‘It’s an emotional, historic moment’
RAM TEMPLE PM to lay foundation with 40kg silver brick, guests to be allowed after Covid test
NEW DELHI: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) patriarch LK Advani on Tuesday said he feels humbled that during the Ram Janmabhoomi movement, destiny made him perform a pivotal duty in the form of the Ram Rath yatra which was taken out from Somnath in Gujarat to Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh in 1990.
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A three-hour ceremony comprising five Vedic rituals at the Ram Janmabhoomi site on Tuesday morning set the stage for the foundation laying of the Ram temple by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Uttar Pradesh’s Ayodhya town on Wednesday.
On the second day of the threeday ritual, the group of 21 priests started the rituals around 9.30am; simultaneous rituals began at the nearby Hanuman Garhi temple, where the PM is expected to offer prayers before making his way to the Ram Janmabhoomi site.
“Lord Hanuman is considered to be protector of Ayodhya. So, before the construction of Ram Mandir begins, we are performing this puja at Hanuman Garhi to seek his permission to start construction work of Ram Mandir,” said Anil Mishra, member of Sri Ram Janmabhoomi Tirath Kshetra Trust.
Offerings were also made at Chhoti Devkali and Badi Devkali temples, considered to be clan– deities of Lord Ram.
The PM will use a 40-kilogram silver brick to lay the foundation of the temple. The brick – donated by Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, chairman of the temple trust -will be removed after the ceremony.
Several devotees have also donated silver bricks to the trust. All of them will be used for the ceremony on Wednesday, said trust officials.
“Later, these silver bricks will be enchased and the money will be used for the construction of Ram Mandir,” said Mahant Kamal Nayan Das, successor designate to the trust chief.
On Wednesday, Vedic rituals will start at Ram Janmabhoomi at around 9am. For the ceremony, a water-proof tent has been put up at the venue. A stage has also been set up from where PM Modi is expected to address guests. Guests will be allowed entry from 10 am but will have to undergo a Covid-19 test.
The trust has ordered 100,000 packets of laddus for distribution after the ceremony on Wednesday. Each packet will have four laddus. The trust will also send these laddus to all embassies in New Delhi.
Around 100,000 lamps will be lit on the banks of the river on Wednesday.
Around 100,000 lamps will be lit on the banks of the Saryu river in Ayodhya.