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    Ram Temple Trust gets nearly Rs 60 crore, calls from NRIs for donations

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    At the Trust’s office in Ayodhya, the office in-charge Prakash Gupta told ET on phone that they are getting money orders and cheques from people across the country, online bank transfers, and through PayTm and BHIM UPI too.

    The Trust has also issued thousands of printed pamphlets asking people to donate generously for the Ram Temple’s construction
    New Delhi: Nearly Rs 60 crore has already poured into the account of the Sri Ramjanambhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust which is inundated with donations, small and big, and queries for the same since the Bhumi Pujan ceremony by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on August 5.

    At the Trust’s office in Ayodhya, the office in-charge Prakash Gupta told ET on phone that they are getting money orders and cheques from people across the country, online bank transfers, and through PayTm and BHIM UPI too. The Trust is also fielding many phone calls from abroad from NRIs on how they can also donate for the Temple’s construction and is applying for FCRA permission to the Union Home Ministry now and will notify an NRI account in the Punjab National Bank (PNB) for getting donations from abroad once the permission comes, Gupta said. The biggest donation so far is from disciples of Morari Bapu who have donated Rs 11 Cr, with another Rs 7 Cr from his foreign disciples being on hold due to lack of FCRA permission so far.

    “We are telling NRIs on phone to have patience till the NRI account is opened. The maximum donation is through online means into our SBI bank account but people are also sending money orders and cheques and donating in cash if they are visiting Ayodhya.

    Many who came here on August 5 and 6 donated in cash. The amounts range from Rs 20 to Rs 11 lakh. We have got many donations of amounts like Rs 51,000, Rs One Lakh and Rs Two lakh. So many people were donating silver that we have stopped accepting it now and urging them to donate money,” Gupta said. The Trust has got nearly 100 kgs of gold and silver from devotees. A person from Kolkata is also said to have donated Rs 1 Cr and BJP MLA RN Singh has also donated Rs 1 Cr. Donations are coming at a daily average of almost Rs 50 lakh since August 5, the Trust said.

    The Trust has also issued thousands of printed pamphlets asking people to donate generously for the Ram Temple’s construction, saying the historic occasion has come in this lifetime of the people of the country after a long struggle and sacrifice of Lord Ram devotees over 500 years and it was time to fulfil the oft-quoted resolution of ‘Ram Lalla Hum Aayenge, Mandir Wahin Baneyenge’.

    The Trust is awaiting the biggest donation announced so far of Rs 21 Cr by the Manipal World Peace University. The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) is also to launch a donation drive for the temple post Diwali this year and reach 10 Cr families. Construction of the 70-acre Temple premises could cost nearly Rs 500 Cr but no official estimate has been cited yet.
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    Vaithianathan R M72 days ago
    LET US DONATE. Jai Hind.
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