AYODHYA: A private trust is planning to build a grand Ram temple just adjacent to the Ramjanmbhumi site. The construction of the temple is going on by extending the existing Amawa temple spread over seven bigha (approx 3 acre).

Amawa temple is the property of former princely estate of Amawa situated in Nalanda district of Bihar. Talking to TOI, former Bihar cadre IPS officer Kishore Kunal – who has also worked as the head of Ayodhya cell at the PMO – said that in 2000, the Amawa estate had transferred the land to ‘Nikhil Bharat Teerath Vikas Samiti’, which is constructing the temple. Kunal is the secretary of the trust while former cabinet secretary Naresh Dayal is the president.

“We have got the map passed from the Faizabad Development Authority for the extension and renovation of this temple, now we have started the construction,” added Kunal. The premises of Amawa temple has 12 temples. The highlight of the proposed temple would be its sanctum sanatorium which would be situated at a height of 30 feet from the ground and covered with bullet proof transparent glasses.

It will house a deity of ‘bal roop mein Ram’ (the childhood appearance of Lord Rama) which would be clearly visible from the adjacent Ramjanmabhoomi temple. “So, devotees coming to pray at the Ramjanmabhoomi temple can see and pay obeisance to this deity as well,” says a member of the trust. “We fill fix glasses on all the four sides of sanctum sanatorium. This glass would magnify the things which are inside the covered area, making them clearly visible from 500 meters,” Kunal says.

“You can find Ram temples everywhere which normally have the adult Lord Rama as the deity. But according to religious scriptures, it has been advised to pray before his childhood appearance of. So, we are building this temple with a crawling Lord Rama as its presiding deity,” Kunal says.

Before the temple gets functional, the distribution of special prasada ‘Ragupati laddoos’ would be started from July 2. “We are building the temple of with pure religious devotion. We have no political affiliation or subscribe to any political ideology,” he says.