Ram Temple Trust coffers brimmed over with Rs 2,100 crore on Saturday evening — the last day of the 44-day funds-raising campaign launched by Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) for building a grand temple in Ayodhya.
Before launch of the crowdfunding campaign on January 15, the Trust had projected an estimate of Rs 1,100 crore for the building the Ram temple complex, but an overwhelming response from people gave the project a head-start with the Trust receiving Rs 1,000crore more than what was budgeted.
Treasurer of Sriram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust Govind Dev Giri said, “The funds-raising campaign has ended with generous contributions from all cross-sections of the people, including residents of far-flung villages of India, blurring religious barriers. Total donations received has crossed Rs2,100 crores on Saturday evening.” Giri had pegged the construction cost of the temple at Rs 300-400 crore, while making an estimate of Rs 1,100 crore for building the entire complex on Ramjanmabhoomi in December last year.
On Saturday, Ayodhya seers advised the temple Trust to plough in the surplus money into development of Ayodhya and warned against misuse of the money donated by crores of Ram Bhakts.
However, Dr Anil Misra, member of the Trust said, “The budget for building the temple complex is not final and this will be known only after the construction is complete.”
In a recent interview, peethadeshwar of Tapaswi Chawni, Swami Paramhans Acharya, said, “The Trust should use additional funds to set up a Sanskrit University in Ayodhya in the name of Mata Sita and establish a goshala for free supply of milk in the temple town.”
Former BJP MP Vinay Katiyar, however, said, funds collected in the name of Lord Ram should be used only for the temple complex.