Gujarat’s diamond city Surat is over 1,350 kms from Ayodhya. Yet, this textile hub of the country has a connection with the Ram Mandir in the Uttar Pradesh city.
A special saree prepared in the city, will be sent for the idol consecration ceremony of the Ram Temple set to be held on January 22 in Ayodhya.
The saree with the print of the pictures of Lord Ram and the Ayodhya temple is meant for Lord Ram’s wife Sita, also reverentially known as Ma Janaki, and the first piece was offered to a temple in the city on Sunday, Lalit Sharma, associated with the textile industry, said.
The exercise has been undertaken as devotees who are unable to remain physically present in Ayodhya during the consecration ceremony want to connect with the religious event in their own way, he said.
“There is joy all over the world because the idol of Lord Ram is going to be consecrated at the Ayodhya temple after many years. Ma Janaki and Lord Hanuman are the happiest,” said Sharma.
“Sharing their happiness, we have prepared a special saree with the pictures of Lord Ram and the Ayodhya temple printed on it. We offered it to Ma Janaki at a temple here. The saree will be sent to the Ram temple in Ayodhya. If we receive a request, we will send it free of cost to all those temples of Lord Ram where Ma Janaki resides,” Sharma added.
Rakesh Jain, a textile businessman who prepared the saree in consultation with Sharma, said the cloth is meant for Ma Janaki and will be sent to the Ayodhya temple.