In a major development, remains of ancient temples, pillar, idols of deities and a Shivlinga have been spotted at Ram Janma Bhoomi (RJB) temple site in Ayodhya where the work of levelling the land meant for construction of proposed Ram temple is underway.
A five-foot Shivlinga, seven pillars of black touchstone, six pillars of red sandstone, structrues of flowers and broken idols of deities were found at the site, said general secretary of Shree Ramjanma Bhoomi Teertha Kshetra Trust and senior VHP leader Champat Rai while making the development public on Thursday.
However, prominent lawyer and convenor of Babri Masjid Action Committee (BMAC) contested the claim of the temple Trust General Secretary Champat Rai.
Even Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust tweeted: “The work started on May 11, 2020. Since then many objects of archaeological importance like flowers made of stone, Kalash, Aamalak, Dorjamb, have been discovered during excavation.” According to office bearers of Ramjanmabhoomi Teertha Kshetra Trust, the metal barricades erected around the makeshift temple and the CRPF camp at the site
were already removed and levelling of the site was being done with the help of three JCBs, one crane, two tractors and 10 labourers.
The archaeological remains found assume significance as they substantiate the claims of the presence of temple on that site which was a bone of contention for decades and was later resolved by the Supreme Court of the country on November 9, 2019.
Even the ASI findings had also established that there were remains of an ancient temple beneath the site where the disputed structure — Babri Masjid — was erected.