Bengaluru: While levelling land at Ayodhya, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) excavated carvings on sandstone, Shiv Ling and pillars. 

It is indeed a massive development in relation to the temple construction as it gives more fillip to the theory that there was a temple at the disputed site. 

BJP Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy reacted on the issue and said, "I am not surprised as between 2002-2005, Archaeological Survey of India had found many but they didn't dig enough. In the report they gave to Allahabad High Court, they had said very clearly that there were enough indications that there were structures of the erstwhile temple found in bits and pieces in the digging they had done."

He further added: "At that time, they had limited objectives and that was to see below the masjid, there was any evidence of a pre-existing temple and as soon as they found some artefacts, they concluded and the matter was taken up for the final hearing in the Ram Janmabhoomi case. Now, we are re-building a temple and naturally, they will dig much deeper and hence I am not surprised at all about what they have just discovered," as reported by Republic TV. 

More on the excavation: 

In a massive development on Thursday, a five-foot Shivaling, seven pillars of black touchstone, six pillars of red sandstone and broken idols of Devi-Devtas were found at Ayodhya Ram Janmabhoomi temple site. Informing about the findings, Champat Rai, general secretary of Sri Ram Janmabhoomi Tirth Kshetra Trust, said that for 10 days the ground at the site was being levelled and that is when the pillars in the debris and other items were found.

Ram Lalla shifted: 

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, on March 25 performed special puja and shifted Ram Lalla from the makeshift temple in Ayodhya to another a pre-fabricated temple in the same premises. This came after Yogi administration cancelled the Ram Navami mela in wake of coronavirus, the TV added.