Fund Collection For Building Ayodhya Ram Mandir To Begin From President Kovind And PM Modi On SankrantiPresident Ram Nath Kovind along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a Dussehra event. (Sanjeev Verma/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

On Friday, Secretary general of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) Milind Parande said that VHP’s campaign to collect funds for the construction of Ayodhya Ram Mandir will begin on 14 January starting with contributions from President Ramnath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, reports The Indian Express.

This year, Makar Sankranti festival will be celebrated on 14 January.

“We will begin with the Rashtrapatiji (president), then Pradhan Mantriji (prime minister), chief ministers of all states, actors, authors, poets…and such celebrities. Whoever wants to contribute is open to, but we are clear that we don’t want this to be a temple by donation of not one donor. Everyone has to be a sahbhagi (partner), in its building,” Parande said.

Hindu religious and other nationalist organizations are planning the biggest outreach to collect funds for the construction of Ram Mandir.

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has decided to reach out to 5 lakh villages and ten crore families for collection of funds for Ram Temple in Ayodhya.

The Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust, the body responsible for building Ram Temple, will be conducting a fundraising campaign from 14 January to 27 February.

The trust plans to involve 55 crore family members of 12 crore Hindu families from more than five lakh villages in this initiative.

The construction of the grand temple of Lord Ram at the ancient city of Ayodhya is estimated to cost around Rs 1,100 crore, of which around Rs 300-400 crore will be the cost of building the main temple structure.

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