Ram Lalla Idol at Ram Mandir, Ayodhya. (Picture Credit: Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth)
The Janambhoomi of Lord Rama, Ayodhya has a unique bank, where instead of money, the account holders find peace of mind, faith and spirituality.
There are some 35,000 bank account holders. The bank called International Shree Sitaram Bank gets deposits of booklets with Sitaram scribbled on its pages. According to PTI, "The spiritual bank, which was set up in November 1970 by Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, the chief of the Shri Ramjanmabhoomi Teertha Kshetra Trust, has over 35,000 account-holders in India and abroad including the US, the UK, Canada, Nepal, Fiji, the UAE and other countries.
The bank has a collection of 20,000 crore 'Sitaram' booklets from the devotees of Lord Ram"
According to Punit Ram Das Maharaj, the manager of the bank, the number of daily visitors at the bank has increased after the consecration ceremony of the grand temple last month.
The bank provides free booklets and red pens to devotees and keeps track of each account. One has to write 'Sitaram' at least 5 lakh times to get an account opened in the bank and then a passbook is issued.
"There are 136 branches of the bank across India and even abroad. The account holders also send us the booklets by post and we maintain the ledger here," Puneet Ram Das told PTI.
So what are the befits of writing Sitaram and depositing it in the bank. "The way we visit temples of gods and goddesses for inner peace, faith and virtue, in the same way, writing 'Sitaram' and depositing the same into the bank is a form of a prayer. Don't we say that God has his own account of everyone's good and bad deeds? This is something similar. The devotees find solace and profound spiritual enrichment in writing, chanting and reminiscing Lord Ram's name," he added.
According to Puneet Ram Das, writing Sitaram 84 Lakh times can help one attain Moksha.