NEW DELHI: President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday donated Rs 5,01,000 for development of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya on a day when numerous temple-related our bodies, together with RSS and its subsidiary organisations, launched a national marketing campaign searching for funds for the mandir.
Kovind made the donation to a delegation of Shree Ram Jambhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust, which visited him at 11am on Friday. Trust treasurer Govind Dev Giri, VHP working president Alok Kumar, development committee chairperson Nripendra Misra and Delhi area RSS chief Kulbhushan Ahuja had been a part of the delegation.
“Since President is the first citizen of the country, we called on him to seek his blessings for construction of the temple,” stated Alok Kumar. The VHP functionary stated temple development is a spiritual and religious affair. The President was accompanied by his total household when he made the providing to the delegation.
Kovind’s gesture of providing donation is just like first President Rajendra Prasad, who had joined palms with the then residence minister Sardar Patel and others to assist restoration of Somnath Temple in Gujarat. However, the distinction is that present PM Narendra Modi can be for temple and carried out the ground-breaking rituals on August 4 this 12 months to mark the reconstruction of Ram Mandir at Ayodhya.
The first PM Jawaharlal Nehru, nevertheless, had variations with Prasad and Patel about restoration of Somnath Temple as some accounts say he termed the choice as “Hindu revivalism”. In his Pilgrimage To Freedom, KM Munshi wrote that after a cupboard assembly in early 1951, Nehru known as him and stated, “I do not like your trying to restore Somnath. It is Hindu revivalism.” Munshi was then meals and agriculture minister.
Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu, a number of governors, chief ministers of BJP-governed states additionally made contributions for the temple development.
After the SC verdict clearing the way in which for the development of Ram Mandir, leaders of the temple marketing campaign had stated that the development value can be borne by the individuals of the nation for which a marketing campaign can be launched, which may also guarantee participation of the complete nation.
The largest contribution thus far has come from an ex-MLA from Rae Bareli, Surendra Singh, who on Friday donated Rs 1,11,11111 (Rs one crore, eleven lakh, eleven thousand, 100 eleven). Trust spokesperson and senior VHP functionary Champat Rai went to Rae Bareli to gather the cheque from the previous MLA.