Ayodhya: With Uttar Pradesh experiencing freezing temperatures, the Gods are also feeling the cold! As winter chill intensifies, the Ram Lalla idol and those of the deity’s brothers in a makeshift temple in Ayodhya have been provided blankets and a blower to keep them warm. Also Read - Stolen Idols of Lord Rama, Sita & Lakshmana Returned to Tamil Nadu by UK After 40 Years

This is the second time since the Babri Mosque demolition in 1992 that such an arrangement has been made. Last year, similar arrangements were made after the local Hindu religious leaders, along with some Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) members, had made a request to the Ayodhya Commissioner.

“We have installed a blower heater in the makeshift temple to ensure that the temperature is under control and our deities do not suffer in this cold. Apart from this, the deities have been given warm clothes and have been covered in a blanket. Earlier, we thought of making a fireplace too but as the makeshift temple is made of wood and glass, it will not be safe.”

The chief priest of the temple, Acharya Satyendra Das said that these arrangements will continue till cold waves persist. He said since Lord Ram resides here as a child, special care is taken to protect him from the vagaries of the weather.

“The Lord is bathed in ‘itr’ (perfume) and the offerings made to him are in keeping with the weather,” he said.

The priest said the temple already had an air-conditioner installed to keep the deities ‘comfortable’ in summer.

The makeshift temple, situated around a few hundred metres from the Ram Janmabhoomi site, has the deities of Ram Lalla, and his brothers Bharat, Lakshman and Shatrughan along with deity Hanuman and Bhagwan Shaligram, who is represented by an oval black stone. While the four brothers are on one platform, Hanuman and Bhagwan Shaligram are on two separate platforms.

 The construction of a Ram temple is expected to start on December 15.

(With IANS inputs)