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Ayodhya Ram Mandir Highlights: May blessings of Bhagwan Shree Ram always be upon us, says PM Modi

Ayodhya Ram Mandir LIVE Updates: Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation of the Ram temple in Ayodhya as the bhoomi poojan concluded. Follow highlights:

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Susmita Pakrasi | Aug 05, 2020 21:54 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday the construction of Ram temple will not only add to Ayodhya’s grandeur but will also change the entire economy of the region after laying the foundation stone in accordance with the ‘muhurat’ or auspicious time.

The ceremony was performed by priests chanting Sanskrit shlokas under a giant marquee decorated in shades of reds and yellows as Modi and other dignitaries, all in masks, maintained social distancing.

Bhajans and shlokas’ were heard as the town, festooned with marigold flowers and yellow and saffron flags, celebrated the beginning of the construction of a grand Ram temple. Roads leading to Ayodhya were adorned with hoardings of the proposed temple and of Ram Lalla, the infant Ram, the deity now housed in a makeshift temple. Most shops were painted in bright yellow

“Every heart is illuminated; it is an emotional moment for the entire country... A long wait ends today... A grand temple will now be built for our Ram Lalla who had been living under a tent for many years,” Prime Minister Modi said at foundation stone-laying ceremony of the Ram temple.

Follow Ram temple foundation laying ceremony highlights here:

9:49 PM IST

Earthen lamps have been lit in the premises of Badrinath and Gopinath temples in Chamoli

Uttarakhand: Earthen lamps have been lit in the premises of Badrinath and Gopinath temples in Chamoli on the occasion of ‘Bhoomi Pujan’ of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh.

 

8:44 PM IST

Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari performed Aarti of Shri Ram at Raj Bhavan

Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari performed Aarti of Shri Ram at Raj Bhavan, Mumbai to celebrate the occasion of the Bhoomi Puja ceremony performed at the Ram Janambhoomi site in Ayodhya earlier today: Governor’s Office.

 

8:18 pm IST

May the blessings of Bhagwan Shree Ram always be upon us: PM Modi

A blessed day in Ayodhya.

This day will remain etched in the memory of every Indian.

May the blessings of Bhagwan Shree Ram always be upon us. May India scale new heights of progress. May every Indian be healthy and prosperous.

 

8:10 PM IST

Ram temple digital billboard comes up in New York’s Times Square

USA: Ram temple digital billboard comes up in New York’s Times Square.

 

8:06 PM IST

People light earthen lamps at Ram Ki Paudi on the occasion of ‘Bhoomi Poojan’

Ayodhya: People light earthen lamps at Ram Ki Paudi on the occasion of ‘Bhoomi Poojan’ of Ram temple.

 

7:50 pm IST

Ayodhya district lit up on occasion of ‘Bhoomi Poojan’ of Ram temple

Ayodhya district lit up on the occasion of ‘Bhoomi Poojan’ of Ram temple.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of Ram temple, earlier today.

 

7:36 PM IST

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat performs ‘Aarti’ at the banks of Saryu river

Ayodhya: RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat performs ‘Aarti’ at the banks of Saryu river.

6:18 PM IST

Connected through Ram-Sita, relationship between the two countries is deep and strong: Nepal envoy to India

Indian PM Modi laid Ram Temple’s foundation stone in Ayodhya. Connected through Ram-Sita, relationship between the two countries is deep and strong. Ram-Janaki continues to inspire the relationship to become more cooperative and strong in modern times: N Acharya, Nepal envoy to India

6:08 PM IST

Heeraben, mother of PM Modi watched the live telecast of ‘Bhoomi Poojan’ of Ram temple earlier today

Gujarat: Heeraben, mother of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, watched the live telecast of ‘Bhoomi Poojan’ of Ram temple earlier today, at her residence in Gandhinagar.

5:47 PM IST

Yogi Adityanath presented an idol of Lord Ram to PM Modi

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath presented an idol of Lord Ram to Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the foundation stone laying ceremony of Ram templein Ayodhya, earlier today.

5:04 PM IST

Lord Ram is loved by all and he is above any political consideration: Anand Sharma

Ram temple has been the demand of people from past many years. Congress welcomed the decision of Supreme Court with an open heart. Lord Ram is loved by all and he is above any political consideration. Politics and faith must be kept apart: Congress leader Anand Sharma

4:40 PM IST

Rajasthan Governor congratulates people on Ram temple bhoomi pujan

Rajasthan Governor Kalraj Mishra on Wednesday congratulated the people on the foundation laying of Ram temple in Ayodhya while Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot expressed hope that it would become a symbol of unity in the country.

4:18 PM IST

It is a historic day, says Ravi Shankar Prasad

It is a historic day. The construction of Ram Temple has started in Ayodhya today after sacrifices, wait and patience of generations. Indians and many people from across the world were waiting for this day for centuries: Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.

3:31 PM IST

Nitin Gadkari recited Ram Raksha and worshipped Lord Ram with his family

Maharashtra: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari recited Ram Raksha and worshipped Lord Ram with his family at Nagpur during the foundation stone laying ceremony of Ram temple in Ayodhya

3:13 PM IST

We are proud of PM Modi who has fulfilled this dream: Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal

It’s a very important day for us. People were waiting from many years for a Ram temple on Ram Janmabhoomi. Today that dream has come true. We are proud of PM Modi who has fulfilled this dream. This temple will strengthen peace and humanity in country: Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal

2:45 pm IST

Emotional moment for entire country: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the ram temple ‘bhoomi pujan’ event was as emotional moment for the entire country as a long wait has ended today.

2:38 pm IST

Yediyurappa greets people on bhoomi pujan

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa and his cabinet colleagues greeted people for the ground breaking ceremony for the construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya.

2:32pm IST

‘A golden chapter in history of Indian culture’: Amit Shah

Union home minister Amit Shah took to Twitter to laud the foundation laying ceremony on Ram temple in Ayodhya.

“Today is a historic and proud day for India.

Prime Minister on the birthplace of Lord Shri Ram

@NarendraModi

Bhumi worshiped and laid the foundation stone of the grand Ram temple, which has written a golden chapter in the history of great Indian culture and civilization and has started a new era,” he wrote on Twitter in Hindi.

2:26 PM IST

Whenever humanity followed Lord Ram, development took place: PM Modi

Whenever humanity followed Lord Ram, development took place; we have to take care of everyone’s sentiments, said PM Modi

2:05 pm IST

PM Modi reiterates social distancing mantra

The Prime Minister renewed his pitch for maintaining social distancing and wearing masks amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

2:00 pm IST

Ram temple construction in Ayodhya will lift region’s economy: PM Modi

As the construction of Ram temple will begin in Ayodhya, the entire region’s economy will be lifted, the Prime Minister said in his speech at the foundation laying ceremony.

1:55 pm IST

No aspect of life where Ram does not inspire us: PM Modi

PM Modi asserted that there is no aspect of life where Ram does not inspire us and that he is always present with us in some or the other form.

“Ram is in everyone and he belongs to everyone,” he added.

1:47 pm IST

Ram temple will be modern symbol of our culture, eternal faith and national spirit: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the process of Ram temple’s construction is an attempt to connect the nation. It will be a modern symbol of our culture, eternal faith and national spirit, he added.

1:43 pm IST

‘For years, Ram Lalla lived under makeshift arrangements’: PM Modi

“For years, Ram Lalla lived under makeshift arrangements, work for a grand temple begins now,” PM Modi said in his address.

“A grand temple will now be built for our Ram Lalla . Today, Ram janmbhoomi has broken free from the cycle of being demolished and built again which had been going on for centuries,” he said.

1:40 pm IST

Entire world is witnessing history being made: PM Modi

In his address at the grand ceremony, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the entire world is witnessing history being made with the foundation of Ram temple and called for chants of Jai Shri Ram.

“History is also is being repeated. The way boatmen to tribals helped Lord Ram, the way children helped Lord Krishna lift Govardhan mountain, similarly, with everyone’s efforts of temple construction will be completed,” he said.

1:37 pm IST

‘Siyaram Ramchandra ki jai’: PM Modi opens his address at Ayodhya

Prime Minister Narendra Modi opened his address at Ayodhya with chants of “Siyaram Ramchandra ki jai”. He congratulated devotees of Ram and said that he was honoured to be invited to Ayodhya.

1:33 pm IST

‘Temple will be constructed soon, wishes of devotees will be fulfilled’: Nitya Gopal Das

President of Ram Mandir Trust Nitya Gopal Das addressed the foundation laying ceremony in Ayodhya.

“I have been asked many times when will Ram temple be constructed. Now, it will be constructed soon. The wishes of devotees will be fulfilled,” he said.

1:25 am IST

A new beginning of a new India: RSS chief

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said that India believes in ‘Vasudeva Kutumbakam’ i.e world is our guest and that Indians believe in taking everyone along.

“Today is a new beginning of a new India,: he added.

1:20 pm IST

‘Advani ji must be watching’: Mohan Bhagwat

“Advani ji must be at his home watching this’, said RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat at the Ram temple ceremony in Ayodhya.

There are some people who should’ve come but couldn’t be invited because of the Covid-19 situation, he said.

1:13 pm IST

‘Some could not be here due to Covid-19’: CM Yogi Adityanath

“Some people could not be here due to Covid-19 pandemic. They will be called for future events in Ayodhya’, said Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath during the foundation laying ceremony of Ram temple.

1:15 pm IST

West Bengal CM calls for unity in diversity

On the day the Prime Minister laid the foundation stone of Ram temple in Ayodhya, West Bengal chief minister appealed for unity in diversity.

“Countrymen should preserve the age-old legacy till their last breath,” she tweeted. .

1:10 pm IST

500 years-long struggle for Ram temple in Ayodhya: Yogi Adityanath

While addressing the foundation laying ceremony of Ram temple in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath said people struggled for 500 years for the temple and hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for fulfilment of dream to build temple in Ayodhya.

1:04 pm IST

‘Symbol of modern India based on the ideals of Ramrajya’: President Kovind

“Congratulations to all on the inauguration of the construction of Ram-Mandir! The temple of Maryada Purushottam Prabhu Ram is being constructed in accordance with the process of justice and with the enthusiasm of the public and with the support of social harmony. The temple complex, I believe, will become a symbol of modern India based on the ideals of Ramrajya,” President Kovind said in a tweet.

1:00 pm IST

PM lays foundation for Ram temple in Ayodhya

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has laid the foundation of the grand Ram temple in Ayodhya.

12:50 pm IST

Ram temple bhoomi poojan concludes

The rituals of bhoomi poojan concluded at the Ram temple site. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath participated in the rituals.

12:40 pm IST

Bricks sent by devotees in 1989 at Ram temple site: Priest

During the bhoomi poojan rituals, one of the priests told the people about nine bricks at the spot that were sent by devotees of Lord Ram from around the world in 1989.

“There are 2 lakh 75 thousand such bricks out of which 100 bricks with ‘Jai Shri Ram’ engraving have been taken,” the priest was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

12:20 pm IST

PM Modi performs arti of Ram Lalla

At Ram Janmabhoomi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered dandavat pranam at pre-fabricated makeshift Ram Mandir and performed arti of Ram Lalla.  

He then planted a sapling of Parijat tree and reached bhumi pujan venue, sanctum- sanctorum of the proposed Ram Mandir.  

12:14 pm IST

PM Modi takes part in Bhoomi Pujan ceremony

PM Modi offers prayers at the Bhoomi Pujan ceremony.

11:43 am IST

PM Modi on en route to Hanumangarhi

PM Modi on his way to Hanumangarhi.

11: 38 am IST

PM willpower makes him tallest leader of India in last 500 years: Shivraj Singh Chouhan

Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Wednesday hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the tallest leader of India in the last 5 years because of his “willpower and resolve.”

11:34 am IST

PM Modi arrives in Ayodhya

PM Narendra Modi has arrived in Ayodhya for the grand foundation laying ceremony of Ram temple. He will first visit the Hanuman Garhi temple and then head to Ram Janmabhoomi site.

11:30 am IST

Token of justice after 400 years of struggle: VHP America

“We’re celebrating ‘Bhoomi Poojan’ of Ram Mandir. After a struggle of over 400 years and several sacrifices, we finally have a token of justice. We thank PM,” Mahendra Sapa, president (Washington DC chapter), Vishwa Hindu Parishad of America, organiser of celebration in Washington DC was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

11:20 am IST

PM Modi’s first stop at Hanuman Garhi temple

PM Modi will first visit the 10th century Hanuman Garhi temple on arrival in Ayodhya. Premises of the temple were sanitised earlier today.

The Prime Minister will then proceed to Ram Janmabhoomi site to offer prayers to Ram Lalla lay the foundation stone for Ram temple.

11:10 am IST

‘A signature event’: Swami Chidananda Saraswati

“This is a signature event. This event will give a glimpse of India’s ‘unity in diversity’. It will bridge gaps and bring people together. We all are one-’Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’”, Swami Chidananda Saraswati was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

11:00 am IST

UP CM, Anandiben Patel, Uma Bharti arrive at Ram Janambhoomi site

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, governor Anandiben Patel and BJP national vice president Uma Bharti have arrived at the Ram Janambhoomi site in Ayodhya on the occasion of ‘bhoomi pujan’ of the Ram temple.

10:45 am IST

PM Modi lands in Lucknow

PM Narendra Modi Modi landed has landed in Lucknow. He will now head to Ayodhya to lay the foundation of the Ram temple with a sliver brick.

10:40 am IST

Ayodhya has united everyone: Uma Bharti

“Ayodhya has united everyone. Now the people of the country keep hold their head high in pride and say that there’s no discrimination,” BJP leader Uma Bharti, who is present at the Ram Janambhoomi site, was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

10:30 am IST

A look inside the venue of Ram temple foundation laying ceremony

10:25 am IST

‘August 5 is historical day’, says Ramdev

“This day (August 5) is historical and generations will remember the day with great pride,” yoga guru Ramdev who will be attending the Ram temple foundation laying ceremony today, was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

Ramdev paid a visit to the Hanuman Garhi temple in the morning and said that “a new history is being written in India and we should celebrate the day. I am confident that with the construction of Ram Temple, ‘Ram Rajya’ will be established in the country,” according to ANI.

10:20 am IST

Pragya Singh Thakur says ‘heart filled with joy’

In a tweet in Hindi, BJP MP Pragya Thakur said that she was very happy and her heart was filled with joy as she chanted Jai Shri Ram.

10:10 am IST

Yogi Adiyanath greets Lord Ram devotees

10:05 am IST

Mayawati lauds Supreme Court verdict on Ayodhya

BSP chief Mayawati lauded the Supreme Court for the Ayodhya verdict in September last year. She credited the apex court for paving the way for today’s foundation laying ceremony.

“Supreme Court ended the dispute. Along with it, it also put a stop on the parties which were doing politics on this issue. It is due to the honourable court’s verdict that the foundation of the Ram temple is being laid down today, a lot of credit for this goes to the court,” Mayawati’s tweet, roughly translated to English from Hindi, read.

9:55 am IST

At Hanumangarhi temple in Ayodhya, PM to be gifted headgear, silver crown

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be gifted a headgear, a silver crown and a stole with the name of Lord Ram printed on it, said Sri Gaddinsheen Premdas Ji Maharaj, head priest of Hanumangarhi temple said on Wednesday, according to news agency ANI.

9:45 am IST

Security heightened ahead of PM Modi’s visit

Security in the Ayodhya city has been heightened as Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to visit shortly for the foundation laying ceremony of the much awaited Ram temple.

RAF commandos took their position ahead PM Modi’s participation in the bhoomi poojan of the temple on Wednesday.

9:35 am IST

PM Modi leaves for Ayodhya

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has left for Ayodhya where he will lay the foundation stone of the Ram temple.

 

9:25 am IST

Locals rejoice at Saryu River bank

Local celebrate at the bank of river Saryu on the day of bhoomi poojan of Ram Temple in Ayodhya. ( Deepak Gupta/HT Photo )

9:20 am IST

Indian community in US gathers to celebrate Ram temple ceremony

Members of the Indian community gathered outside the Capitol Hill in Washington DC to celebrate the foundation laying ceremony of Ram temple in Ayodhya on Wednesday.

Members of the Indian community gathered outside the Capitol Hill in Washington DC ( ANI Photo )

9:15 am IST

Sadhus worship at Ram ki Pedi

Sadhus were seen worshipping at Ram ki Pedi on the day of bhoomi poojan of Ram Temple in Ayodhya on early on Wednesday.

Sadhus worshipping at Ram ki Pedi. ( Deepak Gupta/HT Photo )

9:00 am IST

Who will attend Ayodhya Ram temple’s bhoomi pujan

Apart from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Ram temple trust has confirmed that 135 of the 175 guests will be seers from different spiritual traditions.

The Prime Minister, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath and Governor Anandiben Patel are the main guests during the bhoomi pujan.

8:50 am IST

Ahead of Ram temple event, Ravi Shankar Prasad shares sketch from Constitution

“Original document of the Constitution of India has a beautiful sketch of Lord Ram, Mata Sita and Laxman returning to Ayodhya after defeating Ravan.

This is available at the beginning of the chapter related to Fundamental Rights.

Felt like sharing this with you all.

#JaiShriRam,” Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad tweeted.

8:45 am IST

Ram temple will be unique example of Indian architecture: Temple trust

The Ram temple to be built in Uttar Pradesh’s Ayodhya will a unique example of Indian architecture, the Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra said in a tweet on Wednesday.

8:40 am IST

Ayodhya lit with diyas ahead of mega event

The entire city of Ayodhya was lit with earthen lamps on Wednesday ahead of the mega event where the Prime Minister lay the foundation stone of the Ram temple.

According to news agency ANI, people also lit diyas on the banks of Saryu river as part of the ‘deepotsava’ celebrations.

8:30 am IST

Ram temple is for everyone: Yogi Adityanath

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, who is personally monitoring the arrangements for the Ram temple bhoomi pujan, said the ceremony is a “dream come true.”

“I am overjoyed, our five-century-long struggle and wait is going to end --all because of the perseverance and reverence of the devotees,” he added.

8:15 am IST

PM Modi to lay foundation stone of Ram temple

At 12:40pm, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone of the Ram temple in Ayodhya. The city is all decked up for the groundbreaking ceremony. A total of 175 guests have been invited for the mega event.

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