Several ancient Hindu artefacts of religious importance were found during digging at the Ram Mandir construction in Ayodhya. According to office bearers, the items were found on the 10th day of ground levelling exercise. The antiques include some broken statues of deities, a Kalash (urn) and a five-foot Shivling with carvings on it. Similar archaeological artefacts were discovered by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) during an excavation carried out in 2003 on the orders of Allahabad High Court.
What work is being done at Ram Mandir construction site
According to Champat Rai, General Secretary of Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Tirtha Kshetra Trust, currently ground levelling work is being carried out at the Ram Janambhoomi. During the work, antiques were found inside the debris of Babri Masjid. The workers first found seven black touchstone pillars and several parts of sandstone pillars. They then started to dig deeper in hopes of finding some other items when they discovered a Shivling, which was around 4 feet 11 inches tall with a circumference of 42 inches.
Construction work of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya was halted due to nationwide Coronavirus lockdown announced in India. The work resumed again after the government relaxed restrictions. 10 workers were set at the site of construction for ground levelling work. They were struggling to remove a gangway for the construction of upcoming Ram Temple in Ayodhya when they discovered the ancient artefacts that assured existence of an ancient temple beneath the Babri masjid.
The construction work is going on under high security and no one including media is allowed to go near the worksite. It is always guarded with about 25-30 policemen to stop people from venturing around. The new Ram Temple spot is about 300 metres away from the current makeshift temple for Lord Ram or the garbhgriha.
Ram Temple existed beneath Babri Mosque
New findings have only assured the existence of an ancient Ram Temple beneath the Babri Mosques. They also support the theory that claims the temple was destroyed during Mughal era and there was no ancient mosque at the site. Archaeological interest has also grown after new discoveries were made during the excavation. Teams from Archaeological Survey of India have found several such items during survey’s they did.
14 ancient pillars were also discovered by ASI before Babri mosque was demolished in 1992. According to ASI officials, the pillars were embedded on the walls of Babri mosque. They had ‘Poorna Kalas’ engraved at their bottoms. Poorna Kalas is considered as one of the eight auspicious symbols of prosperity in the Hindu religion.
Engineers from Larsen & Toubro are supervising the work. They are working with local PWD officials so that construction of Ram Mandir is completed on time.
Ayodhya Ram Mandir Verdict
A five-judge bench of Supreme Court of India gave Ram Mandir Verdict in November 2019. Under the ruling, the supreme court asked the Government of India to give the disputed 2.44 acres of land for construction of Ram Mandir. The court also ordered the government to give 5 acres of land in the city to Sunni Waqf Board, the other party of Ayodhya Ram Mandir dispute.
The court acknowledged the existence of a temple under Babri masjid. Construction of new ram temple in Ayodhya started after the Yogi Adityanath government permitted to carry out the work with limited labourers on May 11, 2020. The construction is expected to complete by late 2021 but the timeline of the Ram temple project is expected to be shifted due to Coronavirus pandemic. The ‘Ram Lalla’ idol was temporarily shifted to makeshift premises on the construction site in March 2020. Ram Mandir construction in 2020 seems to be the dream of many but it does not seem to be feasible given the current health scenario.