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Ayodhya : Prayers, rituals and security ring to mark big day for Ayodhya Ram temple today

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Bhoomi Pujan for construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya PM Modi to lay the foundation stone

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will participate in the Bhumi Poojan function for the construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya today. He will unveil a plaque to mark the laying of the foundation stone and also release commemorative postal stamp on Shree Ram Janmabhoomi Mandir. The Bhumi Poojan ceremony will start at 12.30 PM and culminate at 12.45 PM. 175 guests including 135 Saints belonging to 135 spiritual traditions have been invited for the ceremony.

Mr Modi will first have Darshan at Shri Hanumangarhi Mandir, after which he will perform puja of Bhagwan Shri Ramlalla at Shri Ram Janmabhoomi. It will be followed by the Bhumi Pujan.

Heavy security arrangements are in place in view of the Prime Minister’s visit.

Shri Ram Janm Bhumi Teerth Shetra Trust and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath have appealed to all Ram-Bhakts across the world to organise Bhajan, Kirtan and Prasad distribution in all villages and cities while taking all necessary precautions to prevent spread of Corona.

After the appeal of the Chief Minister and Trust, people in the state are lighting earthen lamps at their houses and a special deepotsav is being organized in Ayodhya. The Lanes of Ayodhya and Ghats of holy Saryu River are illuminated with thousands of earthen lamps. Beautiful Rangolis along with special gates and colorful streets depicting the saga of Ramayana are ready to welcome the Prime Minister. People are lighting Diyas at their houses and even the Chief Minister House in Lucknow is illuminated with Diyaas.

The road to this bhoomi poojan ceremony witnessed a medley of historical, cultural, religious and political events. On 9th November last year, the apex court in its judgement of one of the longest drawn land-title dispute in the history allowed construction of Ram Mandir at the Ram Janmabhoomi sthan in Ayodhya. The judgement came exactly after three decades of Vishva Hindu Parishad laying down the first brick marking the ‘shilanyas’ at the site on 9th November 1989.

The Union cabinet earlier this year in the month of February approved setting up of the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra trust. The trust was empowered to take decisions independently on the construction of the Ram Mandir and other related issues. It was also thereafter handed over the 67.7 acres of land at the temple site keeping in mind the needs of crores of devotees.

The borders of Ayodhya, which nearly 130km from the state capital of Lucknow, have been sealed, thousands of security personnel have been deployed and 75 check posts have been put to block approach roads.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be in Uttar Pradesh’s Ayodhya on Wednesday to lay the foundation of the Ram temple, which will mark a closure to the 135-year religious conflict in the country, amid a massive security arrangement in the town spruced up for the event.

The borders of Ayodhya, which nearly 130km from the state capital of Lucknow, have been sealed, thousands of security personnel have been deployed and 75 check posts have been put to block approach roads.

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PM Modi will be there for at least three hours in the temple town, which has been decked with 150,000 lamps, many buildings given a fresh coat of paint and murals from the epic Ramayana have been painted on walls. There will be as many as 5,100 urns decorated by local artists on the road that Modi will travel on.

“Over 300 police personnel, who are younger, fit and healthy as well as tested negative for Covid-19 infection, have already been handpicked for deployment in VVIP security,” said a senior police official on condition of anonymity.

Authorities have put in place a strict protocol that includes testing all guests, enforcing the wearing of masks and sealing the district borders so that people from outside cannot gather at the site in the town where 16 people have succumbed to the coronavirus disease and has 604 active cases.

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“Everyone will wear a mask, everyone will maintain social distancing and it’s going to be fine,” Anuj Jha, the district magistrate who is also a member of the temple trust, said.

The temple trust had on Monday released the main invitation for the ceremony that listed PM Modi, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Adityanath and UP governor Anandiben Patel as guests.

The guests will be allowed entry to the venue from 10am and they will have to undergo Covid-19 test before entering the venue. Rapid testing kits will be used which will give result in 15 minutes. According to officials, the district health department will deploy its team for carrying out the tests, officials said.

Vedic rituals will start at Ram Janmabhoomi at around 9am on Wednesday. Before the PM’s arrival for bhumi pujan, priests will complete several Vedic rituals, including Maha Ganpati, Ambika pujan, Varun pujan, Shodash matrika, Sapath Grahan matrika, Ayush mantra jaap, Nav Prastar Khand Shila pujan and graha shanti puja.

A water-proof marquee has been put up at the venue for the ceremony and a stage has also been set up from where PM Modi is expected to address the gathering. The government has urged local residents to remain at home and follow the grand event on television.

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