Champat Rai, secretary of Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra, told TOI, “We will conduct a technical study of the rocks to check if these have not suffered any damages, discolouration or dents during the transportation. If so, these rocks will be of no use to the sculptors. We are soon bringing three more similar rocks for the purpose.”
Asked whose decision it was to bring these rocks from Nepal, Rai told TOI, “Sending shaligram shilas to Ayodhya was the decision of the seers of Nepal. These rocks have not been taken inside the premises of Ram Janmabhoomi and have been placed at Ram Sewak Puram, a site that belongs to Vishwa Hindu Parishad”.
Earlier, Trust members had told TOI that a delegation of VHP’s office-bearers led by its national secretary Rajendra Singh Pankaj had accompanied the shilas that left Mustang district of Nepal on January 25 and reached Ayodhya late on February 2, covering a distance of more than 350 kilometres in six days.
The idol of Ram’s baalroop (child form), which was supposed to be carved out of these stones, was to be placed in the sanctum sanctorum of the Ram Mandir expected to be ready by Makar Sankranti in January next year.