Rama Returns

When the Squirrels of Lord Rama Come Calling – Donation Drive Gets Momentum

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.

Surendra Singh of Rae Bareli in his personal capacity donated ₹1.25 crore rupees for the construction of the temple.

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.

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.

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.

The donation programme for the construction of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya will continue till February 27.