Pink granite stones for Sri Rama shrine in Ayodhya: Viswa Hindu Parishad

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Devotees of Lord Ram are going from door-to-door from January 15 to 30 to collect donations

Representational picture of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya

Only pink granite stones will be used for construction of the Lord Ram Temple in Ayodhya. No steel or cement will be used as the structure should withstand the vagaries of a 1000 years, said national general secretary of Viswa Hindu Parishad, Milundu Parande, here on Thursday.

Speaking to media the RSS Office here, the VHP leader said the architect firm that built the Somnath temple in Saurashtra region of Gujarat will take up the work in Ayodhya too. Devotees of Lord Ram are going from door-to-door to meet 13 crore families in a drive from January 15 to 30 to collect donations as part of the Shri Ram Jamabhoomi Mandir Nirman Nidhi Samarpan Abhiyaan.

He said receipts are issued on-the-spot for the contributions and appealed to the people to donate what they can afford to. Some 3.50 lakh Hindus had lost their lives for the cause of the Ram Mandir, he said.

The VHP leader said 13,000 Sri Rama temples existed in Andhra Pradesh. Abhiyan activists would meet one crore families living in rural areas to collect donations. “Right from President Ramnath Kovind, people from all walks of life are giving donations for the Ram Mandir construction,” Parande said.

“There is no protection to Hindu temples, idols, and chariots in Andhra Pradesh after Jaganmohan Reddy became the CM,” he alleged.

VHP southern region secretary Kesav Hegde, RSS state president Nagareddy Harikumar Reddy, Sri Maheswar Swamy, and Mukku Radhakrishna were also present at the media meet.