Following Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s order, new idols of Ram and Sita will be installed at Ayodhyapuri in Madi, Chitwan, in southern Nepal, on the occasion of Ram Nawami next week.
According to Shree Prasad Tiwari, the organizer of the Ayodhyadham Promotion Committee, Oli will hand over the idols to the locals on April 20 and they will be unveiled on April 21.
Oli believed in July of last year that Ram, the mythological eldest son of King Dasharath, was born in Ayodhyapuri, Nepal, rather than Ayodhya, India. He had accused India of building a “false Ayodhya” to encroach on Nepal’s culture.
His assertion, however, was widely panned, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was forced to ‘correct’ it. Nonetheless, Oli reaffirmed it in August, urging concerned bodies and local politicians to construct a temple in Madi’s Ayodhyapuri.
As a result, a temple is being built, which will be inaugurated next week by Bagmati Chief Minister Dormani Paudel.
“Work on the temple is currently progressing at a rapid pace,” Dawadi says, “but it will be a simple temple for the time being.” Later, it will be grand and large.”