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.
All India Radio will broadcast the Bhumi Pujan function live from Ayodhya from 11:40 this morning. It can be heard on AIR FM Gold and additional frequencies.
Doordarshan will also broadcast the function live.
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.