AYODHYA, INDIA, February 2, 2023 (MSN): As many as 51 Vedic gurus chanted mantras as the Shaligram Shilas from Gandaki river in Nepal were handed over to the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust general secretary Champat Rai on Thursday morning. The Shilas were initially taken to Ram Janmabhoomi temple and from there were taken to Karsewakpuram where statues of Ram’s baalroop (child form) and those of Ram and Sita will be carved out. Mahant Tapeshwar Das of Janaki Mandir in Nepal’s Janakpur presented these rocks to the trust representatives.

Two large boulders from special rocks believed to be 60 million years old which were found in the Gandaki river at a site close to Shaligramam in Muktinath Valley at the foot of the Thorong La mountain pass in Mustang, Nepal, were dispatched from the Himalayan country on last Wednesday. The rocks known as shaligram are considered representations of Vishnu. One of these boulders weighs 26 tons while the other weighs 14 tons. The statue carved out of these stones will be placed in the sanctum sanctorum of the Ram Mandir expected to be ready by Makar Sankranti in January next year. The new statue is likely to be established at a height of nine feet and the devotees will be able to have its darshan from a distance of 35 feet. The statue will be installed at such an angle that the rays of rising sun will touch the forehead of the statues. The Trust will invite top sculptors from around the country to get the statues prepared for the temple.