Hindu devotees worship stones from Nepal

STORY: The two Shaligram stones were decorated and a special prayer ceremony was held to mark the arrival of the holy stones from Nepal.

The temple is dedicated to the Hindu deity Rama. It is being constructed on the grounds of a former mosque from the 16th century which was demolished by supporters of his Hindu nationalist party in 1992. The events in Ayodhya sparked communal riots in several parts of India. About 2,000 people, mostly Muslims, were killed.

In Hindu mythology, Ayodhya is considered the birthplace of Lord Rama. Hence, it is included in the list of seven sacred cities in the Hindu religion.

The Rama temple construction is expected to be ready before the next parliamentary election in 2024.