A stone from Sri Lankan village, Sita Eliya, will be used in the construction of the grand Ram Temple in Ayodhya. The announcement was made by the high commission of India in Colombo on Twitter.
“A stone from Sita Eliya in Sri Lanka for the Ram Temple in Ayodhya will be a pillar of strength for India-Sri Lanka ties. This stone was received at Mayurapathi Amman Temple by HC-designate of Sri Lanka to India HE Mr Milinda Moragoda in presence of the High Commissioner,” the high commission tweeted.
“It will celebrate multifarious commonalities between the countries and also encourage more tourism and exchanges between the two peoples,” it further said on in a subsequent tweet.
It is believed that Sita Eliya is the place where goddess Sita was held captive by demon king Ravana, according to the ancient epic ‘Ramayana’. The village also has a dedicated temple to Goddess Sita and is said to mark the place she regularly prayed to her husband and Lord Rama for her rescue.
The stone is expected to be brought by Sri Lankan high commissioner-designate to India Milinda Moragoda.
In August last year, India Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya. (Hindustan Times)