- The 'bhumi pujan' of the grand temple in Ayodhya is said to take place at 12:40 pm today
- Ayodhya has been illuminated in varied colours in "Diwali-like celebrations"
- COVID-19 protocols in place as Ayodhya gets ready for Ram Temple ‘Bhoomi Pujan’
Ayodhya: Today, India will witness the most historic moment as the bhoomi pujan of Ram Temple in Ayodhya’s Ram Janmabhoomi will be done by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Prime Minister Narendra Modi will return to Ayodhya after 29 years today for the groundbreaking ceremony for a Ram temple at the site that was disputed for decades until the Supreme Court handed over ownership to Hindus last year.
The grand celebrations for the bhoomi pujan is scheduled to start at 8 am and the foundation stone laying ceremony is said to take place at 12:40 pm, which is the ‘brahm-muhurt’ for this auspicious event.
Reportedly, Ayodhya has been lit up and huge CCTV screens have been set up across the holy city in order to allow the people to watch the ceremony live once it begins.
Notably, PM Modi will lay a 40 kg silver brick to mark the symbolic start of a grand temple at what many believe is the birthplace of Lord Ram. The historic event meets a decades-long political promise core to the ruling BJP’s ideology.
Modi will also plant a Parijat (Indian night jasmine) sapling and then perform the ‘bhoomi pujan’. He will unveil a plaque to mark the laying of foundation stone and also release a commemorative postage stamp on ‘Shree Ram Janmabhoomi Mandir’.
Apart from PM Modi, the bhoomi pujan ceremony will be attended by Sri Ram Janambhoomi Teerath Kshetra Trust chairman Nritya Gopal Das, RSS chief Bhagwat, UP Governor Anandiben Patel and CM Yogi Adityanath.
Several important faces of the Ram Mandir movement such as Lal Krishna Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Kalyan Singh and Uma Bharti will skip the ceremony due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. It is expected that they would join the celebrations via video conferencing.
Meanwhile, Members of the Indian community gathered outside the Capitol Hill in Washington DC to celebrate the foundation laying ceremony of Ram temple.