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Visitors defacing temple stone slabs in workshop

ET took a round of the workshop to find numerous stones defaced with names being scribbled on them in black by people.

, ET Bureau|
May 02, 2019, 07.34 AM IST
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The workshop is on the religious tourist map. ET took a round of the workshop to find numerous stones defaced with names being scribbled on them in black by people.
Ayodhya: Construction of the Lord Ram Temple is still in the realm of future but at the Ram Janambhoomi Nyas workshop in Ayodhya, security in-charge Hanuman Yadav has something else to grapple with—to stop the ready stone slabs for the proposed temple from being defaced by visitors who throng the workshop and scribble their names all over these slabs.

“Don’t do this...these are holy stones.

Do you realise how much effort it will take to clean them? Many may even get ruined for use,” Yadav tells a bunch of visitors attempting to do the same after they have been brought by a tourist guide to the workshop on Wednesday to show them the stones that will ultimately be used for the construction of the temple.

The workshop is on the religious tourist map. ET took a round of the workshop to find numerous stones defaced with names being scribbled on them in black by people. “We can only scold people and tell them not to touch the stones. But we have no power to fine anybody. Visitors here have little sense -- many just scribble their and their family’s name on it thinking their name will feature on a stone in the temple. They won’t make a donation but end up increasing our task and cost,” Yadav told ET.

Other staff here say visitors go deep inside the workshop to scribble their names on the stones.

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