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Updates: First brick laid for Ram Temple, PM Modi says it will prove to be a bridge connecting India

Prime Minister Modi said Ram Mandir will be a symbol of modernity. "I am deliberately using the word modern. This temple will be a resolve of our faith, our nationalism and our collective resolve," he said after bhoomi pujan. Read the updates here:

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Ayodhya: The bhoomi pujan (ground-breaking) ceremony for the Ram Temple in Ayodhya concluded Wednesday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, BJP leader Uma Bharti and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat attending the function among other invitees.

Earlier, the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust planned to invite 267 people, but the list was later trimmed to 162 people owing to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Addressing the gathering after the bhoomi pujan, Modi termed the upcoming Ram Janmabhoomi temple as a “modern symbol of our culture, eternal faith and national spirit”, and stressed on the need of “sabka saathsabka vishwas”.

PM Modi reached Ayodhya at 11:30 am and visited the Hanuman Garhi Temple before arriving at the Ram Janmabhoomi complex.

The bhoomi pujan began around noon with PM Modi laying the foundation stone of the temple at 12:40 pm.

After the completion of the ceremony, CM Adityanath and RSS chief Bhagwat also addressed the gathering.

Read the updates here:

15:23 pm: “Golden chapter in the history of India,” tweets Home Minister Amit Shah.

He says the construction of the temple is the result of centuries-long sacrifice, struggle and penance of the innumerable devotees of Lord Ram.

“Today is a historic and proud day for India. The consecration of the grand Ram temple by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Lord Ram’s birthplace has written a golden chapter in the history of great Indian culture and civilisation and heralded the beginning of a new era,” writes Shah, who is currently undergoing treatment for Covid at Medanta Hospital in Gurugram.

“The construction of the grand Ram temple demonstrates the strong and decisive leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“My heartiest congratulations to all Indians on this unforgettable day. The Modi government will always remain committed to the preservation of Indian culture and its values,” he tweets Shah.

15:10 pm: Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal says he’s proud of PM Modi who has fulfilled the dream of a Ram Mandir at Ram Janmabhoomi.

“It’s a very important day for us. People were waiting for many years for a Ram Temple at Ram Janmabhoomi. Today that dream has come true. We are proud of PM Modi who has fulfilled this dream. This temple will strengthen peace & humanity in the country,” says Sonowal, according to ANI.

15:00 pm: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu offers prayers with his family at his residence.

14:45 pm: Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa, who is undergoing treatment for Covid, greets people on the occasion of the ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of Ram Temple.

He tweets, “After centuries, the coronation of Lord Rama will take place in Ayodhya…”

14:40 pm:
Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh defends his party’s stance on the construction of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya, and says the Congress did not want the “Ram Temple to be a matter of contention between two groups”. Read the full report here.

14:27 pm: President Ram Nath Kovind says Ram Temple in Ayodhya is “being built in tune with law” and defines India’s spirit of social harmony.


14:08 pm
: PM Modi concludes speech, with a message to wear mask and maintain social distancing.

“Do gaj ki doori, mask hai zaroori,” he says.

14:06 pm: Ram’s message for all of us is to move ahead — must ensure sabka saath, sabka vishwas, says PM Modi.

14:05 pm: We are building a Ram circuit in Ram’s own city, PM Modi says, adding that, “We also have to ensure that the message of Lord Shri Ram, the message of Ram temple, the message of our thousands of years of tradition – how it can continue to reach the whole world.”

14:00 pm: PM Modi says Ram is a “symbol of good governance” and an “emblem of India’s unity in diversity.”

13:57 pm: “With the construction of this temple, not only history is being made, but 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, temple construction will be completed,” says PM Modi.

13:56 pm: From Kanyakumari to Kshirbhavani, from Koteshwar to Kamakhya, from Jagannath to Kedarnath, Somnath to Kashi Vishwanath… today entire country is immersed in Lord Ram, says PM Modi

He says there is “no field in which Ram doesn’t inspire us,” and that Ram resides in the soul of Indians.

13:56 pm: Ram Temple will prove to be a bridge. The temple signifies truth and sacrifice of devotees, says Narendra Modi.

13:54 pm: “I thank all those people who were part of the Ram Mandir movement on behalf of the 130 crore Indians for their struggle,” says PM Modi.

He says, “Ram resides in our heart and if we want to do anything we look towards Lord Ram. Buildings got demolished, so much happened, a lot was done to remove the existence of Ram but he resides in our heart.”

13:50 pm: “During our freedom struggle every one sacrificed for the nation. 15 August is a day symbolising that. Similarly, for Ram Mandir for many centuries and people have made a number of sacrifices and struggled. The movement of Ram Mandir has struggle and resolve,” says PM Modi.

13:45 pm: “A grand temple will now be built for our Ram Lalla who had been staying in a tent. Today Ram Janmabhoomi breaks free of the cycle — that had been going on for centuries — of breaking and getting built again,” says PM Narendra Modi.

13:43 pm: “Ram resides in our heart and if we want to do anything we look towards Lord Ram. Buildings got demolished, so much happened, a lot was done to remove the existence of Ram but Ram resides in our heart,” PM Modi says.

13:40 pm: “Chants of Jai Siya Ram are resonating not only in the city of Lord Ram but throughout the world today. I express gratitude to all citizens of this nation, Indian diaspora across the world and all the devotees of Lord Ram on today’s pious occasion,” says PM Narendra Modi

13:39 pm: PM Modi chants “Jai Siya Ram” as he addresses the gathering in Ayodhya after the culmination of Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan.

13:17 pm: RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat says, “Advani ji must be watching this programme at his home on TV. Many could not be invited due to coronavirus but there is happiness all around.”

13:14 pm: RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat addresses gathering.

“It is a day of joy, there is happiness all around. We had made a resolve and I remember our then RSS chief had reminded us that you will have to work hard for 20-30 years only then you will get the result,” says Bhagwat.

13:09 pm: “After a wait of 500 years, the day has come,” says CM Yogi Adityanath.

He says several generations have waited for it and many have made sacrifices for this huge moment.

The UP CM says, “It is a highly emotional day for us and also a day of joy and happiness.”

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many who wanted to be here could not be present. We will ensure that their participation is done in some way in the coming future, he says.

13:02 pm: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath addresses the gathering after bhoomi pujan ceremony concludes.

12:54 pm: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi tweets, “Ram is justice. He can never appear in injustice.”

12:40 pm: PM Narendra Modi lays the foundation stone of Ram Temple at Ayodhya.

12:35 pm: “Nine bricks are kept here… these 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,” said the priest at Ram Mandir.

12:29 pm: Tamil Nadu BJP members and workers perform special prayers at the party office in Kamalalayam as the foundation stone-laying ceremony of Ram Mandir is underway in Ayodhya.

12:10 pm: Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan ceremony starts.

11:58 am: PM Modi reaches Ram Janmabhoomi site, his first visit in 29 years. He offers prayers to Ram Lalla.

11:47 am: Punjab CM Amarinder Singh tweets ahead of the “historic foundation laying of Ram Mandir”.

11:45 am: PM Modi reaches Hanuman Garhi Temple complex.

11:30 am: PM Narendra Modi lands in Ayodhya. He is received by UP CM Yogi Adityanath at the helipad.

11:12 am: RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat reaches the Ram Janmabhoomi site.

11:00 am: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar tweets, “A momentous day for the nation.”

10:50 am: CM Yogi Adityanath meets Baba Ramdev at the Ram Janmabhoomi premises.

Photo by special arrangement

10:35 am: On the day of the Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan event, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee tweets saying, “Our country has always upheld the age-old legacy of unity in diversity, and we must preserve this to our last breath.”

10:30 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has landed in Lucknow, will proceed to Ayodhya in a chopper for the Ram Mandir event.

10:27 am: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Governor Anandiben Patel and BJP National Vice President Uma Bharti arrive at Ram Janmabhoomi site in Ayodhya.

10:14 am: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal tweets on the occasion of bhoomi pujan ceremony and says, “May Lord Ram’s blessings be upon all of us”. He concludes with “Jai Shri Ram, Jai Bajrang Bali”.

10: 12 am: Uma Bharti, one of the five faces of the Ram Janmabhoomi movement of the 1980s and 90s, says she will attend the event today.

10:05 am:70-year-old Kalu Ram packed his bicycle and travelled from Rajasthan to Ayodhya via train to witness the event.

Photo: Prashant Srivastava | ThePrint

09:50 am: Prasad being distributed among people on the streets of Ayodhya.

Photo: Neelam Pandey | ThePrint

09:40 am: PM Narendra Modi leaves for Ayodhya to take part in the Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan event.

09:35 am: Indian community members gathered outside the Capitol Hill in Washington DC to celebrate the event.

09:14 am: The Ram Janmabhoomi movement goes back centuries, and has been mired in politics, controversy, legal issues and violence. Read the 10 important milestones that led to this point here.

09:00 am:

Decorations inside the premesis for the ceremony
Decorations inside the premesis for the bhoomi pujan ceremony | Credit: Special arrangement

08:36 am: “The Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan is the victory of truth and of all the kar sevaks who sacrificed their lives in the movement,” said Vishwa Hindu Parishad central secretary Ashok Tiwari in an interview with ThePrint’s Neelam Pandey and Suraj Singh Bisht.


Also read: No selfies, 8-ft distance — how Ayodhya is preparing to shield PM Modi from coronavirus


 

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Bhoomi Pujan for Bhagwan Ram Mandir at Ayodhya on 5 August 2020.

    The historic happening in Ayodhya on 5 August 2020 was hailed as long-awaited dream coming true , resembling to this Vedic astrology writer’s one of key predictions for India in article – “ Predictions for coming year 2020 by kushal kumar” – published last year 2019 on 10 October at theindiapost.com/articles/predictions-for-coming-year-2020-by-kushal-kumar/. The text related to the said prediction reads like this in the article :-
    “ Now something encouraging. The second half of the year from July to Movember 2020 looks to be addressing the setbacks or delay of the past , particularly those of first half. Some trends of success or forward movement in economic sector , political issues are likely. Cooperation or support of global powers may be seen coming. Some historic political decision is likely. The obstructive forces may weaken to some extent. Like the previous year , ACCEPTANCE BY THE GLOBAL COMMUNITY OF INDIA’S POSITIVE ROLE IN WORLD AFFAIRS MAY BE IN THE NEWS. IT SEEMS THE SECOND HALF IN 2020 CAN BOOST UP THE AMBITIOUS SIDE OF THE NATION”.

  2. The historic happening in Ayodhya on 5 August 2020 was hailed as long-awaited dream coming true , resembling to this Vedic astrology writer’s one of key predictions for India in article – “ Predictions for coming year 2020 by kushal kumar” – published last year 2019 on 10 October at theindiapost.com/articles/predictions-for-coming-year-2020-by-kushal-kumar/. The text related to the said prediction reads like this in the article :-
    “ Now something encouraging. The second half of the year from July to Movember 2020 looks to be addressing the setbacks or delay of the past , particularly those of first half. Some trends of success or forward movement in economic sector , political issues are likely. Cooperation or support of global powers may be seen coming. Some historic political decision is likely. The obstructive forces may weaken to some extent. Like the previous year , ACCEPTANCE BY THE GLOBAL COMMUNITY OF INDIA’S POSITIVE ROLE IN WORLD AFFAIRS MAY BE IN THE NEWS. IT SEEMS THE SECOND HALF IN 2020 CAN BOOST UP THE AMBITIOUS SIDE OF THE NATION”.

  3. Hindus are full of themselves, they are circulating fake pictures of their deity in NY Times Square !

  4. These Hindus are a primitive and ugly lot – and their chai wallah says they are modern !

    Even after the temple is built, the Hindus will not be able to overcome their inferiority complex. To the rest of the world, this mixture of stone worship, gomutra, gobar and mob violence is hardly modern.

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