of Janakpur,” Mr. Nidhi said, adding that the story of the arc is as old as the story of Ram and Sita as it first mention found in Valmiki’s Ramayana.

Mr. Nidhi quoted the Valmiki Ramayanawho mentions the important role that the mighty bow plays in the union of Ram and Sita, and argues that a metal bow is therefore an ideal gift for the temple of Ram from the people of Janakpur, who would have been Sita’s birthplace.

The 2015 Nepalese Constitution declared no religious identity of the country, although it urges the Nepalese government to protect the traditional way of life of the people.

Since 2014, major pilgrimage sites in Nepal, such as the Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, have been linked to Indian religious tourism, and Nidhi said similar infrastructure should be created so that pilgrims can visit both Ayodhya in India and Janakpur in Nepal. as both are important for the Ramayana tourist circuit which will emerge once the Ayodhya Temple is completed.