From contributions of Rs. 10 to Rs. 100 crores per person, the Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust has received more than Rs 2,100 crore from public for the construction of a grand temple at Ayodhya. (More to rise with final counting and including online payments)
According to the reports, the trust has estimated that they have collected more than Rs 2,100 crore donations as a means of crowdsourcing. The donation drive, which part of the 44-day fund-raising campaign launched by Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), concluded on Saturday.
In fact, Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust had anticipated that it might receive around Rs 1,100 crore for building the Ram temple complex as it launched the crowdfunding campaign on January 15. However, to their surprise, the trust has received an overwhelming response from the people of the country, who have now donated Rs 1,000 crore more than the original estimate.
Treasurer of the Teerth Kshetra Trust Govind Dev Giri said, “The fund-raising campaign has ended with generous contributions from crosssections of people, including residents of far-flung villages of India, blurring religious barriers. Total donations received has crossed Rs 2,100 crore on Saturday evening.”
According to Giri, the construction cost of the temple at Rs 300-Rs 400 crores and Rs 1,100 crore will be dedicated to building the entire complex on Ramjanmabhoomi.
A total of 40 lakh volunteers of RSS and VHP went door-to-door at houses across the country in every district to collect this money in exchange of receipts and everyday submitted the collected amount to the 3 national banks which were authorized by the Trust.
While the fund collection drive has seen massive participation from Hindus, many VHP and Bajrang Dal activists are being brutally attacked, assaulted and even killed for being a part of this campaign.