In the Ramayana, there is a beautiful story with a big lesson to it. The vanara army of Sugriva was building the Rama Setu to cross the sea over to Lanka. A tiny squirrel kept bringing in small stones in its mouth, and when asked, expressed its desire to help Sri Rama. Everyone started laughing at the squirrel, and told it to go away. Undeterred, the squirrel continued, till the vanaras got angry and picked it up and threw it away in anger. Helpless, the squirrel cried out the name of Sri Rama, only to land in his hands, safe and sound. Sri Rama admonished the vanaras, making them realize the importance of the squirrel’s contributions and told them:
“Always remember, however small, every task is equally important. A project can never be completed by the main people alone. They need the support of all, and however small, an effort should always be appreciated!”
It is perhaps this very spirit of contribution and its significance, however small it may be, that is driving hordes to contribute to the Sri Rama Janmabhoomi Tirtha Kshetra trust’s efforts to raise funds for the building of the bhavya Rama Mandir in Ayodhya. With a target of ₹1,100 crore being set, people across the vast spectrum of Indian society are rallying together to support these initiatives and the volunteers who have set out for this noble task through door to door canvasing.
President Ramnath Kovind Hands Over ₹5 lakh Cheque
President of India Shri Ramnath Kovind kicked off the proceedings in a way by donating ₹5 lakh for the trust’s efforts via cheque today morning in his personal capacity.
On the first day of Shri Ram Mandir Nidhi dedication campaign, Govind Dev Giri Ji Maharaj, treasurer of Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Tirtha Kshetra Trust, receives best wishes and a cheque of Rs 5 lakh from President Ram Nath Kovind. pic.twitter.com/L3azAfZgVC
— Prasar Bharati News Services पी.बी.एन.एस. (@PBNS_India) January 15, 2021
Surendra Singh of Rae Bareli in his personal capacity donated ₹1.25 crore rupees for the construction of the temple.
— ABP News (@ABPNews) January 15, 2021
Former India footballer and Chief Minister of Manipur, Mr. N Biren Singh and his cabinet members also came together and donated for the temple construction cost in their personal capacity.
It is an absolute honour and privilege to be able to contribute to the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra as part of the nationwide fund collection drive launched by the Trust for Ram Mandir construction in Ayodhya. pic.twitter.com/macumPepxQ
— N.Biren Singh (@NBirenSingh) January 14, 2021
For this occasion, famous TV actors Arun Govil (famous for portraying the character of Sri Rama) and Mukesh Khanna (famous for portraying the character of Bhishma) also issued appeals to the people to come forth and donate.
— Vishva Hindu Parishad -VHP (@VHPDigital) January 11, 2021
— Vishva Hindu Parishad -VHP (@VHPDigital) January 13, 2021
Earlier, famous Kannada movie actor Pranitha Subhash had announced a donation of ₹1 lakh for the temple construction, and appealed to her fans to come forth and donate for this noble cause.
ಅಯೋಧ್ಯೆಯ ಭವ್ಯ ಶ್ರೀ ರಾಮ ಮಂದಿರದ ನಿರ್ಮಾಣ ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ಕಾಗಿ ನಿಧಿ ಸಮರ್ಪಣಾ ಅಭಿಯಾನ ಶುರುವಾಗಿದೆ . ಇದಕ್ಕೆ ನನ್ನ ಕಡೆಯಿಂದ ಕಿರು ಕಾಣಿಕೆಯಾಗಿ ರೂ. ೧ ಲಕ್ಷ ಸಮರ್ಪಿಸುತಿದ್ದೇನೆ . ಬನ್ನಿ ಈ ಐತಿಹಾಸಿಕ ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ಕೆ ಕೈ ಜೋಡಿಸಿ
ಜೈ ಶ್ರೀ ರಾಮ್ #RamMandirNidhiSamarpan pic.twitter.com/i7cVpW4auW
— Pranitha Subhash (@pranitasubhash) January 13, 2021
The donation programme for the construction of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya will continue till February 27.