6-lakh-year-old Nepali stones to be used for lord Ram statue: Know all famous about Shaligram stones
Lord Ram statue made of special stones will grace the grand Ram Temple in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh. The statue of lord Ram will be constructed using Shaligram stones mined from Kali Gandki river in Nepal.
The two 30-tonne Shaligram stone slabs have been being brought to Ayodhya from Nepal on trucks. Before carving the statue, the stones will undergo proper rituals and worship. These stone slabs are being accompanied by former deputy PM of Nepal, Bimlendra.
The two slabs that have been brought from Nepal are 18 and 12 tonnes respectively. They are 5-6 feet long and 4 feet wide. Now, the people must be wondering as to why Shaligram stones are being brought from Nepal for lord Ram statue.
Importance of 6-lakh-year-old Shaligram stone
The Shaligram stones are considered an avatar of Vishnu. Hindus do worship Lord Shaligram. The stones of Shaligram name are specifically found in Gandki river in Nepal. The fast flowing water from Himalayas breaks the stones into small pieces. If experts are to be believed, these stones are fossils that are of 33 different types.
These stones are used across the country to make statues. As per religious mythology, these stones are worshipped as a lord Vishnu's avatar. It is believed that wherever these stones are worshipped, goddess Laxmi graces that place.
Ramlala statue to be readied before 2024
It is said that the statue of lord Ram will be readied before the 2024 Makar Sankranti. What is special with Shaligram stones is that there is no need for religious rituals for their consecration (Pran Prathitha) and can be placed instantly and worshipped.
Sita's statue also be made from Shaligram
Along with lord Ram statue, the statue of Sita will also be carved from the same Shaligram stone slabs.
After the final construction of Ram temple, two two statues will be place in sanctum sanctorum (garbh grih) of the temple.