Bengaluru: The historic verdict on Ayodhya Ram temple will be out any time. 

The nation is on tenterhooks and the residents of Ayodhya are tense and anxious. 

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The Vishwa Hindu Parishat (VHP) has taken a decision not to continue with the stone-carving work for the construction of the Ram temple. 

So as a consequence, all the artisans have been sent home to Rajasthan and Gujarat. 

"We have stopped the carving of stones and the Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas will decide when the carving will be restarted. All our proposed programmes regarding different activities of our outfits have been cancelled keeping in view the upcoming Ayodhya verdict,” a VHP spokesperson said. 

It is interesting to note that the carving work which began in the year 1990, had been going on incessantly since then. It would be of greater interest to note that the work was not halted even during the 1992 riots or the Allahabad high court verdict in 2010. 

As per Outlook website, according to the VHP, 1.25 lakh cubic foot of stone has already been carved. The organization claims that stonework sufficient for the first floor of the proposed temple is ready and that 1.75 lakh cubic foot stone for the rest of the structure is still to be carved.

It would also be heartening to note that all parties – including Hindus and Muslims – are taking all possible steps to maintain peace and harmony. 
RSS and BJP leaders met with Muslim clerics to give them a clarion call for peace in the wake of the pronouncement of the verdict. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also urged his ministers not to resort to making unnecessary statements. 

Security too has been beefed up in the temple town. People are stocking up on rice and other essential ingredients. 

A bench headed by chief justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi will pronounce the verdict on or before November 17.