Ancient idols found at Ayodhya site
Uttar Pradesh

Ancient idols found at Ayodhya site

S. Sivadas

S. Sivadas

The Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) has said that ever since the first phase of construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya started on May 11 many objects have been discovered during excavation.

The VHP spokesperson, Mr. Vinod Bansal, said that it includes many objects of archaeological importance like flowers made of stone, Kalash, Aamalak, Door Jamb etc.

Apart from this, during the excavation, a 5 feet Shiva Linga, 7 pillars of black touchstone, 6 pillars of red sandstone and broken idols of gods and goddesses were also discovered.

Mr. KK Mohammad, former Regional Director of the Archaeological Survey of India, in 2018 said that while carrying out an extensive survey at Ayodhya the ASI team found 'existed brick foundations, which supported the pillars of a pre-existed temple.'

Mr. Mohammad said that temple-pillars were embedded on the walls of Babri Masjid and that these pillars were made of a Black Basalt.

In ancient Indian temple art, ‘Poorna Kalas’ is considered one of the eight auspicious symbols of prosperity and around 14 pillars had been discovered before the mosque was demolished in 1992, he had said adding that there were Poorna Kalasas engraved at the bottom of the pillars.

Mr. Mohammad was a member of the team headed by Professor BB Lal.

Earlier this month, the Yogi Adityanath government allowed construction activity to resume during the lockdown after which the metal barricades erected around the makeshift temple and the CRPF camp at the site were removed and levelling of the site started.

A local team of PWD officials are working in coordination with engineers of Larsen & Toubro that will be supervising the temple construction.

The Supreme Court gave the final judgment on Ayodhya dispute last year in ordering the disputed land (2.77 acres) to be handed over to a trust created by Government of India to build the Ram Janmabhoomi.

The court also ordered the Centre to give 5 acres in another place to the Sunni Waqf Board for the construction of a mosque.