Ayodhya: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday, performed the ‘Bhoomi Pujan‘ (groundbreaking ceremony) of the proposed Ram Temple in Ayodhya, saying that the centuries of wait has ended now.
After arriving in Ayodhya, Modi along with Yogi Adityanath, the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh offered prayers at the Hanuman Garhi temple, where the head priest presented the 69-year-old with a silver ‘mukut‘ and a stole.
He then visited the Ram Janmabhoomi and performed ‘sashtang pranam‘ to Lord Ram. Before conducting the pooja, he planted a ‘Parijat‘ (Night-flowering jasmine) sapling which is considered a divine plant.
The ceremony was inaugurated with a 40-kg pure silver brick, presented by Modi, along with the chanting of Sanskrit ‘Shlokas‘ and mantras by the head priest.
PM Modi shared the grand stage with Adityanath, Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel, trust chief Nritya Gopaldas Maharaj and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat.
The soil which was used in the ‘Bhoomi Poojan‘ was brought from 1500 places and the holy water that was used in the pooja, was collected from 2000 places all over the country.
After performing the ceremony, PM Modi addressed the gathering and said a grand temple would now be built for “our Ram Lalla who has been living under a tent for many years.” He also chanted ‘Jai Siya Ram‘ and ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai‘ along with the crowd.
Modi said, “A grand temple will now be built for our Ram Lalla who had been staying in a tent. Today Ram Janmabhoomi breaks free of the cycle of breaking and getting built again that had been going on for centuries”.
He stated that the temple will become a symbol of devotion and the result of people’s collective efforts for so many years.
“It’ll become a symbol of our devotion, our national sentiment. This temple will also symbolise the power of collective resolution of crores of people. It will keep inspiring the future generations”.
He also added that various efforts have been made to remove the existence of Lord Ram, but he still lives in our heart and is the basis of our culture. He said, “Ram is everywhere, Ram belongs to all”.
Chief minister Yogi Adityanath also said it’s was foresight and wisdom of PM Modi which helped to resolve the Ram temple dispute in a peaceful way and now the dream is being fulfilled.
RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat also said that various organisations have worked really hard for 30 years to fulfil the dream.
Bhagwat said, “our country believes in ‘Vasudev Kutubhkam‘ i.e. World is One Family. We believe in taking everyone along. Today is a new beginning of a new India”.
The celebration of the ‘Bhoomi Poojan’ ceremony on August 5 also marks one year of removal of Article 370 and converting Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories.