| Ayodhya |
Updated: May 22, 2020 9:32:18 am
The work is going on under a high security cover and no one, including the media, is allowed to go near the site or take photographs of the findings.
The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Tirtha Kshetra Trust on Thursday claimed to have found several antiques of religious importance at the site in the town where Hindu devotees believe the deity Ram was born.
The items were found on the 10th day of the exercise to level the ground and remove a gangway before the construction of a Ram Temple begins.
According to the office-bearers of the VHP and the Trust, the antiques — broken statues of deities, a kalash (urn) and a five-foot Shivling with carvings on it — are similar to those discovered by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) during an excavation carried out in 2003 on the orders of the Allahabad High Court.
The photos of the relics were tweeted by Shri Ram Jannbhoomi Trust
“For the last 10 days we have started the work of leveling the ground. Buried inside the debris of the structure [Babri Masjid] we have found seven black touchstone pillars, other than that we have found several parts made of sandstone. Going deeper, we have found a Shivling, which is around 4 feet 11 inch tall and has a circumference of 42 inches. A similar Shivling has been found at the Kuber Quila. We are releasing the photos,” said VHP International General Secretary Champat Rai, who is also the General Secretary of the Trust.
According to a statement issued by the saffron organisation, the “leveling of the land and removal of gangway for the construction of the upcoming Ram Temple at the Ram Janambhoomi ground” started on May 11 after the District Magistrate granted permission.
“In addition to the antiques found during the earlier digging on the order of the High Court, during the leveling of ground till date we have found several things including antiques and broken statues of deities, flowers made of stone, kalash, Aamlak, Doorjamb, stones of Mehrab, seven black touchstone pillars, six red sandstone pillars, five-feet Shivling with carvings on it. The work of leveling is still going on,” said the VHP.
On Thursday evening, 25 to 30 policemen manned the second checkpost, which is around 300 metres from the Garbhagriha or sanctum sanctorum, where the makeshift Ram temple used to exist. (Pic tweeted by Shri Ram Jannbhoomi Trust)
The work is going on under a high security cover and no one, including the media, is allowed to go near the site or take photographs of the findings. On Thursday evening, 25 to 30 policemen manned the second checkpost, which is around 300 metres from the Garbhagriha or sanctum sanctorum, where the makeshift Ram temple used to exist.
When asked, the district authorities said the media had been asked to use the photographs provided by the VHP and the temple trust.
The saffron outfits said three JCB machines, one crane, two tractors and 10 labourers were carrying out the levelling work