Two Shaligram stones from Nepal have been sent to Ayodhya, India, to be used in the creation of sculptures of Ram and Janaki that will be erected in the Ram Mandir’s main temple complex, which is still under construction. The Shaligrams, who can only be found along the banks of the Kali Gandaki River, which runs through the Myagdi and Mustang districts, are already travelling from Janakpur to Ayodhya. 

Upon arrival, Ram Janmabhoomi Teertha Kshetra will erect monuments of Lord Ram and Sita. The Janaki temple is working with the Nepali Congress leader and former deputy prime minister Bimalendra Nidhi, who is from Janakpur, the city where Sita was born, to provide the two stones from the Kali Gandaki River, where Shaligrams are common.

“Stones found in the Kali Gandaki River are well known and very precious in the world. It is widely accepted that these stones are symbols of Lord Vishnu. Lord Ram is the incarnation of Bhagwan Vishnu which is why the stone from Kali Gandaki River, if available, would be very good to make Ram Lala’s murti (statue) in Ayodhya for Ram Janma Bhumi Temple. It was requested by Champat Rai- the General Secretary of the Trust (Ram Janma Bhoomi Teertha Kshetra) and I was very much active and interested in this, ” Nidhi told ANI.

 “I visited Ayodhya along with my colleague Ram Tapeshwar Das- Mahantha(Priest) of Janaki Temple. We had a meeting with the Trust authorities and other saints of Ayodhya. It was decided that upon the availability of the stones from Kali Gandaki River of Nepal, it would be good for them to make the Murti (statue) of Ram Lala,” the former deputy prime minister said.

 He said that they have finalized two stones, one weighing 18 tons and another of 16 tons and it has been approved both technically and scientifically for the making of the statue.

Both the piles have been sent to India by truck from Nepal. They will reach Ayodhya on February 1. These slabs will enter through Madhubani in Bihar. These pillars will reach Ayodhya from Muzaffarnagar and Gorakhpur.

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Bimalendra Nidhi said that he will provide necessary support to the Ram Mandir Trust. Ayodhya and Janakpur are two historical places. Bimalendra Nidhi said that the Shaligram stone used to make the idols of Rama and Sita is a reflection of the religious and cultural bonds between India and Nepal.

Janakpur, Nepal celebrates the birth of Ram and the marriage of Ram and Sita. Bimalendra Nidhi has been in talks with the Indian government for the last two years to send the scraps to India. 

In Janakpur in 2020, Manjeev Singh Puri, the Indian ambassador to Nepal, and Nidhi had a discussion on sending the Sila to Ayodhya. The Sila are being brought to India when all the necessary licences and processes have been completed there. 

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The Nepali government authorised the shipment of the stone to India in December 2022. The Kali Gandaki River was used to transport these stones to Janakpur. The stone was sent to Ayodhya after being seen by the locals there.

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